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RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 40 reviews
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  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "Too Much Vitriol and Not Enough"

    In my review of Ms. Coulter's last book, <U>Slander</U>, I made it clear that although I didn't agree with many of her views, I was entertained by her intelligent humor. Unfortunately, in <U>Treason</U>, Coulter's naked hatred for all things liberal made listening to <U>Treason</U> tiresome.

    Here are a few problems I have with Coulter's assertions in this book:

    Nixon - Coulter blames his impeachment on liberals as a witch hunt for payback for his involvement in the ouster of communists during the 50's. My history is a little hazy but, wasn't he impeached for what HE did during HIS presidency and isn't he the only president in history to have resigned? But that's all liberals fault according to Coulter. She sounds like a democrat defending Clinton!

    Carter - I hold Carter as an American hero. Carter is a true peacemaker who works tirelessly to better our world. Whether he is building homes for the homeless or trying to oversee elections where democracy is trying to spring forth in new places or working to arrive at peaceful settlements to problems anywhere in the world, Jimmy Carter is the face of the United States that I would like most the rest of the world to see. Not the war mongering Bushes. Coulter has nothing but insults for Carter in particular and peacemakers in general. Sorry Ann but it takes much more courage to take that long and arduous route to peace than it does to start a war.

    Bush - everyday the evidence grows that Bush lied about and fabricated various facts about Iraq to pump up the populace for war. What is more treasonous, lying about an adulterous affair to cover one's butt or lying about WMD's to start a war resulting in thousands of deaths? Much of Coulter's support of Bush in <U>Treason</U> points to overwhelming poll numbers supporting attack. What if the "facts" presented by the Bush camp to prop up those poll numbers were falsified? Isn't that treason?

    <U>Treason</U> is a disappointing follow-up to <U>Slander</U>.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "Excellent Continuation of the Series"
    Would you listen to Ex-Purgatory again? Why?

    Yes, the alternate views of several of the characters and the excellent backstory on Stealth's life before the zombocalypse were great additions.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s voice?

    Jay is great but where are Khristine Hvam and Mark Boyett, not to mention Elisabeth Rodgers? I really missed the already established voices of Stealth and Captain Freedom.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one.

    2 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

    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!"
    "Joyfully Great Short Story"
    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    King Short Story

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Most Stephen King novels are sprawling works that span over a dozen hours or more. At 7 1/2 hours, this is a very concise effort and I didn't find that it ever languished; it just keeps moving you forward to its conclusion.

    What does Michael Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He manages, while narrating as an older verison of the main character, to convey the voice of the youthful Devin Jones.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh several times but anyone who reads Stephen King knows that laughs are part of the deal. Put that on a sampler and hang it in your kitchen. :)

    Any additional comments?

    I really missed the lack of a forward or afterward from the author with this one.

    1 of 1 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

    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.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "More Believable Than The Last Two Novels"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending - without spoiling, the book's conclusion is, for me, a let down.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Yes - I will listen to his next novel and in the meantime, may find time for his old novel Deception Point again, still his best in my opinion.

    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent narration by Paul Michael.

    Was Inferno worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    What does Dan Brown have against Langdon hooking up with his costars anyway? :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Man and Boy Walk Through Desolation to the Sea"

    This is a bleak picture of our possible future wherein the bonds of love between a father and son still remain. Listening to this book, I often thought of The Gunslinger by Stephen King. There is that same relentlessness of pushing on into a desperate future; pushing on down the road, or the path of a beam, that leads to a kind of end for one and a new beginning for the other.

    I found the narration by Tom Stechschulte to be excellent and am looking forward to listening to the other unabridged recordings of McCarthy's works from audible.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • UR

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

    doG ma says: "BRAVO!"
    "UR Functions Well"

    What a great little short story about our choices, even if well meaning, and their consequences. Stephen King brings us into contact with the Dark Tower once again and it is always nice to go back there along a new path of the beam.

    Very good narration. Left me wanting more.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Great Listen"

    This was a great recap of one of the most exciting general election campaigns in history; certainly of my lifetime. The insights from behind the curtains of each campaign say a lot about who these people really are and why we may or may not be happy for whom we voted for in November 2008.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Runes of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since their publication more than two decades ago, the initial six books in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series have sold more than six million copies and have been published in 10 countries around the world. Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that are certain to satisfy his millions of fans, and attract countless new followers.

    Malcolm says: "Better in Audio Format"
    "Thomas Covenant Rolls in His Grave"

    When I heard that Stephen R. Donaldson, who I completely abandoned during the awful Gap series had revisted "the land" I was quick to snap up this title from I loved the first two Thomas Covenant series. Even if I had discerned these mixed reviews for myself, the phosphene glow in my mind that were the land, the white gold fire, and the Staff of Law, I would still have given this book a try. Either way, my discernment was flawed, clouded, "covered with dirt" if you will, dirt on the much abused and worn out Arch of Time if you will indulge me a bit further on...

