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Porter

Cincinnati, OH, United States

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  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (692)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Truly lacking"
    Overall

    Maybe because I listened to a Michael Connelly book just before starting this one, but this is one of the worst I've listened to since joining Audible, some 275 books ago. The story is okay but the main character, who is a physician, is miraculously able to perform every task imaginable that is medically related. Totally unrealistic from my health care perspective. And his methods of reasoning just don't follow the way a highly trained physician would go. Then, there is Scott Brick, who used to be my favorite narrater, but who now reminds me of listening to spoofs of William Shatner. Has be gotten SO much more dramatic and slow, or am I just tiring of his methods? Don't waste your money or your time listening to this one.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (956)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "What a wonderful book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Art of Fielding?

    That it was a great book centered around baseball. Great characters, great setting, great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plight of Henry Scrimshander. From wonderkind to failure and, finally, a hint of redemption.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scenes where Guert's friends and family bury him at sea and then the workout by Henry and Mike.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Fielding and why?

    So many characters who were so well developed. I enjoyed reading about each character as the story bounced around. The main characters were all so likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've listened to in a while. I don't normally do reviews, but I felt compelled to vent. The narrator, Holter Graham, was great with different voices and the drama of the story. This is my first listen of Mr. Graham but surely won't be my last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26716)
    Performance
    (13351)
    Story
    (13395)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Not nesessarily a chic book"
    Overall

    I was hesitant about purchasing this book only because it is written by a woman about women. I am a 62 year old straight male whose political philosophies could be described as middle of the road. In reading the reviews I got the impression that this was a book worth reading and I was not disappointed. This is well written and a great story, provided, of course, that the reader is not closed minded about the racial situation in the United States. I enjoyed the afterword by the author as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6481)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1828)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "The Kite Runner"
    Overall

    This book is a wonderful work of art. Mr Hosseini gives us a glimpse into a different and mysterious culture yet tells a story with a common human thread. This is an amazing piece of literature for a first time author. I only wish it hadn't ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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