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Donald

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  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (706)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Please do not judge its great value by the movie."
    Overall

    I saw its movie coming out and thought I would enjoy the audiobook first. I greatly enjoyed the pace of the book and the personalities shown forth. There were a few times that his descriptions were a little vague as I tried to imagine the scene in my head and found a few details lacking, but overall I would consider that a minor problem. I then saw the movie. Even though they certainly got the main events of the book right, the "feel" of it didn't quite compare. To those that saw the movie and are on the fence, I would urge you to enjoy the audiobook and enjoy greater character development and a superior unfolding of the storyline. Give it one more chance.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

    Andy says: "Surf's Up"
    "enlightening"
    Overall

    As with most casual music listeners such as myself, I would imagine there are worlds of history behind the music that we simply haven't got a glimmer. I'm a fan of the Beach Boys but knew hardly anything about them. It's deeply heartening to learn more of the people behind the music that is so much a part of the American experience of my generation. And not only that, but the narration was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "I'm sorry, but it is not worth the credit."
    Overall

    I have no desire to be harsh, but I was very disappointed with this book. I will set aside the fact that I don't subscribe to most of the metaphysical ideas promoted in the book and will speak to its less than stellar choppy writing style and its even more poorly handled narration. This is the only purchase in which I even had a momentary consideration of asking for my credit back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (341)

    With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.

    Michael says: "One of my favorites"
    "absolutely fantastic!!"
    Overall

    I completely enjoyed this audiobook. Its lessons on improving one's personal finances are well founded and time tested, yet not delivered in a dry sleep-inducing manner. I greatly enjoy self development books but often find them to be a little boring to sit through. I was finished with this one before i knew it, grabbed my device and started it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "Outstanding written work and narration!!!"
    Overall

    I greatly enjoyed the interweaving of historical tales of Ireland with a young boy's pursuit of his passion. Some other reviews speak of this book as being slow, and I suppose it is to a degree. It wasn't meant to be an adrenaline rush from cover to cover. I would, however, highly recommend this to anyone who likes to feel the magic of a master storyteller fill your mind and soul.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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