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Bruce

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  • Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like several other reviews, I laugh myself sick with David Sedaris stories. However, this collection of stories just weren't that funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1580)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Judi says: "Disappointing and slow"
    "Tedious - my last John Corey"
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    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    I've read all the John Corey books. I loved the character when first introduced in "Plum Island". After reading "The Lion" I was done with the character. However, 3 years later decided to give it an chance. This book was very long. The John Corey character tries too hard too often to be funny. Going off on tangents then recovering with "Anyway,..", "In any case, ...", etc. Plus we hear over and over "I'm going to kill the Panther", "Yemen sucks", etc. If you eliminate all this filler the book could have been at least 50% smaller. Scott Brick did a good job as usual.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    As long as it isn't another John Corey book. Of course, the ending of this book makes it plain there is another John Corey book on the way.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Learned something about Yemen and the drones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes Wide Open

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Christian Hoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems.... A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today.... An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth. Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this? Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cultlike figure....

    Deidra says: "Great listen but..."
    "2nd worse audio book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unsure.


    Has Eyes Wide Open turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eyes Wide Open?

    Everything after his trip to CA.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to many audio books. This is the 2nd worse (that honor belongs to "The Quickie" by
    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge). In almost all books you can relate to the protagonist even though you may not entirely agree with them. In this case, I never could related to the protagonist. He's suppose to be a brillant doctor and other than the protagonist in "The Quickie" he's probably the dumbest. Near the end of the book he states he's a doctor who considers all the evidence before making a decision--that's a lie, he does the opposite of the facts for the entire book. He has an obession that is impossible to understand. It has to do with his nephew which he didn't have a close or good relationship with. This obession extends to his brother and his sister-in-law that he never had a close connection. I personally felt no empathy for the nephew, brother or sister-in-law. I hardly ever give up on a book. In this case, at the half-way point I decided to give it up. However, I was listening to the book in the car and decided to download a new book when I got home. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mystery that hooked me. Once that resolved itself I should have quit but at this point my see-it-to-the-end kicked in. But that was a mistake. The story became very predictable and it just kept dragging on. It seems like the epilogue is setting up a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Yu Hua
    • Narrated By Louis Changchien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Acclaimed novelist Yu Hua became the first Chinese author to win the distinguished James Joyce Foundation Award. Controversial in his own country for his biting satire, he creates insightful portraits of Chinese society. Step-brothers Baldy Li and Song Gang couldn't be more different. While Baldy is a girl-chasing teen, Song is quiet and studious. The two come of age in a vibrant Chinese culture struggling with constant change.

    mandylouise says: "Quirky, original, compelling and readable"
    "Disappointed"
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    I enjoy stories of different cultures. This book captures at the village level changes that have occurred in China over the past 50 years. The biggest disappointment is the story of the brothers. Neither brother was an appealing character. One is basically a jerk and the other is an idiot. Like another reviewer I was about to give up when the beginning of the book beats the toilet scene to death. The main reason I continued to read the book is that I'd burn the 27 CD's for a road trip. If I'd been at home listening on my iPod I'd given up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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