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Daved Baker

San Francisco | Member Since 2003

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  • 9 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 473 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

    Gail says: "One of my favs"
    "A book to remember"
    Overall

    This one will stay with you. Anyone raised in a middle class-ish nuclear family of 2.5 children in the 70's will relate to this story. Have you ever thought that your family was especialy strange and dis-functional? Ever wonder why they were that way? The amazing thing is, with so many strange goings on and un-emotionaly healthy situations, the narrator, Ruby Lennox, seems to make the best of it and just keeps moving on. Ultimately a very inspiring tale of overcoming one's parents unintended shortcomings. Oh yeah - it's wickedly funny too!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Master storyteller Ben Bova continues his multi-volume "Grand Tour" saga chronicling humanity's exploration of near space with Titan, a fast-paced thriller focused on the first manned mission to the Solar System's most intriguing world. Skillfully blending high drama, passionate characters, and daring speculation with the latest discoveries from the current Cassini/Huygens probe of Saturn's moon, Bova has crafted a heart-stopping tale of epic adventure on mankind's next frontier.

    J. Carpenter says: "Great voice tallent wasted on a lame book"
    "5 stars for Poncho Lane"
    Overall

    Great sequel to Saturn, if not quite as engaging. Most of the thrills and adventure were already covered in Saturn as well as the scientific concepts. But fans of Poncho rejoice - she's back in a big way in this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6825)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2147)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Stunning"
    Overall

    Impossible to get out of your mind - I read it 6 months ago and can't stop thinking about it. The story is so very sad, yet what remains with me most is the theme of redemption - the chance for it even when it seems impossible. A similiar theme is explored in "A Changed Man" (Francine Prose), though the plot is less tragic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Atomic Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bobbie Ann Mason
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Reed Futrell is an engineer at a uranium-enrichment plant in heartland America. His father worked at the very same plant before him. Despite his father's death in a tragic accident at the atomic plant years ago, Reed stays on, proud to perform demanding and dangerous work for the benefit of the nation. As for the radioactive "incidents" he has endured, Reed prefers to think about other things, such as Hubble photographs of distant galaxies and Albert Einstein, his dog.

    Daved Baker says: "Ho hum romance"
    "Ho hum romance"
    Overall

    Good for a day when you want a short listen and have nothing better to listen to - kinda like watching a movie on the Hallmark channel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wickett's Remedy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Myla Goldberg
    • Narrated By Myla Goldberg
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In a multidimensional, intricately wrought narrative, Myla Goldberg leads us back to Boston in the early part of the twentieth century and into two completely captivating worlds. One is that of Lydia, an Irish-American shopgirl with bigger aspirations than your average young woman from South Boston.

    Nicole H says: "confusing to hear"
    "Better as an audiobook"
    Overall

    I haven't seen the printed version, but the unique way the audible reading is structured (as well as the competence of the orator) surely makes the listening experience superior to reading it. Though the story changes directions midway through and seems to get lost at the end, listening to it was a pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (473)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "Not quiet Wicked"
    Overall

    In the interview at the end of this book the author says he wrote it for a teenage girl audience, unlike Wicked which was written for adults. Maybe that's why, after just having finished listening to Wicked, that I didn't find this more engaging.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4679)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2146)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "ooops! didn't realize this was a horror novel"
    Overall

    Had I done a little more reasearch I wouldn't have tried to listen to this - had to shut it off after a n hour because it was to gory for me. Interesting premise, though.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Before You Know Kindness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    For 10 summers, the extended Seton family met at their country home in New Hampshire to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and drinking gin and tonic on the homestead porch to celebrate the end of the season. But during the 11th summer, everything changes.

    glamazon says: "Awesome Read"
    "Engrossing!"
    Overall

    This is a very rewarding novel that tackles the issues of gun control and animal rights so deftly and from so many points of view that you'll lose yourself in the inner workings of the characters and the plot, and not realize till you've finished reading it what the book is really about. The author leads you on a detailed journey through each characters inner and outer desires and motivations, interweaving story lines and perspectives seamlessly. If you liked "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" (Kate Atkinson) and "On Beauty" (Zadie Smith) you'll probably like this too.

    Much like "The Kite Runner" (Khaled Hosseini) and "A Changed Man" (Francine Proset) there is also the theme of it never being to late to find redemtion, no matter the sins (real or imagined) commited.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space.

    Daved Baker says: "One of Ben Bova's best"
    "One of Ben Bova's best"
    Overall

    I've now read or listened to all of Dr. Bova's "Grand Tour" series and "Mercury" is second only to "Saturn" in my book. It has all the great themes and characters you expect from Bova, deftly exploring what some see as the un-avoidable conflict between science and religion, and others may view as nut cases versus normal people (you decide which is which). It's a little faster paced than "Saturn", and there are a few of the same characters (unfortunately no Poncho Lane in this book). The recording technique of using 3 or 4 different voices really adds drama and atmosphere to the narration. Overall very entertaining as well as thought provoking.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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