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Geoffrey

San Diego, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (148)

    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    Grasshopper.Craig says: "Great naration"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    I deleted this book with about 3 hours left. The narrator is awful, I'll never buy a book with him again. The story is extremely thin and it is more about the psyche of a fictional cop than about the actual Dahlia murder. It is full of racial and sexual slurs that are supposed to be period I guess but it seemed the author enjoyed the language. And it was amateurly written. Don' bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way, and It Wasn’t My Fault, and I’ll Never Do It Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P. J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s underground newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries.

    Geoffrey says: "Do not bother"
    "Do not bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Self-indulgent, sappy, confusing. It sounded like it was written by an old man remembering his past in an emotional and confusing way. I'm only four years younger than the author and I barely made it halfway through the book. Very disappointing
    for O'Rourke.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing Alone Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Captain Joshua Slocum
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Sean says: "Around the World"
    "Wonderfull"
    Overall

    If you love the ocean and admire those who have challenged it, you'll love this book. It is amazing what this man did in his time. It is great for the sailing story alone, but the character of the man who made the voyage is equalling compelling, you come away with an admiration for his view of the world. The language is very authentic, something I found interesting but it does take some time time to get used to. But, be patient, it is worth it. The narrator was very good, very even handed in his delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert B. Oxnam
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn't until 1990, during a session with Dr. Smith, that the first of Oxnam's 11 alternate personalities, an angry young boy named Tommy, suddenly emerged.

    Omar says: "A solid look at a rare disorder"
    "Too Much Ego"
    Overall

    The subject matter was interesting but I eventually got tired of Oxnam's fascination with himself, his accomplishments, his intelligence, his sophistication. Afet the wedding in the park with the poetry reading and the Indian ceremony and the horse and carriage, I'd had enough. A little more about the subject matter and less about Oxnam himself would have helped. I do believe some people with a great interest in personality disorders might like this though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4632)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2341)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history, technological invention, engineering, architecture, construction, human accomplishement against great adversity, and crime. Fascinating juxtapositioning of the best man can accomplish set against the darkest of our nature. I loved this book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (733)

    Stephen King and Peter Straub reintroduce you to Jack Sawyer of The Talisman, once a precocious boy traversing the Territories to save his mother and her "twinner," now a retired homicide detective drawn back to his past.

    Jennifer says: "Magnificent Sequel -- Riveting"
    "Black House"
    Overall

    The book was depressing, long and full of repugnant imagery of bodily fluids, rotting flesh, autoeroticism and more. I listened to half of it and couldn't go on and I hardly ever give up on a book. It is 24 hours long and after 12 hours I was left wondering when will this get interesting. There are no redeeming characters and entirely too much weird dreamlike musing. Don't waste you time on this one.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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