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Jason

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  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated By James Andrew Miller, Matt McCarthy, Joan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

    Danny D. says: "Not a lot of information"
    "You wish this was SportsCenter!"
    Overall

    I love reading/listening to books which present real points of view from the people who lived the events. However, there are two MAJOR issues with this audiobook.
    The first is the editing of the actual book. There are almost no introductions to the change of topics! One minute it's women sideline reporters, then it's about the drama of sportscenter with Olberman and Patrcik with no warning. I had to listen to the book twice in most sections just because I thought I missed something, I didn't. There are times when quotes are just thrown in because the author didn't want to waste material. It made NO sense.
    The second major issue is Joan Baker. This reader sucks. I am blind I've listened to more audiobooks than they have on audible. This is the second worst reader I've ever forced myself to endure. Her breathy, over empathetic and miss-timed voice representations make the women who were quoted in this book seem like...like....the producer should have said stop trying to be a oral porn star and read the f'n book.
    Buy the written version if you can read print. If you can't, pray another version of this audiobook comes out soon. Otherwise try not choke on your own vomit when Joan gets to read (it's not personal, it's business) it really sucked.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (453)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Simply Brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Open the most enjoyable?

    The subject matter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many autobiographies, mostly of athletes or political figures. I have to say this has easily been the best of all of them. I may be biased due to being a fan of Andre's growing up? However, I'd like to think it's because of this books information and the smoothness at which it is told. The stories are complete and the narrator does a good job of pacing. I couldn't put this down.

    Andre is completely direct and seemingly brutal in cases. His descriptions of certain people are thorough and at times cruel or in some cases funny.

    Overall, this is the story of his own personal struggles. His accounts of his struggle for identity and self are more striking because they are truly documented on film with every tournament he played in. I personally remember things about matches he played that he mentions in this book. It really explains so much about him and why he is the way he is/was.

    Whether you are a tennis fan or not, this is a an amazing listen.

    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
    (176)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    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."
    "Great story, Great Narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Renaissance to be better than the print version?

    I don't own printed books.


    What other book might you compare Renaissance to and why?

    Sadly, I can't think of anything. Which is good. I think of this as unique in a way.


    Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

    All of them are excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Anxious. Ode to no more credits!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great adventure. The book is longer than I'm used too but the action is constant and driven. The action is always leading to something greater. The author thankfully drops all illusion of grandeur and moves from place to place with pertinent descriptions only. This is actually fantastic to me, I grow tired of authors who describe surroundings and laundry lists that bare no meaning to the characters overall actions or results. Overall thoughts are described in actions not long winded monologues. Fantastic!

    The narrator is brilliant! I enjoyed all of his representations of characters and his ability to pronounce proper Italian names and places (granted I am not Italian and have never been to Italy) but his talent helped with the immersion process. I thoroughly enjoyed his work and will buy the other books in this series partly due to him.

    The only negative I found and this could be nitpicking, is the mass of Italian places and random Italian words used in place of English. I only had one year of Italian in college and it didn't always help here. Also, there are so many places involved they should hand you a map of old Italy when you buy this book.

    This was originally a video game. Excellent. Since I am blind I do not have the ability to enjoy it as such. However, this is a fantastic adventure story on it's own and I highly recommend it! I only wish they would make more books out of video game story lines, it beats listening to my friends playing them. Maybe they'lll do Bioshock next!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Revenge: Elemental Assassin, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (984)

    Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very, very good at it. Now, I'm ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was 13. Oh, I don't think the mission will be easy, but turns out it's a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I'm coming for her. So now I'm up against the army of lethal bounty hunters Mab hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister's head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority.

    Jason says: "Somebody slap me please!"
    "Somebody slap me please!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends on your tolerance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Estep? Why or why not?

    Ugh, yes . . . I am a glutton for long winded and drawn out punishment.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lauren Fortgang?

    Still pending.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably if they could cut the crap, it would probably be better than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the settings of these books. I really like the characters. I really HATE the long extended crap in getting to the friggin POINT! Jennifer is horrible at drawing every action out until you just want to fast forward or turn the damn thing off. Explanations in this series suck. Jennifer places them at ALL key points (at the beginning of every defining action) and draws them out for more time. Pull the damn trigger already or I'm leaving. She's has to input the actions of the previous books and how she FEELS about everything! If assassins had this many feelings they wouldn't BE assassins! They'd be stuck in therapy! And it get's worse with every book. I read them because I like character quirkiness and the DEFINING actions not because I'm falling in love with how it is written.
    Am I the only one who would like authors to stop reciting actions from previous books in the series? If you just picked up book 5 and you missed something GO BACK and read the other books lazy! The rest of us shouldn't have to suffer.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Born: Dark Swan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

    Leesa says: "Good Listen."
    "Not bad."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Richelle Mead and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    This is worth checking out if your into Fantasy/Sci-fi.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Going to check out the second book. Book one builds into the second book.


    Did Jennifer Van Dyck do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Jennifer isn't bad but I prefer better inflection. She is not a "breathy" woman narrator which I prefer. In other words she isn't overly dramatic. She did a good job.


    Did Storm Born inspire you to do anything?

    Buy the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what it is with women authors and explicit descriptions of sex. If this book was written by a man it would have to be sold in an adult video store not a supermarket check out line. I don't like to read about women's fantasies any more than I like reading about men's narrated or not.
    I like the action though. Unlike other female authors, the action is good. More action less loquacious pontifications on your feelings. Richelle does have her moments but overall her story is well written and diverse with mythical creatures and strange magical feats. Action being what it is, and it is fast, characters fall in love way to fast and convenient to move the plot along. One page . .. meet mister nobody, next page . . . let's have a baby together. It's that fast and it's kinda funny.
    I'd like to think that this genre of books is about having fun and going on an adventure. I therefore dislike it when some of these authors try to make it sound serious. This author too has her moments but some of the comedic charm pulls it together.
    Overall, give it a chance. I have spent far more on far worse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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