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Dallas, TX | Member Since 2012

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  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (770)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "The definition of a classic"
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    If you could sum up The Three Musketeers in three words, what would they be?

    Action. Intrigue. Pacing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three Musketeers?

    There are too many great moments to choose one. The plot, characters, subplots... It doesn't get any better than this.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Porthos. His refined accent seems to contrast with his rough character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to enumerate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15105)
    Performance
    (12444)
    Story
    (13083)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Men, steer clear of this romance novel."
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No way.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    Ditto.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    She has a hard time with mens' voices. They all sound like she is hurting her voicebox trying to go into a too-low register, and apparently she feels that all men sound rather gruff.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    NOOOOO! OK, it has a little (very little) kinky sex in it. Yes, I'm a guy. Yes, that interested me. But it's packaged in a romance novel - never a genre I have enjoyed. Many romance novels are erotica, and this was in that category or I would have deleted it within three chapters. Worse, though, it was a coming-of-age romance novel. In other words, a romance novel written for teen girls. (Sigh.)

    Therein was my quandary. It's a teen romance novel with pretty explicit sex. So it was obviously not written for fourteen-year-old girls (I hope.) The target audience was... young (adult) women? In that sense, it was almost insulting. How many repetitions of "this Greek God," or "he is so...HOT!" can one take? I was rolling my eyes more than the heroine was.

    And, according to the author, every unmarried, adult woman feels guilty about having sex. (Wearing the horrible, pink pajamas for a week afterward.) Really?? In high school, maybe. But, in college? Apparently, I've missed this undertone in modern sexuality.

    I'm guessing (or hoping) that the subsequent Shades Of Grey installments dabble more into the B&D side of sexuality. But I can't bring myself to go through another romance novel. In the end I felt cheated and insulted.

    Women: from what I gather, this is a novel that most of you will really enjoy.

    Men: pass on this one. As erotica, it's pretty tame.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (297)

    On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders traveled to Tehran....

    Debra Garfinkle says: "Better Than the Movie"
    "Pretty good book. Not a great reading."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Interesting story, and a lot of backstory that was not in the film.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of how the plan came to together.


    What aspect of Dylan Baker’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice is consistently whiny. I've heard the same in another book he read. It really gets annoying. Also, his tendency to over-enunciate the last "s" in houseguests. It's like a college drinking game where you want to down a shot every time he says, "HouseguestS."


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5404)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2795)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "A mindbending tour-de-force"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Snow Crash to be better than the print version?

    A tough call, but I'd say it was just as good.


    What other book might you compare Snow Crash to and why?

    Reminds me a lot of William Gibson, but Gibson's voice is very, very dark, whereas Stephenson injects a lot of humor in his descriptions and dialogue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Delivering the pizza and getting lost. Very funny.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the signs of his talent is how he weaves a plot out of Assyrian and Babylonian languages, throws some biblical references in, and it is impossible to determine what is factual and what is shear fantasy. You know there is a kernel of truth in there somewhere, but it is all so seamless, who can determine where his imagination kicks in? Really thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Keir Dullea
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (255)

    Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original, and thought-provoking fiction of our time. This collection includes "The Minority Report," "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," "Paycheck," "Second Variety," and "The Eyes Have It."

    Travis says: "Nice Collection of Four P.D.K. Short Stories"
    "Dick always has great storylines."
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    If you could sum up Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories) in three words, what would they be?

    Great stories, well read.


    What other book might you compare Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories) to and why?

    Can't think of any.


    Which character – as performed by Keir Dullea – was your favorite?

    Give me a break.


    If you could take any character from Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Are you seriously asking this question? Did a middle school student think this up?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1064)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "First-rate Clancy"
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    Would you listen to Rainbow Six again? Why?

    Yes. It had an engaging story line and interesting characters. Michael Prichard read it very well. Quite good!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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