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  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Nell Huntworth says: "More wonderful David Rakoff"
    "Listen to the entire audio sample."
    Overall

    This book should be subtitled, 'Yes I am a homosexual, and Yes I do hate George Bush". The book is humorous but with a sharp biting edge that you will find irritating unless you also hate George Bush. If you are at the far left edge of the American political spectrum or you hate America for any other reason, you will love this book.

    48 of 142 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

    Amazon Customer says: "Listening to thus audio book was a painful experie"
    "Listening to thus audio book was a painful experie"
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    What disappointed you about Vanished?

    I think it might be a romance novel disguised as a mystery, but the most painful aspect was the reading by Amy McFadden.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The next Jack Teacher novel, by Lee Child, or maybe another Chet and Bernie mystery by Spenser Quinn.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden ’s performance?

    I am posting my review of the audio book version of this novel because I think the author is in part responsible for the painful experience I just suffered at the hand of Amy McFadden, the reader of this novel. I assume the author played a part in writing the words that allowed Amy McFadden to torture me. The author also probably played a part in choosing Amy McFadden to be the reader, and aside from the painful listening experience, the writing was a little bit weak. I don't think a female FBI agent would speak or think like an adolescent girl with no real life experiences. I paid for this audio book and I will be asking for a refund. I quit reading 2 hours into the book because the reader, at that point, seemed to be almost constantly drifting into and out of a voice that was filed with rising hysteria, an hysteria that was so uncomfortably realistic that it took me back to the worst memories of my childhood. Maybe you're immune to the feeling of nausea, revulsion and impending doom that I feel coming up in the back of my throat as I hear the unwarranted anxiety growing in this female reader's voice as it rapidly approaches true hysteria, but I simply can't stand hearing it, not even once, and I was subjected to a nearly constant repetition of this painful narrative device. I did not enjoy being tortured by this reader. Maybe I am being unfair to Kendra Elliot, but this unpleasant experience has me now considering limiting my audio book selections to books written by and read only by men. I may even avoid books who's author's use initials in lieu of a clearly male first name to hide their gender, and I may even start ignoring reviews written by women, or reviewers who seem to be trying to hide their gender identity. I am beginning to think that women really do think differently from men, and I don't think men are the ones with the problem. As you may have guessed, I also can't stand romance novels, especially those written by women where they feel the need to describe, in uncomfortable detail, exactly what they enjoy during a sexual experience with a man. Gag me with a maggot, which would be less unpleasant. I suspect Kendra Elliot has romance novel tendencies. I will never read another book narrated by Amy McFadden or written by Kendra Elliot.


    What character would you cut from Vanished?

    The main character, the female FBI agent.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mean to be unkind, I am just trying to protect unsuspecting readers from the painful experience I just endured for two hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interrupt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Carlson
    • Narrated By Hunter Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind. Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens. Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China - but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man...

    C. L. Turner says: "Please. Shoot this story."
    "I read the whole thing."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some parts almost read like a romance novel, cringe, so maybe a 1+ star rating for some women, 2 star if you are 12 years-old since the work is sophomoric. Reading this book was a painful experience, so maybe 3 star if you are a masochist, which I might be since I finished the book. The pain grows worse as the book plods along. I think I finished this book to punish myself for having purchased it. I should have read the derogatory reviews more carefully, and after rereading the 5 star reviews for this book I think I will never again read or believe a 5 star review. From now on I'm going straight to the 1 and 2 star reviews before buying a book. I really don't like trashing an author. I know they work hard and have a lot riding on the success of each book, but this author should do his readers a big favor and find a productive way to spend his life. It isn't right to make your living by making others suffer. I love Sci-Fi but not fantasy. To me, good Sci-Fi must be plausible and the author should know more than I know about the science that under pins his story, which is not really that high a bar to clear. I am no Albert Einstein. Fantasy novelist don't even try to clear that bar. Their books are sheer flights of imagination, based on science that seems more like magic. That must appeal to magical thinkers, readers who's average age in 6 to12. Fantasy that thinks it is science fiction is just sad, and this book is an example. For me this book was almost unreadable. I deserve some sort of award for reading it through to the lackluster finish. This story is disjointed and it read as though it had been written by an adolescent who has just completed puberty, thinking he has great knowledge, but you don't know what you don't know, a legend in his own mind. Maybe the narrator is partly responsible, maybe not. He did not seem to make the book sound more adult but that may be the entire fault of the author. I read most of this book as an Audible recording. It might have been a better read on a Kindle. I am so happy Kindle offers refunds. This is the first book I have returned. If I could return it to Audible I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another Jack Reacher novel. He is my alter ego.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hunter Davis?

