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  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (799)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Shame on Audible"
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    For anyone that knows me, they know that Stephen King is my favorite writer and I've read all of his books, but "Guns" is just another rant from a celebrity. There is no breakthrough new ideas on the gun issue that other pundits voice their opinion before. Just because it's Stephen King, this essay is getting good reviews. It's too bad that Audible is trying to make a buck out of 49 minutes from one author opinion on guns. Audible could had given this one away, but they didn't, even though its an Audible, Inc. production. Shame on Audible.

    29 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (284)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Pam says: "Pattern Recognition" Meets "Office Space"
    "No Laughs"
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    "Bellwether" by Connie Willis didn't tickle my funny bone. I was disappointed that I didn't laugh at the numerous pop culture jokes from the 90's. I just didn't like it. The office setting reminded me too much of my day job dealing with my coworkers.

    The sheep is nothing new. If you want to read about sheep and science fiction, read The Android's Dream by John Scalzi. That book is cleverly written and much more laughable.

    Maybe it's just me, but I find that most pop culture references in books to be very dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Michael C. Hall has a Career"
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    Michael C. Hall has a career as an audiobook narrator. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was a pleasure to listen to from the star of Dexter. He should narrate more titles. Maybe something darker and longer next time.

    As for the short story, I can't remembered if I seen the movie, but for $1.95 the book was good enough. I'm not going to analyze the social status of the main character because there are many other reviewers that dissect this story from Truman Capote.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Bruce Locke
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Darwin8u says: "Just below the Surface"
    "No Fake Accent"
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    I have to disagree with all of the negative reviews on Audible on the performance from Bruce Locke in "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage." I found his voice to be tolerable enough to finish the book. I would rather have his voice in my ears than an on screen actor piercing my eardrums with their fake Japanese accent. I don't understand why other reviewers are ranting about this so much. This was a decent recording of a great audiobook.

    As for Haruki Murakami and his latest attempt in "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage", I am very pleased with the entire story. If you can get over any homophobic tendencies that you may have, the story consist of wet dreams and reality.

    While some other reviewers has compare this book to Norwegian Wood, I see it in a different ballpark that Murakami played with. It reads more like a fouled up dream that you have been woken up to.

    "Did I really dream having a three some with another man and a girl?"

    I did not quite understand the whole deal with the Lexus dealership. That didn't make any sense to me. I also wished that Haruki Murakami would had elaborated more on the Death Token. I wanted to know more, but I have a feeling that the Death Token will reappear in the future.

    I bought this book as soon as it came out and very happy with the end result. I was excited that the book got translated and recorded into audio so quickly. I was jealous at my friend who can read Japanese when "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage" came out last year. She was right, I really enjoyed this one.

    I am a fan boy of Haruki Murakami. His style is so different from others. It's too bad that the publishers keep reissuing the same audiobooks over and over because my reviews for those titles are lost somewhere in Audible.

    Don't let this one slip by, base on bad reviews on the narrator.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15532)
    Performance
    (9872)
    Story
    (9754)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Romantic at Heart"
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    When I was telling my friends that I started reading the "Outlander" series, some of them teased me by saying that I was romantic at heart. I wouldn't bought this book if Audible didn't have it as one of their Daily Deals, but now I want to read the complete series. Besides the sexy nurse and her man romance, the history section of the plot is very well written. I really enjoyed the time travel and the long epic drama of Outlander.

    When I first started the book, about 8 days ago, I wasn't too sure because the first few hours is something from Fan Fiction Theater, but after the sexual tension ceased a bit, I really got into the story. The time travel is a bit misleading. I'm still not sure how it works, but I can see why Diana Gabaldon has a lot of fans.

    The Outlander series is something that I want to take time to finish. Instead of gulping down cans of soda and feeling the burn in my throat, I want to sip through a straw and get enough to clench my thirst and enjoy the rest of the meal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen C. Guelzo
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history–the most intimate and richly readable account we have had–of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

    David says: "Better with maps"
    "Thee War to Win"
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    Think about this one. What if the Confederate Army didn't win Gettysburg? Would we be under a dictatorship and still have slavery? More importantly, could we have an American Hitler under our regime? What if the Union won the war, would we even be involve in two World Wars?

