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Chad

Savona, NY, United States

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  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (769)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Not CSI, or even CSI: Topeka"
    Overall

    I like scientific history, but this was difficult to get through. The story progresses in an odd manner. It is divided up into chapters on each poison, but it is also partly chronological and ultimately ends up being very confusing. The books main protagonists are poorly developed, so that you never really get a feeling of who they are. Much of the book quotes directly from the newspapers of the day- sometimes interesting, but it starts to feel like you're reading your neighbor's great-grandfather's scrapbook
    The theme of lifelessness extends to the narrator. She sounds like she should be narrating the commands to my voicemail, Her use of different accents is comical and distracting at best. My favorite parts of the narration are when she makes mistakes (two second pauses, garbled pronunciations, etc). At least I know I'm not the only one who lost interest in the reading.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4997)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2098)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    But not very good, either.
    This was very much like a TV mini-series (remember those?). Everyone is a stock character.
    Having said that, you know what you're getting.
    This is a huge epic that tries to bring a human face to some of the events of the Cold War. Events that most of us have only read about, or watched from the distance of network news.
    It does a nice job of drawing all of these events into a neat package of a thriller. It will not lead to any suspension of disbelief, or any deep thinking- but is a pleasantly engaging story that will keep you awake during your commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3522)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1428)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Vivid and funny"
    Overall

    I bought this one because I like the TV travel show.
    I expected that its only function would be to satisfy my curiosity of "where did all this begin?". In that respect, this book delivers. It was about what I expected, and a little more.
    I have no interest in the finer culinary arts, but still found the book very funny, entertaining and interesting. If you want to hear someone tell interesting, humorous stories and explain the "back of the house" while they do it, you won't be disappointed
    I thought the narration was good- besides, who else could do it better?.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5174)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2077)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Very Interesting"
    Overall

    This is not an action-packed thriller. It is a very interesting book, with great characters and a steady plot. I think the best part of the book are its IDEAS. If you like it when you put a book down and your brain keeps going, you'll enjoy this book. I think the concept of the book is very interesting, as is the way it is delivered. It takes our big ideas and sacred beliefs and serves them up through ordinary, even mundane faces.
    I thought it was funny and interesting throughout, a good story.
    The narration was fantastic. Guidall seems to have an extraordinary range or believable, authentic voices that seem to develop the characters even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Nice WWII History"
    Overall

    If you want to hear a Marine rifleman's view of the pacific theater of WWII, this is a good bet. The writer seems to present a fair picture of his war. He doesn't embelish it. Its not overly flashy or dramatic. You get the good and the bad stuff, he doesn't pull any punches. He talks about his bravery, but also speaks about the psychological toll the war took on him and his generation. At its worst, the narrative is too wordy at times, too philosophic at others- but this isn't often.
    The narrator sounds the part of a military scholar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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