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Joseph

Sudbury, MA, United States

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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7551)
    Performance
    (6555)
    Story
    (6547)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "Not worth the time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. While the topic is intriguing it is poorly written.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do not know yet.


    Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

    There was only one character in the book


    Was American Sniper worth the listening time?

    Not at all


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "a wonderful story"
    Overall

    While a little cumbersome as the characters are developed, this is a book that rewards patience. A little heavy on the religious aspect but nonetheless a story worth listening to. It adds to our human experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6190)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2790)

    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."
    "not what you would expect"
    Overall

    While this is a story written about a post apocalyptic journey nowhere, it is the vehicle to describe and enhance the relationship between the boy and his father. This sparsely written narrative mimics the environment in which the characters travel but nonetheless is lush in its descriptive value. One of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. Until the end I had no idea how it would be resolved, just as one would hope. Predictable this book is not.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "good mix of two story lines"
    Overall

    I found this a very good listen. The author blends two story lines, the advent of the right side offensive tackle in pro football, and the growth and development of a poor, black, young man from Memphis. As a social worker and a football fan I enjoyed both story lines. However, the book is so compelling that, I imagine, a listener focusing on only one of the lines could easily tolerate, and possibly enjoy, the other line. Will follow Michale Oher's career in the future and will definately seek out other books by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Six children have escaped government experiments, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives, and to return to the cabin known as the Lake House. But before they can get there, they will face a horrifying evil, for one man has survived the laboratory that bred the flying children, and he is obsessed with reclaiming them for a new round of experiments - with an even more deadly outcome.

    Shannon says: "The Lake House, by James Patterson"
    "Find another way to use your time"
    Overall

    Seems as if Mr. Patterson is continuing his downward slide. Putting aside all rules of plot, dialogue, and narrative, he has produced a truly forgettable book. I had to stop listening.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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