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Kenneth

Carrollton, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man - a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil.

    Jacqueline says: "Social Issues Abound in Mixed Genre--"
    "Wear a Seat Belt and Put Tooth Picks in Your Eyes"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read the bio of Wilson and William James and the beginning is very interesting. Then you will need tooth picks which the author tells you about puss or Puss. You will get sick of puss. Then wear the seat belt so you can finish the book.


    What could Joyce Carol Oates have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out the middle.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    What character would you cut from The Accursed?

    Puss


    Any additional comments?

    Too much puss and snuff and shouldn't the murder be more central than Wilson, Princeton and the Nassau Club?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "Save Your Money"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is not a book it is a void with a disappoint non-story, title and how this book won an award is a miracle.


    Has The Narrow Road to the Deep North turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is not a genre it is nothing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Atlas?

    Narrator is fine.


    What character would you cut from The Narrow Road to the Deep North?

    There is no story.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money you will be disappointed.

    5 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Melinda says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "Save your money"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

    Book of incomplete sentences, plot, worthless, does not make sense and goes no place.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Kissinger


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Someone who could speak English


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The New York Times Book Review lies

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

    margaret says: "Hugely Enjoyable"
    "Have a Dumb Husban But Learn How to Come"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy reading about sex, with descriptive details based on the dumb down education of decline in America. Learn that to come is all there is to life.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I certalny won't believe the reviews but will just take my chances.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I decided to shut the book and throw it away.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Empire Falls?

    I would never publish it it's trash.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to get horny reading books read this one. And then you can learn where your spot is and come, maybe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    Sandy says: "We have found the perfect narrator for Zen and..."
    "Language is great"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes the story is good and the ability of the author to communcate with exciting vivid language is excellent.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plt was not up front, Therefore the plot was a surprise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of who people and places were were all enthralling.


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

    I read this book mostly because of the language.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (170)

    In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

    Dean says: "Excellent! Engaging, thoughtful, and illuminating"
    "No good"
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    Would you try another book from Glenn Greenwald and/or L. J. Ganser?

    Maybe


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not NSA too much unexplained, details too obscure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of L. J. Ganser’s performances?

    yes


    What character would you cut from No Place to Hide?

    I did not like the book after chapter 5.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes this will sell.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (837)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "John Wayne rides again"
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    Would you listen to Any Other Name again? Why?

    They are addicting, Johnson is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Any Other Name?

    Walt's moments with the buffalo and listening for Virgil are always so special.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Waly of course he makes the whole thing work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't make a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Move Cady closer to Wyoming, someday he's not going to make it to Philly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Thomas
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

    Kenneth says: "Outstanding Novel about a difficult subject"
    "Outstanding Novel about a difficult subject"
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    If you could sum up We Are Not Ourselves in three words, what would they be?

    empathy, sadness, reality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eileen, because she was the energy of the three generations. She was the glue that connected her father to herself and to her son to become a teacher whhile managing a 51 year with Alzheimer's disease.


    Have you listened to any of Mare Winningham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one.


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

    Ed's letter written to his son when he first learned about the disease not to be given to him until after his death.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very good, but for me would have been just as effective without the sexual references. We all know about those and don't need the distraction. It is the only thing that might keep this book from being a Pulitzer.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Melba Pattillo Beals
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order.

    Jill says: "A poignant memoir - a MUST READ for all!"
    "Enlightening"
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    Would you listen to Warriors Don't Cry again? Why?

    Yes, the author reveals facts, that I fact check but she also shares her personal experience which is astonishing. I am not from the South and was only 7 years old when this even happened but my empathy for Melba and the others was aroused. It's hard to understand how people like Faubus existed.


    What other book might you compare Warriors Don't Cry to and why?

    I think the author's own suggestion to read the life of Gandhi is good.


    What about Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performance did you like?

    I got a lot of stares from my family and questions because she is very dramatic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone and every high schooler should read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By G. Edward Griffin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (193)

    This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

    Charyn says: "Prepare to be amazed"
    "Educational"
    Overall
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    Where does The Creature from Jekyll Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top 300


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breadth of the historicity of the subject.


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

    Good pace


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A film would ruin it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book requires a lot of checking the references for accuracy they are so astonishing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Halper
    • Narrated By Harvey Betancourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper provides a meticulously researched account of the brilliant calculations, secret deals, and occasionally treacherous maneuverings that led to the Clintons' return to political prominence. In the 12 years since the Clintons left the White House, they have gone from being virtually penniless to multi-millionaires, and are arguably the most popular politicians in America - respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike.

    MPH says: "Hearsay is not Evidence"
    "Entertainment"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Halper and/or Harvey Betancourt?

    Clintonmania, entertainment, save your money, the authors are trying to make a buck with no content. This is a Kitty Kelly book not academic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Halper again?

    No!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was bored himself.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    There are opportunists in the book publishing world probably sponsored by the Clintons.


    Any additional comments?

    We are living in sad times.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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