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Charles Adler

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  • Chronicles: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Dylan
    • Narrated By Sean Penn

    Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

    Gerry A. Brown says: "Positively 4th Street"
    "It's All Right Ma, It's Life and Life Only"

    Well sort of. Let me start by saying I love Dylan. I listen to his songs with as much enthusiasm today as I did when I first heard them.

    I am very rarely interested in celebrity autobiographies - I am content to experience their Art. In hindsight I should have followed my own inclinations.

    However, it was DYLAN?S BOOK and so eager was I to read it that I overlooked the fact that it is abridged - to me a cardinal sin. If I wanted Readers Digest I'd go buy it.

    Abridged or not, if you are expecting a straight forward accounting of his life you won't find it here. There are some gems of information and some interesting insights into a self proclaimed preordained life. He seems to have a very different idea of what the "significant" episodes in his life are than the average fan.

    About half way through I got tired of a millionaire complaining how hard stardom is. "why won't they leave me alone" seems to be his mantra. Well, we love you Bob, no one made you write great music. I agree that artists owe the public nothing more than the best art they can produce, but enough whining already.

    In the end I can not recommend this book from a great artist. Buy his albums they will tell you much more of how a being comes to write such immortal words.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Too Much Science, Not Enough Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    I like when the science in a sci fi novel makes sense, even if it can only occur in a clearly defined "other world" But the long detailed scientific explanations got in the way of enjoying the story for me. Disaster occurs, well just a bit of Mr. Wizard basic science will take care of that. I can't say not to listen to this book, but make sure you want a lesson in what a physics class would sound like on Mars. I also thought the portrayal of the main character was a bit cavalier. I found myself wishing the minor characters in NASA were out a bit more stage center. I found myself longing for more from them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "The sound effects suck."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No stupid sound effects, there should be a warning label. Why do you need a woman to do the women's voice. I would have preferred a woman reading the entire book rather than having a women's voice pop up out of nowhere. It's not a movie or even a radio show. It's one person reading a book out loud as best they can. Made it very hard to loose myself in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Not up to usual quality"
    Any additional comments?

    I was only able to get through about an hour of this book. It seemed like all odd Thomas did was just speculate on the weirdness of life over and over. It just got boring. I loved all the other odd Thomas books so I'm disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini

    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"
    "Go Fly A Kite - No Longer an Insult"

    Just read a bunch of the other 5 star reviews and then download. There is a good reason this is a best seller and it's not a good PR dept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cradle and All

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the latest from best selling author James Patterson, all signs are pointing toward something awful. Worldwide epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and stranger still, two immaculate conceptions, have the world wondering, are these random acts of nature, or is this prophecy? Can't get enough of James Patterson's distinctive thrillers? Browse more Patterson titles.

    Gayle says: "what a bizarre story"
    "Just Like A Virgin"

    This book was predictable and telegraphed from page one. The minor twist at the end is a cheap shot at the sequel that should have been part of this lame story. Also the music was QUITE annoying. Even if you love Patterson like I do - stay away from this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Great Book, Great Reading Performance"

    Let me start by saying Dylan Baker's reading of this novel amounts to nothing less than a 31 hour 1 man Broadway show. His charactizations were brilliant, more than just sounding like the characters he added a visual dimension to their personalities, male and female that is amazing to experience.

    My only problem with his reading is the tugging at the back of my brain that I wouldn't have liked this book as well or at all if I read it myself or a less talented reader was cast. I am listening to a lot of books and I am starting to get the feeling that I have about MTV. If a song becomes popular because it has a good video but would have not been noticed otherwise , is it still a good song? Who knows. But I am worried that production values will increase and things like music and sound effects and multiple readers (ultimately one for each character may be next)become more important than the words. Ala hollywood. STILL YOU WILL HEAR A BRAVURA READING ON THIS BOOK.

    The story is very good, captivating all the way through. I do agree with some other reviewers, it looses a little steam in the end. I loathed some of the characters so much that I wanted to bath a little more in their undoing.

    The funny thing is this could almost just as easily been about college in the 60's and in some ways I think might actually be. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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