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Randy

aurora, CO, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 386 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Children of God

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

    Ryan says: "A weaker, but worthwhile sequel"
    "confusing"
    Overall

    I have an extensive library of audio books. I do not want to qualify myself as a book critic but in my opinion this book is quite difficult to follow. I listen to books as I drive 8 hours daily so I am usually able to follow the flow of a book. None the less with all the new and strange names associated with this book I was unable to follow even after 3 new starts of the narrative. I have thus given up for now. I suggest if you wish to listen to this book perhaps keeping notes of the names and their association to other characters would enable one to follow. I will say that the reader is excellent and I enjoyed for as long as I listened how her voice changed with the characters. She seemed to empower and added visualization through her narrative, Well done Anna Fields

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27179)
    Performance
    (20579)
    Story
    (20692)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Part 2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book I simply listened to in order to see the movie and understand what is to happen. I did not enjoy much the first and less so this one. Why? This is a continuing saga of a civilization that condones child murder. A supposed situation that perhaps awaits us in the future. I find it hard to believe is any scenario where that could be. The book does not developer except superficially the characters. This is indeed a teen novel series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Nick says: "Entertaining and insightul"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I found this listen entertaining though not engrossing. The author presumes that things are understood without explanation. I find it questionable the abilities of the actions by those in the book. The book highlights the good though of the Muslim and Islam people, something lately misunderstood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Great listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book I first saw in movie format. Was a compelling movie but with that said the book far out does it. In the book the thoughts and reasons tell a compelling story of organized crime. Their feelings and thoughts as to their justifications of actions. A bit sensual, as becoming this world, but needed to color the novel in credulity. I enjoyed the story along with the history and learning that the novel entailed. I would recommend with the caveat as to the sensuality and violence within the pages. Not for those that avoid these readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4586)
    Performance
    (4294)
    Story
    (4312)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "X- Men of the future"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    I have read or listened to all of Brandon Sanderson's books. I find most of his stories distinctive and original. In this story though I felt it a futuristic xmen story line. There are creatures of distinct powers and they go about kicking the normal unfortunate humans around. Ones that are invisible, or fire-throwers ect. There is one or two supposedly invincible. The mutants of xmen kept crossing my mind. A bit disappointed of not being completely original as in his other works. Though in itself it's a good story and lead in to a possible series, I await more eagerly the continuing series of Brandon's other works.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6656)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1473)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "good listen"
    Overall

    I drive at night and day for lenghts of 10 to 11 hours without stopping. Time went by quickley during the listen. Exellent read, listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4947)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1858)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Sexually explicit"
    Overall

    I listened to about 2-3 hours of the audible and though I like the story line and the narration I find the sexual overtones and comparisons to life offensive. Because of that I reject the book. I am not a prude and read / listen to many books and even those with these themes; for it seems that most books contain to degree sexual material, nonetheless this one goes beyond the mark. Audible was good at refunding credit and I herald their customer service. I just wish there was better reviews before purchasing.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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