    Scott Brick.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and maybe a little anger at the people who wrote 5 star reviews for this book. I think they must have been paid, or maybe they are just not from around here, like in a Steven King novel, maybe another dimension.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have said enough. You have been warned. I have done my duty, just like Jack Reacher. Like Reacher, this time my duty involved what some might consider murder, so I'd better stay low and keep moving. In my defense, I think my review is a mercy-killing, not a murder. Jack Reacher almost never feels bad about the people he has to hurt to do the right thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (92)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    R. Moore says: "A tad short of excellent"
    "Christians will like this novel, might bore others"
    Overall

    This is a Christian fictional novel by Ann Rice who returned to the Church in 1998. This is a great book if you are interested an orthodox, well researched book about the life of Jesus, the Christ as a child of 7 or 8 years old as His family returns to Judea and Nazareth from Egypt after the death of King Herod. The book is unusual because it is told in the first person from the perspective of the Christ Child. The book is very thoroughly researched and covers a time in the life of Christ that few Christians think about very much. I was fascinated. The book uses some information from apocryphal gospels, one about the early life of Christ as a child. I believe this early apocryphal Christ Child gospel is not heresy but is simply a fictional account of what Jesus' childhood might have been like, told in the third person by a believer as respectful as Anne Rice is in this account. I learned a lot, and I am surprised I learned so much because Jesus Christ has been the focus of my life and learning for a long time and I consider myself a scholar, but Anne Rice's scholarship far exceeds mine. She makes me feel like an amateur. I am impressed. The reader sounds like a 10 or 11 year-old boy and he is perfect for the part. He does a very professional job reading this book. I cannot recommend this book more strongly.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Land That Time Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    When adventurer Bowen Tyler is taken aboard an enemy submarine, he never dreams that his voyage will end in a land where time itself is prisoner. But in the uncharted seas at the bottom of the world, Tyler and the crew of the U-33 discover the mysterious forgotten continent of Caspak, where the savage denizens of a thousand lost ages roam vast primeval jungles.

    J. Milici says: "The Land That Time Forgot"
    "Edgar Rice Burroughs best book."
    Overall

    This is the first of a 3 book set and is the best of the series and the best of Edgar Rice Burroughs book I have read so far. I?ve read 6 of his 60 books, all in the last week, so his books are fairly short but agreeable and satisfying. They are fantasy and the science behind them is a little thin but they are full of action and daring, with a little romance. They are enjoyable to read. The reader is very good, professional and well suited to this book. A lot is left unexplained so you will want to finish the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Time's Abyss

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    On Caprona, the Land that Time Forgot, all of the world's savage past still lives. Here are dinosaurs and flying reptiles, here are the most primitive of cavemen and the last of the Bronze Age barbarians. But there is one more secret that the claws and fangs and sharp-edged spears guard most of all. This is the story of the man who tried to find that final secret. When Bradley the adventurer dares to cross the last terrible barrier to the heart of Caprona, he enters a world of wonder, terror and danger beyond the imagination of any man - except the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable and very short."
    "Enjoyable and very short."
    Overall

    The reader is good but he reads a little too fast. The prose occasionally feels uncomfortable. The story is fantastic and not very believable. Caprona is the Land that Time Forgot. It is a fairly large island near Antarctica, warmed by volcanic processes, protected by 1200 foot sheer walls along it?s entire periphery, the result of a huge volcanic explosion that blew the top off of a gigantic volcanic mountain in the prehistoric past. It is a sanctuary to a prehistoric world where the laws of evolution took a different twist. Like most science fantasy of the 19th century, the story isn?t very believable so you will have to suspend your scientific skepticism to a much greater degree than is required for most modern science fiction. The book is worth reading because it is enjoyable and very short.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pellucidar

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In this sequel to At the Earth's Core, David Innes vows revenge and returns to the Inner World of Pellucidar to rescue the beautiful Dian, who had been torn from his arms by trickery. However, his return trip places him far from the land of his beloved and he is forced to undertake a desperate journey thousands of miles across the fierce inner earth to reach her.

    Amazon Customer says: "A story for all ages."
    "A story for all ages."
    Overall

    James Slattery, who read At the Earth?s Core, the first book in this series, was perfect. Patrick Lawlor does a good job, except for an occasional character?s voice. This book is more similar to a Jules Verne fantasy than modern science fiction. The book was written in 1915. The story line contains too many remarkable coincidences, but the story is easy to follow and I did enjoy the book. The book is PG but it would receive an R rating today because of violence. These are the stories I wish I?d read as a child but they are stories for all ages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • At the Earth's Core

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By James Slattery
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When David Innes and his inventor friend pierced the crust of the Earth in their new burrowing device, they broke out into a strange new inner world of eternal daylight - a world in back of the Stone Age, where prehistoric monsters still lived, and cave men and women battled against cruel, inhuman masters. The story of what these two men did in that new world of Pellucidar makes At the Earth's Core one of Burrough's most outstanding best sellers.

