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Mountain View, CA, USA | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 160 ratings
  • 368 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • 2004 First Presidential Debate: Bush vs. Kerry (9/30/04)

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By George W. Bush, John F. Kerry

    The first presidential debate between Republican incumbent President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry took place at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, on September 30, 2004. The focus of this debate was foreign policy. PBS's Jim Lehrer was the moderator.

    Belen says: "Grateful For This Service"
    "Grateful For This Service"

    The biggest reason that I subscribe to audible is to stay in touch with the world in a foreign country where I do not speak the language. Though I will reserve my judgement of the candidates I will say that the quality of the sound, and its cost both make this an invaluable service provided by audible. As to the candidates, I believe every American she actively listen to all debates and vote accordingly.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Delia Ephron
    • Narrated By Meg Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, writing, movies, and family. From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best-friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron's eloquent style and voice illuminate every moment of this superb and singular work.

    Jen says: "AHHHHHHH - Just wonderful!!!"
    "I fell victim to marketing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Noted author, noted narrator, all the ingredients for a great book? You'd think...

    If there is anything worse than the brainless dribble of someone trapped in their own depression, it is having Meg Ryan narrate it. There is literally an entire chapter on how hard it is to deal with a bank. Another chapter on Identity Theft? Try, a failure to pay your bills...

    I can't believe I finished this.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Delia Ephron again?

    Almost certainly

    What didn’t you like about Meg Ryan’s performance?

    Hearing Meg Ryan whine has got to be the most obnoxious sound on the planet.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sister Mother Husband Dog?

    This book was only published because the names alone could make it profitable. There was no story. None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "If You Want to Read This Book, Skip the First Half"

    It is imparative that you start this book nearly exactly halfway through, about when Pi boards the boat America. If not, you will end up not finishing the book which would be a shame. Once Pi embarks on his actual adventure Martel draws an imaginative world that raises eyebrows and teases common sense.
    Nothing in the first half of the book is necessary except to know that Pi was once taught to fear and respect the tiger, and that his father owns a zoo. Beyond that, skip it and you will join a young man on a truly unbelieveable adventure.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "I Didn't Sleep the Night I Picked Up This Book"

    When I first started reading this book early Saturday morning, I did not realize that I would end up neglecting food, shower, bathroom, and sleep for a full 16 hours.
    This gripping tale in the quest for the Holy Grail perfectly captures the reader with the main character who, like the reader, is completely unaware of the adventure in store. Brown has character development down to an art and is an expert at providing the reader with information only when appropriate.
    I enthusiastically encourage all to share this original and engaging novel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "This Book Was a Rewrite of Many Old Favorites"

    This book was a fun read for a adolescent audience, but left something to be desired for a more mature audience. While the style was engaging, the story line merely borrowed from other loved legends, and other less know tales. Further, the author has some growing to do in timing. The plot evolved over the entire book leaving the ending rushed and anti-climactic. The characters in persona and in name not only resemble, but mirror characters other fantasy and sciencfiction books, and are simply introduced to each other.
    The author's peers may enjoy this read, but I look forward to his ripening. He definitely shows promise, but is as of yet, no prodigy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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