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Fred

Bothell, WA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Ape House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans...until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

    glamazon says: "Interesting Premise"
    "A disappointment after Water for Elephants"
    Overall

    I was very anxious to listen to Ape House after Water for Elephants, one of my favorite books. To me, Water for Elephants had a near classic style that was enhanced by the author's attention to character development and detail of the period. Not so with Ape House, which is set in today's world. Ape House reads like the script from an ABC Mini-Series, a genre that I personally dislike.

    The characters are near cartoon-like in their predictability and lack of depth. It has them all, seemingly borrowed from recent paperbacks: a greedy and corrupt scientist; a good-hearted, protective female lead scientist with a wisecracking assistant; a journalist striving for the truth in the face of insurmountable obstacles; the hard but kind, warm-hearted Russian prostitute; but most of all the almost human group of apes who are exploited by the cruel, ambitious, pornographer. And it all ends with everyone getting what he deserves, good and bad.

    I know the author can do better, and would encourage her to redirect her efforts into books that don't seem to pander to the lowest type of readership. Maybe this will be popular, and may become a movie or mini-series and make Sara a lot of money. I hope with all that money she can again concentrate on more quality work that I know she can do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack D. Hunter
    • Narrated By William Dufries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Controversial oncologist Dr. Anson Lunt dies in a suspicious plane crash just as one of his researchers develops what appears to be a "magic bullet" against all forms of cancer. Before Lunt's mangled body grows cold, powerful forces are conspiring to seize control of the top-secret cure, either to reap the riches at stake or to suppress the discovery entirely. Industrial espionage, blackmail, and murder are only a few of the ruthless strategies employed in the no-holds-barred battle for the cure.

    Teree Olson says: "Poorly read"
    "Poor reading makes this mediocre story unbearable"
    Overall

    I tried very hard to get past the mispronunciations and poorly implemented accents, but couldn't. I tried to just listen to the words. I know that a good reader can add another dimension to a well written book, and can even make a mediocre book, well, enjoyable. But I had no idea how a truly bad reader could ruin a mediocre book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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