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charlie

Aptos, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Allan C. Weisbecker
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In 1996, Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his longtime friend and surfing companion, Christopher, who had vanished into the depths of Central America. In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica to unravel the circumstances of Christopher's disappearance, Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, and the waves he caught and lost en route to finding his friend.

    charlie says: "Great Surf Adventure Story"
    "Great Surf Adventure Story"
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    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a wonderful job. If I didn't check I would be sure it was the actual author narrating. Pronounced all the slang and spanish well. Also sounds like a white guy in the 50 year old range.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The end of the search is emotional. Some surprises, and then some mid-life crisis/soul-searching stuff that you can either leave or take depending in your own feelings and views on life.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommended for anyone who likes surf, travel, or central america. I like all, so it was a great book. Especially for surfing, which is pretty limited on good books. In the world there are lots of magazine articles, movies and pictures on surfing. Even some good biographies, but not all that many great surf adventure tales in book form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (380)

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Demji says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "Narrator worst ever."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich again?

    Yes, for sure. I've listened to 6 or so of them and even though they aren't my favorite series, they are entertaining light reading.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Let me count the ways. 1. Talks about 2x too fast. 2. Sounds like a 16 year old from Jersey. 3. Just comes off rude and obnoxious, especially when you've gotten used to the previous narrator.
    The only reason I could ever think of that she could be justified would be because she's got the jersey accent. I'm guessing this was her one and only gig.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't judge the series based on my opinion on this book or the narrator.
    I also recommend the unabriged versions of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6884)
    Performance
    (5252)
    Story
    (5334)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Great Historical Fiction"
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    What did you love best about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    It's enternaining and kind of hilarious how much research went into this book to make it authentic, while at the same time half of it was made up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really captures the imagination. I was excited every day I had to drive to work to listen. I really would recommend it, if this kind of book seems at all your style.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It could have been read with more excitement or personality. Given, a lot of the storyline is supposed to be first person from old journals. The narrator sounds exactly like a narrator off the history channel. Pretty slow and monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    Without giving away the ending, I was kind of dissapointed. The beginning and ending didn't tie together at all. I was really surprised that it ended when it did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By David Talbot
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itself - and then revolutionized the world. The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 1960s cultural revolution. But by the early 1970s, San Francisco’s ecstatic experiment came crashing down from its starry heights. The city was rocked by savage murder sprees, mysterious terror campaigns, political assassinations, street riots, and finally a terrifying sexual epidemic.

    Douglas says: "A Great Book..."
    "If you like history you'll like this"
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    What made the experience of listening to Season of the Witch the most enjoyable?

    This book is great if you like history or non-fiction types with good storylines. I don't have any special interest in San Francisco but this is a good story regardless.


    What other book might you compare Season of the Witch to and why?

    Devil in the White City. Fairly recent history with an entertaining and varied storyline.


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

    It is scary how many violent cults and organizations came out of SF, but how the city weathered them, and you don't even think of them as tied to the city today.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (3199)
    Story
    (3206)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "As good as the rest"
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    Where does Deadlocked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better ones in the series. It ties up a lot of the loose ends that the last one left behind. And Johanna Parker as always does a great job w/narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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