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Richard D. Martel

Newark, DE United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 28 reviews
  • 71 ratings
  • 282 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37451)
    Performance
    (28233)
    Story
    (28632)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Entertaining tale"
    Overall

    Especially geared toward teen readers. Captivating tale about a futuristic radical society with annual gladiator type fighting to the death games for teens. Entertaining fiction but a bit predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3138)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Story of a True Modern Hero"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Survivor to be better than the print version?

    Not sure. Did nor read print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a true "Reality Story" as opposed to hollywood's phony versions on "reality tv".


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Collins – was your favorite?

    I liked the whole performance equally.


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

    Too long for that but if time was not a factor I certainly could have.


    Any additional comments?

    As a retired military officer I can't imagine a survival situation so challenging as what this Seal faced in Afghanistan

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3042)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2790)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Another Pump and Dump by King."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This is just a money-machine for King. Not very believable as far as sci-fi goes.Its simply another occasion for King to express his liberal political views by bashing religion, believers, and conservative views while promoting drug use, free sex, vulgur language and self gratification at the expense of others.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure. Probably a military history book.


    What does David Morse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice intonation and expression. Did not cause me to want to quit reading this subpar King book.


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

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    King has lost his way over the past 10 years. Ever since he was hit by a car years back it seems like he lost his talent for writing a good thriller and now relies on vulgarity, shocking perversions and whatever it takes to sell books. He's lost his touch. He writes like an amatuer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8028)
    Performance
    (7382)
    Story
    (7392)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "A classic politically correct terrorist story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Entertaining but quite predictable throughout. More like your everyday run of the mill detective story with not too well hidden liberal political agenda. Big bad society misunderstands or is the cause of individual deviance. The teenage black character Jerome is depicted as brilliant Ivy League bound high school student despite his feelings of prejudicial treatment. The low class, minimum wage white guy, computer junkie and terrorist. Brady, is a psychological deviat and incestuous pervert (but not a radical Muslim cause they would never attempt the horrific acts the white guy would). The suicidal retired fat cop "Hodges who's much smarter than all the other cops still on the force and who just hops in the sack with a beautiful younger blond employer the first day they meet and then helps stop the would be mass murderer cause the regular cops are publicity seeking idiots. The anxiety crippled, twice institutionalized, middle aged "Molly" who is also naturally a computer expert and weapon swinging heroin who comes to save the day and lives happily ever after. And on and on and on.
    Other than this I guess the book was pretty realistic feeling. (Tom Clancy could have given King some lessons on reality based writing). King ought to stick with the supernatural and bizarre rather than trying to write this dime-a-dozen detective novel. Leave those to the amateurs.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I,ve read his novels for years however in his old age King has become more of a puppy mill writer, pumping out book after book regardless of quality and more as a money machine. Kaching! Readers keep buying hoping for the 1970's -80s King novel to reappear. Its now just hit or miss. This was a miss. An amateur came up with this plot but the writing was still well done in King style.


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

    Not sure but this book was well done.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way. I bet it ends the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I graduated from U-Maine a couple of years after Stephen King and I retired a few years ago. Its time for King to do the same and spend summers in Maine and winters in Florida with the all us Maniac snow birds

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (287)

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Data driven analysis is good but it contradicts current medical profession arguments about cholesterol hazards.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Very Understandable


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots of controversial ideas


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy reading about both sides of an issue and this is definitely not the mainstream view

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1391)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Watchers again? Why?

    No, I rarely listen or read a book more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many questions in this survey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Composer and His Parakeets: A Short Story from A Good Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Ha Jin
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Ray Porter, Robertson Dean, and others
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (86)

    With the same profound attention to detail that is a hallmark of his previous acclaimed works of fiction National Book Award winner Ha Jin gives us a collection of stories that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America. Ha Jin depicts here the full spectrum of immigrant life and the daily struggles - some minute, some grand - faced by these men, women, and children.

    Joseph R says: "An Accidental Collaboration"
    "Not really my genre, others may like it"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cutesie but not my reading preference


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ha Jin? Why or why not?

    No. Not my style. I like action , adventure, science , business etc


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Easy to listen to.


    Could you see A Composer and His Parakeets being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2323)
    Story
    (2328)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Another Bill O'Reilly Success"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because O'reilly narrates his own book.


    What other book might you compare Killing Kennedy to and why?

    Killing Lincoln, for obvious reasons.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    familiarity with his voice and no-nonsense reporting style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Kennedy's and Martin Luther King's sexual indescretions and addiction to illicit sex and power.


    Any additional comments?

    Great historical research and accurate representation of not-so-great, fallible historical figures immortalized by a biased media. This is a more accurate representation of mortal men and their flaws along with their successes. A fair and balanced view. A must read for historians seeking out a truthful analysis af the Kennedy era.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4110)
    Performance
    (2987)
    Story
    (2998)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Good story line. Kept me interested"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fairly slow paced heart-warming story about brilliant Owen Meany, a poor runt of a boy, and his close childhood friend who comes to respect him immensely. Owens knowledge of his death to come is challenged by his friend who knows Owen is special in many ways but does not want the dire prediction to come true.
    Well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19908)
    Performance
    (17713)
    Story
    (17678)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "King fans will like this one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Time travel is a trademark of many King novels. This is another example of King's ability to have us travel through time and wonder how things might be if we could change the past. Would the world have been better or worse if J F Kennedy had not been killed?
    As usual, King's typical liberal leaning political views are evident but if you can overlook those the book is entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1878)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Great if you need support exercising"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reiterates advantages of Aerobic exercise. From psychological to physical health, this book will motivate you to be more active and get off the couch. Great research data.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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