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Draper, UT | Member Since 2004

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  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6409)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (2012)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "YIKES!!! The Book is MUCH Better than the Movie..."
    Overall

    I listened to the book twice before seeing the movie... roughly a year apart. About an hour into the movie I was looking at my watch thinking... OK, this has to happen, then this, then this before we get out of here.

    The book is a clear 5-STARS; the movie is no more than 2-STARS. I'm sure if you haven't seen the movie, you'll like it. If you've read the book, however, you're going to hate the movie. GET THE BOOK - UNABRIDGED. Lastly, Richard Poe was great in reading this book; 5-STARS for him as well.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek Movie Tie-In

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Zachary Quinto
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (264)

    In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world. Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

    Katelyn says: "Excellent"
    "Book Could Have Filled Gaps"
    Overall

    For ultimate Trekkers this film is probably the best ever, but there are a few holes that should have been plugged... scientifically so to speak.

    Someone like Orson Scott Card could have delved into the rich background of Vulcan and Romulan psychology, and the turmoil tearing at Spock's emotions as he struggled through childhood and into adulthood.

    A more in-depth book could have explored the Romulan Captain; the passion behind his unquenchable rage, WHY Romulus was destroyed, the events that lead up to the failure of saving his planet.

    A book could have explored the background into the childhood, of Kirk. His struggle with rage, self-confidence, self-doubt; how friends influenced and molded the man he became.

    Rather, we only have a superficial scratching of the surface. A movie can only go so far, but a book offers so much more. With a little research, time and creativity, this story could have given us comprehensive look into the motion picture.

    To elaborate, I reference the film by James Cameron; "The Abyss." The screenplay was written by James Cameron; the book by Orson Scott Card. The book was actually written while the movie was being filmed; a backward approach, so-to-speak. The book explores so much more and is one of the best in my collection.

    Don't get me wrong; This was a GREAT MOVIE; a great story, a great cast and fantastic special effects. But so much more could have been done here with a book to really explain what the film could not.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Original American [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By H.W. Brands
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    As the individual perhaps most widely respected by the generation that founded the United States, Benjamin Franklin can fairly be described as the "Founding Godfather" of America. A gifted writer, businessman, diplomat, political mover, scientist, and inventor (not to mention a famous wit and incorrigible womanizer), Franklin towers among historical figures, but his warm humanism and intelligence cast his amazing life into undeniably human relief.

    Marc says: "Great Course taken in my car!"
    "Franklin Lecture"
    Overall

    I have been a member of Audible for several years now, and have downloaded more than ninety book titles in all. Some are great, some are very good; this particular lecture on Benjamin Franklin was spectacular. I listened to one lecture each day. I never really knew how influential Benjamin Franklin was to American History before and found myself telling my children and friends what I had learned about him each day. As a consequence, I am downloading another title on Franklin to learn more about this most important figure in our history. H.W. Brands did a great job in bringing forth the passion of Franklin. I look forward to downloading more lectures from Brands.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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