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Carlos

Brunswick, ME, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Mee
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

    Christie says: "Fabulous narrator."
    "Really good story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This is the struggle of a family that deals with much more than the issues with rebuilding a complicated business.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book were longer. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a story concerning animal lovers, but also anyone who enjoys a realistic story about family matters surrounding love, death, and inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9470)
    Performance
    (8532)
    Story
    (8540)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Very predictable"
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    It's likely. I've been a long time Grisham fan.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The accents were alright, but too many characters sounded like a typical Bill Clinton imitation to me.


    Any additional comments?

    The main gripe I have is that the story plot and ending especially were very predictable. Coming from someone who's read every Grisham book, this one was okay I guess. Other recent efforts were far more interesting, entertaining, and juicy in terms of content.
    This was just full of exaggerated plot twists and farfetched events. The alcoholic disbarred lawyer quickly finds the long lost brother of Seth in spite of virtually no leads, the brother makes a miraculous recovery and makes it to Mississippi inspire of being detained by a detective, , Porsche as an intern, etc. It was all pretty lame in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2221)
    Story
    (2232)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Gripping story, but a little tedious."
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    What did you love best about Lone Survivor?

    I love anything regarding our brave soldiers. The drama and detail that went into describing what the seals went through, how they died, and are remembered were the best parts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Instructor Reno!


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

    The deaths of the three comrades. Each was horrible, cringing, and suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    My only issue about this story was the pervasive arrogance of the author. It's one thing to be 100% self confident in one's abilities, and in maintaining a can-do attitude at all times; especially when in battle.
    But to mock foreigners for their turbans or bragging that the seals will always win is more about the talk than the walk. I thought seals were about walking the walk, and letting others do the talking. Not so much in this book.
    Aside from the constant bragging, it's a hell of a story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5555)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3552)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Boring"
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    What disappointed you about One Second After?

    This story drags along. I didn't complete it as result.


    What was most disappointing about William R. Forstchen’s story?

    There is far too much irrelevant detail on public displays of affection rather than moving the story along. I understand some color is great for fiction but there is too much here. Authors need to hook their readers in from the first sentence or paragraph at minimum or lose them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance?


    Any additional comments?

    If you like sappy stories with lots of kissing and hugging and emotions, mixed with an interesting story concept, you can give it a listen. But I personally want my credit back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    In this explosive account of wrongful acts and ongoing cover-ups, Jesse Ventura takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people. For too long, we the people have sat by and let politicians and bureaucrats from both parties obfuscate and lie. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor, the media is complicit in these acts of deception.

    Susan says: "Lots of things you didn't know but should"
    "This definitely got me thinking."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    While I can't agree with all the claims, there are many elements that cause me to wonder how much more there is to the stories of global conspiracies.


    Any additional comments?

    You cannot fairly dismiss conspiracy books without hearing the controversies for yourself. There are many provocative points that one must consider. As the saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire. I would recommend this book to others.
    I don't believe everything the government, nor conspiracy theorists say equally. But I am open to consider all points to make up my own mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (206)

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Heather says: "Laugh outloud funny..."
    "It was classic Carlin."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Any fan would enjoy this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love his views on politics and religion. I only wish I could verbally match his sentiment and articulate such opinions on both subjects. I agree with him on all counts.


    Any additional comments?

    A few parts did drag in my opinion, but overall, I would recommend this book to others for some great insights and laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (557)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Excellent story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Code Talker the most enjoyable?

    The authenticity of the story. I grew up near where Chester did, so what he said brought back many memories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated his recount of his childhood. Growing up with Navajos, I never really heard how they were treated by the Govt in the past.


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

    I learned a lot. That's always a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book. Not only learning of a Navajo's experience in life, but also in war. The Code Talkers did an amazing thing, in spite of their treatment by non-natives before and after their contributions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Lobotomy: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Howard Dully, Charles Fleming
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    "In 1960 I was given a transorbital, or 'ice pick' lobotomy. My stepmother arranged it. My father agreed to it. Dr. Walter Freeman, the father of the American lobotomy, told me he was going to do some 'tests'. It took 10 minutes and cost 200 dollars." Assisted by journalist/novelist Charles Fleming, Howard Dully recounts a family tragedy of Sophoclean proportions.

    James Gordon says: "Freeman's Folly"
    "Heartbreaking, but a good story."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lobotomy?

    There is a lot to take in, but the confrontation with his father was fascinating and heartbreaking for sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His time at the special school - which was closed down - was entertaining.


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

    The way in which the so-called doctor acted and behaved disgusted me beyond words. Also, Howard's father was particularly shocking in his reaction and excuses.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated to get this book for years, as the title seems too harsh. But believe me, it's a touching story about a young man who overcomes many heart-wrenching obstacles. Howard really is inspirational.
    Above all, this story is more proof that parents need to spend more time with their kids, and not be so hasty as to put them on psychiatric drugs. Often, if you correct the problems at home, your kids might likewise improve their behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Streets of Laredo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Daniel Von Bargen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (274)

    The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....

    Pamela says: "Torturous listening"
    "Good closure for fans of the series."
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    What did you love best about Streets of Laredo?

    I loved hearing more about the classic characters in this series. The Captain is my favorite.
    But there was actually very little action within the town or literal streets of Laredo.; if you care… It should have been called, Crow Town.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had some closure after reading most of the other books. Fans deserve closure. It's just not exactly what I expected.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. I rarely speed the audio up but found myself annoyed with the narrator's pace and poor accents. Why so many pauses?
    "he was walking a, long."
    and "His name was Famous, Shoes."If this was the first book in the series I had picked up, I'd probably not have finished listening. But I wanted to know what happened to everyone.


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

    I wish McMurtry didn't kill his characters off so readily or without a good explanation. If they must die, at least save it for the story and don't just eliminate them between books.
    McMurtry built up Newt so much in Lonesome Dove, but he's suddenly gone like he was irrelevant.
    Many of those older characters would have fit in perfectly in this book for instance, instead of creating new people with similar traits but different names.
    And what happens to Clara is out of the blue. She's there, then she's stomped to death. No need! It's frustrating at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I would only recommend you get this book, if you're already hooked on the Lonesome Dove series. There is too much referential backstory involved to stand on its own.
    Others say this isn't like Lonesome Dove, but it's not supposed to be. It's an intriguing continuation of the overall saga, and offers just as much hope and heartache as the other books in the series.
    I just wish Audible kept the same narrator throughout for character voice consistency.
    As for the author, he sure loves to kill off his best characters for seemingly no reason other than to remove them from the story. That part sucks a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Was a Teenage Dominatrix: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Shawna Kenney
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The true story of a young woman who funded herself through college in the States by working as a dominatrix - a sassy, graphic, and extraordinary memoir.

    Ex-Student says: "Domination made endearing"
    "Not as bad as it might sound."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Was a Teenage Dominatrix?

    Well… the scat scene was gross but told in a funny way.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She performed the characters very well.


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

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I came away amused,if not shocked at what some people like to do for "fun".


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the story was detailed and entertaining. It would've been nice to hear more of her life outside of work, but that's just my opinion. I'd read this again. Don't listen while eating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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