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Rodney

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PEORIA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1307)

    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.

    A User says: "Stevan"
    "Typical Penn (in a good way)"
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    This isn't a handbook on atheism. It's Penn telling stories and running his mouth about his wack-job beliefs. So basically, it's Penn at his best. If you're expecting a thoughtful argument on the non-existence of the supernatural you'll get some of that but that's not really what this book is about (or at least not all of it.) It's a fun listen and yes, I even cried a little (during his story about Sister.) I enjoy Penn and all of his nut-ball ideas, even the ones I disagree with. But keep in mind while reading this review that this is coming from a guy who hates hippies, hates yuppies and loves punk-rock. The ideas in this book are VERY punk-rock. Anti-extablishment, anti-liberal, anti-conservative, anti-sociatal norms. "punks not dead" -The Exploited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Tom Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    A generous sampling, collected here for the first time and including works as diverse as scholarly art criticism and some decidedly untypical country music lyrics, Wild Ducks Flying Backward offers a rare sweeping overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original.

    Christopher says: "I am in love"
    "Almost had me hooked..."
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    This is the third Tom Robbins book I downloaded. I was quite enjoying his stories and LOVED "Fierce Invalids..." but toward the end of this book he lost me by calling the hard-working people who shop at Walmart "scuzballs." Of course, his opinion is his and I have no problem with that but having come from a family of low to low-middle income people, Walmart has been a lifesaver for my family's budgets. Calling the blue-collar folks who shop there to save a bit of their hard earned money "scuzballs" is a step farther than I'm willing to follow him. Too bad, I was looking forward to listening more.

    So long Tom!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32470)
    Performance
    (23800)
    Story
    (24124)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great Story"
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    I really enjoyed this story. The narration I didn't like. Katniss is portrayed in tone as a simpering idiot with the most annoying whine imaginable.

    But the story carried me through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27117)
    Performance
    (20519)
    Story
    (20634)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Nice Follow-Up"
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    I quite enjoyed the continuation from the first book to this one. There were some nice twists and the story built to a great close making me look forward to the third and final book.

    The performance on the other hand was very annoying. Listening to this audiobook made me think that everyone in that universe is whiny and dumb. If you can get past the poor performance, the story is worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24405)
    Performance
    (18514)
    Story
    (18675)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Weak Ending to a Promising Story"
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    The third book in the hunger games trilogy was a seriously lacking for me. The story became convoluted and I found myself struggling through to the end just so I could finish it.

    To be fair to the story though, the narration began to grate on me so bad that I found myself hating most of the characters. Katniss sounds like a simpering, selfish, idiotic girl who spends most of her time whining like a 3 year old but again, I think this is because of the narration and not because of the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Paper Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Brackmann
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighura member of a Chinese Muslim minority at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple security organizations are hounding her for information.

    David says: "Unexpected gem with an engaging, damaged protag"
    "Rock Paper Tired"
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    While I didn't love Rock Paper Tiger, I did find mildly entertaining. Mildly because I found myself having to rewind a lot because I wasn't engaged enough in the story to keep my mind from wondering. Such are the perils of the audiobook I suppose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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