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James

Spring City, TN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • When the Game Was Ours

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jackie MacMullan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s - Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black. Each pushed the other to greatness - together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships and six MVP awards.

    Marvin says: "BIRD AND MAGIC"
    "Outstanding Book!!!"
    Overall

    I was a little apprehensive when I started this book, but was pleasantly surprised at its content and how easy it read. If you were a basketball fan during the Magic/Bird era, then this is a must read. It provides great insight into their characters, their commitment to the game and their drive to win. Sadly, it shows how modern day game has deteriorated since the departure of the Magic, Bird, Jordon legends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6813)
    Performance
    (3180)
    Story
    (3186)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "This became The Neverending Story..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Passage better?

    I felt that this book was too long. Typically, I enjoy long sagas but this tale started to get stale at part 4. The Virals were projected to live a thousand years and I began to think that we were going to read about each one. Also, the cliff-hanger situations at the end of chapters in parts 4 and 5 became predictable.


    Would you recommend The Passage to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    No one as Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators.


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

    It is a novel yarn that is entertaining in parts 1 through 3. It grew boring and predictable in parts 4 and 5.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3848)
    Performance
    (2827)
    Story
    (2830)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Great Yarn!!"
    Overall

    Alas Babylon was one of the best post apocolyptic books and probably in the top 20 books of all genre that I've read. Mr Frank's chronology of events and attention to detail were outstanding. He brought things to my attention that I've never considered. E.G. the effects of lack of salt & kids growing out of their shoes. Of course the narration by Will Patton only added to story. I think that I would enjoy listening to him reading the telephone book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3197)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1540)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "What an great piece of writing ...and reading!!"
    Overall

    I've probably listened to more than 300 unabridged Audible selections and feel that Shantaram is on the top of my "best list". It is in the same class as James Clavell's Shogun and Tia Pan novels. It got me through a painful surgery and subsequent therapy. Although I was happy for the therapy to end, I did not want Shantaram to end. I found myself smiling or even laughing at Prabaker's antics and a mixture of feelings as Lin progressed on his journey. Mr Bower's narrative only added to the story. He did a super job! I understand that this novel is based on Mr Roberts difficult life and I wish him success in the future. I hope that he will continue his writing career with a follow-up piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8775)
    Performance
    (3009)
    Story
    (3081)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Poor, Poor & Poor"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Mr Brown's previous novels, but he seems to have lost his edge for the Lost Symbol. While the main theme of the book is interesting, how he portrays all characters accepting being bullied by Sato is childish and unbelievable. I have only put down (sopped reading) two of more than 200 unabridged Audible books and previously the same number of books-on-tape, but I'm about to increase that number to three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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