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Music Beach Dad

San Diego Guy

El Cajon, CA USA | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 512 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Very good with a plot flaw"

    Pacing was good, plot was interesting, and as always with King, very good character development. I gave it three stars because of what I see as a serious logic flaw with the dome. Why was there never any mention of trying to dig or tunnel under the dome? It's the first thing a dog would try, and certainly even the dullest witted human would think of it in short order. It should have been the first rescue attempt tried -- certainly before bombs or acid. But the book did hold my attention throughout the 34 plus hours of listening which is a tall order for such a lengthy tale.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Too much bragging"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or John Pruden?


    Has American Sniper turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A little.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    Sure, the reader was fine.

    What character would you cut from American Sniper?

    The sniper. His good vs. evil outlook felt too shallow.

    Any additional comments?

    It felt at times like he was talking about Call of Duty instead of real human lives. To hear him describe how he killed two combatants with one shot -- it felt more like bragging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Plodding . . ."

    When I ordered this book, the average of the reviews was well above 4 stars and now they have dipped well below 4 . . . and for very good reason. The book is broken into three parts for the download, and I got most of the way through the first third waiting for it get interesting. Unfortunately, it never did. You will not be driving around the block, or sitting in the driveway to listen to more of this book. Sorry Mr. Wroblewski, but audible books have got to be compelling to hold my attention, and yours was not . . . at least not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Really Wanted to Like It . . ."

    Having read a few of his earlier works, I quickly grew weary Dean Koontz novels and by the time I started my fourth, I quit before finishing it. Several years (about 15 or so) have since passed and I decided to give him another try - especially after reading some of the reviews posted here.

    I was very disappointed with Odd Thomas. The supernatural gimmick here seemed even more gimmicky than some of his older works, and the story itself was superficial and certainly not compelling. There was no taking the long way home, or lingering in my car in our driveway with this audio book.

    I really tried hard to like this book, but I was actually glad when this book ended. Sorry Mr. Koontz .

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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