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Nicholas

Cambridge, MA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (832)

    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!"
    "Finally Unabridged!"
    Overall

    Thanks to Audbile.com for getting this to us unabridged. Thank god. There is just no point in listening to a book that should be 20 hours, "trimmed" to 3 hours. If this whole series is released unabridged, I'll buy them all.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ashley Smith, Stacy Mattingly
    • Narrated By Stacy Mattingly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational account, the 27-year-old widowed mother of a six-year-old girl shares for the first time the little-known details of her traumatic ordeal, and expands on how her faith and the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life helped her survive.

    Nicholas says: "Hilarious, self aggrandizing tripe"
    "Hilarious, self aggrandizing tripe"
    Overall

    I think my review title says it all. This book is 99% fluff with a single detail that is probably more salient than the ramblings about faith; the woman had crystal meth on hand. Phew, that sure took the starch out of the "purpose driven life" theory hmmm?

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfstones of Shannara: Original Shannara Trilogy, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them..."

    Nicholas says: "Awful Abridged"
    "Awful Abridged"
    Overall

    Terry Brooks first 6 shannara novels are characterized by LONG sweeping plotlines. You simply cannot call 20+ hours of material cut to 3 hours, a story. This book has been turned into an extended summary. To be honest, Abridging has no place in modern audiobooks, but when it's applied to such long works (like Cryptonomicon, or Tom Clancy books), it becomes comical. My question is simple: Why carry these books at all? Are we expected to enjoy 26 hours of The Sword of Shannara, and 24 hours of the Wishsong of Shannara, seperated by THREE of this? Give me a break.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The O'Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Charles Flowers
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly, Rick Adamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    There's no one more blunt, more opinionated, or more outspoken than the average teen. Except, of course, Bill O'Reilly, veteran star journalist, anchor of the most watched cable news program on TV, New York Times best-selling author, husband, father of two, and former teacher.

    James says: "Good life lessons for kids"
    "Ugh"
    Overall

    Truly a disgusting work, this book should not be let within 20 paces of ANY kid. I wouldn't worry about teenagers; any teen who takes one look at this book without either laughing, or throwing it into a lake is already far gone. In a slightly less grating manner than usual Bill O'Reilly espouses his usual mix of extreme right-wing agenda, and the blatantly absurd. Pure propoganda.

    10 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Daniel Passer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Best-selling author Deepak Chopra states that within each of us is a book of mysteries waiting to be opened, and when it is, the secrets of the universe will be revealed to us. The secret of love is to be found nowhere but within us, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, and faith, and the most elusive secret of all: who we truly are.

    Miriam says: "Enlightening all the way through!"
    "Painfully Bad"
    Overall

    I've made a habit of reading Depak Chopras work to better understand how people can believe his brand of pseudoscientific bunk. This new edition strikes me as both the least credible (and given prior junk that says something), but also the least interesting. I would say that Mr. Chopra is running out of ideas, because this book, more than all those that came before it is just a rehashing of old mindless bunk. Mr. Chopra may be a charlatan, but in the past he at least has been more original in his particular brand of snake oil, I'd say that even fans of his work will find this work dissapointing.

    6 of 81 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    From the author of The New York Times best sellers Treason and Slander comes an updated Ann Coulter compendium, complete with reader responses and television and talk radio transcripts (Couric, Donahue, Franken). With titles like "Would Mohamed Atta Object to Armed Pilots?", "9 out of 10 Caribou Support Drilling", and "Liberal Pimps for Clintonism", How to Talk to a Liberal covers Coulter's waterfront on her favorite issues and targets, from national security to Hollywood.

    Mike says: "funny...but...."
    "Awful Junk"
    Overall

    This book is terribly written, and devoid of any intellectual merit. Utterly without facts or even an attempt at backing up a single statement, this book is a transparant rant by a woman who has already proven that she's either a lunatic, or soullessly mercenary.

    17 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Reeve
    • Narrated By Christopher Reeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In Nothing Is Impossible, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. Published on the eve of both his fiftieth birthday and the seventh anniversary of his spinal cord injury, Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book not about"
    "Good book, Wanders, But Comes Home."
    Overall

    Because this is an audiobook here, and not just the written word, the first thing I should say is that the narration by Christopher Reeve is just fantastic. The content is also pretty good, but it does seem to wander off the topic you'd expect, as the previous reviewer noted. However, Nothing Is Impossible still manages to make it's point without relying too much on the late Mr. Reeve's disability. I consider this book to have been 3 or so hours well spent, leaving me with a lesson that I may have already known, but sometimes it pays to hear it again from someone with a profound perspective.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3616)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (555)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "If you're not laughing, the jokes on you."
    Overall

    This book is hilarious, and everything a person could want from a book by John Steward and the writers of the daily show. There's really nothing else to be said. If you have a sense of humour, and you're not too busy thumping a bible, get this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Painfully overwrought, Wickedly repetitive"
    Overall

    This is vintage Ayn Rand. A good idea is introduced, brought to it's logical and entertaining end, and then repeated ad nauseum until you pray for the sweet release of death. You're left wanting to scream "I get your damned point already, ENOUGH!" Truly brutal in it's undisguised and unabashed rehashing of a few simple philosophical ideas through endless hours of narration. On the bright side the narrator did a pretty good job, but that's not saving this.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    Rachel says: "wonderful and highly recommended"
    "Powerful and boring"
    Overall

    In some ways this is a story which really moves the listener, unfortunatly it's couched in prose which is not particularly thrilling. The person who said this book meanders, is right on target.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Seymour M. Hersh
    • Narrated By Peter Friedman
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers, and outraged the Bush Administration, with his stories in The New Yorker magazine, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new revelations, to answer the critical question of the last three years: how did America get from that clear morning in September to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

    Dean Carter says: "journalistic coverage of Presidency gone bad"
    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    Overall

    It comes as no surprise that Seymor Hersh has written another well written and well researched book, and it comes as no surprise that it's as entertaining to read as it is informative. Unlike so many of the "election time" books (Unfit For Command on the right, The Family on the left) This book is more than just unfounded libel, innuendo or poorly sourced junk. This is a book written by a veteran journalist and his skill shines through in the way he sources his work, and explains the nuances of the subject matter. In short, this book is a MUST READ (errr listen). As a bonus, the narration is excellent, but then, we've come to expect that from any product on Audible.com and they do deliver handsomly.

    131 of 162 people found this review helpful

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