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Chachi

SLC, UT | Member Since 2007

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  • Scar Tissue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

    Nicole says: "Up Close and Personal with Anthony Kiedis"
    "Not A Favorite"
    Overall

    Rock biographies are my favorite genre so, eventually, I had to read Scar Tissue. Full disclosure: I've been putting it off for 2 years because I haven't really liked the RHCP since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. (Though I adore Flea.) So, I finally downloaded Scar Tissue. First, let me say, I think the narrator is - while not terrible - certainly not worthy and didn't make me feel like I was listening to the words of Anthony Kiedis. It was like listening to a 17 year old high school junior reading Anthony Kiedis. (Go ahead, listen to the sample.) Because of this, I could never really get completely immersed in the book. His young, squeaky, and innocent voice didn't vibe with the often dark and always debaucherous tales. But if you can past that, which I couldn't quite do all the time, then the story being shared is essentially this: Anthony's dad was the kind of parent who made his kid be his hang out and drug buddy so AK developed unhealthy drug and girl habits very early in life and has pretty much been to be unable to control these urges for most of his life. "OK", you might say. "That's the story of rock-n-roll!" Yeah, true. But usually reading a rock bio makes me like the band and the person even more because I form a connection and deeper appreciation of the artist and the music. Well, perhaps I do feel a bit of that but I was disappointed nonetheless. Kiedis came off as decent guy who's very easily distracted, a little outrageous, and a lot immature. Oh, wait. Maybe that narrator did a good job after all!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3285)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3050)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Ugh. I quit after 3 hours."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it were a better story. I was bored to tears and quit after 3 hours. Tear through audiobooks like crazy but this one couldn't hold my attention at all. Boring!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. I'll figure it out after I write this review.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from NOS4A2?

    The whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess I'm the weird on here. I hated this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (59)

    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Lisa says: "So Glad I Went The Distance!"
    "What a waste of 18+ hours!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was the story that failed in this listening experience. There were times when I drifted off, unengaged in the story, only to find that minutes had passed and that, actually, I didn't miss anything important. I stuck with it because other reviewers said it was well worth it. Then, the ending! Good grief. I literally said out loud to myself when I heard,


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Gaskell???s story?

    The ending and the boring bits tossed all along the way. Yawn.


    What about Clare Wille???s performance did you like?

    She was brilliant. Fantastic ability to change accents so that you could identify characters. Well done.


    What character would you cut from North and South?

    Edith. She's witheringly dull.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time. There are far better classics on the shelf.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6228)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2414)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "FANTASTIC"
    Overall

    Sensitive subject matter done with amazing wit and humor and artfully told. I looked forward to listening to it every day and was so sad when the tale ended. Absolutely gold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Meh..."
    Overall

    I had heard such good things about this book from a friend but, upon listening to it, I don't know what she saw in this novel. Sure, it's a nice story but the author writes in such way that is seems descriptive for description's sake and lacks real depth and meaning. The reader never feels connected to the characters and the plot doesn't seem to have much of a lesson to be learned. It's vanilla. After just coming off the heels of listening to Middlesex (which was FANTASTIC), this was a disappointment to be honest.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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