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David

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4694)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2824)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Just go rent Platoon."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book in the beginning (although all the characters and ranks took a while to sort out). The characters were solid, the action was good, but the book should have ended after the second part. Out of hundreds of listens, I've only left one other audiobook unfinished, and after reading all these reviews, I never thought this would be my second. It was. In my opinion, these reviews are way too flowery--probably out of a mix of nostalgia and guilt. My recommendation: Just go rent Platoon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (902)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I just don't see how all these reviewers are calling this book "exciting." I listened to this with 3 others in the car on a long trip and we all agreed it was the literary equivalent to Ambien. We didn't even finish the first part before giving up. Maybe one day I'll try it again, b/c I usually almost always agree with the reviewers. But for now, it's going on the shelf as the most boring book I've ever purchased from Audible.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Cameron
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    James Sveck, 18-year-old New Yorker, charming, precocious, confused, doesn't quite fit in (doesn't really want to)....If his future (i.e., college) seems completely meaningless, not to mention terrifying....Then: he'll start anew (move to the Midwest?)....James Sveck is misunderstood by a capricious mother, a self-absorbed father, a mordant older sister, his Teutonic therapist, his D-list celebrity grandmother, his unnervingly attractive art gallery colleague....

    David says: "Melancholy prat blathers for 7 hours"
    "Melancholy prat blathers for 7 hours"
    Overall

    This book is well written and is marked with occasional humor (especially for those of us who've lived in NY), but I couldn't get past the overwhelming desire to strangle the know-it-all, ungrateful punk of a main character. Listening to him drone on about everything he "hates" and the asinine reason behind it made me want to open a vein. Highly frustrating if you can't stand negative teenagers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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