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Mark

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 26 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 880 titles in library
  • 54 purchased in 2014
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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27128)
    Performance
    (13748)
    Story
    (13794)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Put this one at the top of your list."
    Overall

    The hype is accurate and well deserved. So beautifully written and performed, I envy anyone who gets to experience this audiobook for the first time.

    67 of 71 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6506)
    Performance
    (6031)
    Story
    (6054)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "His Royal Highness Mr. King Reigns Supreme"
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    I was totally immersed into the story within the first chapter. I read The Shining as a high school when it came out in 1977. Mr. King revives just enough of the original book to take one immediately back to its ending as a springboard to launch Dr. Sleep. This book belongs on any King fans must read list.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7368)
    Performance
    (6417)
    Story
    (6405)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Glad I bought this title on sale!"
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    It was difficult to identify with the book's protagonist. I found her to be self engrossed and superficial. Maybe it was the performance but midway through the book I was rooting for the bad guys to find her and move the book along. Also - the book includes too much cringe worthy sexual passages.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29660)
    Performance
    (22797)
    Story
    (22965)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was awful with a self centered whiny main character not helped by the lackluster narration.

    I will not listen to the third book. I could hardly wait for this one to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (699)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Good story rather poorly read."
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    I'm hoping the producers heed the many negative comments made about the narration. With better direction this would have been a really enjoyable story. Instead I was rooting for the bad guys most of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1196)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Unexpected Jewel"
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    I found this title in the summer paperback sale. Not expecting much I was very happily surprised at the quality and detail of the narrative and the performance from the author herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (381)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "An Inspiration"
    Overall
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    Chef Sammuelsson is a role model with appeal across geographic, social and ethnic boundaries. Ethiopian by birth, Swedish by nationality, he brings and shares with the world his diametric background in his cooking and to this autobiography.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12428)
    Performance
    (10860)
    Story
    (10903)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "This production is a major failure."
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    I'll let the other reviewers sum up the obvious failure in character voicing. It's such an irritation I can't even write about it.

    I fault the author who, after creating and developing incredible characters with fascinating stories, abandons these in favor of seemingly endless side plots and new characters who are not nearly as compelling (or interesting) as those waiting in the wings for their turn on stage.

    Also, the soap operatic twist and turns in the plot are wearing thin. We can suspend our disbelief for only so long Mr. Martin.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1395)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Rarely do I wish for a return of my money."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Too technical and at the same time too sophmoric to be enjoyed. Mr. W. contents himself with a reliving in detail his highschool and college pranks. Inexplicably he fails at one point to understand why he should be punished for a planting a fake bomb. I really expected more. What a disappointment.

    This narrator as usual does a good job with the material he has been given.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Sara says: "Tenement Life From a Child's Point of View"
    "Epic story of immigrant life in New York"
    Overall
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    I cannot recommend this book highly enough. As someone who has worked years in the food industry this "up from your boot straps" story described by way of classic home cooking really struck home for me.

    Lorna Raver is one of the best narrators in the business. Her talents are well used here.

    This ranks as another book I envy anyone experiencing for the first time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2055)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Who Knew?"
    Overall
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    Not for the faint of heart, this book examines in detail possible uses and methods of handling the human body a life after death I had never considered. The author deftly hanbles the subject with surprising humor. The narrator was excellent.

    I enjoyed this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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