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Patrick

Derby, KS, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Battle for Skandia: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (423)

    In the fourth book of this engrossing series, trouble besets Will and Evanlyn as they attempt to return to Araluen from the icebound land of Skandia. Evanlyn is taken captive, and two kingdoms fall into ultimate peril.

    Patrick says: "easy listening"
    "easy listening"
    Overall

    The book and the narrator did a good job. It is a young readers book but it was a good escape for me to listen to on my way to and from work. The series is comfortable and I will listen to one in between heavier listening books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Long After Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (123)

    Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

    Iola says: "Another Bradbury Worth Listening To"
    "Goodbye"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Long After Midnight?

    I admire the writings and insight of Ray Bradbury.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long After Midnight?

    How he addressed modern issues such as homosexuality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I spread it out over time but since they were all short stories it was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray tended to get a little verbose at times but his writing still provokes introspection with the twist of an unknown story characteristic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sinner: The Catholic Guy's Funny, Feeble Attempts to be a Faithful Catholic

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lino Rulli
    • Narrated By Lino Rulli
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    What Catholic guy made money as an organ-grinder's assistant, spent one-on-one time with John Paul II, met a very nice Thai prostitute, and confessed his sins on a beanbag chair? Lino Rulli, of course! SiriusXM radio's "The Catholic Guy", Lino Rulli, has a style and personality not typically found in the world of religious media. In this fast and funny collection of stories from his own life, The Catholic Guy speaks honestly about his failures, successes, and embarrassing moments.

    Dorinda Forbes says: "Just like the Radio Show"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was just ok. I admit that I thought it was going to be more funny rather than instructional. The content wasn't bad from a Catholics point of view, which I have. However the book itself as far as being entertaining wasn't very good. Fr. Rulli has a sidekick come in, I think from a radio show that they do together, and there isn't as much chemistry as what they would like. In fact at times the partner's, also a catholic priest, contribution was more mean than poking fun. I love the male type of banter where we poke and poke at each other, but because of the lack of chemistry, it just comes across bad.

    Like I said I was able to get something out of the book from Fr. Rulli's anecdotes and lessons. So it was by no means a loss. It just wasn't that funny. I do however like the fact that he brought lessons out from a "less than Holier than thou" life. Which is good for us who are also less than "Perfect" Catholics to relate to and learn. For that I thank Fr. Rulli.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3593)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1342)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book really wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I'm not blaming anyone but myself because I probably just made a quick decision on the purchase without researching it properly. It's mainly an autobiography. So if you really want to know about David Sedaris, this is your book. I will say that at times it was quite humorous. Mr. Sedaris's stand-up comedy which he places in the book from time to time is probably the best part. His speaking ability lends itself great to the stage but is rather to droll for the book. But again it could have just been the content of the book wasn't very appealing to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to "turn on, tune in, drop out". While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.

    Robert says: "Almost"
    "Another Brokaw hit"
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    I love the insight given by Tom Brokaw in his books. The Greatest Generation gave me a look in to what life was like for my parents. I am a Cusper, born in 1964 in between the Boomer generation and the Generation X'er's. In Boom, Tom gives me an overview of the lives of the news makers of the 60's. You can tell that Mr. Brokaw was very much a 60's child and I was rather shocked to find out that he even tried Marijuana :-) .

    The book at times got long winded when it came to the political scene. Although those chapters were still interesting it just went a little more in depth than my own scant knowledge of the decade was willing to sit through.

    I also wish that Tom would have narrated the book himself but Robertson Dean did an excellent narration.

    I really enjoyed the book and look forward to listening to the next in Mr. Brokaw's line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26775)
    Performance
    (20642)
    Story
    (20840)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Mocking Jay!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although I enjoyed the whole series, I believe that the 3rd and final installment was the best! Not only did the story flow and fill in the shole or questions left by other books, it brought new material to light and new twists that you didn't expect. Although at times I think the author tried to tie too much together in longer narratives. But it was done only in an attempt to tie things together for the final book.

    It was exciting! I particularly enjoyed the epilogue and Suzanne Collins' explanation of what inspired the 3 books. Realizing that she was inspired by Greek lore and tragedy made perfect sense and made me say "oh yea!....I get it!".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Randall Stross
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    With unprecedented access to Google's top management, Randy Stross reveals for the first time the audacious scope of Google's new plan, including such potentially disruptive initiatives as free downloadable software, which could put providers like Microsoft out of business, and GoogleEarth and GoogleMaps satellite technology, which is rapidly mapping the entire surface of the Earth in high-powered detail.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "Breezy History of Google"
    "unbiased breakdown"
    Overall

    Thought the book was well written and the narration was good. The author does a good job of breaking down Google with little if any biases. The book goes a long way towards making an uninformed industry insider understand how Google is different from other competitors and how they survived so long. It also calms some fears as to wether Google categorizes what you do personally or only per visit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    New York Times - best-selling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.

    Kirk says: "Intervention"
    ""Intervention" needs an intervention"
    Overall

    I cross between an "Angels & Demons" wanna be and a "CSI Miami", this book was just one long diatribe on research. The author would concoct reasons to have a dialogue between to characters for the sole purpose of telling the whole story. A good portion of the book dealt with his dislike for the field of Chiropractics with a good dose of Roman Catholic lore mixed in. I was dissapointed to say the least.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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