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Alan

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (86)

    Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to Audible® listeners.

    christina onorio says: "Jim Uncensored"
    "Strangely funny"
    Overall

    I have not heard of Norton before. My first reaction to the book was disgust but I found it funny a few minutes later. Yes, the humor is very immature but none the less it made me laugh. A book that can make me laugh all the way through gets a good grade regardless of how vulgar the humor and it is very vulgar.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2507)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Guns blazing and things blowing up - love it!"
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    Sometimes I just want a fun, action packed, exciting book. This book fit the bill. Loved it! The protagonist is a likable guy I can relate to. He doesn't necessarily want to hurt anybody, but things happen and people get hurt including the Grey Man. The book is peppered with an appropriate level of profanity and no awkward sexual scenes. The Grey Man is not overly macho as is the protagonist in the Jack Reacher series. This is exactly the type of story I want to listen to from time-to-time when I just want to relax or I'm out for a walk. Graphic violence, excellent narration, blazing guns, and no silly sex!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Cramer
    • Narrated By James Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Tired of false promises about getting rich quickly, promises that lead to reckless decisions, the stepping stones to the poorhouse? How about trying something different? How about going for lasting wealth based on thirty-five years' worth of insights from Jim Cramer, a grizzled stock veteran and host of CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer . . . How about getting rich carefully?

    Steven says: "Great Stock Mkt. Analysis with Timely Trends"
    "Great book!"
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    I enjoyed the information and delivery. This is one book I will listen to more that once because it's packed with good information and detail. The narration is a little exaggerated, but that's Cramer's style and it works - keeps me focused.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renaissance: Assassin's Creed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio Auditore embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honor, he will learn the art of the Assassins. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of such great minds as Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli, knowing that survival is bound to the skills by which he must live.To his allies, he will become a force for change in his fight for freedom and justice.

    Jason says: "Great story, Great Narration."
    "Not for me"
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    The book failed to capture my interest and seemed a little shallow. I agree with the review from D. Davis only I couldn't finish the book, thanks for letting me know the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mangrove Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    Marine Biologist Doc Ford is hot on the trail of a dead friend’s wife. Apparently, the woman vanished into the steaming jungles of South America guided by a truly disgusting specimen of humanity. From Florida to Columbia and Panama, Doc traces their path, but a shadowy figure is following him - and the violence left in the wake of this individual is terrifying.

    Bull says: "Better the second time around"
    "Okay - but slow start"
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    Book is okay. Not my favorite genre, a detective type story. The book starts out a very slow but gets better about halfway through. A few interesting characters, good location and description make to book tolerable. The narration was probably the best part. There are a few pauses, but not so long as to bother me. I probably won’t listen to other books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1767)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Fun and entertaining"
    Overall
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    I was a little skeptical about this book. Similar books, such as Lee Burke, Paterson, Baldacci and even some of Lee Childs books I have not enjoyed so much. Who knows, maybe it just has to do with a person’s mood at the time, or maybe it was just low expectations, but I enjoyed this book and will listen to more of the series. I found it to be good, distracting entertainment, just light reading for fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1258)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "I enjoyed this book"
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    I enjoyed this book and found it to contain useful and inspiring information. How can you be all you can be? This book has the answer. It’s not magic, it’s hard work. The question not answered is where does the intrinsic motivation come from? I recommend this book because it has practical advice on how to improve whatever it is that you want to do better. This book has immediately helped motivate me to do more with the understanding that it will help me preform at a higher level. The book does not say where intrinsic motivation comes from but it did help increase mine. I wish I had read this when I was ten years old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (Texto Completo) [In the Time of the Butterflies]

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Rosie Berrido
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands, who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies).

    Alan says: "Las Mariposas – listen in Spanish"
    "Las Mariposas – listen in Spanish"
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    If you’ve read the other reviews you understand this is an account of life in the Dominican Republic. The narration is excellent. I enjoyed the voice and tone of the narrator. The language and accent was appropriate for me. I understand and speak Spanish, but it would be hard for me to write this review in Spanish. If you have an intermediate level or higher comprehension of Spanish the language in this book will be appropriate for you. The author provides a rich detail of description. I enjoyed this book and benefited from understand life from the sister’s point of view.

    The book starts out a little slow, just daily life and such. I almost stopped listening but then it started to get more exciting once the sisters attended a party at the palace. From then on I enjoyed the story. It’s a story of struggle under a repressive government and ends in tragedy.

    Things were bad. It is important to understand that what happened in Central America in the 1980s and earlier was worse, much worse. What’s important to take away from this book is the sister’s dedication in fighting for freedom and justice. They are heroines; they sacrificed themselves with courage for the greater good of their country. This book honors their memory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (790)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Great book!"
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    I agree with Joan, this is an awesome book. It was a huge surprise to me that I liked it. This was unexpected pleasure. I only tried after reading after seeing so many good reviews. This is a true classic – stands the test of time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (838)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Descriptive writing"
    Overall
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    A lot of good deal and description but a little lacking in excitement, the second half gets better. I didn't find this story captivating.

    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
    (28365)
    Performance
    (22095)
    Story
    (22317)

    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....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Pleasant ending."
    Overall
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    A lot of reviews mention the ending. I liked the ending, it had a redeeming quality and the author's end notes were helpful, keep listening. I enjoyed book two best, but if you enjoyed the first two books it's well worth finishing the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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