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Daniel Alderman

Spokane, WA USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 16 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 893 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1466)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Pure Genius"
    Overall

    I've listened to David Sedaris on the radio on This American Life. When I found that he had a book out, I jumped at the chance to get it on audio. Usually I find that I am disappointed when I expect so much from an author. I was not disappointed this time. I did alot of walking while I listened to this, and people gave me a wide berth because I was laughing all the time! I looked like a crazy person. Do yourself a favor and get this book. The man is a genius. Honestly the funniest thing I've ever read.

    31 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11902)
    Performance
    (10814)
    Story
    (10838)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Kept me wanting more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say it ranks about top 20.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    This is such a spoiler question. I'll avoid it.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter is a master storyteller. Perfect accents and touches to differentiate the voices. You could completely tell a character's personality by their voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly. The book was interesting, it didn't really seem to be going for "moving".


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is great, the story is top notch and interesting. If I had to find a negative spot is that they have a great story all by itself, and they tack on a connection to an old horror fantasy cliche. It was unnecessary and cheapened a pretty good story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (72)

    From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

    Sebastien says: "Helpful and reassuring"
    "Helpful book, good reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have gained a lot of insight from reading this book. I struggle with organization on a daily basis. This book discusses organizing strategies with an ADHD brain in mind. This is very useful. In my life, I have set up about a gazillion organizing systems which fail almost immediately because they're too complicated to keep up with, or they require me to constantly be mindful of my system. This is, I'll admit it, impossible for me. The techniques in this book seem far more doable and I will be experimenting with them.

    On another note: The reader, Lisa Renee Pitts, is very good. The review mentioning ebonics is completely untrue. Pitts speaks with excellent diction. I don't know what the agenda of that reviewer was, but in my opinion these statements are not only invalid and unfair, they're inappropriate.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18478)
    Performance
    (16447)
    Story
    (16407)

    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"
    "Amazing story from a master storyteller!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You can tell that Steven King has been doing this a while. He's managed acheive being both prolific and consistently excellent.

    I picked this up thinking that I might like it. Might pass the time. I mean, it's an old story.

    JFK - Heard it. Time Travel - Heard it.

    But if you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back and live in a different time, this book scratches that itch. The main character is very easy to embody. You can really understand what it would be like to be this guy. So you get to have this experience. King predicts with great accuracy the questions that you might have if you were on this journey and takes care to address as many as possible in the narrative.

    It's a great ride filled with realistic imagery, moral exploration and fascinating discovery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8832)
    Performance
    (6249)
    Story
    (6286)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Finally!"
    Overall

    I've been looking for a good fantasy book for years. Last I read that I thought was good was George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. Since then I've been confronted with so much cliche and inanity that I've almost stopped reading fantasy. Then along comes The Final Empire: Mistborn. This was a good book. Very interesting. Cool and unique magic laws. Intelligent characters. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4169)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2692)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "All for naught"
    Overall

    I read a few reviews that said that this book was terrible, but I didn't think it was too bad...at first. It's basically several short stories tied together by a really slipshod and poorly executed attempt at a framework. The short stories themselves are pretty good, one even brought tears. The setup for the stort stories is pretty weak, however. Everybody is on a pilgrimage together and they explain a part of their reason for going on the pilgrimage. We really get into their stories, which, it seems, will be resolved at the conclusion of the novel. This resolution never happens, not one of the stories is ever fully resolved. Then the author tacks on the very worst ending that I have ever read in my whole life. I hate authors that do that to me, and i will never read another book by this one again.

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7604)
    Performance
    (3012)
    Story
    (3073)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Generational Differences"
    Overall

    I'm a vampire fiction fan. I have really enjoyed the Rice books, and some other really great stuff. This is not great stuff. This is boring stuff. I don't see how anyone could read this and become obsessed with it, unless I'm missing something. Young people, mostly, but not limited to girls, are completely in love with this book. I can only chalk it up to differences in maturity. My theory is that this is what love looks like to a 14 year old, but it's not as amazing as how love actually feels. So those of us who have experienced it find that this book's representation of love falls flat and is incredibly shallow. There is very little action in this. Mostly it's a girl obsessing over a guy who treats her badly, though we're supposed to find that attractive. Not recommended for mature readers.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism for Beginners

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (293)

    Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

    Anna says: "Might be difficult for true beginners..."
    "This is the one..."
    Overall

    I almost didn't get this book because of the reviews about Jack Kornfield's speaking voice. I'm glad I didn't make that huge mistake.

    If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, then this is the book. This is the guy to explain it to you. His voice is perfect for what he's explaining. He's not reading the pages into a microphone in a studio somewhere, he's speaking from his heart with genuine compassion.

    This is a good quality recording of a series of informative speeches given to a small audience. The speaker is a Buddhism master, and I think he's enlightened and is passing the Buddha's wisdom as well as his own down to students who wish to learn. I am just beginning my studies of Buddhism and I feel like this was the perfect introduction.

    If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, get this. You won't be sorry.

    52 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4258)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2491)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Where's Roy?"
    Overall

    I like the book. I have loved the first 3 books more than anything I have ever read in my entire life. A great part of that love was the reading stylings of Roy Dotrice. This narrator is good, don't get me wrong, but Roy Dotrice is a master. Specifically, with Dotrice the difference between speaking characters was easy to tell, as were the differences between when the character is thinking to himself or speaking to another person. I really loved Tyrien Lanister's voice. I haven't heard it yet in this novel, but I don't think I can bear not hearing Dotrice read it. It's really killing the book for me. What on God's green earth made them change narrators?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (967)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "This was TERRIBLE"
    Overall

    I have no idea why anyone would think that this was good. I listened to the entire first installment and I rejoiced when I finally finished the awful thing. I couldn't get through the stilted writing to understand the story. Sharp Glances...this book is full of sharp glances for no reason. People become angry for NO REASON...It's full of melodramatic emotions, the characters either don't react to a major event, or overreact to a minor one. The "Hero" is incredibly stupid, and cannot understand anything unless it is explained by other other characters. I like my heroes with a bit of common sense. A previous reviewer said it was a blatant rip off of Lord of the Rings. It really is, but so badly written as to be the ROMANCE NOVEL VERSION! I read Eragon, which was written by a teenager and the writing was 1000 times better than this. Some people seem to like this though...I guess one man's trash.....

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3581)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1533)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "I can't sleep, where's my Tolle?"
    Overall

    I think that the guy is on to something here. But I can't listen to this without falling asleep. I mean, while driving, eating breakfast...It's not just the voice, but there are little bells and the other people are also talking in the same little "you are getting very sleepy" monotone. I think the printed version would be better

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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