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David

Fogelsville, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (565)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Credo quia absurdum"
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    Most audiobooks are listen once and never bother again. This one is a listen twice right away and consider a third time. It's that good. So far my favorite quote is "No sense in crying over unspilt blood".

    Imagine The Hitchhiker's Guide with deeper vocabulary or MST3K written in the late 1960's and you get a sense of how much fun this book is.

    John Hodgman is an excellent choice for narrator. Unfortunately, the sound editor left some extraneous noises and short repeats that are bothersome, resulting in the 4* performance rating. (it is a team effort)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (316)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
    "Outstanding historical fiction"
    Overall
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    An amazing weaving of historical fact and fiction that really brings the Dreyfus Affair alive. Resonates even to this day, with lessons relevant for modern situations.

    The narrator brings real talent and voice to the many characters.

    A must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (999)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "listen on double speed"
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    Another book where a smart person tells how everyone else is wrong..... better to listen on double speed to get it over quickly. At least the topic was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (473)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Cliche'd plot and characters"
    Overall
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    Story

    After less than 2 hours of listening, this plot is cliche and the characters so wooden, I couldn't listen anymore. I'm returning it and going to chew on a cardboard box for the excitement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By E. J. Wagner
    • Narrated By E. J. Wagner, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Forensic expert Wagner has crafted a volume that stands out from the plethora of recent memoirs of contemporary scientific detectives. By using the immortal and well-known Sherlock Holmes stories as her starting point, Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle's accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact.

    David says: "sort of forensics barely related to Sherlock H."
    "sort of forensics barely related to Sherlock H."
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    The author has researched and picked material from legal cases mostly from the 19th century. The lack of scientific explanation is obvious. Also, the cases are picked to illuminate points rather than follow development of a scientific concept. The attachment to Sherlock Holmes seems to have been to tie together what must have been tedious research.
    The echoes and poor overdubbing don't help.

    Should be on the remainder rack.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Syndrome E

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

    Just Jen says: "Unique and entertaining, an absolute must."
    "Neuropsycho detective procedural"
    Overall
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    Well written story line and character development, tying in real historical events and modern places. Conspiracy theorists and film buffs will enjoy. Given the events of late 2010 and forward, the book is starting to be a little dated.

    One thing bothered me: the translation was obviously for an American audience, using Fahrenheit and miles (with one kilogram exception). Since the action all takes place in metric countries, why not just stay with that?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6270)
    Performance
    (5840)
    Story
    (5842)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "sarcasm sarcasm sarcasm"
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    The story reads like a bunch of nerds flaming late night at a Con, with fixed sentence structure. If you don't like Star Trek cliche's, the entire story is worthless.
    The narrator communicates the sarcasm, but fails to provide a different "voice" for each character.
    It was worth the $2.95 sale price. I wouldn't pay full price or use an audible credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "not as good as the first book"
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    the first book, Beat the Reaper, had me laughing the whole time.
    unfortunately, this book is little more haphazard and even less plausible. also, the knowledgable soliloquies are longer and more onerous.

    despite this, I listened the whole way through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (900)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "might as well be called "Left Behind, Tehran""
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    a real disappointment.
    this would satisfy evangelicals and their fans.
    too bad the product description doesn't mention the preachiness.
    I deleted it after listening to the first 3 hours (long road trip)

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    More than 15 years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding, communication, and play: not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression.

    Leslie says: "Maybe better read but a terrible listen"
    "Wow! what a great idea..."
    Overall

    Being a longtime dog owner/lover, I've been through all the various "training" methods. This is the first one I've used that really makes the dog motivated to achieve results.
    It even works on my Alaskan Malamute (a breed that separated itself from wolves when it realized that humans with opposable thumbs can feed canned food easier than chewing the cans open on your own (or just eating the human)).
    Only downside.... the name dropping. Who cares?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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