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Robert

Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (596)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "Wasn't impressed"
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    I've always heard about Carl Hiaasen, and I guess a lot of people like him, but I couldn't get into this book or his writing. The dialogue in Double Whammy was asinine and totally unbelievable. Nobody is as much of a smartass as all of the characters in this book are... all the time. Though he tries to be racially accommodating with his characters, it still comes out as single dimensional stereotypes. Wise minority sidekicks to the white heroes, who stand up the entirely evil and uncomplicated white bad guys.
    I just got so tired of Double Whammy that I had to quit with only a few hours left.
    Sorry, but Carl Hiaasen is no Elmore Leonard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars - and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever.

    David says: "The ghosts of Mars and Bradbury"
    "Lame...."
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    I've always heard that this is a classic, so I thought I'd give it a try.
    Sorry, but I think this book is a bit childish and simple minded in it's outlook.
    Perhaps it would have been more interesting if I read it when I was 14.
    The characters were 2-dimensional, and their actions and motivations were ludicrous. I know The Martian Chronicles is not supposed to be hard scifi, but for me to enjoy even a work of Fantasy, the people have to seem like people... not just some ethereal shadows of sophomoric emotions.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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