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Savage Doc

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  • 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
    (344)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (312)

    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....

    Minta says: "I listened to this twice in a row!"
    "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
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (537)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Pretty Good Book, but Too Dated For Me"
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    I have always been a fan of Robert Heinlein. I especially loved Stranger in a Strange Land. However, now that I'm older, I think the dated style that Heinlein used is starting to grate on me. This one is done in the noir style of Raymond Chandler, et al. But his cutesy banter between men and women wasn't even realistic in the forties, let alone today. It appeared often enough that I got tired of rolling my eyes and searching for a way to skip past it in the audio-book (too bad they don't have a Skip Forward button!)

    Also, the Everyman Yankee (AKA MacGyver) who can do the most random things that 99% of people can't do (and serendipitously progress the plot) has become less believable as I have grown more experienced. For example, how many readers can really pick a lock?

    The story is pretty good, and the narration was quite good. But I guess I have just outgrown Heinlein. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Rebel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    The date is 1968 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now. The Republic, dominated by the human race, is in the midst of an all-out war with the Teroni Federation.

    Almost a year has passed since the events of Starship: Mercenary. Captain Wilson Cole now commands a fleet of almost 50 ships, and he has become the single greatest military force on the Inner Frontier.

    Rancher5 says: "Whats to say the book was great."
    "Very Satisfying Space Opera!"
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    My first foray into the Starship series, and very enjoyable. Excellent characters and action. The narrator was also quite good. Two thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1195)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Very Good Story, Lots of Action, Well Narrated."
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    Really an excellent story with very few flaws - most of which are my own personal peeves. It starts in the mines of Mars with the hero being an average Joe in a pretty horrible setting, making the best life he can. He is thrust by forces largely beyond his own control into the role of the Rebel. From there he is spirited away to the Underground where he is enhanced mentally and physically into a superhuman. And FROM THERE, he is spirited into a training ground for the leaders of society, which is a medieval battle royale.

    Pros: The future setting is fairly believable in most ways, being a throwback to the Victorian Age in Europe. The protagonist is a believable, flawed Everyman with well-developed supporting characters. The flow of the plot is believable and (sorta) logical, to a point. The action as the story progresses is exciting, and will certainly keep you turning the pages. And, the ending is a logical pause between this, and the next volume in the series.

    Cons: Some of the plot points come out of left field, like why the love of his life martyrs herself in a pretty senseless act, showing incredible prescience of her husband's later role in the rebellion, with almost no rebellion visible.

    Also, having the hero transformed into a superhuman is too convenient for me, and not necessarily critical (in this volume) to the storyline. Finally, I dislike starting a book, only to find out when I finish it that this is just the beginning of a series, and has no satisfying ending. And the subsequent volumes are not even published yet! Knowing that ahead of time, I probably wouldn't have started it.

    IN SHORT: A very good story that moves pretty quickly, has lots of action and twists, and is very well narrated by Mr. Reynolds. I had a few beefs with it personally, but overall, enjoyed it a lot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10501)
    Performance
    (9996)
    Story
    (10014)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Old School Science Fiction"
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    I have read and listened to a lot of science fiction over the years, and this one is truly old school. Not a space opera. No wild speculation. No aliens or worm-holes. It takes a scenario that will likely occur within the next twenty years, a manned mission to Mars, and then speculates on what would happen if the mission were aborted and one soul was left behind.

    It uses basic science and some clever engineering, and basically weaves together a compelling story of trial and triumph. I've heard that this may be optioned for a movie deal, and look forward to it. Unfortunately, the book has so much wonderful detail, that I'm sure no film will be able to do more than gloss over the high points.

    In short, an excellent story, well told, with a very good narrator. Well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (642)

    The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power.

    Tim says: "Couldn't Disagree More..."
    "Really excellent book!"
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    Would you listen to The Godfather again? Why?

    Probably not, but only because I think I got everything out of it that I could. Is there a Part II?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Corleone. Very sympathetic, and yet ruthless.


    What about full cast’s performance did you like?

    This is the first I've heard with more than one narrator. I liked that the one reader didn't have to stretch for many different voices. All sounded quite good.


    If you could take any character from The Godfather out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have to go back and watch the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1114)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Couldn't get into it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who might enjoy it. It meandered around with an overly long exposition, and after 3 chapters, I simply couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A John Scalzi book. Funny, thought-provoking - I always enjoy him.


    What didn’t you like about Campbell Scott’s performance?

    It was OK, but nothing in particular that I would complain about.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Might have been going to somewhere interesting. It just took too long.


    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
    (16276)
    Performance
    (13535)
    Story
    (14159)

    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
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (852)

    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
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5691)
    Performance
    (2987)
    Story
    (3046)

    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

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