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Richard

Covington, WA, USA

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  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "Not humor, tragedy."
    Overall

    There are funny moments in an "oh my that's awful" sort of way, but why would I want to read about bodily fluids of all types in excruciating detail set in a home ruled by people with no control over their lives. If you want a voyeuristic appreciation of abysmal human behavior than this is for you, all wrapped up in nervous laughter.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

    Richard says: "Great story - missing chapter 12"
    "Great story - missing chapter 12"
    Overall

    This is an amazing story of an improbable truth. A down and out loser from a small town announces as a youth that he will grow up to be a rock star and kill himself - and he actually succeeds against all probability.

    The story is marred however by the fact that the recording is missing chapter 12. This is clearly an error on audibles part. I've tried to contact them on the issue. I hope they fix it.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4383)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2106)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Intriguing and educational social history"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this story of the Chicago Worlds Fair. It cronicles an interesting time in history, a transition from a world without electric lighting, paved roads, and automobiles, to one where the industrial age, electricity, and mobility are the norm. It also showcases the sad story of how any new social change will find an evil exploiter. A great read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1795)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (606)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Slow travelog & history lessons"
    Overall

    I guess DeMille felt that the world has forgotten the Vietnam War so he goes to Vietnam and tries to re-educate us, all the while wrapping this travelog in an unmoving story that is barely there and hardly believable. This is one long, slow, dull read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1050)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Standard Fantasy Fare"
    Overall

    I'd heard great things about the author and so decided to begin at the beginning. He has a way with characterization that is sometimes charming but the story itself is very standard stuff. When I got to the dragons I thought, well, this is like every other Tolkein copy. Yawn.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3109)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (910)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "My Favorite Book of the Year"
    Overall

    Charlie Wilson's War reads like engaging fiction, but it's engaging reality and another example of truth sometimes being stranger than fiction. If you want to better understand what we're facing in Iraq through the lesson of Afghanistan, the Talaban, insurgency, the trade of international arms and weapons funding, this book will enlighten. How do barefoot tribesman living in caves get their hands on high tech weapons? Read Charlie Wilson's War, and you'll understand. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (566)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "A Multifaceted Engaging Story"
    Overall

    Shadow Divers was an outstanding book and I don't give that praise lightly. Highly recommended, a testosterone charged world of underwater adventure, investigative mystery, and World War II history, with a touch of Vietnam and a dash of personal tragedy and triumph.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "A Great Read"
    Overall

    I decided I should start adding my two cents worth since I've been snookered by some overly glowing reviews and also assisted by some great reviews. I'd add Transmission to the great list. It was thouroughly enjoyable, especially because I work in the technology sector and with Indian developers. The story line is engaging, entertaining, and at times educational. The author's reading was excellent. There were a few plot loose ends, but I still heartily recommend it. A modern fable of technology, outsourcing, and love.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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