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Westlake Village, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 119 ratings
  • 229 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Interesting, lacking."

    Boneshaker is an interesting study in a good idea that just falls flat. Simply put the world is amazing, the idea is enchanting, and the supporting cast of characters are each a ray of imagination. But, and its a very large but, the main characters, mother and son protagonists, are flat, one dimensional, lacking any interesting dynamic qualities, and down right annoying. I cant even relate in any meaningful way to them, and time and again I just struggle to care. The son is a cliche of the annoying brat. And annoying he is. Maybe its the narration, maybe its the writing, but I cant remember a character that has got on my nerves so much.
    The mother is slightly more dynamic, and only mostly a cliche of the abandon and abused single mother. She almost makes up for the other half of the book.
    2 out of 5 stars for almost. If there was one word I could use for Boneshaker, its almost.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Faerie Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Herbie Brennan
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Henry doesn't think he'll ever be able to get his mind off his parents' divorce. That is, until he meets Pyrgus Malvae, prince of the faerie world. Now Henry must help Pyrgus return home to fight the evil Faeries of the Night.

    Gurmukh says: "One of the best books I've listened to!"
    "Two good stories, maybe miss matched."

    Faerie Wars is a solid book witch I enjoyed very much. The only odd thing is, for the first 15 minutes, I wasn't sure I was listening to the right book. Then for the next 15 minutes, I wasn't sure if I was still listening to the same book. I couldn't see how the two protagonists had anything to do with each other. But I gave it some time and really started to enjoy the story. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because I feel that the strange family drama really was a bit gratuitous and only made for a rocky start. It just never seem to fit well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Morgan Spurlock
    • Narrated By Morgan Spurlock

    Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For 30 days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary won him resounding applause and a worldwide release that broke box-office records. Audiences were captivated by Spurlock's experiment, during which he gained 25 pounds, his blood pressure skyrocketed, and his libido all but disappeared.

    Jeff says: "A must-read!"
    "The Facts Taste Better Then Ever."

    This is a great book to scare your self thin with. It delivers frightening statistics with a touch of humor that I find helps truth go down very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "An Eye Opener."

    I was always worried that things were bad here in America, but after hearing this book I am sure. I have never been so upset, my indignation is boundless. As a direct result of this book I am trying to become very connected with the political system. I feel it’s time to bring accountability and transparency back to politics, and I can only say that because now it’s so painfully clear to me that government lacks these things.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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