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Asako

MOUNT KISCO, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Prayers That Rout Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Eckhardt
    • Narrated By John Eckhardt, Tim Lundeen
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Activate the ultimate power source! Prayer and confession of Scripture are two of the most powerful weapons we have in life. They connect us to God and allow His power to flow to us in every situation. Prayers That Rout Demons combines powerful prayers with decrees taken from Scripture to help you overcome demonic influence and opposition in your life.

    Erika says: "Prayers That Rout Demons"
    "Powerful prayers that change your life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Prayers That Rout Demons to be better than the print version?

    For me audio edition is better. I listen to the prayers but at the same time I pray them as my prayers.


    What other book might you compare Prayers That Rout Demons to and why?

    Prayers That Rout Demons is the best prayer book I have ever read. I am encouraged to pray.


    What does John Eckhardt and Tim Lundeen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can feel John Eckhardt's faith from his mouth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Prayers for myself was effective. I was released from the demons abiding in me which I had not noticed until I read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is my treasure. I read it every day many times. This has changed my life. Also I learned that the whole Bible is a prayer book. I will read the Bible more diligently. I was healed of my upset stomack. I expect other ailments will be healed soon. Praise the Lord!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (390)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "India, fascinating country"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shantaram the most enjoyable?

    The narration is good. The story is interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love the protagonist has for humans.


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

    No


    If you could rename Shantaram, what would you call it?

    Drowned in India


    Any additional comments?

    I am writing this review because I gave full five stars. The readers will smell of Bombay, hear the noise of Bombay, feel the love and hate of people. You are really in the scene.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1037)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "You will love the courageous Black Hawk"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I could know what happened to American Indians when whites came to America.


    What three words best describe Brett Barry’s voice?

    His voice is young. If I hear Hawk's real voice, the story has more impact.


    Was The Autobiography of Black Hawk worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry about the native americans. They were taken their lands. Their warriors, friends and families were killed. They had to leave the tombs where their ancestors' bones were burried. The cornfields they had cultivated were taken by the whites. Before whites came they lived peacefully. They were lovable people. But this is the history. On that fact stands present America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Robin Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (48)

    During a trip to Europe, wealthy American businessman Christopher Newman proposes marriage to the scintillating and beautiful aristocrat Claire de Cintré. To his dismay, he comes up against the machinations of her impoverished but proud family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Brilliantly combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance, and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners.

    Erez says: "Pleasing novel, seemingly read by the protagonist"
    "Contrast of French and American"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first part was boring, no excitment, but latter part was exciting as it comes to climax.


    What three words best describe Robin Lawson’s performance?

    Slowly comes to the climax


    Was The American worth the listening time?

    The story developed in the latter part. The contrast of French personality and American personality is worth noticing.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't see the movie, but I think movie is more enjoyable than book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11575)
    Performance
    (10515)
    Story
    (10536)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Adventures in a mysterious building"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Each character has personality.I can feel from the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate. He has curiosity and leadership. I like him. His relation with Veek is natural.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Strange mystery. The story developed with conversation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is there a mysterious building other than this?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (571)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Great Spectacle"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, each character has personality.The story covers almost two generations. Historical background has power in the story. Love,affection,hate,greed,mercy,tolerance,persistence,courage, sadness, happiness...all the elements of human nature is found in the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jean Valjean's escape secne with Marius in the sewage.


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

    Too long


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't understand French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (534)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "There is another world in the sea"
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    What did you love best about Polar Star?

    I, inabitant of the land, have seen another world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story progressed rapidly, but the mystery part did'nt come quickly.


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

    This is the first time I listened to Frank Muller. I could see the characters appear before my eyes and speak and move. I want to listen to him more.


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

    Crime novels are gloomy, but especially in the Polar Star.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5637)
    Performance
    (4839)
    Story
    (4849)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "A small mystery turned into a big mystery"
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    What did you love best about The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    The mystery of goose was an interesting plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sharlock Homes, of course. I have been his fan since my school days.


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    The characters are alive. They came out of the audio and appeared before me as living persons.


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

    Yes, I couldn't stop listening, and it was short.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1332)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Impressive, encouraging, heart warming"
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    Where does Listening Is an Act of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's better to hear the stories directly from the persons themselves than the narrator. They express their real emmotion, love, anger, sadness...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Listening Is an Act of Love?

    There were many memorable moments; William Jacobson took care of his wife who had Alzheimer. He didn't feel burden because he loved her. Mary Luis gave up her son for adoption. She told her agoney to give up her son. Joice Bartler, mother of four, worked hard in the shipyard to support her kids. They are all very strong in the difficult circumstances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's all love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1581)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1151)

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "Good use of brain improves your performance"
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    What did you like best about Your Brain at Work? What did you like least?

    The brain is an amazing organ, but how brain functions is explained technically, not in easy language.


    What was most disappointing about David Rock’s story?

    Too much special study about brain. I wish he explained it easily for layman.


    What three words best describe Bob Walter’s voice?

    calm, monotonous, lack of enthusiasm


    Did Your Brain at Work inspire you to do anything?

    I will work my brain in applying what is suggested in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I understood how brain functions, but it's too technical. I couldn't understand well. I want to read it again when I had a good comand of English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Keep you suspended till end"
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    Would you listen to The Devotion of Suspect X again? Why?

    No, I already knew the story and the ending


    What other book might you compare The Devotion of Suspect X to and why?

    It kept me suspended till end. Some suspense stories unravel the mysteries little by little, but in this story mysteries were not solved along the way, and the climax comes at the end. That's the interesting part of this book.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    All were performed well. Kusanagi was a powerful, confident detective. Ishigami was somewhat mysterious. Yasuko was quiet, soft and somewhat docile person. Yukawa was a logical man, young and gentle. That was my impression of the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Devotion of Suspect X and why?

    Ishigami acted well as a hero, but I like Yukawa's logics, assumption and detection. He was always cool.


    Any additional comments?

    I am Japanese. I lived in Tokyo, so I know the scene very well. Every scene depicted I could see in my mind as if I were there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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