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Kalvin

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  • Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux retraces the steps he took thirty years ago in his classic The Great Railway Bazaar. From the Eurostar in London, he once again sets out on a journey to the East, travelling overland through Eastern Europe, India and Asia. Infused with the changes that have shaped the exterior landscape and enriched with developments to his own perceptions and psychology, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is an absorbing and beautifully written follow-up to The Great Railway Bazaar.

    Roger says: "ghost train to the eastern star"
    "Ghost Train would bored even the dead!"
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    What disappointed you about Ghost Train to the Eastern Star?

    I am trying to find words to describe how bad this book was. I am at a loss. The book started off nicely, but once Mr. Theroux left Europe, it became a trudging misery. All it was a long drawn out pompous pondefication about child prostitution, bashing of christian missionaries, bashing of President Bush, bashing of other authors. It was murderous to get through this book.

    For all his pompous "horror" of child prostitution, he certainly was able to find it, over and over and over.

    The last part is only 7 hours long but it took literally 3 months to get through. Honestly, if I could have gnawed off my own ears, I would have. If this book was any more boring it would be required reading in 8th grade!


    Has Ghost Train to the Eastern Star turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not the genre. But you would never get me to read Paul Theroux again. Not for $1,000,000.00, not if you had a gun to my head, not if you were waterboarding me with lava!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, the narration dragged on right along with the story.


    What character would you cut from Ghost Train to the Eastern Star?

    Paul Theroux.


    Any additional comments?

    Stay away... stay far far away!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fevre Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Ron Donachie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

    Carol says: "Vampires, the Mississippi, and George R. R. Martin"
    "Loved this story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fevre Dream the most enjoyable?

    This story never lets you sit down and relax!
    You start to think that you know how everything would go and BAM something really changes.


    What about Ron Donachie’s performance did you like?

    Great performance! Really drew me in.


    If you could take any character from Fevre Dream out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Are you kidding? They are bloody vampires!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first 2 books of the Game of Throne series. Loved the first, the second turned into nothing but sex. I felt embarrassed for the guy reading it.

    So I was hesitant with this book. But it turned out to be AWESOME.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Box

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    A shattering childhood tragedy left Quentin Fears devastated. But the wealthy, enigmatic recluse has experienced the extraordinarily unexpected: love at first sight, with Madeleine. Now he must meet his new wife's family. A bizarre, dysfunctional collection of extreme characters, they are guarding a secret both shocking and terrifying, as is Madeleine herself. And suddenly Quentin Fears must prevent his dream woman from unleashing an ageless malevolence intent on ruling the world.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "OSC at his best!!!"
    "Not Card's best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not.
    The book started off really good and I really enjoyed it. But the ending just, well it just ended. There was all this build up and then a standard ending. It was kind of like going through a haunted house room by room and in the end, being confronted by a helium balloon in a white sheet.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed the whole performance. It was well read and kept you very engrossed in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book I read of Card was Lost Gate. I loved it. I was going to try the second book but it got some really poor reviews. I looked at this one because it had lots of great reviews for it so I gave it a try, I was surprised how different the story writing was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slade's Glacier: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert F. Jones
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jack Slade and Sam Healey, flying partners during World War II, establish a bush pilot business in Alaska after the war. When their C-47 Dakota is forced down on a glacier by a wolverine in the cargo deck that breaks out of its cage, they discover a valley that offers the realization each man's dreams. To Jack Slade, it’s the ideal place to homestead, raise a family, and live simply as a professional hunting and fishing guide; to Healey, the pool of crude oil he locates under the glacial ice promises the wealth he always wanted.

    Kalvin says: "Predictable and crude"
    "Predictable and crude"
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    Would you try another book from Robert F. Jones and/or Brian Holsopple?

    No.
    The author is crude and demeaning of women.
    The author does not generate any emotional connection with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for an adventure of Alaska bush-pilots. But got a story of crude language and shallow characters. This is one of the few books where I wasn't rooting for any of the characters. The story was pretty predictable so there was no "edge of the seat" moments and at times it got preachy about the environment, but not in a inspirational way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Thirst

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

    Kenneth says: "Not McCammon's best"
    "Holy Crap... I'm getting out of LA!"
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    If you could sum up They Thirst in three words, what would they be?

    So unreal you can actually believe it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is no favorite character. They are all so tied into the story. You are rooting for the good guys. You are scared of the bad guys and you only hope the good guys win in the end. But you never know for sure.


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

    Holy Crap... You had better get out of LA!


    Any additional comments?

    McCammon is a hit-or-miss author for me. The first book I read was Swan Song and I loved it! The second was Wolf's Hour, and it just wasn't all that great.This book, oh my gosh, I found myself sitting in my car, in the drive way, in the dark not wanting to stop listening!Super Great Book!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (412)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Maybe I am getting old"
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    Any additional comments?

    I must be getting old, but at one point I just couldn't listen any more. I have kids and the horror that the author was able to inflict even on fictional children I just could not stomach. I couldn't finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Myth of the Garage and Other Minor Surprises

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Dan Heath
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (327)

    From Chip and Dan Heath, the best-selling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, comes The Myth of the Garage: And Other Minor Surprises, a collection of the authors’ best columns for Fast Company magazine—16 pieces in all, plus a previously unpublished piece entitled “The Future Fails Again". In Myth, the Heath brothers tackle some of the most (and least) important issues in the modern business world.

    Kalvin says: "Worth every penny"
    "Worth every penny"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Unlike other collections of interesting coincidences, this book is over opinionated and slanted to the author's personal views.

    It was less then 2 hours, and it became background noise after 30 mins.


    Has The Myth of the Garage and Other Minor Surprises turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Could you see The Myth of the Garage and Other Minor Surprises being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh Good Lord I hope not.


    Any additional comments?

    Got it because it was free.
    Wrote a review because it was so unimpressive.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2544)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "This wasn't a Happy Marriage"
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    What would have made This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage better?

    The story isn't a story of a happy marriage. It was a selfish non-committal relationship. The whole book is about how they weren't married. This book is a farce.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Patchett again?

    Probably not..


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Pretty much as mono-toned as you can get.


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

    It did make me realize that my real marriage is actually not that bad. At least we are committed to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book tries to glorify everything that isn't marriage and tries to make it sound like a successful marriage. There is actually nothing in this book that talks about their marriage. It is a story of ostrich-head-in-the-sand denial of the real situation. This woman has never had to grow up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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