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Vincent

North Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 505 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014
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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1351)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Surprisingly compelling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Zealot to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print but the audio is well narrated - unusual for an author narration but the author is very engaged and engaging and the material is well researched and well told.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really a religious spiritual book but a great historical/biblical account of the times and events surrounding the life of Jesus.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9420)
    Performance
    (8485)
    Story
    (8492)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "A Perfect Grisham"
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    Story
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting legal thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    What set this one apart from the other Grishams was the subject matter - will dispute and the device of going back to previous novel's characters to continue their story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The court scenes were particularly compelling


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

    The 'finale' - I don't want to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect reading over the holidays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (993)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "A different kind of 'who done it'!"
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    Where does The Brutal Telling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best of the nearly 100 audiobooks I've listened to. Great story with a relaxed pace. Very thoughtful and insightful observations woven into the story arc of a mystery. Great setting in this idylic Quebec hamlet with very interesting characters each of which have their own human backstories...makes you want to read the series to find out what's what with each. Chief Inspector Gamache is a blend of Poirot and Holmes with a comforting charm. Narration was perfect. I may read the ones that Ralph Cosham narrated first.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very much so as there are several possible endings and though there are twists, the author did not have any convenient tricks or hidden aspects - it's all there for the listener to consider.


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

    The voices and the pace of the story - there are many times that art is being described and he brought the pieces to life with his inflection and tone.


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

    The scenery of the places described - very Canadian. And the poetry. Really enjoyable listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine anyone not loving this book - as addictive as Grisham but as thought provoking as any 'fine' literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (275)

    This book is Moore's most personal to date - and will be irresistible to fans and foes alike. A sort of anti-memoir, Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverant vignettes from his own life. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through the early life of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

    Amazon Customer says: "So that's how he got that way"
    "The Forrest Gump of Activists"
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    What made the experience of listening to Here Comes Trouble the most enjoyable?

    The remarkable journey that brought Michael Moore to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Moore - well 'cause its Michael Moore


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

    No.


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

    The Zoey story is very poignant and personal and very well told...especially from Moore's Irish Catholic perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice to have an audio book made of of these 'short stories'....easy to read and go back to from time to time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "Powerful message"
    Overall

    I thing the American psyche needs to have a dose of real facts and common sense. Elvis is dead. Oswald was the lone shooter. Your president is not Muslim and, so what, if he was. I think Bugliosi is not only settling a debate that's gone on far too long but also sending a message that the general public and the media ought not be feeding off every conspircacy theory.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Phil Rosenthal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    The creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond dissects the art of comedy and the making of a sitcom classic. In television, where programs can premiere and disappear in the same week, Everybody Loves Raymond reigned as America's best-loved show for nine years with more than 17 million viewers. As the number-one sitcom, it received more than 70 Emmy nominations, including two wins for best comedy.

    Margaret Campbell says: "For Raymond Lovers"
    "It gets a five because I can't give it a 6"
    Overall

    Laughed out lout throughout. I hadn't watched that many 'Raymond' episodes before listening to this book, but it didn't matter as his own comedy writing and delivery was hilarious. Great summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (506)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "The Perfect Sequel"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed reading "Presumed Innocent" two decades ago and remembering both after the book and the moview....how could these people carry on? Turow shows us not only the characters' current existence but how they got there. Turow takes no short cuts as he shows the full emotions of each major character and more often than not (as was the strongest theme in the first book) things are not as they appear.

    Narration was excellent - great summer listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (138)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Wonderful story -wonderfully performed"
    Overall

    I am new to audiobooks and after a handful of non-fiction, this was my first foray in trying fiction on an ipod. I am pleased to say that with good story, well told, worked well during my twice daily 30 minute commute to and from work. I have come to take full advantage of audible.com's generous samples to get a feel for the narrator before getting the download - Kerry Shale's brilliant performance of the many characters, richly portrayed through accents, intonation and manners really made this far more than simply listening to a story.

    I am starting to look for particular narrators as often as a type of book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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