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antoinette,michael

Hillburn, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Good but repetitious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Hodgman and/or John Hodgman?

    Doubtful


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Hodgman again?

    Doubtful


    What about John Hodgman???s performance did you like?

    Nails the attitude of the book, a good performer


    Could you see The Areas of My Expertise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    It's funny, but the humor is humor of the absurd, and the book is just the same type of absurd made up facts over and over. Yes, it's clever, but it's too repetitious. You have your fill of it after 15 minutes.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (17794)
    Performance
    (16525)
    Story
    (16530)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Surprisingly Fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Yes, It was probably the best performance I've ever listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark, be he was most of the story


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Every voice was distinctly different


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    One Man's ingenious journy


    Any additional comments?

    The concept of "a man stranded on Mars" is conceptually boring, but this book is anything but.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1243)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "More of the same"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It doesn't sound good, but more of the same is what I was hoping for, so it's a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1263)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Pleasantly suprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Horns again? Why?

    No, I never re-listen to ANYTHING


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Horns?

    When Ig decodes Merin's message


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

    Don't know


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Devilishly interesting


    Any additional comments?

    Very well read, very well written. I don't know if I was just in the mood for this exact type of book or what, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes it's about a guy who grows devil horns, but what I didn't know is that most of the book is the back story of the characters as (fairly) normal people. Great character development especially for a horror/fantasy novel. Couldn't recommend it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shock to the System

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Christina says: "Delicious !"
    "Holes in the story"
    Overall

    It was actually a decent read (listen), and well written with good character developement, but the ending had holes in it. The witness is angry at the main character and allows him to take a murder charge. I thought it was unrealistic for someone to go that far for being angry. Also the accused could show the detectives theory was wrong do to timing issues of when the accused purchsed items and found out about the inheratence. Too many hole, he could easily get off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6070)
    Performance
    (3325)
    Story
    (3384)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Well read, good story"
    Overall

    Overall, the book was very good. I had some problems with a hero who can consistantly beat impossible odds. The book kept me riveted the whole time. It was very well read. The ending was unsatisfactory and I wanted some ends tied up. Overall 4 of 5.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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