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John Westfield

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  • Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    In Three Stations, Arkady Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Arkady Jumps The Shark"
    "Smith has evidently written too many books"
    Overall

    I have read every book he has written starting with Red Square but this is really not very good. Decent plot idea but the execution was weak and it fell apart at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13283)
    Performance
    (5711)
    Story
    (5783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Listening to this book is the only way to read it!"
    Overall

    This is a great story but it only comes alive when listened to - the sequential chapters of the old man and his younger self are wonderfully performed by the readers -- it is worth listening to even if you have already read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    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.

    Molly-o says: "Nothing better"
    "Listening to this book is the only way to read it!"
    Overall

    I have been recommended this book many times over the years but could never get into it and gave up after reading the first chapter about ten times. Then I put the Audible version read by Joe Barrett on my iPod and could not put it down. It is an excellent book but it is an aural experience and the perfomance by Mr. Barrett is beyond first class!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach.

    Frank says: "Disturbing"
    "Every American Must Read this Book"
    Overall

    This is the most thoughtful analysis of the terrible mess we are in and gives some insight into how we might get out of it. Bacevich is a genius.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    I like food and restaurant writing but this is just silly and amaturish - I cannot believe he had a successful blog. Read anything by Michael Ruhlman instead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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