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matt

Jacksonville, Fl, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (449)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover!"
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    Fascinating stuff. If you've ever been courious about doping in cycling... this is the behind the scenes insider story. This book tells you what they do, how they do it, who is doing it and answers the biggest question of all, how they pass the doping tests. If there is still any one out there that still thinks Lance is a saint... this book shows you some of his twisted darker sides.
    The methods they use to get away with doping, is stuff straight out of movies. If your a cyclist or keep up with the sport, you'll find it even more captivating since you know all the charicters. Not a cyclist? You'll still find this book beyond interesting. The bad thing about the book... THE COVER! If ever there was an example of don't judge a book by it's cover... THIS IS IT!

    Job well done guys!

    Thanks for providing this in audio format! Wish Landis' book was audio and "From Lance to Landis"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (672)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "Attention Authors!"
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    Attention Authors! You are authors, that is your profession and your specialty. PLEASE do not try to be a professional narrator! Fans of your work wait a long time for your books to come out and it isn't fair to the listeners to have the book compromised by poor narration! You are authors not professional narrators. Let them do the narrating and you do the writing and every one will be better off for it. This is twice this year that I have listened to great books by great authors who for some reason feel they should be the narrator and in turn make the listening experience a tough listen to endure.... With that said, If you listen to Donna's "Goldfinch" THAT WAS AWSOME NARRATION!

    The story was compelling and a great story to follow however I kept feeling like the big plot twist was right around the corner and it never came. by the end of the book I felt like the entire story turned out to be fairly predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2182)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1847)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Really good...But."
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    This was a good one! If you liked Gone girl then you'll like this one. The one down fall I found with this book was the "who done it factor" was pretty obvious about 1/4 into the book and you spend the rest of the book listening to how they did it rather than trying to figure out who did it. None the less this was a good one. I'd give it 4.5 stars if audible gave us that option.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (2528)
    Story
    (2531)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Yawn!"
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    This is a great book if you enjoy listening to 23 hours of mundain background to set up the last 4 hours of listening. Note: this is a weak two star review...After reading the reviews I thought this was going to be a great one... But it went on and on and on and on with no substance till about hour 23 when everything started to make since. The author's relentless diatribe on Reagan that he revisited over and over fit no where in the story line and was border line hate talk. The story was a good story but I wish it was told / written better. Had great potential but just didn't deliver. Shoulda been a 14 hour book. I'll give ya one more shot Mr. Irving... Hoping I find something that captivates my attention the whole way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Premium Pat Conroy!"
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    Beach Music is another outstanding Pat Conroy Book! I have procrastinated reading Beach Music for about 9 months, moving other Conroy books ahead of it. The reason for the delay was due to the story description not sounding as though the topic of the story would interest me, The use of 2 audible credits, The Title of the book sounding like some romantic sappy romance novel, and the book cover falsely confirming the book was probably a sappy love story. (The 2 best Conroy books available have the 2 most misleading titles. When I tell people my favorite all time book is The Prince of Tides, I usually hear, "You? isn't that a romance novel?" Thank you Barbara Streisand for killing potential book sales with your movie that doesn't remotely resemble the content of the book)

    Once I hit play and started in on Beach Music it quickly moved up my list of favorites. After reading / listening to The Prince of Tides last summer I came away wanting my next read to be as good as P.O.T. This is that book! I've now listened to The Lords of Discipline, The Great Santini, South of Broad, and The Prince of Tides and this book feels the closest to The Prince of Tides as all of them!

    The narration was excellent though Marosz wasn't able to capture the lightning in a bottle quite as well when it comes to Conroy's sarcastic humor like Frank Muller did in Prince of Tides. But I don't think anyone can recreate Muller's narration miracle in Prince of Tides.

    The only criticism I have is what is beginning to appear as the "Conroy comfort zone" As mentioned, I've now read / listened to 5 of Conroy's books and the same story lines with different characters and situations keep popping up in each book. This was the first book of his I listened to and thought to myself on multiple occasions "Again? We've already gone down this road before in 4 other books" It's starting to feel as though these certain subjects are a comfort zone. As though he hits writers block and brings in a theme or topic from an older book changing the details around while keeping the big picture the same.

    With that said... Read this one and read the Prince of Tides. In my opinion The 2 best Conroy books. then Lords, then South of Broad, then the Great Santini. Next up on my list is the water is wide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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