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Roy

Reader and long-distance commuter.

Sagle, ID, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (372)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "Modern Western"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an odd western, not traditional cowboy fare. It is the type of story that could become a Tarantino movie one day.


    Would you recommend The Sisters Brothers to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think it will be a hit with a narrow slice of listeners, those who enjoy good writing but read/listen for more than entertainment. Those just seeking entertainment may be left cold.


    Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

    Of course, the protagonist.


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

    This is a Tarantino movie waiting to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given it 3.5 stars, if it were possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8004)
    Performance
    (3699)
    Story
    (3710)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Nearly Every Branch of Science"
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    Where does A Short History of Nearly Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper quarter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The question does not fit the book. Bryson leads us through cosmology, sub-atomic physics, geology, dinosaur bones, the beginning of life, DNA, evolution, ..........., extinction of species.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have an engineering background, so I know something about science, but not most of the arenas that Bryson wrote about. He presented the information in a way that one does not need a PhD in Quantum Mechanics to understand (although it would have helped on a couple of points). I especially liked his ability to present huge distances in the universe and tiny dimensions of an atom in ways that I could understand.


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

    It is not going to be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a lot listening to this book. I appreciated that he did not seem to be trying to convince me of, or against, anything. Religion was not mentioned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3426)
    Performance
    (2628)
    Story
    (2623)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Good, Not Great"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought it was the best Reacher book I've read (about six or seven) -- UNTIL the end. The end was contrived and beyond reality.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was by far the weakest part of the book.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was good.


    Was Without Fail worth the listening time?

    It beat radio, but it still falls into my "Fluff" category.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the character Reacher, but lets have at least a plausible ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (987)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Epic Creative Writing"
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    What did you love best about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    I loved the huge story, covering more than a decade, with characters developing throughout. The writing punctured my vocabulary sometimes, but it was no problem. I wish I could discuss this book with a reading group.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As great as the story was, the narration was even better. NEVER have I listened to a better narrator than Colacci. He seemed to have a different voice for each character and each was consistent through the book. Amazing work!


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it took me about three weeks of lunch-time walking and one long drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy epic stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1240)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "History at the Human Level"
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    What did you love best about A Higher Call?

    Getting to know people, decent people. Not all of our enemies were monsters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is basically a biography of Franz Stigler.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent voice adaptations for different characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Of course! The incredible incident that occurred over Germany.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is history at the lowest level. We see how some of our enemies were not monsters, but were people with values much like our own. I am continually surprised at the stories that come out of WW 2. Perhaps it is true of any war -- if we dig deep enough, we find humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (614)

    In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    gerald says: "The book says what many feel, but fear to say"
    "Did not make his point"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. While I like his succinct rule of morality, science is not needed to live it.


    What could Sam Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    First, I am not a believer, so I am not protecting Christians. I find Harris to be a coward. He bashes all religions, but he saves his harshest vitriol for Christians. Muslims get treated very lightly -- could it be because Harris does not want a fatwa on his head? He does not have to worry about the Christians trying to kill him. Be objective, even (or proportional with regard to abuses), or shut the hell up.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He is too monotonic to read his own work -- hire someone!


    Did The Moral Landscape inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to read no more Harris (although I like The End of Faith).


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Train Dreams and Jesus' Son

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Here are two complete audiobooks by Denis Johnson, narrated by Will Patton. Listen to both Train Dreams and Jesus’ Son, as well as an excerpt from Denis Johnson’s National Book Award-winning Tree of Smoke.... In Train Dreams, Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.

    A User says: "I Should Have Disliked These Stories"
    "Set in Northern Idaho"
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    Would you try another book from Denis Johnson and/or Will Patton?

    I was interested in Train Dreams because it is set in northern Idaho, near my home. I also wanted a taste of Denis Johnson's writing before hitting his bigger work. I am not sure that I will follow-up on Johnson's work. These left me luke-warm on his work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Train Dreams and Jesus' Son?

    That is the missing element -- not much memorable.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job.


    Do you think Train Dreams and Jesus' Son needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Better to start over.


    Any additional comments?

    This review sounds more negative than I intended. The stories were good and creative, just not remarkable. (Isn't that what we want? Remarkable?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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