    What a horrible disappointment. Linden Avery is simply the weakest lead character I have ever seen - period. If I hear the words discernment or any variation of phosphorous/phosphenes again, I can't be held responsible for what I might do.

    Repetitive, redundant, rehashed, ridiculous - take your pick for which of the above you want to substitute for the "R" in Stephen R. Donaldson on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "137 / 18.5 Hours = 7.405 Minutes Per Chapter"

    Dan Brown's <B><U>Angels and Demons</U></B> is an enjoyable, if frequently unbelievable story that simply goes on far too long. It is one of those rare cases where I wish I had taken the abridged version.

    There are 137 Chapters in this book and I think it could have safely been ended somewhere around 123 and it would still have been too long. In addition to it's gross length, <B><U>Angels and Demon's</U></B> asked this listener to suspend belief far too often. There is actually one passage that refers to the heroine as having to "buy" one of Langdon's explanations for one of his conclusions and I can't help but feel that Brown was staring his readers in the face daring us to do the same.

    However, for all that is bad in this book (it is, I suppose "bad trash" as Stephen King's mother might have said), I still found it to be worth a listen. This is the type of book that would fit perfectly into a new Audible Listener <I>Rental</I> program...

    Richard Poe does an okay job reading this but it sounded like he frequently was reading with throat lozenges in his mouth. Also, Poe's accent at the beginning of the book for Maximillian Kohler is really hard to accept.

    I hoped it was going to be better than <B><U>The DaVinci Code</U></B> but I can only give this one 3 stars. I recommend you try the abridgement.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: City Captured in Ash

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)

    On August 24 and 25 in the year 79 A.D., a Volcanic eruption from Mt. Vesuvius spewed fire, lava, smoke, and ash upon the city of Pompeii, burying it and many of its inhabitants. Before this catastrophe, the streets of Pompeii had been bustling with the activity of its people, busy with commerce supported by its shipping trade and its role as a link between interior Italy and the outside world. In Pompeii, based on the Time Life Books series Lost Civilizations, you'll visit this ancient, lost city as it was in its heyday and how it exists today, its ruins lying in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius.

    Amazon Customer says: "Perfect Pompeii Primer"
    "Perfect Pompeii Primer"

    This short (90 minute) history of Pompeii and it's destruction is very good. <B><U>Pompeii:</B> City Captured In Ash</U> was perfect for my one day in and out commute. The ensemble cast recreates the life and death of these 1st century Romans using the still life casts and messages left behind as the last moments of their lives were captured forever.

    This great little book will leave you wanting to know more. I have queued up Robert Harris' <B><U>Pompeii:</B> A Novel</U> in "My Next Listen" so that I can keep exploring this facinating example of how our environment can turn on us without warning at any moment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Adam Grupper

    Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange e-mails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness not only the greatest comeback ever in sports, but the first Red Sox championship in 86 years as the team put '86 behind them and eighty-sixed the Curse.

    Eileen says: "King hits another home run"
    "Stephen King + Non-Fiction = Home Run"

    I listened to <B><U>Faithful</U></B> for one reason, probably the same reason you will hear this great chronicle of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. The reason: Stephen King is one of the authors. This and <B><U>On Writing</B> A Memoir of the Craft</U> are two examples of my favorite Stephen King - unfiltered; pure King without the screen of fictional characters behind which he normally stands.

    <B><U>Faithful</U></B> is funny, sad, and ultimately triumphant, as we knew that it must be. Knowing the outcome is part of the fun in reading this book as we look into the personal past of both Stewart O'Nan and King, who refers to his readers in the future knowing the outcome. King says that the format of the book, a series of journal-type entries and e-mail conversations between the authors, is the only way that it could possibly work. He is right, it works brilliantly. Listeners will be delighted by the frustrations of and observations made by these two inconsolable, long-suffering Sox fans as they head into an unknown future where their suffering will end in the miraculous eight game sweep that closed out the 2004 baseball season.

    Not to be overlooked, Stewart O'Nan's writing is a wonderful compliment to King's, carrying much of the action in fine detail. His BP notes are great.

    Narration is provided by Adam Grupper doing O'Nan and Ron McLarty speaking for King. Grupper is a terrific find and I hope to hear more from him soon. McLarty is a great author in his own right. His novel, <B><U>The Memory of Running</U></B> was revealed in King's Entertainment Weekly column and is a must own selection from audible.

    Also recommended non-fiction with Stephen King on Audible: <B><U>The Wavedancer Benefit</U></B>, <B><U>Bag of Bone's</U></B> which includes a terrific inteview with the author, <B><U>Building Bridges:</B> Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards</U>, and <B><U>Writers Speak:</B> A Collection of Interviews with Writers on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.</U>

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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