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John

Mill Valley, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5881)
    Performance
    (3801)
    Story
    (3814)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Sucker Punch. Literature as cathartic therapy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    You've heard of "Chick Flick" as a story meant specifically to appeal to the emotions of girls. Well, here's the male equivalent. Like in a country western song, this guy loses his girl, then he loses his truck then he loses his dog. It just seemed to be one catastrophe after another, each one wanting to drag out floods of tears from the tender male psyche. Tied up at the end with a neat bow. I've made it sound worse than it is. He's a good story teller but it seemed the story was embellished with too many hooks and trips and traps specifically designed to put a man in touch with his raw side.


    What could Garth Stein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Jeez . . . what a question.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He got through the story without breaking out in tears. I don't know that I could have done that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sucker punch. Bopped in the nose just when you were standing there expecting a handshake.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn in Your Car: French, Level 1

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Henry N. Raymond
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    The Learn in Your Car language series is the first system ever designed to teach a language in your car...or anywhere...without a textbook. And now with Learn in Your Car from audible.com, you can turn your PC, your Rio, or any mobile device into your own personal language tutor.

    Dionne says: "Good Refresher"
    "A good refresher course."
    Overall

    If you spend any time in France, as in all countries, you discover many voices. This readers voice is thought to be "musical" and is actually quite common. It's a sound you have to learn to understand because you will encounter it, just as a French speaker might have to understand the whiney voice of a semi-literate American, at a gas station for example. I don't recommend learning languages by any means for anyone who is intolerant of the differences between peoples. They should just stay in their own tiny little back yards. I always check any reviewers other reviews. If they can't spell . . . well, that says it all.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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