    Amazon Customer says: "A short entertaining book, but a little dated."
    "A short entertaining book, but a little dated."
    Overall

    The reader is perfect for the book. This is the first book in the Pellucidar Series of stories about David Innes exploring a subterranean world of prehistoric creatures where highly intelligent reptiles are the dominant species and prehistoric men are much lower on the social scale. The story is obviously more fantasy than science fiction. The story was written in 1914 by the author Tarzan the Ape Man and the author is enamored with Darwin?s relatively new theory of evolution, so you will hear the narrator speak at length about the state of our knowledge of evolutionary theory just after the turn of the century. We?ve come a long way in our scientific understanding since then. Edgar Rice Burroughs? has a military background so pacifists and environmentalists won?t be happy with some aspects of any of his stories, but the hero in this story arrives in this new world without a gun, limiting the mayhem. The book is a light enjoyable read and I recommend it without reservation.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyewitness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Jack Solomon is a messenger of death. Working in the fractured remains of Yugoslavia, his task is to identify the victims of ethnic cleansing and to tell families that their loved ones are never coming home.

    Dionne says: "MORE! MORE! MORE!"
    "This book isn?t great but it is worth reading."
    Overall

    This is not a great book but it is well written and you?ll gain insight into the conflict in the Balkans, as well as European prostitution and the Soho district of London. I bought this audiobook a while ago and just read it. The book starts off a little slow. I was, at first, a little confused as to whether I was reading a work of nonfiction or fiction, but the story does pick up speed as you progress through the book. It?s the story of a former London Vice-Squad detective who now works for the UN or an NGO identifying bodies of mostly Muslim victims of mostly Serb mass murderers. The book is the story of this former detective?s attempt to bring to light the mass-murder of a Muslim family centering on his search for the teenage daughter of this family who was the eyewitness to this crime and is now a London prostitute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1794)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "I want to read more books by this author."
    Overall

    This is a fantastic book with a first-class reader. Mitch Rapp is a CIA assassin charged with killing terrorists. He is an assassin with a conscience, at least for some people but not for terrorists. One of two assassins who has been hired to kill Mitch Rapp by a Saudi businessman also has a conscience, and through several twists of plot related to this person?s conscience, irony is added to the story. The book is believable and is easy to follow. The action is nonstop. Mitch Rapp never hesitates. Progressive politicians may not like this novel, since, like Tom Clancy, this author creates a world where it is not safe for a politician to lean to far of the left, especially if the politician through considered actions or malicious intent jeopardizes American intelligence operatives. It you like Tom Clancy you will also like this book and you will also enjoy Killing Rain by Barry Eisler.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Set during the reign of Louis XIII (1610-43) and based on actual events, The Three Musketeers is perhaps the greatest "cloak and sword" story ever written. Three Musketeers, loyal servants of the King, are joined by the dashing D'Artagnan, a veritable Byronic hero. These four are pitted against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter. Dumas was quite expert in pacing and varying action while weaving historical fact with purest fiction.

    Douglas says: "Dumas is King!"
    "A classic worth reading."
    Overall

    A French historical novel, written in 1844, set in 1625. Both reader and story are terrific. A fabricated plot is woven into the genuine fabric of the assassination of the English Earl of Buckingham. 18 year old D'Artagnan is the protagonist. He travels to Paris to join the Musketeers, the personal guard of King Louis XIII. He is poor, courageous, and an exceptional swordsman. He has no pity. Through duels he repeatedly, at the drop-of-a-hat, kills anyone who insults him. No insult is too trivial. He encounters a mysterious 25 year-old beauty that we subsequently learn is a brilliant but evil spy for Cardinal Richelieu, the King's chief advisor and swore enemy of the Musketeers, even though they serve the same King. The book is translated to English keeping a strong French flavor. The author portrays France as Christian more in appearance than in actuality, depicting a French love-hate relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, and ridicule of Protestant Christianity and the British Empire. Respect is shown for individual Englishmen. If you are an Anglophile this book will confirm your prejudices, i.e., France has always been morally bankrupt. In addition to an absence of respect for life, French chivalry also does not include reverence for the sanctity of the marriage bed, by French men or women. Revenge is a recurrent theme, forgiveness is not. In addition to their addiction to honor, Frenchmen also appear to be addicted to romance with a peculiar, almost feminine, absence of lust. From a 21st century American perspective the book portrays a society destined to implode from the weight of its own moral contradictions. The 3 musketeers are Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. D'Artagnan is their constant companion and a Musketeer aspirant. Milady is the beautiful young sociopathic spy and Cardinal Richelieu is also a sociopath. Books that follow include: 20 Years After, The Viscount do Bragelone, Lousde de Vailiere, and The Man in the Iron Mask.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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