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Ola Nordal

For a long time I rarely took the time to read novels. This changed when I discovered audiobooks!

Austria | Member Since 2012

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  • Relentless: The Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Yngwie J. Malmsteen
    • Narrated By Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Fred Berman
    Overall
    (23)
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    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Yngwie Malmsteen's revolutionary guitar style - combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal - made him a staple of the 80s rock scene. Decades later, he's still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since. In Relentless, Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in the early 80s to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal.

    Anneli says: "Autobiography of Yngwie J. Malmsteen."
    "Good about the bad side of Heavy Metal"
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    I was a fan of Malmsteen many years ago, but it kind of faded as I grew older and saw how cartoonish and sometimes ridiculous the 80s heavy metal scene was. I often wish I could go back to the time I didn't speak English and couldn't understand what Manowar sung about.

    Malmsteen's biography gives a unique insight into the mindset of those crazy days when heavy metal ruled the scene in Los Angeles. It's about all the clichés, before they turned clichés by a guy who invented many of them.

    I also enjoy the fact that after hearing the book I took out many of Malmsteen's old albums (and checked out some of his new ones) and I can testify to that they have aged less than many of his contemporaries. Rising Force is still a killer, and the tale told in this book is a good explanation of why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tony Iommi
    • Narrated By Bev Bevan
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, bandmates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

    david says: "The complete life of heavy metal's true father"
    "Good story, but a bit untight"
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    It was enjoyable to hear about Black Sabbath from the inside, and Iommi is playing it out like the polite and dry witted englishman he probably is. But I feel that both the actual book and the reading could have been tighter. Too often it's more like hearing Iommi doing a documentary interview than reading (listening to) an actual book. The reading is mostly good, and the dialect perfect, but sometimes he feels a bit uninspired, and sometimes there's a bit too much paper shuffling and quirky edits. But for a fan it's a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hundred Days

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick McGuinness
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.The socialist state is in crisis, the shops are empty and old Bucharest vanishes daily under the onslaught of Ceaucescu’s demolition gangs. Paranoia is pervasive and secret service men lurk in the shadows. In The Last 100 Days, Patrick McGuinness creates an absorbing sense of time and place as the city struggles to survive this intense moment in history.

    Ola Nordal says: "A great read about important matters"
    "A great read about important matters"
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    The book gives a unique peek into a totalitarian regime before its collapse. But even more it's a story about people making their way and actually live under these extreme conditions.

    A bit slow in the first half maybe, but the last half I loved every minute. Great narration, but - and this is my personal taste, i'm not so fond of readers going too far into acting - the voice enactments sometimes went a bit too far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10698)
    Performance
    (6154)
    Story
    (6045)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    FanB14 says: "Hilarious"
    "Great read - but cut the music"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    No. You miss out the images


    What did you like best about this story?

    Samuel L. Jacksons narration


    Any additional comments?

    The background music is at best annoying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9966)
    Performance
    (5287)
    Story
    (5308)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "One of the most original books"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    The mindboggeling dramatic story - the intelligent storytelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the insane details about zoo animals. And all the religious allegory. Is Richard Parker the devil? And do we need the devil to stay alive?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    At first I was a bit unsure about the reader. I found him a bit flat and straight forward, and failing when trying to dramatize different characters. But after a while I grew to like him.


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

    Yes - definitely


    Any additional comments?

    One of the greatest books in the first part of the 21st century. It clearly reflects our times new interest in spirituality and religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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