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Lazaro

My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!

cutler bay, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Fausto [Faust]

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated By Franco Patiño, Aldo Lumbía, Marciel Moya, and others
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    El doctor Fausto es, en cierta forma, un cadáver: vive junto a su propia muerte. En una ciudad decrépita se celebra una convención médica. Allí, Fausto encuentra a Santos, un antiguo paciente que afirma haber sido desahuciado por éste ocho años atrás. Santos es un ser grosero, inquietante y seductor que guiará a Fausto a través de un viaje alucinante por su propia conciencia: Los deseos de Fausto son órdenes para Santos.

    Lazaro says: "Great Find"
    "Great Find"
    Overall

    I tried to get this book in English, but the versions here are either too monotone or I couldn't follow the poetic language. This version was awesome. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    In the highly-anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs and the final book in the trilogy that started with Red Dragon, seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane.

    W. Max Hollmann says: "Poorly abridged"
    "Don't listen to prior reviews"
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    Although I had listened to both Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, I had stayed away from this book because the reviews were horrible. But I actually enjoyed the author's reading. The only thing I'd change would be that it be an unabridged version. Well good luck and hope you enjoy!!!😎

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7674)
    Performance
    (6555)
    Story
    (6583)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Loved it😄"
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    I loved it. I cried. I laughed. I hoped alongside Cheryl. The narrator was awesome. I had heard her before in Memoirs of a Geisha. Wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - The Great Naval Battles Seen Through Japanese Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Captain Tameichi Hara
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain.

    Jean says: "Rousing tale of fear overcome"
    "Too technical"
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    A little too technical for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favourite parts were he was talking about himself and his family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (424)

    A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

    Jean says: "Eminently Readable"
    "An Excellent Story"
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    I loved this book. From the Preface to the Epilogue, this book captivates the listener. I had listened to William Shirer's, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and had been amazed at how some of the officers of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Germany, had been so humane in spite of the inhumanity of the SS and the Secret Police. An example that comes to mind is Erwin Rommel. Here, Colonel Hans Von Luck tells his story and as I am writing this review my eyes are welled up with tears. He served with Rommel in the Panzer division in Africa and was an example of humanity in the face of an ugly war. It is a must listen! Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job of narrating the book. Like in past books, I found myself forgetting that it was the narrator's voice and imagined myself listening to the author. Favorite part of the book-Colonel Von luck writes, "For an oath can only be binding, so long as it is compatible with the conscience of the individual, and it is freely given." This he writes referring to the Oath of Allegiance Hitler asked from the Wehrmacht officers; here he is clearly saying that duty did not excuse the death of so many. I also found fascinating that his fiancée at the time was judged 1/8 Jew and he as a highly decorated frontline officer had been refused the permission to marry his loved one. I hope all who listen are rewarded as I was with this great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (796)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Lorrie says: "A question about further Clavell books."
    "Glad I did not listen to the bad reviews"
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    I am glad I did not listen to the negative reviews. I have listended to more than a 124 books and have come to know when a narrator is not a good one. I have to disagree with many of the reviewers; David Case was wonderful. I could not stop listening, and this book is 48 hours long. I thought of the Shogun mini series, and as I listended to his reading, I imagined I was listening to Toshiro Mifune as Lord Toronaga, Richard Chamberlain as the Anjin San, and Yoko Shimada as the Lady Toda Buntaro-Mariko. I have to admit that I love Japanese novels; therefore, I allowed myself a little bias. Notwithstanding, I could not have listened to such a long novel if the narration was as poor as previously mentioned in other reviews. Please give yourself a chance if this is your genre, and enjoy this delightful book. Once you're done with this audiobook, may I suggest Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The origin of the geisha is mentioned in Shogun, and whether true or not, both books give great insight into Japanese thought.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (127)

    The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

    Rob says: "Fagles is best"
    "Don't waste your money!"
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    I thought listening to this book would be as interesting as listening to The Iliad, The Odyssey, or Dante's Inferno, but boy was I mistaken. I haven't read this novel, but if it is a great book, this narrator kills it. I was bored to death. I could not finish the audiobook. I am pretty fair, and try to give every audiobook the benefit of the doubt, but I could not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous Northern England poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

    Mary says: "great original, translation, and reader"
    "Great Listen"
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    I loved listening to this audiobook. The story of this valiant knight kept me interested, and the narrator was excellent. Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (115)

    Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader.

    Steven says: "More on Richard Allen"
    "Wow! Wow! Wow!"
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    I was hesitant to listen to this classic due to its duration, but I was sold by the excellent reviews Richard Allen, its narrator, obtained. Wow! This narrator is arguably the best I've heard, and I have listened to many books. The combination of Uncle Tom's plight, the inspiration that led to its writing, and Richard Allen's reading make this an excellent novel. You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    While Mrs. Bennet pursues husbands for her daughters, the course of the courtship of the proud Darcy and Elizabeth never runs smoothly. The writing takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions that often accompanies a relationship in bloom.

    Susie says: "love the story, don't love the reader."
    "My First Recorded Book Ever"
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    What can be said about this classic? Well, I fell in love with this book. It captivated my attention from the beginning, and held it throughout. I hope, like me, you'll fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Eliza Bennet. I've listened to this audiobook countless times. I've seen the mini-series with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy; I've read the novel as well. Not to forget, Flo Gibson's wonderful narration. There's another Pride and Prejudice by another narrator here also. I've not listened to that one, but listen to both previews, and choose the one that makes you happy. Point being, listen to this wonderful novel. I absolutely love it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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