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Geza

Kamuela, HI, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (178)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
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    If you could sum up Whatever You Do, Don't Run in three words, what would they be?

    Laugh, Learn, Africa


    What other book might you compare Whatever You Do, Don't Run to and why?

    This book reminded me of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" because it was autobiographical, factual, interesting, captivation and so funny I laughed out loud in almost every chapter.


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the author, Peter Allison.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, it was great listening and I was always anxious to get back to it, but the chapters were complete stories in themselves and I knew that if I only had an hour or so, I would be able to come away satisfied.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1069)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "All the Lonely People, Where do They all Come From"
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    Would you listen to Heft again? Why?

    I would listen to Heft again because that is exactly what I wanted to do when I finished it this afternoon. It was so rich and insightful. Now that I know the ending, I will relax and enjoy it more the second time around, instead of being impatient to find out what was going to happen.


    What other book might you compare Heft to and why?

    Rather than a book, I kept thinking of the Beatles's song, Eleanor Rigby, and the tragedy of being lonely. How many Arthurs, Charlenes and Kels are out there, just beyond reach?


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the ponderous delivery for Arthur. You could see him and feel him and know him. I don't know which performer read which role. Kel sounded young and insecure and believable. But Arthur was amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Heft from the first moment until the last, only wishing it would go on a bit longer so I could stay for dinner. I've been in the presence of two massive men in my life and was afraid to look at them as closely as I wanted. Heft let me look, ponder, see, and know Arthur. It is a treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (789)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Ever Timely"
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    Would you listen to The Woman in White again? Why?

    No. Once was enough. But I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wish I understood more about the secret societies functioning in Europe at the time. Were they a 19th century version of the Mafia? This is the first book I've read that alluded to such organizations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene the Count was in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I used to to put myself to sleep at night.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted more information about the relationship between Laura's father and the Baronet and why he was so set on having his daughter marry the man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2673)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2405)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "Even When You Think You Know, You Don't"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband's Secret to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters came alive for me and I thoroughly enjoyed all the different Australian accents and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Cecilia Fitzpatrick, because I could identify with her and her quest to be the perfect wife and mother.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Australian accents brought the setting alive. This book could have been set in New York or Orange County, CA, but it was set in Sydney, for the most part, and I would not have enjoyed the local flavor nearly so much without the Aussie overtones.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I usually listen to audio books while I exercise or clean the house. I feel very fit and the floors are sparkling!


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes you realize that you never really know anything, and yet you make life altering decisions based on "facts" that may be erroneous. How many times have I made the same mistakes as most of the characters in this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7501)
    Performance
    (6882)
    Story
    (6887)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A Little Bird Told me to Recommend this Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the book, and at no time wished for a hard copy. The performance was superb. I had no trouble visualizing the characters, the setting or the plot. It was a long book, but I wanted it to keep going.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    One of the most memorable moments was in Amsterdam, when "Potter" gets the painting back, sort of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was in the museum the first time Theo sees Pippa and falls in love.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    Boris was the most memorable character because he never did what I thought he was going to do. Constant entertainment!


    Any additional comments?

    If you can only listen to one book this year, choose The Goldfinch. You will learn about art, history, antiques, drugs and sailing, to name a few. You will also hear one of the best stories of your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The False Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (218)

    In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

    English teacher says: "Best read of the summer!"
    "The False Prince Rings True"
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    Would you listen to The False Prince again? Why?

    Yes, especially if there were teenagers in the house on a rainy day.


    What other book might you compare The False Prince to and why?

    The Prince and the Pauper.


    Have you listened to any of Charlie McWade’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But then I usually listen during other activities, walking, cooking, cleaning.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for the coming of age set. I was surprised to discover who the real prince was. Perfect set up for the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nonesuch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

    Carl Smith says: "Simple pleasure"
    "Pride and Prejudice Doesn't Have to Worry"
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    Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Eve Matheson?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Georgette Heyer? Why or why not?

    The Nonesuch was written in the style of Jane Austin, but without the subtleties and well developed plots and sub-plots. Would not try another by Heyer, if it's a period piece.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3792)
    Performance
    (3265)
    Story
    (3239)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Wish I Read this Book 30 Years Ago!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great information and a logical, scientific, presentation. I learned so much about family members I didn't understand at all. Anyone who is quiet and/or introverted or who has a friend or family member with those qualities will benefit from this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new perspective I gained that helps me to understand my husband and my son.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me angry that I didn't have this information 30 years ago when I was a young wife and mother. It could have made everyone's lives a lot easier.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Quiet, I'm much less worried about my family. As an extrovert, from a large family of extroverts, I kept looking for ways to "mainstream" my quiet family members by putting them into loud group situations where I hoped they would gain a comfort level. Now I know that their natures are hard wired and normal. Explains why sending my son to his room never worked as a punishment. Wish I read this book in 1982!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hild: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicola Griffith
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

    Geza says: "Not the Best Audio Book"
    "Not the Best Audio Book"
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    If you could sum up Hild in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent historical novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insight into how a "see-er" unraveled the patterns of the times.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of all the unfamiliar names, places and terminology, Hild was not the best candidate for an audio book. I wanted to see a reference map for 7th century Great Britain so I could understand where the various kingdoms were. I needed a glossary for all the unusual terms, and a genealogy chart would have been helpful, too. I wanted to page back to look at names, and couldn't do it. The story was lovely, engaging, well written and well read - but I think I would have enjoyed an e-book or hard cover edition of Hild much more than an audio rendition.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5526)
    Performance
    (3480)
    Story
    (3488)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Best Surprise of the Year"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    The first thing I did when I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain was contact the friend who recommended it to thank her. The second thing I did was start listening to it again. I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to break the emotional connection I felt with Enzo.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, the dog, was my favorite character. I was jolted by his observations and perspectives and they made me reevaluate my own. He was wise and innocent at the same time. I could empathize with his frustration at not being able to communicate with those he loved.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Enzo was in the race car with Denny. The pure joy of it made me want to drive a race car, something I have never even considered doing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is pure joy with a bit of sadness and strife thrown in for spice. Enjoy it, then tell everyone you love to read/listen to it, too. The shared experience will bring you closer to those you love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Stone: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    In the remote wastelands of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts the world at risk. Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his network of spies, known as The Corporation, must fight to protect the stone - and prevent the outbreak of World War III.

    Christopher says: "Great book... horrible narrator"
    "The Company Battles Prehistory"
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    What did you like best about Sacred Stone? What did you like least?

    The best part of Sacred Stone was the relevance of the plot to today's world situation. The worst part was the narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo before, how does this one compare?

    I read "Plague Ship" and loved it. Sacred Stone was not nearly so good.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author's attempts at accents and dialects was disappointing. He made all the men with East Coast (USA) accents sound stupid. Very distracting!


    Was Sacred Stone worth the listening time?

    It was okay as mind candy, or if you couldn't sleep and wanted something to make you unconscious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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