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Steven

Torrance, CA, United States

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  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens - as he later put it, "It was clear my people needed me." They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

    Lynn says: "How strange! Not as recently written as described."
    "Seems like it was written in the late 1990's."
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    What did you like best about I'm a Stranger Here Myself? What did you like least?

    I like Bill Bryson, but most of this material is too out of date. I gave up listening about half way through.
    It would be helpful if Audible included the original date of publication in their descriptions.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1483)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Excellent Listen"
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    The book kept me interested up to the end and the narrator was excellent.

    A minor point.
    I think I might have missed a date reference about the time frame of the story. The main character seemed to spent an inordinate amount of time searching out pay phones, watching flying toasters and waiting for dial up connections. I was surprised to see a copyright date of 2004.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (998)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "Outstanding"
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    I thought I'd give the book a try, since I had already decided to not see the movie.
    I'd rather hear exactly what the author had to say.
    This book is very well written by an extraordinarily perceptive individual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    Paul says: "Wow!!!"
    "Not Robin Cook's best"
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    I've listened to and usually enjoyed Robin Cook's books on audio over the years. I figured that this one would follow his usual interesting plot pattern, and besides, George Guidall is always a treat to listen to.
    The premise of the story is excellent and I enjoyed the first half of the book.
    But then, I think the author started to lose his way.
    The main character is reprised from a previous novel. Unfortunately, in spite of experiencing nefarious goings on in the previous story, this character is apparently even more naive in this story.
    Unfortunately, the the storyline starts to come apart, the dialogue begins to get silly and eventually everything dissipates into a disappointing ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savages: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (347)

    Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

    Theodore says: "I loved it"
    "Great until the end."
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    This book takes place in Orange County, CA and since I used to live in Irvine, I enjoyed all of the author's detailed references about the places and people.
    I liked the book in spite of a few implausible scenes, but found the end to be disappointing. It was like the author ran out of ideas.
    He portrays the protagonists as sharp and capable all the way through the book, but then has them knowingly give up at the end, in spite of being in a position of possibly succeeding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10930)
    Performance
    (6126)
    Story
    (6175)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Excellent reader."
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    I normally listen to books only when I'm dog walking or occasionally while driving, so discussions about religion/philosophy usually cause me to give up and shut off my iPod.
    This reader, plus a great story, kept my attention from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In her graceful, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles the history of the Copernican Revolution, relating the story of astronomy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. In its midst will be her play, And the Sun Stood Still, imagining the dialogue that would have transpired between Rheticus and Copernicus in their months together. As she achieved with her bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel expands the bounds of science writing, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement.

    robert zurcher says: "Too much about Copernicus' daily life"
    "I gave up."
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    What would have made A More Perfect Heaven better?

    I purchased this book based on my previous listens of


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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