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Tom

Novato, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Carl Hiaasen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Originally drawn to the game by his father, Carl Hiaasen wisely quit golfing in 1973. But some ambitions refuse to die, and as the years - and memories of shanked 7-irons - faded, it dawned on Carl that there might be one thing in life he could do better in middle age than he could as a youth. So gradually he ventured back to the dreaded driving range, this time as the father of a five-year-old son -and also as a grandfather.

    G. Cernicky says: "Not a Bogie but a Birdie !"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who wants to listen to book that talks about nothing but every golf shot he has made.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but his. this book was extremely BORING. Could not finish it.


    What didn’t you like about Carl Hiaasen’s performance?

    Awful. Very disappointed. What ever happened to the crazy ex-governor in the Florida swamps?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None what so ever!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4691)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2157)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Odd Thomas"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It took the first chapter for me to catch on to Odd Thomas's gift, but once that happened the story was terrific. I give this a 4.8.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Itself: A Fearless Jones Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Don Cheadle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Paris Minton is a man who would just as soon walk away from trouble as stand up to it. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble just comes and gets you. When one of L.A.'s wealthiest women hires Paris and his friend Fearless Jones to find a missing nephew, Paris steps into the a complex and terrifying corner of the black bourgeoisie, and wonders whom he should fear more - the people he's looking for or the people he's working for.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "One of the best"
    "Fear Itself"
    Overall

    This was the first book I have listened to written by Walter Mosley. I loved the characters and the story. It is fast paced and had a great story line.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortress of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    Jonathan says: "A smorgasbord of language"
    "The Fortress Of Solitude"
    Overall

    This is one of the most boring books I have ever listened to. The basic story is good, however Lethem rambles for countless minutes about nothing pertaining to the main story. Talk about mindless dribble. After listening to about 75% of the book, I finally stopped. I couldn't even finish the book, which is unusual for me. If this book was cut in half it might have been OK.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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