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Raymond

Brewer, Maine | Member Since 2001

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  • The Prague Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.

    Melinda says: "Umbrage and Umberto; Peanut Butter and Jelly"
    "Aaaaargh. Wasted my time and my money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think this story could have been redeemed


    What was most disappointing about Umberto Eco’s story?

    In order to get the most from this story I would have needed a translator to help me understand the multitude of foreign phases, a dictionary to help me understand the overuse of pedantic words and somebody throwing ice water in my face to keep me awake.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George Guidall is one of my favorite readers but even he could not make this story interesting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prague Cemetery?

    I did not listen long enough (2 hours to get my attention didn't suffice) so the question should be what scenes needed to be kept in order to make the story entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not communicating if it is not understood.

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Vespers Rising: The 39 Clues, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and others
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    Fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, thought they could return to their regular lives when they found the 39 Clues that safeguard their family’s great power. But they were wrong. Powerful enemies – the Vespers – have been waiting in the shadows. And they’ll stop at nothing to grab the Clues. Four powerhouse authors unite to expose the 500-year-old secret struggle between the Cahills and the Vespers. The Vespers are rising . . . and the world is in jeopardy.

    Raymond says: "Wonderful surprise!"
    "Wonderful surprise!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We almost missed this one due to a few bad reviews. We listened anyway and thank goodness we did. This story ties together the history of the Cahills and introduces the Vespers in a manner just as exciting , or maybe more so, than the previous books. This book was a favorite of the whole family, including my very picky (but altogether wonderful) wife.. It still befuddles me how so many writers can work together to keep continuity but by golly they do. David Pittu has the tone of the story down pat and never gets hard to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1483)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Where is George G?"
    Overall

    The Rapp series is completely transformed by the Narrator who makes Mitch sound like a high-school student. I don't know how the story ended because I could not listen to the narrators whiny voice longer than the first hour. Bring back George Guidal! The book probably deserves more stars, others by Flynn certainly did, but I will never know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (583)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    This entire series has inspired my four children, ages 8 through 20, buy the books for their personal libraries.. The character development throughout the series was evolutionary and satisfying. The ending, the ...climax...while filled with pathos, was inspired. Simon Jones read as if he were several people, all excited about the characters. I thank Jonathan Stroud for many hours of enjoyable listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Expectancy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (189)

    Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

    Martin says: "New life for Koontz"
    "Bring in the clowns!"
    Overall

    Most people, at least I, seldom laugh when alone. Life expectancy evoked several loud, spontaneous bursts from me that would have been embarrassing if others had been present. Surprise and suspense are part of DK's verbal tool chest and he included plenty of both in Life Expectancy. Nice people, evil people switch back turns and twists kept me awake behind the wheel the whole way through. This book rates right up there with Odd Thomas.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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