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David

I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.

Westfield, NJ, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Could he be a bigger blow hard?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been nice to hear all the stories without all the self adulation and dumb jokes.


    Has Wild Tales turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's just not a good reader and some of the comments might have had a chance of being funny if they timing was better in the reading.


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

    This book is about one of my favorite bands and I saw this man in concert in 1980 or 1979. I love their music and it was nice to understand the make up of the group and how things worked.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously a little less ego. According to Graham he helped save the Beatles first record gave Marooon 5 their start and Graham is a world renowned philanthropist, photographer, painter, and sculpture. An amazing life like his did not need to blow his own horn quite so much and it completely ruins the story. Wasn't there an editor at his publisher willing to help him out a bit?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blake's 7 - Rebel: The Audio Adventures - Series 1, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Derek Riddell, Colin Salmon, Daniela Nardini, and others
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In the third century of the second calendar, the galactic Federation, once a beacon of democracy and peace, has become a corrupt tyranny. Freedom and Justice are things of the past. Roj Blake stood up for the ordinary people. When the establishment tried intimidation, he laughed in their faces; when they tried to crush him, he fought back. They tried to brainwash him into obedience, but he broke their conditioning.

    Lee says: "An excellent re-imagining of an old favourite."
    "Too Expensive for such a short story."
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    Would you try another book from Ben Aaronovitch and/or the narrators?

    For the price they should package a few together. You just get started getting into this and you have to buy another episode.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (709)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Gaps"
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    What would have made Moon Dance better?

    I felt as if the story was disconnected and the lore changed as the book went on. The characters were a bit narrow and not very well done.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Rain again?

    I don't think I will.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chomp

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

    Janet says: "Performance"
    "Great book for the entire family."
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    What did you love best about Chomp?

    I loved the relationship between Wahoo and his family. Makes the whole book seem even better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were smart funny and likable. I was in the everglades in florida when i listened to this. I even tried to figure out if there was a stuffed alligator at the air boat tour I took my children on.


    What does James Van Der Beek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great reader. He does a good job of making all of the characters come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the author would write more about this family. Bring back Tuna.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4146)
    Performance
    (3865)
    Story
    (3858)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Love a story that lets a Hero be a hero."
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    Would you listen to Spellbound again? Why?

    It was a great story and promises to be be a even greater series.


    What other book might you compare Spellbound to and why?

    I think of it as a good verses evil series. I can't help comparing it to the Harry Dresdon books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hurricane Punch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Welcome to another typical summer in Florida, the season of the storms. Serge Storms. That loveable serial killer, an under-under-medicated dispenser of truth, justice, and trivia, is back with a vengeance. And not a weirdness-laced moment too soon. His cherished home state is about to take a beating, and from far more than the way-too-routine conga line of hurricanes bearing down on the peninsula. Corpses have begun turning up at a disturbing rate, even for Florida.

    Steven says: "Love the Series Do not like the new reader"
    "Serge Never Disappoints."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hurricane Punch to be better than the print version?

    I have only ever listened to these stories and always enjoy them.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Gotta love Serge.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Florida is just the canvas. Serge is the artist.


    Any additional comments?

    I look for the spots the author mentions every time I visit florida. I love the stories and the way they are written. I can't get enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1091)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Its Christopher Moore of course its funny."
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    What did you like best about Sacre Bleu? What did you like least?

    I loved the concept and the crazy french painters. I thought the ending was a bit light though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

    I have read or listened to everything i could find and will continue to do so as they are released.


    Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was a great reader. i don't remember if I have heard him read before.


    Do you think Sacre Bleu needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure whether it needs a follow up book. Possibly a prequel.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is fun and funny. Maybe not as funny as Lamb or Fool but a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3036)
    Performance
    (2758)
    Story
    (2764)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "Funny"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it is time well spent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was good and leaves room for more in the series.


    Could you see Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I like any series that combines humor, vampires and rednecks. Sounds like a great series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't get the joke this book is not for you. It's fun and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13793)
    Performance
    (9612)
    Story
    (9672)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing and inspiring."
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    The fact that somehow you knew Zamporini would come thru it and be ok.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Robbing his way thru Germany and the olympics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It can't be listened to in one sitting. It is too intense. I had to take a day or two off before i could go back to some scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    No matter how scared you get or worried he won't come thru listen on. Somehow he makes you feel ok with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1150)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "This man is a genius."
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    What did you love best about Fool?

    The turnabout on the story. The hero and best character is the fool and he comes out on top in nearly every scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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