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Jim M

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Pennsylvania | Member Since 2009

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  • Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Josh Hamilton, Tim Keown (Contributor)
    • Narrated By Ethan Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character" superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

    Linda Harrell says: "A Texas who "still" loves Josh Hamilton"
    "Moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a baseball fan but really didn't know the Josh Hamilton story. This is a story of a man with talent to spare and a wife and family that didn't give up on him.

    Great for baseball fans, good for sports fans, and OK for readers who just want to read a story about overcoming obstacles.

    It's important to recognize the time frame of the book since this is the same Josh Hamilton who hit four home runs in one game for the Rangers early in the 2012 baseball season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25644)
    Performance
    (21314)
    Story
    (21295)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I commute to work so it beat listening to the radio. Not very realistic, but perhaps it wasn't supposed to be!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paula Hawkins? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I listened to the whole thing, it had a few moments, but I never felt like sitting in my car to continue listening when I reached my destination.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The whisper was annoying. I'm sure the director told her to whisper, but I never got used to it.


    Did The Girl on the Train inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, other than not download any books that it is compared to.


    Any additional comments?

    I try to "read" a variety of books from the Audible best sellers, recommended, etc. Picked this from one of those lists. Not a fail, just not a home run!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1060)

    This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

    Mel says: "No Magic...just great delivery"
    "Eh"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love NPH. Couldn't get past listening to the first couple chapters. Can't put my finger on it, but I was bored.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (3495)
    Story
    (3474)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Worth a credit, I liked it"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right in the middle.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sort of. I kept listening, but didn't sit in the car and listen after arriving at my destination like I do for some books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The vet's office


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As a commuter, I like books that pass the time between home and work and back. This certainly did that; I never got bored or disinterested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32391)
    Performance
    (25177)
    Story
    (25373)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "So far, so good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The quality of the Hunger Games continues in this second book of the trilogy.

    Good narration. It was very clear which character was "speaking" as she was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38036)
    Performance
    (28730)
    Story
    (29137)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great book for the whole family!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Including the audile and kindle versions, my family owns at least 4 copies of this book. I have several teenagers and pre-teens and we all read the entire series. We then saw the movie together the first week it was out.

    Even if you've seen the movie, read this and the next two before the other movies come out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30517)
    Performance
    (23986)
    Story
    (24209)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "3 for 3"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    A must "read" if you liked and read the first two. Can't say too much, don't wan't to give anything away.

    Do not buy this until you've read the first two in the Hunger Games trilogy.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to the entire Trilogy. She's good in all three.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I READ books in one sitting, but audible.com is strictly for the commute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23207)
    Performance
    (17541)
    Story
    (17592)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "A must listen"
    Overall

    I downloaded this based on a suggestion from somewhere, don't remember where. I was enthralled at the story and the details that were conveyed in the book. It's hard to imagine what Louis went through and the will he must have had to survive it all. The narrator was outstanding and the research had to be right on.

    My father fought in WWII and earned a purple heart, but I have no "first hand" stories since he died of cancer when I was an infant. My uncle was killed at Iwo Jima and I have no more personal information on that battle. I am now very motivated to start researching what he must have gone through. Thanks for the story and telling the history from a "first hand" point of view!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Falcon Picture Group
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Everybody loves a mystery, and nobody solves them like Mike Hammer. While other detectives bend and manipulate the law, Hammer holds it in total contempt, seeing it as nothing more than an impediment to justice, the one virtue he holds in absolute esteem. Now, the no-holds-barred private eye returns, along with his gorgeous secretary, Velda, and a collection of New York City characters, in two fully dramatized "theater-of-the-mind" audio adventures.

    Jim M says: "I enjoyed it"
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    Good narration, typical Mike Hammer. Not too deep, helps pass the time from point to point!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2: The Little Death

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle - the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as minor, and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman, whose lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich - with whom Hammer has a violent history - thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover, or anyway, so Rich claims.

    No Suspicion says: "Relentless psychos"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Hey, it's Mike Hammer! Nice way to pass the time on a trip across the state!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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