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Stephen

KAMIAH, ID, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Gavin de Becker
    • Narrated By Gavin de Becker
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (301)

    Seattle Customer says: "Try Unabridged Version"
    "Amazing book"
    Overall

    This is an amazing book that opens up a whole new way of thinking about fear. I'f you have children, it's a must read; along with protecting the gift by the same author. The authors practical good sense approach to this suject of fear, feels right. Any reader ever faced with real danger in their lives will instantly understand that he understands. Time and money well spent.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1316)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "A popping good story."
    Overall

    I found both the story and the reader to be far above my expectations. This is a cracking good story that will hold you spell bound; I loved it. My wife also loved this rather lovely love story about a selfless young woman who finds that giving back a little kindness rewards her for a lifetime. Stephen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merian C. Cooper's King Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joe DeVito, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    A hulking freighter waits at a darkened pier. Aboard, filmmaker Carl Denham prepares for a strange voyage to a distant island, an island where he hopes to make the most exciting movie of all time. What waits at the end of the journey is Kong.

    Mike K of Denver says: "Breakers Ahead!"
    "Movie writing"
    Overall

    This book was written for the movie screen in mind and does not translate well to being read as a stand alone book. It's so corny it's almost funny, but not quite. I listened to it all, but did not enjoy it. A poorly written story all told.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Dumas
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantes, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal.

    William says: "Fabulous"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful tale told wondefully. It is also read wonderfully. It took me a while to keep track of all the characters, as it is so long, but the reader made that possible by having a different voice for each one. It was a great read and I'm glad i bought it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Dead to Swing

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hal Glatzer
    • Narrated By Susan Egan, full cast
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    It's 1940, and musician Katy Green finds out how tough the road can be when she joins the Ultra Belles, a female swing band on tour in California. From the moment the band kicks off the set, you're caught in the rhythm of the music, and murder on the move.

    Judith says: "Too Dead to Swing"
    "Be aware"
    Overall

    If you don't mind offcolor humor and poorly disguised inuendos as well as some up front dirty talk this is your book. I was disappointed. I tried to listen to it, but just couldn't bear the gutter thought that went into it; wish I had not bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scaramouche

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    With swordfights and romance, adventure and treachery set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this is the book that made Sabatini famous. Andre-Louis Moreau has good prospects as a young lawyer, but an unfair duel with the ruthlessly cruel Count de La Tour d'Azyr leaves Andre-Louis' best friend dead and Andre-Louis himself a fugitive from the King's justice. While incognito, he becomes both a wildly popular actor and a firebrand of the Revolution.

    Tariq Anis says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Sabatini's best"
    Overall

    This is beyond doubt the crowning achievement by Sabatini. The reader does an outstanding job with every character, as well as the challenges of language. I have listened to this book more times than I can remember and have enjoyed it every time. If you like history, and you like romantic saga's, you will love this book. Sabatini was a historian that could and did write his readers into an era right down to the idioms of the day and the buckles on the shoes. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Patricia Routledge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

    Dan Harlow says: "I loved how much I hated everyone"
    "Withering Lows"
    Overall

    This book is the result of the writer's terrible opinion of her fellow man, it is positively depressing. The longer I listened to it the more negative I realized the writer was determined to make the reader feel. It just goes on and on with a harrowing tale about two extremely sick human beings. The Question remained in my mind long after the tale was told: "why tell it at all?" I never got the point.

    8 of 37 people found this review helpful

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