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W

Garner, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15107)
    Performance
    (12446)
    Story
    (13085)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Blechhh....."
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    WORST Audible book EVER, he murmured . OK, I'm a guy, he murmured, I'm not the intended audience. I get it. But by the end of the book the main character comes across more as an imbecile than a curious woman exploring her sexuality, he murmured.

    To the author's credit, I heard her say that she does not consider herself to be a writer. I agree 100 percent, he murmured.

    Read this book and you will never hear the word "murmur" again without cringing.

    69 of 78 people found this review helpful
  • Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament's Most Infamous City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Steven Collins, Latayne C. Scott
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The fascinating, true account of the quest for one of the Old Testament’s most infamous cities. Like many modern-day Christians, Dr. Steven Collins struggled with what seemed to be a clash between his belief in the Bible and the research regarding ancient history - a crisis of faith that inspired him to put both his education and the Bible to the test by embarking on an expedition that has led to one of the most exciting finds in recent archaeology.

    W says: "What a wonderful accidental discovery!"
    "What a wonderful accidental discovery!"
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    OK, my title is having fun with the book's subject matter. The discovery of Sodom was anything but accidental. The book plays out more like a detective novel than a non-fictional account of how Dr. Steven Collins found what is believed to be the site of Biblical history's most notorious city.

    The "accidental discovery" is mine, in that I "discovered" the book through my network of writers on LinkedIn. Given that I have several thousand such connections I often receive messages from authors announcing their new releases. I love to congratulate fellow writers because getting published can be extremely difficult (says the guy who's still working at it), and in sending such a reply to the author -- Dr. Latayne Scott -- I asked if it was an Audible book yet, as I am almost exclusively an Audible "reader" these days. After receiving a rare "yes, it is," I read the synopsis, downloaded the book and crossed my fingers.

    What a fantastic pay off! While I'm not totally unfamiliar with this non-fiction genre, it is seldom my first choice of books because they usually make very dry reading. Dr. Scott, it turns out, is a fantastic writer who brought the subject alive and basically had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I've known a good number of fictional writers who could learn a few lessons from her writing. My compliments, Dr. Scott. Well done!

    There is one additional aspect about the book that deserves comment beyond the excellent writing and the fascinating story. The book makes a compelling defense of using Biblical references to enhance archeological and historical research. Until reading this book I was only vaguely aware of the prejudices against researchers like Dr. Collins who advocate such use of the Bible and the disdain scholars like him suffer from the more "scientifically myopic" researchers in the academic world. While Dr. Scott does not beat the reader over the head with this aspect, her writing subtlety makes a clear statement about the shortsightedness and wrongheadedness of such limited and prejudicial thinking. In the end, I was left with a new-found respect for the tenacity and faith researchers like Drs. Collin and Scott must draw on in the pursuit of their chosen life's work.

    What a lucky find for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (297)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "Wishing I could buy Mary Beth Keane a drink."
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    What I was expecting was to be informed and perhaps educated a little about "Typhoid Mary". What I got was a totally satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction.

    As a wanna-be writer, I am totally jealous of Keane's work. I would love to spend a few hours with her to compare notes and hear first-hand how she came to write such a wonderful novel. As a person who spends about three hours of research for every hour of writing, I totally appreciate what she has accomplished.

    You rock!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (913)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "A literary post-Apocalypse story?"
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    Maybe not literary, but pretty damn close. There is a haunting quality about this novel that I love. Once again, I found myself wishing the author -- in this case, Peter Heller -- would get on with it. It takes awhile for the story to pick up steam, but it's all about style. By the time things start to happen, I actually give a damn about the characters and really want to know what happens to them. It's my fault, I suppose...I'm an impatient reader. But I've learned that patience can be virtue when it comes to good writing, and The Dog Stars is proof.

    I would give this a 4.5 if that were possible, but it's not. The one and only true dig I have is that the damn thing ends too soon. There's a little twist at the end that leaves a huge question mark as to where things will go. Perhaps Heller will one day write a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9549)
    Performance
    (7054)
    Story
    (7093)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Seriously?"
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    Witches, vampires and demons in a yoga class together? Totally lost me at that point, which is sad, because the book was well-written. The concept was good as well. I just couldn't buy into some of the plot line. I'm convinced that Jennifer Ikeda made it much more enjoyable than if I had been actually been reading it and is the reason I was able to finish it.

    I think I see why women would like this, but it didn't work for me.

    Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1810)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "More of the same great stuff."
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    Again, Sean Runnette is the perfect choice as talent for this novel.

    Long live the walking dead of Zombie Fallout and Michael Talbot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2789)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "I loved this book."
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    It's well written and a hell of a lot of fun. Whoever tapped Sean Runnette to perform this story is a genius. It is THE best match of talent to material ever. He's perfect for the character and performs it perfectly. (No, to my knowledge I am not related or have any connection to Runnette whatsoever. It's just a great match.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Steele
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret buried before time began.... Marc Rochat watches over the city at night from the belfry of the cathedral. He lives in a world of shadows and "beforetimes" and imaginary beings. Katherine Taylor, call girl and daydreamer, is about to discover that her real-life fairy tale is too good to be true. Jay Harper, private detective, wakes up in a crummy hotel room with no memory. Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.

    Amber says: "Interesting Plot and Great Narrator"
    "Not for everybody...but probably should be."
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    I understand why some people have gotten frustrated by the pace, but as a writer, I was blown away and sucked in by how "craftfully" and lovingly it was written. It is in juxtaposition to what the subject matter is about. Were it not for the subject matter being what it is, it would be hailed as major literary achievement...but the pointy heads will never attach "litarary" to this genre. Their loss.

    In a world of NASCAR-paced thrillers (which I love as well), this is a nice, relaxing drive on a country back road where you suddenly find yourself going over a cliff.

    I salute Steele and applaud Davis. Well done!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katie Pavlich
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Two hundred and rising. That's the death tally for the Obama administration's "Operation Fast & Furious." The program was supposedly designed to "win the drug war" by deliberately walking more than two thousand guns across the border to Mexico. But instead of catching drug lords, Fast & Furious armed the very kingpins it was supposed to trap.

    James says: "The 2nd biggest scandle since Watergate"
    "Exhibit 1 for prosecuting Barack Hussein Obama"
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    Where does Fast and Furious rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Fast and Furious is a no-nonsense, factual documentation of the circumstantial evidence proving that Obama and his key appointees are directly responsible for the deaths of Brian Terry and hundreds (so far) of Mexican citizens. Obama, Holder, Clinton and Napolitano should be tried for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and treason, among other crimes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The most important person (still living) associated with this criminal operation designed to undermine the Bill of Rights is whistle blower and ATF Agent Vince Cefalu. Cefalu makes it painfully obvious that the whole Gun Walking scandal had nothing to do with law enforcement and everything to do with pushing an anti-Constitutional political agenda.

    The most important person associated with this scandal no longer with us is Border Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered with guns that Obama and his appointees shoveled into drug cartel thugs' hands in their idiotic attempt to sway the American public's opinion against the Second Amendment. May God bless Terry and give his family strength to cope with the betrayal they suffered by the government that should have protected their loved one rather than stabbing him in the back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The most damning scene in the book is AG Holder trying to explain why he lied about when he first learned about this illegal operation. He should be fired immediately. That he has not been demonstrates that Obama fears he would retaliate and turn who his co-conspirator.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    Having followed this scandal since it first broke there was not a whole lot that was new to me. The book does an excellent job of pulling all the facts together to demonstrate how badly our country is being betrayed, not only by the current president and his administration, but by the complicit media that has done such a poor job of reporting the story.


    Any additional comments?

    In essence, Fast and Furious is Obama's Iran-Contra and Watergate scandals rolled into one. If this conspiracy had been undertaken by a Republic president and administration, the media coverage would be non-stop. Demands for justice and prosecution would be heard daily. And yet, the media has been almost completely silent on this sad, disgusting betrayal of the American people.

    Katie Pavlich should be recognized as an American patriot for attempting to shed light on these criminal acts and honored for being one of the few journalists willing to live up to her profession.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Jesus is a fresh and inspirational re-imagining of a young man's transformational journey from carpenter's son to revolutionary leader to the man many believe to be the savior of the world. Very little is known or recorded about Jesus in his formative years. In the Gospel stories, we witness the birth of Jesus and then see him as a young boy of 12 intensely questioning the Rabbis in the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

    susan says: "From a scholar"
    "Ignore the whiners."
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    Contrary to other opinions here, I find Chopra's accent an asset to the story telling. It makes the story seem a bit more authentic and exotic. Once your ear adjusts to his cadence and pronunciations, it makes for much richer story telling.

    I gave this four stars because I am only on Chapter 3. I may upgrade to five if the story holds up...but thus far it is a joy to read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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