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T. Thomason

TThomason

West Texas | Member Since 2004

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  • Magnificent Vibration: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Springfield
    • Narrated By Rick Springfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    After making an unexpected connection with God via his cell phone, one man embarks on an unlikely spiritual quest in this smart, savvy, rambunctious debut from author Rick Springfield. After serendipitously stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore, Bobby calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God - and that God likes to mess with him.

    Laura says: "I was pleasantly surprised."
    "Fun & engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Magnificent Vibration rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While not a classic of literature, it was a very fun and enjoyable romp filled with sex, religion, sexual innuendo, life's miseries, and a masturbation jokes. It's engaging and difficult to stop listening to.


    What does Rick Springfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think having the author read the book was a great touch. As a Springfield fan, that was an added bonus. Whether appropriate or not, I imagined the main character, Horatio "Bobby" Cotton, as looking a lot like Rick Springfield.


    Who was the most memorable character of Magnificent Vibration and why?

    The character God, or Arthur as he prefers to be called, was hilarious. Narrator Bobby Cotton was extremely relatable, but Arthur's wise cracks made him a favorite every time he took to the novel's stage.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (315)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "Wrong Voice for the Character"
    Overall

    I got online to see if anyone else found the narrator distracting. I was glad to see it wasn't just me. The narrator has a fine voice, just not for this first person story. As another reviewer mentioned, the main character, Elvis Cole, comes across whiny. I thought he was more of a quirky tough guy. He sounds like a quirky IT professional with a gun (I'm an IT professional, I know what we sound like).

    I'm trying to power through this audiobook. I haven't finished it yet, but I also haven't listened in a week since it's not all that enjoyable.

    The other problem, and maybe it's less of a problem when reading the book or with a different narrator, is that the character seems a little too full of himself. But it's possible that I'm hearing a whiny, yet conceited, character and if it were just a conceited character it wouldn't be so bad.

    I got into this book because I love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels and I read that the two authors did a bit of a cross-over by having each others characters make cameo appearances in one of their respective novels. But so far I'm just not enjoying Elvis Cole. Maybe I'll try another novel in the series to see if that is better.

    I gave it two stars. Not wretched, but certainly sub-par.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (2612)
    Story
    (2664)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    Very interesting story. The reader was well spoken and the character voices were consistent and seemed very appropriate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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