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trumbull, CT, USA

  • 6 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Petria Thomas: Swimming Against the Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Petria Thomas, Andy Shea
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking, Jim Daly

    Australian swimmer Petria Thomas won the hearts of millions around the world with her triple gold-medal-winning triumph at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Having overcome the pain and anguish of three shoulder reconstructions and two ankle reconstructions over the length of her glittering 12-year career, Petria is admired and respected for her grit, determination, and steely will to win.

    Barbara says: "Awesome"

    The content of this book and the narrator were both excellent. Her story is simply amazing and gives hope to people who have battled depression and injury. The book alternates between a male narrator and a woman reading the diary entries that Thomas wrote. This was a very helpful way of handling the book. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone engaged in amateur racing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Way too long"

    This book has its merits. The story is engaging and the characters are colorful. The narrator is excellent, one of the best I have ever heard. Indeed, if I were reading this one, I might have given up.
    But the book is way too long. The writer has a tendency to continuously pontificate and throw-in cheap pop philosophy at every opportunity. Every meeting with every character is deep with meaning and lessons about life, and the reader is not intelligent enough to figure these out for himself. At the end of every chapter the reader suffers through the main character telling us what deep lesson he learned from his latest encounter. An abridged version of this book might actually be a lot better.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A waste of a lot of time"

    Some of this book was interesting, the human interest side, the art, the relationships between the characters. But when it got to the gothic stuff, I was thoroughly bored. The plot made little sense, I never understood why there was this scary creature causing all of these problems. When I was a kid, I loved Stephen King. This book doesn't hold a candle to his classics--Cujo, Carrie, Pet Semetary, The Stand. Either that, or I'm just old and jaded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "A real snoozer"

    I just don't get why so many people loved this book. I didn't find the story to be compelling at all, I didn't care about what happened to the characters, and I got lost keeping track of who was killed and who was killing. I could not wait for the book to be over.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "I don't get it"

    Usually the books of the year chosen by the Audible editors are pretty good...I really can't understand why this one won the best book of 2007. I found it to be boring, full of cliches, and unbelievable characters. The only redeeming factor was Will Patton's narration.
    Stay away.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    pixychild says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "not Krakauer's best work by a long shot"

    While I am a big fan of Krakauer's earlier works, Under the Banner of Heaven leaves a lot to be desired. I don't think that his weaving of two genres ("true crime" and history)works well here. Taken separately, a history of the Church of LDS and its offshoots, and the true crime story are both very interesting, but the constant weaving back and forth makes it just confusing, at least in audio format.

    There were many times that I got lost in the narrative, particularly in the parts about about other Mormon fundamenalists (who have no relevance to the story of the Lafferty brothers). And there were other parts of the Lafferty story that he didn't explore at all -- for example, what happened to Allen after the murders? How did he react, does he still speak with his brothers, etc., etc.? There is much about Ron's ongoing trials, but very little about Dan's trial. I couldn't for the life of me remember why Dan did not get the death penalty, until after I was done listening, I went online and found an excerpt of the book's prologue, where it mentions one or two lines about Dan's trial.

    The narration was fine, and the content had the potential to make an excellent book, but sadly this one falls short.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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