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Steven

North Charleston, SC, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 4 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 294 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mara Shalhoup
    • Narrated By Hassan Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The story of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his legendary street crew, the Black Mafia Family (BMF), is the tale of a modern-day don who aspired to be something more: a credible name in hip-hop. It is a tale built on the seduction of vast sums of money, a seduction that pulled in hip-hop stars but that also had a darker side.

    Arjun says: "The Narration is Amazing!"
    "Great Story......Hassan Johnson....not so much..."
    Overall

    Great story about the real life of the black drug/rap culture and keeps you interested the whole time. The reason I gave it a 3 is that Hassan Johnson mispronounces HUNDREDS (no, literally) of words in this book. Not just geographical places, which sometimes is understandable (having lived in Atlanta) but, for example, there is no 'U' in similar. Interestingly enough, Johnson only pronounces it incorrectly about half of the time "sim YOU lar." If you can listen to a book on tape with many narrator errors then you'll like this book. I really liked it and tend to believe that Johnson was reverting to his acting skills and trying to play the part of the characters with an inner-city ebonics dialect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In the highly-anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs and the final book in the trilogy that started with Red Dragon, seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane.

    W. Max Hollmann says: "Poorly abridged"
    "Get the Unabridged!"
    Overall

    With well over 100 books in my library in audible, I rarely break one of my cardinal rules...NEVER LISTEN TO A BOOK READ BY THE AUTHOR.

    I loved this (and the whole series) but had a 6 hour drive and wanted to listen to the abridged for the short trip. I didn't make it through the first 30 minutes. Luckily I had a back up because of breaking my cardinal rule. Thomas Harris is a wonderful writer but a horrible narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

    Bev says: "Surprised"
    "Rarely does an Author read their own work well..."
    Overall

    ...and this is no exception. I read this book and loved it, but Thomas Harris does an average (at best) reading. Always beware of an audio-book that is read by the author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Absolutely Hilarious!"
    Overall

    On more than, oh 100 or so, separate occasions I found myself, gut wrenched, banging on the steering wheel like a chimp beggin’ for peanuts, wiping the tears from my eyes with a coffee stained Starbucks napkin and nearly forgetting which pedal was the brake/gas/clutch while listening to this book...surely a spectacle to be seen in rush hour traffic...but there was no way to control it! If you like dry wit and intelligent humor you will not be able to stop listening to this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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