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Wilfredo

Queen Creek, AZ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10523)
    Performance
    (9077)
    Story
    (9038)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Most entertaining listen I had all year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had to put down my other book when this was released. I finished it pretty quickly because it was so entertaining. It was also informative about the cutthroat businesses of music, movies, and technology as a whole. I respect Steve Jobs as an innovator even more now, but perhaps respect him less as a human being. That may sound harsh, but it's a testament to the honesty behind this book. They didn't sugar-coat any of Jobs's quirks or bluntness when dealing with others. Some people here complained about the narrator. I thought the narration was well-done. He may not do a good "Steve" impression, but I don't think he was going for that either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9858)
    Performance
    (8500)
    Story
    (8516)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Dany's Voice"
    Overall

    I logged in to write how Roy Dotrice changed Dany's voice from the first three books in the series he narrated. I see that everyone else is complaining about it. First off, the book is great. I've been waiting years for it and I'm not dissapointed. I do have an issue with at least one of the voices; Dany's. There was always a voice here and there that I thought was a bit ridiculous, but it was never a main character; especially since Dotrice already had a perfectly good voice for Dany in the other books. He basically gave her the voice of an old wildling crone. Didn't anyone at Random House pick up on this? Anyway.... five stars still, I love the series and I love Dotrice. I just had to point out that annoyance.

    59 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    In a small apartment, Black and White, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the menthough he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it.

    Wilfredo says: "Wow"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I held off from buying this because of the short length of the audiobook. After getting through all of Cormac McCarthy's other audiobooks, this was the only one I haven't read. I'm glad I did. After purchasing, I realized that it was a play and the performances by the voice actors were excellent. It's one of those stories that stick with you long after you listen to it. I didn't realize that HBO released a movie for this until after I listened to it. The movie is superb as well (Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5100)
    Performance
    (3381)
    Story
    (3392)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "I so wanted to love this"
    Overall

    I love zombie apocalypse fiction, so why didn’t I enjoy this book? It’s because the book is comprised of a bunch of interviews with people who encountered the zombies. Throw character development out of the window because there isn’t any. Some stories (interviews) held my attention a little while others were, well… lame. Another thing, these are the slow shambling zombies that don’t run, jump, or open doors; so why is the world getting their butts handed to them by these things. It would seem like a blind man could take these things out. In fact, there is one story about a blind man fighting the zombies. By the way, flying an Apache helicopter at a dive angle low to the ground to cut off the heads of zombies isn’t going to happen. The blades would shred to pieces; just throwing that out there. So many friends recommended this book to me (when I say many, I mean like 3) and I can’t figure out why. Sorry if I offended anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (517)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Most violent book I ever read (listened to)"
    Overall

    After downloading so many dud books that were recommended by friends, I finally found one that stuck with me and made me think, and made me want to research the history of the regions and events detailed in the book. Paints a horrific picture of the scalp trade in the Southwest, but I couldn’t stop listening. So many user reviews on other sites described the vocabulary of the book as being awkward, so I was worried that it may not hold my attention. This wasn’t the case at all. It is a novel, but you can tell that the author researched the locations and cultures of the areas that the story takes place. I enjoyed the “The Road” and now “Blood Meridian.” Don’t get either if you’re looking for a blissful story. The narrator does an outstanding job. 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (13155)
    Performance
    (9859)
    Story
    (9906)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Teddy says: "Wow... Another EPIC novel"
    "Best Fantasy"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening. I just wish the author wrote more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8318)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2821)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "About half as good as the first"
    Overall

    I loved Pillars of the Earth. I figured that if this was half as good as the first, then it would be worth it. Well, it was half as good. The characters were the strength of the first book. These weren't as developed and were one-dimensional to a point. Still a good read that had me engaged at parts, but overall it felt kind of long.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (745)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Started out great!"
    Overall

    Scary at the beginning, but then got a little ridiculous for me. It wasn't scary anymore. It was more action than horror at that point. I wish the last half of the book could have matched the first half. Still a good read, though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (571)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "amazing story"
    Overall

    This is an amazing story. The first part of the book focuses on his training and Petty Officer First Class Luttrell’s upbringing; it really didn’t hold my attention all too much. From the beginning to the middle, I wish Mr. Luttrell was a bit more descriptive about certain things – his equipment, planning and coordination involved, etc. However, once the first bullet is fired, it’s nonstop emotion and heart wrenching action. Mr. Luttrell and those who gave their lives that day are true heroes who needed to have their story told. Some people were bothered by the author’s political and religious beliefs. I was not. It’s who he is and I respect that. The narrator did a fine job, although he did mispronounce Chinook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11969)
    Performance
    (4399)
    Story
    (4428)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Judith says: "Couldn't Take My Buds Out"
    "Epic"
    Overall

    I would not have purchased this book on the title and description alone. It thought it would be boring, but somebody recommended it to me. It has become my favorite book of all time right here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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