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Scott

Kingston, WA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17939)
    Performance
    (13783)
    Story
    (13726)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of only a few Audible books I did not finish. Kept waiting for the funny parts. Then I turned it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1330)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "That reminds me of a story"
    Overall

    Nobody weaves a story around random facts and trivia lije Bill Bryson. Each room in the house is a starting point for a meandering path of stories that occasionally com back to the topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Eye: Logan McRae, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Stuart MacBride
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.

    Lesley says: "Blindingly Fast & Furious"
    "ANGRY SCOTTISH DCIs"
    Overall

    I sort of enjoyed the story, but was wondering if all Scots yell as much as the ones in this book.

    The angry cop boss stereotype was played constantly. Glad my boss is not one of these angry Scots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed.

    Helen says: "Falls far short"
    "Audible Ambien"
    Overall

    I have started this one 3 or 4 times only to wake up in chapter 4 or 5 and shut off my iPad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Vari Sylvester
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey - the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer is like no other. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

    Rita says: "Too much"
    "Chick flick police procedural"
    Overall

    Light on story, heavy on emotion. Predictable. Narrator makes this worse. Her voice for the guys makes them sound like drag queen parodies.

    I have read other Val McDermoid and enjoyed them. This one was nauseating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Can you say Salt in Chinese?"
    Overall

    That's OK, neither can the narrator.

    I learned several new tidbits from this book. Especially interesting was the taxation of salt across cultures and time. The multi cultural approach is a strength of the book.

    Too bad the narrator, who does a good job with western names and places, slaughters the Chinese. If they can learn German, French and Arab names, why can't they learn a few basic Chinese names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (879)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Ambien for Listeners"
    Overall

    This book is great (for putting me to sleep). All I have to do is slip on my ear buds and click on this story and sleep is just around the corner. Plus, it does not have the hangover of Ambien or Tylenol Blue. The only thing slower than this book is an unabridged version of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

    At first I was very unhappy about this purchase, but it has driven me to sleep now multiple times as i struggle with jet lag and stress.

    Unless you are an insomniac or an obsessed opera fan that believes the only reason people do not like opera is because they have not had exposure to it, you may want to buy a book from a different aria.




    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6096)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2247)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Melodramatic Chic Book"
    Overall

    If you like shallow, emoting, self-doubting characters, this is the book and series for you. How often can you stomach love sick pining, feverish swoons and hollow threats of suicide.

    Even worse is the female voice. Hesitant, slow, over pronunciation is reminiscent of torturous elementary school group reading sessions where you have to listen to all the kids who cannot read well.

    If you like period fiction in Japan, try Taiko instead. Or Shogun if you want a Western love story set in Japan.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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