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Helmars

Orient, NY, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: I, Q

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John de Lancie, Peter David
    • Narrated By John de Lancie
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    I, Q is a wild and witty voyage through the secret soul of creation as only the enigmatic Q can tell it! Co-written and read by John de Lancie, who portrayed Q on television for more than a decade!

    Ryan M. Damon says: "Download this file"
    "A fun book!"
    Overall

    John DeLancie is a wonderful reader. I enjoyed this book very much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Not ordinary writing"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. Being the son of immigrant parents, I've often wondered what my parents experienced during the war in Europe before they came to America. Like the main characters' parents, mine never wanted to talk about their experiences either. This book offered me a fantasy to ponder. It suggests fascinating possibilities of how "ordinary" people could become quiet, unrecognized heros. It insightfully questions how a person becomes a hero. The book is well written and the characters well developed. One of the best books I've heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hurricane: 1938

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cherie Burns
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler's pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. Severe weather wasn't mentioned; only light rain was forecast for the following day. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay.

    Tracey says: "Mesmerizing book!"
    "Well Done!"
    Overall

    This was a well researched and engaging book. I learned alot about an event that is still mentioned in hushed tones where I live. Whenever the weather gets bad, the old timers always say "It was nothing like the one one in '38" Bravo to the author-- I will seek out other books she has written. The reader was very good as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In this celebration of one of America's oldest towns (incorporated in 1720), Michael Cunningham, author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours, brings us Provincetown, one of the most idiosyncratic and extraordinary towns in the United States, perched on the sandy tip at the end of Cape Cod.

    Will says: "Wonderful"
    "Good, Enjoyable, Wow, I never knew that"
    Overall

    This is a good travelogue, though more similar to an "Insiders guide" or an "Off the Beaten Path" book. It smacked a bit of a gay cruising guide, buy I got over that quickly; it is Provincetown so you should expect this. Lots of good history and insight. If you have any association with the Cape, I think you'd enjoy reading this book from a wonderful writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1033)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Good, but.."
    Overall

    I won't belabor the audio editting.. it was a distraction, not a show stopper. I enjoy Campbell Scotts' reading of the book, and thought he did a great job. Actors make the best readers, though Kings' own reading in Bag of Bones was surprisingly good!

    It was a good story, well researched (Though I must say that MODEMS for the most part are a thing of the past) and well conceived. Kings' own disdain for SUVs, cell phones and iPods is clearly evident.. I felt like I was being lectured to from a bully pulpit. Still the story holds together pretty well.. until the end. I was watching my MP3 player with 4 minutes left to the story and I couldn't imagine a how he would wrap it up in that amount of time. Well, he wrapped it up much like a tree stops an errant car.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "An excellent story of a peoples tragedy"
    Overall

    A clear and honest insight into the people of Iraq. Well written and read by Ms Garrels. It was helpful to know the face of the true enemy-- Hussein and his cronies, and the people in the middle-- The Iraqi people. A true tragedy on a huge scale brough into focus by a great journalist. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4938)
    Performance
    (2048)
    Story
    (2042)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Bravo! An interesting and engaging audio book"
    Overall

    Very well writtem and equally well read. What I have come to expect from the best audio books. Many interesting historical "facts" that dare to be challenged, but interesting nonetheless. A fine audio book and well worth the time invested in listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (524)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Wow! The best of what an Audio Book should be!"
    Overall

    Wonderful King. Expertly read by DeMunn. DeMunn masters the many character voices and make a very convincing and enjoyable listening experience. King shines. Excellent character development, interesting and twisting story line. Highly recommended!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Young Men and Fire

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By John MacLean
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Norman MacLean spent the last 14 years of his life determined to sift through grief and controversy in search of the truth behind the Mann Gulch tragedy, one of the worst disasters in the history of the Forest Service. Young Men and Fire is the culmination of his investigations. It is a story about honor, death, compassion, and the human spirit.

    Crazy CT Marmot says: "Great read, very good listen!!"
    "Wonderful experience"
    Overall

    A worthwhile book to spend some time with. Maclean's son is the perfect reader for this text. A great detective story, very well written. Highly recommended.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    "This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."

    Charles Gousha says: "A variable compilation"
    "Some repreats from other Feynman books.."
    Overall

    On the whole, an enjoyable listen. I am, of course, a Feynman fan. A brilliant man is well portrayed. Great insight into the way his mind worked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Dance with the Planet

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Todd Jarrell
    • Narrated By Todd Jarrell
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "Someday I will quit all this and sail the world!" Who hasn't weighed that dream, at least once in their lives? Responding to an ad calling for a sailing ship's crew, two landlocked brothers did just that, realizing long-held dreams of tall ships on the high seas. This is the story of their incredible journey.

    Helmars says: "Good topic, was hoping for more"
    "Good topic, was hoping for more"
    Overall

    Copy promises more than it gives. Perhaps the book was too abridged. Fun for armchair sailors. The end left me thinking there should have been something more to it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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