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Aaron Cammarata

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CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6842)
    Performance
    (3273)
    Story
    (3318)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Just do it!"
    Overall

    Go ahead. Allow yourself to be sucked in to the Dark Tower series.

    The first book takes a little while to get going, but you have to think of it as an investment in the epic series that it is.

    This is a great story. By the time you get to the 7th book, you'll be really disappointed that your time with these characters is up.

    Two thums up. Both of 'em.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing's Sacred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (97)

    You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

    Adam says: "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    "Other people's drug stories - are NOT funny"
    Overall

    What a disappointment. I'm a huge fan of Lewis Black's political commentary, but this book is an attempt at a humorous autobiography.

    Turns out listening to him rail on about the 60s, suburbia, and regale us with tales of his drug experiences...not funny. I didn't even finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (664)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Ugh."
    Overall

    Awful.

    If you've ever seen a computer before, you know more than Mr. Brown, apparently.

    Sorry. No good.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4259)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1993)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Yaaaawn"
    Overall

    This is two stories in one book, neither of which is given a chance to fully flower, or is inherently interesting. Skip it.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6470)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1817)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "What a whiner"
    Overall

    I was interested in this for two reasons. 1) Like everyone else, I'm interested to learn about Afghani culture in the wake of recent events, and 2) it's a local interest story to me in Fremont.

    I didn't know quite what to expect in terms of plot, and was ready to go along with the autobiographical nature of the book.

    Then I learned that the author is a bit of a weasel. A spineless, spoiled coward, with no character. He disappoints at every turn, and then spends the latter parts of the book trying to make amends. He does some good deeds, but they still reek of selfishness.

    Finally, the writing itself is of mediocre quality, so even if you wanted to taste the truth of his character, the bitter with the sweet, the book is just plain not enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "Neat ending...but too long in coming"
    Overall

    This is a fairly convoluted story that really requires the listener's full attention. All is not as it seems, which made for some cool scenes and "wait - did he just do that?" moments, but the whole thing is told through a number of different voices, some speaking "in the moment", others remniscing back...it's confusing at times. It takes you an hour or two just to figure out the relationship between the different characters.

    That, in an of itself is not necessarily a problem - but it has to come together into a solid web at some point, which this story fails to do.

    It tries a lame attempt at a dramatic ending, which again falls short, and leaves me wondering why I didn't quit after 4 discs like I wanted to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    Eddie says: "Great book"
    "Good stuff!"
    Overall

    A classic of the cyberpunk/sci-fi genre. Well written, well read - this one's a keeper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2517)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (228)

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "Definitely not as an audiobook"
    Overall

    I didn't particularly care for the content in the book, though some of the stories were mildly entertaining. Useless, but entertaining.

    More importantly, though, I was chatting with a friend who had read the paper book, and he commented on some important tables that illustrated concepts wholly missing from the audiobook.

    If you REALLY want to check it out, go to your local Border's, get a coffee, and read it there. Or heck, even buy it, though I don't think it was worth a purchase.

    But definitely do not take it in as an audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad's Advisors: Real Estate Riches - How to Become Rich Using Your Banker's Money

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dolf de Roos, introduction by Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Dolf de Roos, introduction by Robert T. Kiyosaki
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Robert T. Kiyosaki, the man behind the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, teams up with expert real estate investor Dolf de Roos to bring you the best advice on the real estate market and how to become rich using your banker's money.

    Michael says: "Great new ways to look at real estate"
    "Completely lacking any substance"
    Overall

    You can buy real estate.
    Real Estate has tax advantages.
    You don't have to buy it all - you can let the bank pay for 80-100% of it.
    It doesn't need to be near your home.
    You make money by cash-out refinancing, not by selling.

    There. You read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James McManus
    • Narrated By James McManus
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    In the spring of 2000, Harper's magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker. But when McManus sets foot in town, the lure of the tables is too strong: he proceeds to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience (he tells his skeptical wife) can he capture the hair-raising subtleties of poker that determines the world champion.

    Dave G. says: "Ted Binion, World Series of Poker, Strippers"
    "I thought there were slander laws"
    Overall

    This is really 2 books. One about the author's participation in the poker tournament. The other is basically an all-out personal attack, backed by circumstantial evidence, against the folks suspected of murdering Ted Binion. I enjoyed the former, not so much with the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (558)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Well voiced, generally worthwhile.

    This is a collection of short stories, all loosely related by a framework that ties them together by a common theme. It's enjoyable enough, though feels somewhat dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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