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Darren

Galveston, TX, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1969)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (810)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    A story so compelling it pushes other engagements out of the way.

    The depth of vivid description grabs as intently as the lethal danger surrounding the climbers. Krakauer is the best writer I've yet to come across in my stint on Audible. His work rival's Diana Gabaldon's incredible delineations. The effortless flow of dense, diverse description of an eclectic cast of driven individuals struggling against the very edge of life completely ensnares the listener.

    In a word, amazing.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3587)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (923)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Gushing for Geisha"
    Overall

    As smooth and beautiful as a silk kimono, flowing like the waters of a fall as they lay down the length of the gown.

    Confusis say: One who listens is one who likes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "A King Over a Jester"
    Overall

    I have just finished listening to The King of Torts and James Patterson's The Jester back to back and KOT wins hands down.

    I haven't read a Grisham book since his early books, so I don't know how repetitive this book is for him, but I enjoyed learning how big time lawyers operate and the risk/rewards involved. I was thoroughly engaged in the character and story throughout the book.

    On the flip side, The Jester was a tired predictable medieval story that frankly didn't seem plausible. A setting in the medieval period alone was a downer for me. Listening to the book during the Iraq War was a bit too much death and dying for me. I did like that Patterson built a character that was witty, but it wasn't enough to overthrow a foreseeable, incredulous plot.

    Go with The Kind of Torts!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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