    Gettysburg was the war that we needed to win. It shaped this country to be the land of the free and we invite all ethnicity, the poor and the rich in our country. The United States has always been the super hero to the World and even aide our enemies. That is just what we do. Assist the needy and being humble of our success.

    "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" by Allen C. Guelzo is something that I wanted to read for a while, ever since I saw the print version at Costco. Often times, I browse their book selection to know what other people are reading. When I saw Gettysburg, I knew that I wanted to read it some day. Great detail and facts in this book.

    For someone that has the ability to be a critical thinker, it made me wonder what it the good side didn't win this war. Would my family from an Asian descent be prosper in America? Despite the argument on our boarders, Red White Blue and the 50 Stars has a meaning of freedom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (510)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Eighties Novel"
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    I really like the way that Tom Wolfe wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities." Instead of focusing on one main character throughout the extensive novel, Mr. Wolfe writes the story with many sub plots. I like it because I found it to be enjoying and not draining with the tale of one person.

    There are many characters to like and dislike. The story is fast pace and engaging. As an American classic (per say), I can relate to the story more because I was familiar with the times in the 80's, New York, Wall Street and the different social classes.

    Often times, when I read a classic, I sometime feel lost in the book because I wasn't born in their era of storytelling. The Bonfire of the Vanities is a good book for someone that were raise in the 80's because they can easily follow without referring back to an Encyclopaedia Britannica.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin, Ian Anthony Dale, Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

    Tim says: "Bland Interviewer"
    "Bland Interviewer"
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    I really wanted to give high marks to Haruki Murakami for reporting the victims' stories about the Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995, "Underground", but I almost couldn't listen to any of their stories anymore. I found that Haruki Murakami's reporting style to be very bland and boring. After a while there was too many of the victims' stories all bunch together, where I found it tiresome to listen to.

    As for the interviews of Aum Shinrikyo's members, it was interesting, but I preferred hearing from the victims instead. Maybe it's because the passive style of reporting from the Japanese culture or maybe Haruki Murakami is a really bad interviewer, but he should not write nonfiction anymore.

    He is awful as a reporter.

    This book just dragged on. I was really hoping to give at least three stars, but it's two stars at best.

    There is one compelling story that I liked the most. It was about the housewife when she found out that her husband was one of the casualties. Her in laws came by train to the hospital to see their dead son. The family got closer and life went on, but his daughter will never know her father.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (587)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Good Neighbor"
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    "Trustee from the Toolroom" is my first introduction of Nevil Shute. It's about an engineer going out to sea, to rescue his in laws that left for more prospect future. There is a lot more to the story, but that is the main plot. I really enjoyed Nevil Shute's writing. He wrote in a time where life was much simpler and neighbors helping each other.

    I don't think that this story could had been told by most authors today because we are being raise up in a different era. Instead of asking our neighbor if they can help us with a flat, we would rather call roadside assistance because out of convenience. The days where you talk to your neighbors are over.

    "Trustee from the Toolroom" is a humble story about a man that has a great adventure out in the sea, getting beckon to a rescue call and getting anchored on the promise land.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (573)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Future Day Boot Camp"
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    Most of the reviews that I've read so far, "Terms of Enlistment" is supposed to be a science fiction military thrill ride, but other than the network and aliens, it's just another grunt story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but I don't really consider this to be science fiction. There is no real plot, just a lot of military jargon to be brave. More like future day boot camp in a revise version of Full Metal Jacket. Marko Kloos is an enjoyable author. I would read the next installment in the Frontlines series, but its not really sci fi. More like with high tech gadgets fighting the aliens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "A Dud"
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    There is no man in space in "Red Moon Rising." It's all about Soviet Union and United States and the race to space. It took me longer than I expected to finish this book. The information was interesting from a historical aspect, but it also became boring at times. Too much politics and not enough science to the rocket.

    The book should had taken me less than a day to finish, but I wasn't too excited to continue on, and I force myself to read more.

    It seems like that they lighted a match on a rocket to launch the satellite.

    This one was a dud.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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