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Andy

Bradenton, Florida, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 13 reviews
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  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1928)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1748)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "A very nice, easy listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I started this and had to listen to it all at once. Ray Porter does a great job with the narration.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Rosa says: "Sociopathic tendencies"
    "Somewhat disappointed"
    Overall
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The most interesting aspect of Harry's character was his vast knowledge from his previous lives. I don't think this was used enough in the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't think the romantic aspects were explored enough.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    No complaints there. He is great.


    Do you think The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I guess I am comparing this book to two similar books (Replay and the Time Travelers Wife). I would re-read one of these before reading another book on Harry.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sorry I listened. I just don't think it was as good as it could have been.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1749)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Reader ruins marginal story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was not right for Harry. Edgar, his partner has no nuance to his voice. If Dick Hill was reading this I would try and finish. Major disappointment for a big Harry Bosch fan.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    New reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    New reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    What a waste of a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not Audible worthy. I will take Connelly off my preorder list. What was I thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "Two thumbs up!"
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    What did you love best about Life Itself?

    I enjoyed hearing how Ebert gained his fame. Many of the stories and anecdotes about famous people are interesting. I was a big fan of his show and still to this day value his reviews over anyone else's.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    His reading makes this book much more enjoyable. This could have been a dry, slow collection of old stories but the narration makes this very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    As another reviewer said the first one third of the book is a bit slow. The repetition of some stories is odd. Overall it was an easy listen and if you are an Ebert fan you should enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2431)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2070)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Reacher to the rescue again!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?

    Reacher doing the things he does. Explaining to people why he only owns a toothbrush. Intimidating people with his 6'5" size. (Interested to see if 5'7" Tom Cruise can pull that off in the movie version of one of the Reacher books)


    What other book might you compare A Wanted Man to and why?

    Just about every Lee Child book in the Reacher series.


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

    Dick does a lot of books and almost always nails it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As with all of the Reacher books it was easy to listen to, well researched, and full of twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falcon Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying their target, the fighter jet is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.

    David says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Starts off strong and fizzles into a comic book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The narration almost saves this but the slaps at Obama, the comic book ending, and suspension of belief needed to follow this ending made it a disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2592)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1316)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Reacher is a dull dude now."
    Overall

    Disjointed. Not a good effort. I think Lee Child has sold this series to somebody. Not even close to the other books. Skip it unless you are like me and buy each one as soon as they come out.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1631)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "An epic adventure."
    Overall

    Fantastic. Best listen I have had in years. Listening was like a drug I had to have. I am sorry its over.
    43 hours and not a dull minute. I got onto Google. Earth to follow Linnbaba in his travels. Thought provoking on many levels. Humphrey Bower does a delightful job. I got to this book after listening to him on the Bryce Courtenay books The Power of One, Tandia, Potato Factory and more.
    I can't get enough of that Aussie accent.
    Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flory: A Miraculous Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Flory A. Van Beek
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Like Anne Frank, Flory Van Beek was a young girl caught in the ruthless Nazi occupation of Holland. But Flory survived to recount her extraordinary story of persecution and survival. Flory and her husband, Felix, endured the sinking of a ship bound for safety in the New World, the increasing danger of the occupation, and finally a life in hiding. This inspiring account vividly captures the terror of the Holocaust while telling a poignant story of love and courage.

    D. Hurley says: "Inspiring Story"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Very cativating and inspiring story. I have new respect for the Dutch patriots durring WWII as well as the resourcefulness that the Jewish people used to survive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Soldier of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    On his last long walk, septuagenarian war hero, deserter, and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his past with an illiterate young factory worker, spinning a remarkable tale of heart-stopping escapes, of loves unrequited and won, of madmen, dwarfs, and mafiosi. But overshadowing all is his most miraculous and terrible adventure, the Great War: a surreal parade of horrors that devastated and defined Alessandro, yet enabled him to experience fully the magic and beauty of the absurd human comedy called life.

    Stuart says: "Painting with words"
    "Wonderful listen."
    Overall

    This is well worth your time. Well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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