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Silver City, NM USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (488)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
    "Beyond the movie, great book, perfect narrator"
    Overall

    This book was perfectly read by Jeff Woodman, whose voice was reminiscent of the narrator/main character in the movie version (John Cusack). The movie started about 2/3 of the way into the story, was great to finally hear the whole TRUE story. Listened to this all the way on a driving trip to Michigan and the miles flew by, enjoyed every bit.

    11 of 11 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
    (6970)
    Performance
    (6637)
    Story
    (6648)

    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"
    "The Truman Show Goes to Space"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    MacGyver on Mars


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Anything survivalist on a one-against-all-odds theme--perhaps The Life of Pi, but without the tiger. . . .


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but his take on the characters is dead-on perfect!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I usually listen only in the car or at the gym, but I couldn't help bringing the iPod into the house to listen a bit more on my portable speaker. I had to force myself to put it down, lest I not have anything to listen to for the gym tomorrow. I am about 1/4 of the way through but felt compelled to post this review.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a funny, smart, interesting book. As I said, I haven't finished it yet, but i held my breath in the first quarter when I feared it was about to veer off into a certain plot development, but thankfully it did not. Will see if that pops up later, or a version of it. I am hoping for a happy ending, and am just glad Stephen King (or George RR Martin) did not write this one as I could write those endings blind. . . .

    I have already ordered hard copies of the book for my nephew and my son, who will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9861)
    Performance
    (8176)
    Story
    (8249)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Very satisfying adventure"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is complex and engrossing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality of the ideas that form the basis of the hero's adventures.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Ha--I have to say Will, simply because when Podehl says, "Like bear", I had to go to the Audible listing for A Dirty Job to convince myself the two narrators were not the same, as they were identical in their performance of the same two words, though in wildly different stories. Hysterical. Sorry, I tend to fix on odd little details!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I am capable of great discipline and limited it to gym and car time. A great motivator to do prolonged workouts!


    Any additional comments?

    Greatly looking forward to book three. Have sent these two books to a nephew of mine who loves fantasy, and who introduced me to the genre. I try to find new and interesting reads for him, and know he will enjoy these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17653)
    Performance
    (15697)
    Story
    (15649)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "about to immediately re-listen to it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    deliciously long story


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Great range of voices; sometimes a bit overdone, but only one was annoying; I especially liked the Chas (?) voice which bugged me until I placed it: it sounded like Moonlight Graham (Burt Lancaster) in Field of Dreams movie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and no--a definite don't-mind-sitting-in-lines-and waiting-rooms listen, but on the other hand didn't want it to be over too soon. I am in the car at least 3 hours every day and this was a very satisfying tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I am actually down to the last 15 minutes, so unsure how the ending will go, and expect to re-listen to it immediately to hook all the connectors together I may have missed. I ordered the book for my husband for his birthday, and resisted temptation every night to pick it up (haven't wrapped it yet) to see what comes next or how it ends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "educational read, horrid narrator"
    Overall

    Appreciated the insights into the Afghan conflict and the political machinations, and (apologies) I am a "leftist" and felt author's insights were very accurate. Hated the narration: was like listening to Ronald Reagan at his patronizing worst; then, I began thinking it was fun to listen to "Ronnie" espouse leftist ideals, so it got better. Krakauer is a favorite author, but I wasn't sure I could get into this book. I was wrong, and I am glad to have heard it and to know more about Tillman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17945)
    Performance
    (8145)
    Story
    (8176)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "What a Grievous Loss"
    Overall

    I absolutely mourn the loss of Herr Larsson, whom of course I know only from this wonderful series. This third book is every bit as intricate and enjoyable as the first two, although admittedly a second listening helps a lot with the names and places. A multi-layered story, my only critique is what police agency would leave two murder suspects unguarded and next to each other in a hospital ward?! Love stories where I learn about new places, occupations, etc and hope someone is contracted to finish #4 and maybe the rest through #10--his companion?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4745)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1405)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "excruciating listen--"me, me, me""
    Overall

    I forced myself to listen to this entire audio book, just because I'm not a quitter and every once in a while there was almost something worth listening to. Self centered in tedius detail, annoying voice (reminded me of the narrator for Claire in Time Traveller's Wife--just too precise and perfect). Gave it two stars, not one, for the Italian bits. I see where it is being made into a movie with Julia Roberts--I will definitely pass.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (562)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "great wide ranging story"
    Overall

    Fantastic story, good history, laugh-out-loud passages if you don't object to highly colorful language. The narrator did not modulate well between his obvious breaks, and sounded like Andy Rooney, which took some getting used to. I am interested in history but this book would have had me hooked anyway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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