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Richard

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Chronic City: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Chase Insteadman, a handsome fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a beloved sitcom. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much covered in the tabloids: His teenage sweetheart and fiancée is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like his fiancée , Chase is adrift, she in Earth's stratosphere, he in a vague routine.

    Bobby says: "Don't listen to the naysayers!"
    "Is it possible to give a negative rating"
    Overall

    I listen to 3-4 audio books a month and I have been listening to them for 10+ years, this is among the worst if not the WORST. Its a total waste of time. So, boring and almost self-indulgent that I would rather do just about anything else!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9515)
    Performance
    (8637)
    Story
    (8706)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Time for Robert Langdon to GO AWAY!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked Angels and Demons, I tolerated The Da Vinci Code and I hated Inferno. I really wish Dan Brown would stop writing these books, I know I will stop listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
    • Narrated By Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (90)

    Is this a book for beer aficionados or business enthusiasts? Both, and it's as refreshing as a cold brew. In Beer School, authors and entrepreneurs Steve Hindy and Tom Potter share the improbable saga of Brooklyn Brewery, the company they grew from a home-brew hobby into a multimillion-dollar business - all in the most competitive beer market in the United States.

    Chris - Audible says: "Good story, bad narrator"
    "Awesome book, horrible narrators!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great story and a classic example of why you should NEVER allow the authors to read their own books! Tom almost put me to sleep every time he opened his mouth!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

    Graham says: "Making the Sausage"
    "Excellent Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A very interesting read covering a very interesting and tough time in America's history. The book gives you an inside view of the debate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1357)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "The worst Business book ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rule 1: DO NOT LET THE AUTHOR NARRATE THE BOOK! He was horrible and I couldn't stand Robin and Fred and all the others who narrated this book.

    Rule 2: NO ONE cares about the cutesy worm or button stories!

    This could have been a great book, Tony has led an interesting life. I would have preferred more time spent on LinkExchange and less on the worms or the other childhood stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1167)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Will Patton does a great book proud"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Will Patton seems a better narrator than actor. He does a great job bringing this story to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (622)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "Bring back Nick Landrum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I still love Dexter BUT he is getting a little long in the tooth. Time to retire him but if there is another Dexter novel, please Jeff, let a professional reader like Nick Landrum read the next one! You are a great writer, very imaginative and witty but you aren't a great narrator.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1348)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "More realistic than "Girl" series but still......"
    Overall

    ....not that great. This is an OK listen but to be honest, these 'Scandi' thrillers seem a bit overrated to me. The story is hard to follow and the reader a bit too monotone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (896)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "OK"
    Overall

    It was an OK book. After a while, all these books seem to sound the same. Corey is a wise ass and annoying after about 3 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Horseman: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives? When someone close to the Women's Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Meh"
    "Just Not good! Cookie Cutter!"
    Overall

    I have read or listened to many of James Patterson's books and like Michael Connelly, its time for some new characters and story-lines. The only thing I enjoy about his books now are the references to SF where I used to live.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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