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Ceil

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Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (915)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Interesting and worrisome"
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    This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about their health...or the health of their friends, family, children. It is a look into the food industry and what has happened to our food supply. Why our food is over-processed, toxic, and addictive. And what we must do to change our lives and our food...before it is irreversible. Processed food is, by its very nature, always going to be an unhealthy alternative (for example...without mass quantities of added salt, most canned foods tastes awful...Cheezits taste like cardboard...the taste and texture of cold cuts is compromised). Scott Brick is, as always, a great narrator. I look for books that he reads, as I always enjoy his voice and his interpretation of the book (both fiction and non-fiction).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3070)
    Performance
    (2841)
    Story
    (2843)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "All his best stuff again..."
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    I loved this new book. It was a fast, fun read with a bit of everything I love about Stephen King...a little mystery, a touch of the supernatural (think The Shining but not so intense), likable characters, a little romance, some sadness and some joy. I liked the narration, with the main character reminiscing about his life and his time at Joyland. The only drawback with the narrator was his voice was that of they young man rather than the older man looking back. But that was only a minor drawback, otherwise well-narrated. Very much enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4742)
    Performance
    (4255)
    Story
    (4277)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Wow! Just Wow!"
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    American Gods was a great book before this 10th Anniversary Edition. It's even better now! How can you not enjoy a book that deals with all the gods...from the Norse, the Egyptians, Native American, African and a few you never heard of. Great humor, lively dialog, interesting back story.

    Add in the tremendous job that the narrators did, and you have a smash hit audio book. I listened to this book over the weekend, and I wish there was more. Cliche...I laughed, I cried. I sniggered when I was in public places.

    I even enjoyed the introduction and the appendix, Neil Gaiman is a fun person to listen to. 5 stars plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2047)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Stand Alone Gunslinger Fantasy"
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    If you aren't ready to commit to King's Dark Tower series (I admit, I haven't read the last two books), but like King's style and stories, this is a great read. If you are curious about the series, this book will give you a feel for the main characters, who appear at the beginning and end of the story. But you will mainly get a great story about a boy, his mother, a bad magician, a good magician...a heroic tale of a boy who faces his fears and failings. Well-read, well-paced.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (663)
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    (663)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "More about Flagg"
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    Randall Flagg is probably King's best villain, and this story revolves around Flagg and how he tries to destroy the kingdom of Delain by killing King Roland and framing the heir, Peter, for his murder so he can put the weaker brother, Thomas, on the throne. If you are a Stephen King fan, you've met Flagg before. This book was a hit with me on a number of levels: It gives more insight to Flagg's character; it was a great fantasy novel; the narrator was very good and I enjoyed listening to him. Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17837)
    Performance
    (15862)
    Story
    (15817)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Classic King style; exploring new ground"
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    I'm a big Stephen King fan. I've read or listened to most everything he's written.

    This book was fascinating. I'm not a big history buff, but this story about JFK assisnation was fascinating. It was truly a bit of time travel; it felt as if I had gone back to a different era. I always enjoy King's character development. I feel as if I know these people, that they are real.

    I also enjoy his tie-ins to other stories. For fans of "It"...Derry is still a spooky place, where bad things happen more often than they should.

    This book should appeal to a lot of different readers/listeners. It is a pretty good time travel story; there is some of King's creepiness; the time travel is pretty interesting in and of itself.

    Although this was a long book, I listened to the whole book in 4 days. Good thing I have a long bus ride twice a day!

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the time leading up to JFK's assisination; it's a good thriller, and the supernatural elements aren't overwhelming if that is not your cup of tea.

    The narrator is excellent, and kept the story moving along at a good pace. He did a good job with individual characters; you always knew who was "speaking". It was easy to keep track of what was going on because of his excellent narration. The three star rating was for technical problems with the audio book itself; sometimes the soundtrack faded out or there was some distortion in the playback. Not enough to keep me from listening, but annoying when it happened. I use format "4" on a Creative Zen player.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12061)
    Performance
    (9711)
    Story
    (9832)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A slow moving fantasy"
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    I gave this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed the story and the way it was told. That said, it may not be a book for some fans of epic fantasy. It is told by Kvoth, to a Chronicler, after his time as the legendary arcanist/musician/king killer/epic hero kind of guy. The story moves slowly, and if you like lots of action all the time, it's just not there.

    On the other hand, since Kvoth tells the story directly, there is lots of detail and insight on how an ordinary young man transforms from a poor Edema Ruh (sort of a gypsy tribe of performers) into an arcanist/musician of great skill. Of course, there's a mysterious woman and a powerful, wealthy enemy who tries to ruin Kvothe at every turn. There are loyal friends and mysterious strangers. Kvoth overcomes trickery and evil; he makes mistakes that almost cost him his place at the academy; he redeems himself and gains the loyalty and trust of many of the arcanists; he loses their trust...well, it's an epic fantasy, so stuff happens, and there's a lot of conflict, and Kvoth is honest about how it all came about, a bit at a time, despite his best efforts...

    If you don't mind a slower pace and lots of background material, this book will give you many hours of entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Perfect Square: A Moe Prager Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Recently retired due to a freak accident, NYPD officer Moe Prager is lost. In pain and without the job he loves, Moe relunctantly settles on the notion of going into the wine business with his brother. But when a suburban college student vanishes off the streets of Manhattan, Prager's universe is turned upside down and his life changed forever. Hired by the student's desperate family, Moe plunges deep into the world of New York's punk underground, sex clubs, and biker bars.

    Ted says: "Clever, Interesting, Satisfying"
    "Where has Reed Coleman been hiding?"
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    Why didn't I know about his mysteries? These are great! If you like your mystery with a bit of noir, you'll enjoy Moe Prager, a Jewish ex-cop with a bit of Brooklyn (ok, a lot of Brooklyn). He's a bit flawed, and he's tough but not too tough. There's a dark humor to his characters, and Moe sees the world around him with a sad clarity. The story itself is a twisty tale of police bureaucracy and family secrets. I enjoyed the book a lot and Andy Capole did a nice job with the narration. I plan to listen to the next two books in the series over the next couple of weeks...I'm hoping that they are as good as this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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