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John

Aliso Viejo, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1383)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Stevan says: "Stevan"
    "Not long enough"
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    If you are fragile, don't listen, but I laughed through nearly every chapter except for the very toughing segments about family and friends. Sure Penn is crude and vulgar but funny, funny, FUNNY and he is so "right on" about god. I was disappointed when it ended because I wanted it to be twice as long.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac Station

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tom Harper
    • Narrated By Piers Wehener
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    "An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle.

    Christopher says: "surprised at how good this was"
    "LIsten to ice freeze"
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    This book was like listening to ice freeze. Booooooring. First of all, the same three or four day travesty is told several times with minor deviations by several different people so at points you think: "I've heard this before. Did I accidentally hit rewind?" Second, the narrator whispers the book as if he is hiding in a closet. Great is you want a nap. Third, by the time you get to the only interesting part of the book, the end, it is disappointing and anti-climatic. Leaves you hanging . . . . . . . by the neck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2378)
    Performance
    (2193)
    Story
    (2193)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Totally enthralled"
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    This is a great listen. I am not into fantasy but this feels more like History with a whimsical twist. You'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Code

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Brokaw
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically-advanced, eerily-enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power... but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man.

    Lynne says: "Narration ruined the story"
    "Bela Lugosi"
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    Can't believe I made it through the whole thing hoping for anything new or creative. Nothing. Zero. Amateurish. To make it worse the narrators accents were comical. The Italians and the Russians sounded like Bela Lugosi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Hold your breath"
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    I took a deep breath at the very beginning and didn't exhale until the end of the book. Not for the faint of heart. Keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Narrator couldn't be better. I felt as though I was listening to the main character tell his story with every bit of emotion from scene to scene. You will not be disappointed. See other reviews for more detail if you want or just trust and download and listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (182)

    Joseph Patrick Kennedy - whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War - was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, 'Joe' Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills.

    Robert says: "Wonderfully entertaining and engaging"
    "Nasaw and Hillgartner at their very best."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Patriarch to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book but then I'm a history junkie. Didn't hurt that I have read biographies on FDR and Truman as well. Long but then I didn't want it to end. Nasaw dispelled some of the Joe Kennedy myths for me and now I am even more impressed with this incredibly productive man and his family. Additionally, Hillgartner's reading was excellent. Loved the accents.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prague Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.

    Melinda says: "Umbrage and Umberto; Peanut Butter and Jelly"
    "Dreary"
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    Couldn't get through it. Like walking in mud. I hope it ended well but I did not have the patience. Love George Guidall but even he couldn't make this sing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6175)
    Performance
    (5486)
    Story
    (5484)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Loved it"
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    Great story as long as you love whimsy. Narrator was the best. Wish it were longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (430)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "Brutal"
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    Hard to imagine such brutality but a fascinating listen. You won't be able to put it down. We've all heard about this death march but the details will wake you up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11199)
    Performance
    (9688)
    Story
    (9657)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "An Apple Enthusiast"
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    I have to admit that I am an apple product enthusiast so that was my initial draw to this book. That said, this book is a great listen from head to toe even if you don't like or use apple products. Jobs is a flawed man and a harsh employer but his story of pursuing perfection is wild, fantastic and worth every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1605)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1155)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Ended too soon."
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    Great book. Great story. But his whole passion was for the woman he loved and when they found each other again, the book very unceremoniously ends. That being said, it was the only disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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