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I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

Bayonne, NJ, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (781)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Fun, light read, but had narration problems"
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    This is a simple, fun story--not a lot of substance, but still professionally constructed.

    I am generally impressed by Stephen King's range of subject matter--but even knowing how versatile he is, this book surprised me. Had his name not been on the cover, I never would have guessed that he wrote it.

    The ending was satisfying, if somewhat simple... but I consider that a win, as my foremost criticism of King is that often his endings are terrible, and he frequently ruins his stories with finales that aren't worthy of the rest of the story. But, not this time.

    My only major criticism of the audiobook is the narration. Pinchot actually did a fine job with most of his voice acting. Unfortunately, whoever was editing his sound levels was grossly incompetent. Pretty much every line of dialog spoken by the antagonist is whispered so softly that is completely inaudible!

    It was almost enough to ruin the entire experience... almost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14090)
    Performance
    (6430)
    Story
    (6510)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Excellent book, even for someone who craves action"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not my usual genre of choice. I tend to lean towards sci-fi, fantasy, or thrillers. But, I'm always trying to expand my horizons, so I thought I'd try literary fiction for a change.

    The well-written characters and dialog sucked me in. The plot lacked some of pizzazz that I generally prefer, but it was gripping, full of drama and danger. I was satisfied.

    I would have given this book 4 stars across the board, but the incredible writing and narration of the old man in the nursing home was A+ work, and some of the best listening audible has shown me so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (832)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "A fun, clever but handicapped origin story"
    Overall
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    This was a fantastically interesting take on Peter Pan and where he came from. Unfortunately, the story didn't really want to go where it had to end up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (652)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Interesting, clever, but not a classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This felt like a less-funny, more American Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was very interesting at times, very dated at times, and not quite funny enough most of the time.

    Hodgman was well-paired as a narrator, and he did as much with it as he could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (568)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Not Willis's best."
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    Performance
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    The big reveal in this novel was not worth the time, and certainly didn't satisfy after the buildup.

    I did appreciate the satire of academia and workplace bureaucracy. Parts of this book were very funny. Just, not enough to justify the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1170)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa NCGBT says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Fun Young Adult fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Smarter than I expected, but not terribly deep. I enjoyed this book, and I think it has real potential to be an interesting series. That being said, the story didn't really speak to me personally, and I'm not sure I'll be coming back to it.

    This story is probably perfect for young girls who can identify with the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    We Are All Weird is a celebration of choice, of treating different people differently and of embracing the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being heard. The book calls for end of "mass" and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests, and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values.

    Steven says: "Nothing new"
    "The substance of this book could fill a postcard"
    Overall
    Performance
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    An interesting idea, but not enough to justify an audiobook. We Are All Weird is basically done after the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef, who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know, and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss.

    Eileen says: "Laugh out loud funny!"
    "Kind of a snoozer, but that's not unexpected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Garrison Keillor is great, in moderation. He doesn't have the energy to carry a novella, though. Let's be honest, even getting all the way through his radio show is a chore sometimes.

    I knew what I was getting into when I picked this story up, and it delivered exactly what it promised. No more, and no less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Brian Wansink
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    InSlim by Design, leading behavioral economist, food psychologist, and bestselling author Brian Wansink introduces groundbreaking solutions for designing our most common spaces - schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and home kitchens, among others - in order to make positive changes in how we approach and manage our diets.

    Michael says: "Another Weird Diet Book"
    "Important, insightful, and a little repetitive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This sort of book isn't usually my cup of tea, but my wife told me to read it. I was very impressed by the substance of this book, and the fascinating research behind it.

    I'm giving it a very high rating because, though the book has some flaws, it's contents should be read by everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3133)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2462)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Pretty good, but nothing I haven't read before"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If I hadn't read the Mistborn trilogy, The Way of Kings, and tons of other Branden Sanderson books, I might have been more impressed with the Warded Man. But this really felt exactly like one of Sanderson's heroes' journeys.

    I didn't find the premise interesting enough to warrant an entire series. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't care enough about the story to want to read a sequel. Mostly this is because our main character becomes rather foreign to us near the end of the story. I stopped empathizing with him, and our other central characters were not enough to keep me emotionally involved in the plot.

    All in all, a well constructed book... and had it been my first introduction to the genre, I'm sure I would have liked it a lot more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

    marvin says: "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    "Simultaneously entertaining and disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Stephen King knows how to spin a tale. He jumps right in, and keeps you captivated. What he does with your attention, though, is rarely worth the time.

    This book is, of course, a classic, and one of King's better stories, in the sense that he ending isn't a huge let down (I'm looking at you, "The Stand").

    That being said, this book suffers from the stupidity that is absolutely married to books about the supernatural. This book has possession, and evil cars, and unexplained magic. How anyone other than a child can be excited about that stuff is beyond me. Any joy I got from the novel was in spite of the childish spooky ghost stuff.

    And there is plenty to like, with interesting characters and masterfully crafted suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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