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Orange, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 461 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • London Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Edward Bloor
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Martin Conway is sleeping his life away, aimless and unhappy, until the boy appears in his room. He is a long-dead English boy, and he has an urgent question to ask. Martin, for his own sanity, hopes and prays it is just a dream. But then one dream becomes two, then three, then four.

    Michael says: "Call this book"
    "Call this book"

    I heard about this book on NPR but the description was a bit light. I decided to get it anyways but it was a months before I actually listened to it. I should have listened sooner, what a sleeper ! I was very pleasantly surprised by the story line. The author did a fine job of mixing an unusual idea of an old radio that could transport a young boy back in time to help ease a souls passage in the afterlife. But it was more than that, it was a young boy learning about himself, how to care about others, how to trust one's own self even when others are very discouraging to you and how to forgive. The dialog over all was fairly well written, a few place it was a bit cramped but it did not distract from overall feel and pace. A few times I found myself not stepping out of the car to finish listening to a section of the story because I was so entranced by it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like something a bit different from the typical fiction fare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "A good scifi romp"

    Some of the references are a bit dated but it has good twists and turns though out. The narrator did an excellent job of voicing many different characters without sounding like he was just repeating a couple of voicings. Overall it was a fun book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "How not to age gracefully"

    Buy this book. There, the real question is answered but you want details? Fine, take a listen to a story that gives depth and color to anyone's life who starts young and ends up wondering how they got old and didnt notice. Listen to a story about running away to the circus and how a young man got a lifetime of lessons in the real world over some short months. The descriptions of the life in a circus and the characters who lived it are impressive and a joy to listen to. By the end of the story, you will be completely enthralled by the central character and his life story and it will, not might, it WILL cause you to rethink how you treat grand dad in you own life. You can easily lose yourself in the story as it flows around the plot. The prose is well written and the use of two narrators provides an excellent verbal presentation of a young man and his much older self. This book is one of the best narrated stories I have heard in the past three years of using Audible and really makes the listening a real joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the bestselling E=MC2 comes a mesmerizing journey of discovery illuminating the wondrous yet unseen force that permeates our world and the scientists who've probed its secrets. Before 1790, when Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that spurred an explosion of knowledge and invention, electricity was perceived as little more than a property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed.

    Michael says: "Electric Electricity"
    "Electric Electricity"

    This was arguably one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in a long while. While my own background is Electrical Engineering, there were concepts and ideas presented in such a simplified manner that this book should be required reading for all students. The history of how our version of electricty came to be was interesting not so much for how the various discoveries came about but the from the human side. There were many interesting stories that I had not heard before or fully understood the personalities involved. The narration is very well done which adds to the enjoyment.

    An example is the authors discription of how RADAR really works, not how people thinks it works and how something devised to protect England was taken from the creator and used to firebomb a German city to the absolute distress of the creator. You get the full impact from the joy of discovery to the total dispair as women and children were incinerated.

    You feel the joy of Alexendar Graham Bell working to help the deaf while bringing us the Telephone which revolutionized the world.

    And while the all widgets are cool, the author goes into how electricty makes us humans work. I learned more from this book than I did in two semesters on biology. Maybe I paid more attention this time but I dont think so, I think it was the excellent presentation of what could be very complex material.

    All in all, this is must-listen to audiobook.

    70 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Enjoyable but loose at the end"

    This work of historical fiction was written well enough to get me to research on my own the aquaducts of old Rome and Pompeii. The story line is very interesting and the interaction between the characters was mostly believable. But, (spoiler alert!!) at the end, the plot breaks down and the ending was disappointing which given the quality of the book, was a let down. Enjoy it anyways, it was a relaxing way to commute and it was one of the few books that I would keep playing on my Ipod even after I was home.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Outragous and very, very timely"

    Al outdoes himself in this book with his funny but ever so pointed comments and observations of the radical and not so radical right. He gets into the details and shows the lies and the lying liars to all to see in the harsh light of reality and facts rather then bluster and belligerence. His skewering of Ann Coulter was priceless and the rest was gravy. After hearing how Ann outright lies and then lies again to cover up her lies, she should hang her head in absolute shame. And Ann is just one of the many cast of characters that get "outed" by Al. A very enjoyable read unless you are a dittohead or rabid follower of the nutcase rightwingers.

    3 of 9 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

    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!"
    "Dated but still useful and interesting"

    This story while some call "dated" since it covers the first Gulf war is still a very interesting read(listen). You get to really know Anne and what drives her to do something as hard and dangerous as being a wartime reporter. It's also interesting to contrast what the folks who work for NPR have to do relative to the more pampered folks in the commercial world. Anne showed guts and imagination and really does not coat her version of the truth of both Iraq and her own perspectives and how they evolve over time.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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