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Elliott

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  • Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
    "Great adventure, awesome spritual tale"
    Overall

    I love survival tales and selected this for that reason. I recently heard Nando interviewed and the experience sounded literally over the top. On that count the book delivers - a well read, well told, narrative. It is a treat that Nando reads the first and last chapters, and Morey is good too. You also get an interview with Nando at the end.
    But the true jewel in this book is Nando's spiritual journey. He ruminations about God and life, his relationships with his friends, and his awareness that love is what gave him the power to survive - a love of his father. Nando discovered God in all things; he does not believe that God "saved him" but that God was there.
    There is also a substantial "epilogue." We learn of his life after the adventure and the truly uplifting story behind his coming to write his story so many years after the actual event.
    This book is on my top 10 list. Highely recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (858)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Classic Prey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As other reviewers have noted - this is classic Prey: well told, well written, and well read. And the level of language is delightful; it might send some scurrying to their dictionaries. When did you last read of micturation instead of pissing? The banter, the humor, the humanity - all top drawer. Thank you John Sandford and Richard Ferrone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3187)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "it took 47 hrs to tell this story? really?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about 1Q84? What did you like least?

    A modestly interesting story with some lovely similes and creative twists.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    I am not compelled to read another of his novels.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a modestly interesting story that is padded with way to much descriptive prose. There are long stretches where nothing happens. The volume of similes is quite amazing, and many of them creative, but oh so many. For a 47-hr listen I feel I could have heard the story in 1/4 that time. It just was not that grand a story.There were no great learnings or explanations, little action of interest, and some sections quite repetitive. How many times do I have to hear an NHK fee collector banging on a door?I purchased this book after listening to a fabulous TED talk by Chip Kidd who was the artist that designed the cover. He made it look and sound fabulous, but ah well, just a mediocre read and not at all worth 47 hrs. This is one of the few Audible books I have listened to a fast speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (947)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Disappointing, plodding, ok reader"
    Overall
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was not compelling nor compellingly told. It plodded along and then carried on an hour after it should have ended. And where is Richard Ferrone? He makes Sandford books come alive. A large disappointment for a fan of Lucas Davenport novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5196)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3177)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Delightful and unexpected."
    Overall
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    When Dennis takes Enzo for a ride in his BMW at race speeds around a race track.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4174)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1574)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "The beauty in godlessness"
    Overall

    I am a scientist, born Jewish, and a long-time pantheist. I am now on the verge of embracing atheism. Having read many books this past year on religion from Sam Harris, Elain Pagels, Francis Collins, and Scott R. Sanders, I was already immersed in this topic of god/not god. Dawkins depth of thinking, breadth of knowledge, and reason and compassion were awesome. Every thinking person should read this book and make a reasoned choice of their own about the value belief, faith, and religion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stationary Bike

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Climb aboard Stationary Bike, a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a familiar journey takes a terrifying twist.

    Tomtom says: "Swan Peak"
    "A yawn"
    Overall

    I like some of King's works and do enjoy his wacky stories. But lost my interest shortly after it began.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Michael Hayden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car.

    Carlotta says: "A True Dean Koontz Novel...as I see it"
    "First taste is pleasing"
    Overall

    I have heard this author's name and am not big into crime fiction, and this worked for me. Interesting use of language, good pacing, and intriguing foe. I may try another

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4246)
    Performance
    (1475)
    Story
    (1481)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "An amazing story"
    Overall

    Well researched and presented, this story of one of the greatest Americans, gives us a glimpse of the man as he was, with warts and blemishes. It is also interesting to relearn how the revolution was not supported by all Americans and how nearly we lost it all if not for Washington's steadfastness and some good luck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5908)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "One story alone is worth the price of admission"
    Overall

    Freakonomics is a well thought-out examination of cultural phenomena by an economist who chooses to examine the facts and their inter-relationships (correlations) to attempt to deduce the causes of events as well as the irrelevancies. Among the trends that Levitt has chosen to examine is the dramatic reduction in crime in the 1990s. He carefully analyses the popular explanations that have been widely theorized such as innovative policing, more prisions, changes in drug markets, aging of the population, gun control, and the strong economy,to name a few, but dismisses them all.

    The factor he identifies and then convincingly relates to the identified trend was the Supreme Court ruling in 1973 - Roe v Wade. The fact that legalized abortion was directly related to a drop in crime was unexpected, at least to the reader, and ironic as well. This aspect of the book alone, is worth the price of admission.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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