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Terry

I listen to too many audio books; love about 80% of them. History, historic fiction, biography, fantasy and science fiction are favorites.

Pittsford, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Brotherhood of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By David Morrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    They were orphans, Chris and Saul - raised in a Philadelphia school for boys, bonded by friendship, and devoted to a mysterious man called Eliot.

    Commander Bond says: "Great book, choppy reading"
    "Strong story, a tad long"
    Overall

    Worth a credit. Warning: the book is more than 20 years old and feels a bit dated.

    I prefer single readers to casts, but the story itself is strong and held my attention most of the way. I did feel, however, that it began to grow a bit predictable and I was ready for the story to wind up about 45 minutes before it actually did.

    I did not find the reading too clipped or fast. I'll read more Morrell after this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "Might have been a great experience"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My wife loved this book, so I tried it. Fool that I am, I failed to notice that it was "read by the author." Bender might be a good author, but her reading made the book sound like classified ads.

    Authors reading their own books. Isn't there a proposition against that in California?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (511)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Made me re-think many things"
    Overall

    This is about facts... what we think we know and what our prejudices drive us to believe. The issue is global warming; the perspective is new for me.

    Try it; definitely worth the credit.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (123)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Brett says: "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    "A volume too far"
    Overall

    Save your precious credits and listening hours for something that will actually entertain while it illuminates.

    I managed to listen through volumes one and two, but slogging into a third finally defeated me. Rand's ideas are worth understanding, but the speechifying finally wore me past patience and stamina. The "tragic" herosim of the main characters ceased being interesting.

    If only Rand had cut this monster down by a third... the writing might have been tighter; the characters, limited in depth though they are, might have had more sharply drawn and entertaining trajectories; and the terribly dated "bogey and bacall" posing might have held me if only for historic and nostalgic reasons.

    I reached a point where I no longer cared how it all turned out.

    With no small sense of release I quit this volume for good about a third of the way in.

    34 of 59 people found this review helpful

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