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Sam

Anchorage, AK, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Electric Barracuda

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Serge Storms, that loveable thermonuclear vigilante and one-stop-Florida-trivia-shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authorities—especially one tenacious state agent—have begun to notice the exponential body count, and send a police task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out?

    Ron says: "Another excellent adventure"
    "Tour guide without a concience"
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    Serge Storm is a Florida trivia spouting bad guy with a scientific curiosity, friends everywhere, a twisted sense of morality, and a knack for killing creativley. His friend Coleman is clueless but always there to help.

    A fast moving raucous story that takes you from one end of Florida to the other with a historical tour along the way. The characters are vivid and endearing the narration is spot on.

    This was my second listen of a Serge Storm book. there will be more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

    Tim says: "Bravo!"
    "The story I really didnt know"
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    Not a criminal mastermind but more a man who wanted to "Be someone" more than anything else. Clyde Barrow led an interesting and somewhat charmed life. The tales of his adventures criss-crossing the midwest were interesting and filled in all I didnt know.

    If you are interested in biographies you will find this and interesting look into the lives of two of our countries most notorious criminals.

    I found the narration easy to listen to and somehow "Newsy" enough to fit the topic perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12178)
    Performance
    (7546)
    Story
    (7433)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "An adult bedtime story"
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    Samuel L. Jackson has raised use of the F-Bomb to an art form. Welcome to his museum.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (339)

    As Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Walter Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist - yet."

    Joseph says: "A perfect formula for a great read"
    "the professor I wish I had"
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    I loved this listen. Professor Lewin made physics the living fascinating thing it is. The vivid examples and explanations gave me a new appreciation for rainbows and cans of paint.

    If you loved Physics in school I recommend this book as an interesting listen. If you hated Physics. I highly recommend this book as an eye opening explanation of so much of the world that surrounds us.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1007)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "I think I know this guy...."
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    Pompous, arrogant, foolish, oblivious to all but himself and so much more. Ignatius J. Riley is one of the more memorable literary characters of our time. At times I felt sorry for him, raged over him, or just shook my head. Mrs. Riley, the mother of Ignatius should be sainted.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the performance which made the characters come alive. By the end of the book I found myself looking for other book by Mr. Toole and others narrated by Mr. Whitener.

    I found Mr. whiteners voice and style flowing and an easy pleasant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (669)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "poor odds great bravery and good fortune"
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    I found myself overcome with emotion moments into the book. One of our bravest one one of the most difficult duties. This is an intense and interesting story of some of America's finest giving their all for our country and for each other.

    I soon found myself sitting in the car until the last possible moment unwilling to turn it off. A great story with equally good narration. I highly recommend "Lone survivor"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (93)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Everything I expected but not much more"
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    Several stories spanning many years are all intricately woven together in Narrows Gate. Well, intricately like a jigsaw puzzle rather than a doily. Often predictable and slow the story though engaging enough was easy to predict. None of the characters were particularly clever. Narration was at times labored and voices of different characters were indistinguishable.

    That said I still found the story interesting enough that I finished the book and would not rate it lower. There was an occasional interesting turn of events but like an episode of Star Trek it wound up quickly. It took five minutes for Captain Kirk to get them into trouble and 5o minutes to get them out of it. Here the trouble started right away and ended suddenly 8 hours later.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11703)
    Performance
    (10912)
    Story
    (10920)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Relive the 80's? are you ready...player one?"
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    An engaging story about a hopeless geek who makes good, and an engaging romp down memory lane with thousands of culture references. All too many of which I am afraid to admit that I knew.

    Will Wheaton’s narrations is spot on with the wonder of discovery, the depression of loneliness, and the wonderment of meeting “On line friends” for the first time. The story flowed well with a smooth writing style.

    I heartily recommend this book to others, particularly those of us “of a certain age” who will enjoy the stroll down memory lane

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1835)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Shock, Awe and Sorrow."
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    Though the term of President Garfield seems ancient history to most of us this story brought to light just how recently it was. Political intrigue, invention, egotism and the state of medical practice all played large parts in the life, and death of our twentieth President.

    The writing was clear and flowed well at times evoking awe of the man himself and sorrow at his passing. The narration was well done and switching to tonalities af alternate voices seemed effortless. I enjoyed this book greatly and now find myself wondering why I let it languish in my library of “purchased but un-listened” for so long.

    If you are interested in history then I heartily recommend you put “Destiny of the Republic” on your listen to it now list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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