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David

Salinas, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (541)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Boring!"
    Overall

    Sedaris apparently isn't funny when not writing about himself. Not a single entertaining moment in this book. Do yourself a favor and skip this turkey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10444)
    Performance
    (8728)
    Story
    (8804)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    An excellent second installment in the series, living up to the promise of its predecessor. This is one of the best fantasy series I've read in a really long time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4920)
    Performance
    (2311)
    Story
    (2325)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A decent story, but spent a lot of time on medical details that may be interesting if you're in that profession but weren't to me. Well narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4044)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1723)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Trite"
    Overall

    Sorry, but I hated it. I forced myself to endure the first 1-1/2 hours of it since it's the next book being discussed at my monthly book club meeting, but finally decided I'd rather have my teeth drilled without novacaine than finish this cliche-ridden, boring, trite book. The only positive quality this book possesses is earnestness, and it heaps that on so excessively that it made me want to gag.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (368)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    Kathryn Lunetta says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "A little difficult to follow"
    Overall

    I gave this audiobook 3 stars, though I'd probably have given 4 stars except that the plot was difficult to follow in audio form. The narrators were very good, the pacing at times slow, but I cared about the characters and found the humor, especially Alma's, kept me hanging in there despite losing the plot occasionally.

    0 of 0 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
    (4237)
    Performance
    (2444)
    Story
    (2469)

    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"
    "OK, but not great"
    Overall

    I disagree with a few earlier reviewers in that I thought the reader was fine, though yes, I miss Roy Dotrice. I feel that the weakness of this book compared to the previous ones in the series lies with the author. He says at the end that he chose to tell all the story for half the characters rather than half the story for all the characters. "All the story" usually turned out to be twice too long. The plot often slows to a snail's pace in favor of character development. Sancerre's story, for example, goes on for the length of a bible and yet almost nothing actually happens. She hangs around the Aerie, Little Finger bamboozles some nobles, and then they leave.

    Worth listening to if you've made it this far in the series, but not the rousing tale the others were.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2702)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1283)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Dated"
    Overall

    Perhaps good in it's time, I found it to be dated and preachy. Good Sci-fi should weather the passage of time better than this does.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3667)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (1001)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Enchanting tale"
    Overall

    I became so wrapped up in it that while driving home one day, I found myself loudly urging Sayuri, "No! Don't do it!" I can't recall ever giving advice to a fictional character before.

    Beautifully written and read, a real treasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Trial by Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By D. Graham Burnett
    • Narrated By D. Graham Burnett
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Part true crime, part political treatise, part contemplation of right, wrong, and the power of words, A Trial by Jury is a mesmerizing narrative of one man's encounter with crime and punishment, American style. It profoundly affects one's sense of the privileges - and the perils - of citizenship.

    Keri says: "sloooooooooooow"
    "Been there"
    Overall

    A very interesting account of a juror's experience. His exasperating ordeal during juror deliberations closely parallels my own experience as a juror on two criminal trials. Getting twelve people to agree on anything is well nigh impossible, yet this is essential to our justice system. This window into how difficult it can be to be a responsible juror is thought provoking and very engaging.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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