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Tom

Wichita, KS, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (233)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "An American Classic"
    Overall

    This is a classic. The interview at the end of the program is a look into the thinking process of one of our great 20th century writers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (434)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and 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 had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Not the classic it is billed as"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Christopher Hurt?

    Since reading AS i've engaged in numerous conversations with those that have cited Rand's so called master piece as the template for government reform. During the conversations it becomes apparent that almost none of them have actually read the book.As a novel it had real possibilities but Rand spoils the story with her endless rants (multi-page sentences decrying the travails of society's brain trust.The parallel with 1984 is recognizable).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hurt – was your favorite?

    The heroine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had a chance but she fails to take advantage


    Any additional comments?

    It makes great insomnia medicine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2473)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (634)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Must read"
    Overall

    Not only an excellent read but a very important work for our time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    An ancient organization more powerful than the federal government has targeted Washington. They'll stop at nothing to destroy the republic and raise an empire.The adventure begins with a mysterious military burial at Arlington National Cemetery and a shocking legacy that has explosive implications for America's existence.

    cathylee says: "Be aware this is a trilogy!"
    "Endless"
    Overall

    I though it would never be over. He makes his point, over and over and over........

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (147)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "The Quickie"
    Overall

    I do not see what all of the talk is about. I fould this one unplausible and very predictable. The main character is not the brilliant big city cop she is supposed to be. Instead, she is simply an idiot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5987)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2609)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "The Road"
    Overall

    Very well written. Quite dark but but believable and enlightening. Like a train wreck I could'not stop watching, I could not quit this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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