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Stuart

Richmond, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (455)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Great story, great translation, great reading."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I definitely recommend the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Odyssey?

    Odysseus visits the underworld.


    What about Ian McKellen’s performance did you like?

    A great, classic reading!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's much too long and involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4136)
    Performance
    (3684)
    Story
    (3682)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, heartwarming and smart.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Swiching perspectives between the man and dog worked really well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (674)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Interesting Take on History"
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    What did you love best about Civilization?

    Ferguson constantly challenges us to think differently about historical events. He's not afraid to be politically incorrect.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Some of the current events he comments on are too recent to have a historical perspective on. No one knows yet how are present economy will play out yet.


    Have you listened to any of Niall Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely not. I enjoyed the book very much but there's much too much information to take in in one sitting or even ten sittings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (871)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i'd definitely recommend this book. It's a great story and very original. Ann Patchet has a way of using mythic material but in a way that feels very real. She does the most important thing an author can do. She makes you want to know what happens next. She also balances many characters but still makes each one memorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bel Canto?

    When Carmen finally gets the nerve to approach Gen to yeah her how to read.


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    I liked the reading. She added a lot to the book. My one caveot was that she seemed to have one foreign accent regardless of what language the speaker spoke.


    If you could rename Bel Canto, what would you call it?

    Prisoners of Edan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

    Jeffrey says: "If my yetzer harah could write"
    "Unrelenting Whining"
    Overall
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    What would have made Foreskin's Lament better?

    It would have been better if there was some sense of character development.


    Has Foreskin's Lament turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Some of the early scenes in Hebrew School were fun.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of it was very funny, particularly the early parts but as the book became less funny, it just became an endless complaint aganst God. Seeing the world through the eyes of a nine year old can be funny but not when you are thirty, (or however old he was as an adult.) I believe most people who believe in God, even Orthodox Jews have a more sophisticated concept of Him than the auther and don't spend thier lives blaming Him for everything that goes wrong for themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Auslander is a good story teller. He kept me reading till the end but he needs to grow up. He bashes God so often, he actually made me feel sorry for Him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (618)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Good Noir"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a good fast listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes although it wasn't to hard to figure where it was going.


    What about Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    The reading was good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What happens to the photographer.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. DeSilva has studied all the great noir mystery writers and has the style down cold. He tells a good story and has a great sense of place, Providence RI. What he doesn't have is an original voice. This sometimes has a, paint by the numbers feel. Still, it kept me listening to the end to find out what happens next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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