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Mark Twain

Sam

Taveres, FL | Member Since 2005

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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1000)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Don't waste your time/money"
    Overall

    This book should have been about a third as long as it is. I bought the book because I thought it would be interesting and informative. Once you get past the history and processing of corn.......... (which really is all this book has that is even remotely intriguing) it is a politacal diatribe read by a nauseatingly whiny narrator that drags on and on for the last 10 hours of the book. It is so bad that at one point I swore if I ever heard the narrator say the word "Rumen" again I would hunt him down and force feed him the stupid book. I wish audible would take it back and credit me the wasted purchase.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (999)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Fantastic Book, well written and read."
    Overall

    The setup and scenario grab you right from the start and set a very creepy dark environment. The storyline maintains this feel through the first half of the book and keeps you on your toes. I loved the first half and would have given it a full 5 stars if the rest of the book had been able to hold this level of intrigue.

    Without giving the ending away, I will just say that once the mystery is solved and the heroes go about trying to eliminate the problem the story line becomes more predictable and loses a little of it's initial appeal. It is still very good and I highly recommend it in the Audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (430)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "Not your normal Stephen King"
    Overall

    I really like Stephen King and have read most of his books. This book although very good, was also very long. It is written from the female perspective and I am sure women will enjoy it. For me it was overly descriptive and a little too long. If I were to do it over again this is one of the few books I would get the abridged version of if available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Great audio book. I thouroughly enjoyed it. It has a compelling plot, good character creation and well researched details. The Narration was very well done and not overly acted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "Misleading Title"
    Overall

    I am not sure where to start with this; There was very little to like about this book. First of all it was not only very far fetched but the title was very misleading. There is no "book of fate" in the entire story aside from a little crazy ranting from a psychotic killer. The insinuation that this story involves some Masonic or other conspiracy plot is a complete fabrication. The narration was overdone to the point of nausea. The main character is a "shattered" introspective kid who even at the end of the book is just as lame as he was from the start. If I didn't know better I would have said this book was written by a female since the "hero" seems more feminine than masculine and the writer tends to examine his emotions way more than I cared to hear about. The storyline itself though far fetched, could have been salvaged by a good writer. Maybe the abriged version is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tourist Season

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (174)

    Tourist season is swinging into high gear in Miami. So are the activities of a bizarre terrorist group determined to keep the hapless "snowbirds" away. Armed with bombs, weed, and jumbled credos, they move toward their grand target, the Orange Bowl Parade, with plans to bring Miami and its tourist trade to a halt.

    Glenn says: "Not his best"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    As always with Hiaasen, a funny book with a wide range of diverse characters. Good entertainment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (933)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book enough to take my ipod in from the car and listen to it while I was working around the house just to hear the finish. So far I have never been disappointed with Stephen King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7023)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1816)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Great Content"
    Overall

    This was really a fascinating book, but I would recommend getting the print version if you have the time to read it. Malcom Gladwell did some really good research and writes a good book, I just think the audio version would have been more appealing if he had gotten someone else to read it. The narration is a bit whiny and overdone. I would have given it 5 stars with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Hugh Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

    J. Johnston says: "Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "Good Content"
    Overall

    This was a good book, but gets a little long in the unabridged version and seems to reiterate some points a little much. I liked it ok overall.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (730)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Very good."
    Overall

    This was a very good and interesting book. I had just finished reading the print version of TRex and this just carried along the story in a very nice transition. Reads very much like a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Francis S. Collins
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

    Stephen says: "For those on the fence"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    I was a bit disappointed in this book. My expectations were much higher. Could be I just misunderstood his theory, but I could have done without some of the self promotion and really could have done without the "songs" which he sings on the audio version. Not really any facts you could sink your teeth into. I did feel he was sincere, and some people may really like the content. Just not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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