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Jason

Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 107 reviews
  • 132 ratings
  • 291 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • The Successful Novelist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (70)

    David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

    Jason says: "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
    "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
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    I have been debating on attempting a novel and have no experience writing, other than college papers 15 years ago. What is really good about this book is that the author really seems to care about people who are interested, but not sure where to start. This book really is for people like me, who have this plot in their head and it needs to be written...now what. He includes very practical "getting started" advice, common mistakes, good advice on what seems like every concern to a novelist. He constantly uses himself and his experiences to show good and bad ideas, which is immensely helpful! He wrote First Blood (Rambo movie) and since most people are familiar with the movie, its easy to follow his examples using it. He also includes everything to expect from brainstorming your plot and characters, to actual writing, to organizing, to submitting drafts, to agents, to publishing, to movie contracts...all very interesting. The time spent on "how" to write in perspective was great. It feels graduate school quality. The biggest plus for me is that in all of this knowledge he is sharing, he is constantly writing to me, encouraging me to not write to achieve any of those things, but to write to satisfy myself. Mr. Morrell, this has been such a reality check and informing. It was a pleasure to read it. Thank You!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Miranda Raison
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

    KP says: "The Start of Something Great"
    "Yawn... Too adolescent..."
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    I knew beforehand that this was YA genre, but it sounded interesting and I do like other YA novels. This one just didn't have any KICK to it, which is why I have stopped half way through... and I hate doing that. The characters were likable, the opportunity for mystery and suspense is there, it is just not executed! Bummer. It's like watching Scooby Doo where you know nothing serious is going to happen. It might work for younger folks, but it failed to keep me hooked. However, the narration was really good and I listened comfortably at 2X speed while it lasted. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you any, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (391)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Lauren says: "Great adventure - couldn't put it down!"
    "Too Adolescent and Whiny."
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    I am not opposed to YA novels and this one sounded interesting in the publishers summary, but immediately the protagonist exuded a whiny and indecisive manner. She is over emphasizing the day dream of her "almost kiss" with the young man she is infatuated with. Skip this one if you want some serious suspense. Hope this helps. If this was helpful, click YES below.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (880)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Couldn't Handle Juvenile Narration..."
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    I cannot comment on the story because I cannot listen to the entire book. It does sound interesting, but like Twilight, the narration is much too juvenile. I understand it is probably a YA novel and therefore the narration of that type making sense, but its just not bearable for me. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO SAMPLE FIRST. My wife did listen to the complete book and loved it. If this helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1131)

    Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

    DarcyB says: "Warning, vampires within!"
    "NO FOUNDATION LAID"
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    I am assuming this book is a series? This book starts off in the middle of action without a shred of what the heck is going on. This, in itself, is not problematic, but the fact that it never stops and continues without any foundational elements makes it quite boring. Even with evil, "unwholesome" creatures lurking everywhere, it is not interesting because there hasn't been any character development. Also, the audio is like Dirty Harry reading every line. This is annoying, especially when someone looks around and the text says "there was nothing there", but it is read as though imminent danger is upon them. I would avoid this one. Hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1307)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!"
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    Please DO NOT look up this book on Wikipedia before reading it! It will dilute the impact of the story. Trust me! I haven't read such a lengthy novel since World Without End and this is comparable. The time frame spans around 200 years. This story gives the reader a renewed perspective of slavery and racism and heightens our sensitivity to the issue. The narrator did a superb job handling the African accents as they transformed into American southern accents. There were some harsh interjections of historical accounts that felt forced, but added to the situation. I listened comfortably on 1.5X speed. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to use a credit on this one. If any of this review helped, please click YES below. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1234)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "What the publishers summary DOESN'T say..."
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    I knew this was at least a movie in the 50's or 60's, so I thought I would give it try, but boy was I surprised at the content. It is centered around the life and actions of an 18 year old woman who is unrestrained in her expression of language and sexuality. What I would've thought was highly taboo when this piece was written is clearly celebrated by the young woman... and questionably by the author. Constant references (and sometimes discussion) on dykes, lesbians and other controversial issues were plastered on my ear drums from the mouth of the young lady. To me, this was unnecessary and may be something the author felt like expressing, but I was caught off guard by only reading the publisher's summary. It actually sounds interesting. The narrator does a good job and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of my review helped, please click YES below.Later.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3328)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1815)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Poor Audio Quality - Great Performance!"
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    Once, I was very sick in college and couldn't sleep for several nights. I had one channel whose programming went off at 10 pm... but I had Lonesome Dove VHS tapes! I bet I watched that movie 5 times that week! I haven't watched the movie since then (20 yrs ago), but will soon as a result of reading this book. Here is something that you might want to consider before getting the Audible version: The narrator does a superb job in distinguishing the voices of the characters and really sounds a lot like Gus and Call from the movie, which made it enjoyable. However, while the narrator was excellent, the audio quality was pretty poor. Gus, who we are told has a loud voice, is recorded at a louder volume than most of the other reading. This creates too much difference between the quiet narration and the loud and detracts somewhat from the story. It is not a deal breaker though. I listened at 1.25X speed to retain the narrators accents, but you could listen comfortably at a faster speed if you need to. I definitely think you should use a credit right now. If any of my review helped, please click 'YES' below. I hope this helps. Later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (938)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Expect a SLOW START... Listen to the sample..."
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    Why the heck did it take 12 chapters before the main characters reunited?! I'm setting here, hour after hour, chapter after chapter, waiting on something to get started. It is 20 chapters in before anything suspenseful takes place. It's not that the entire book is a flop, but good gosh, I'm use to books throwing you under a train in the first few chapters! It's a lot of character development in the first part and it's slow, but you will eventually get there. I did like how the author injected flashbacks of the women's childhood so you get the anchoring event of the story from different perspectives. I'm not sure how I feel about how the book ended... I am left somewhat unsatisfied. There is a lot of vulgar language in this, which was a bit too much in my opinion. Also, the English accent is very heavy and distracting until you get used to it. Please listen to the sample audio like I should have. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. This is my 100th book review on Audible! Yay me! I hope this helps someone. If so, click YES below. Later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 47 Ronin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Allyn, Stephen Turnbull (foreword)
    • Narrated By David Shih
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (219)

    For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

    David says: "Neither fish nor...."
    "Just Couldn't Get Into It..."
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    I want to enjoy this book because of the historical account, but I just can't get into it. Because of the need to tie into actual historical events, it is too weighted with raw historical data and that imposes on the character development. Those inserts read like they are being read from Wikipedia. It just didn't work for me. Also, the narration was okay, but the recording wasn't. You often hear mouth noises and exhalations. Listen to the audio sample. I was able to follow on 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you, click the YES button below. Later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (509)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
    "Solid Classic... Shallow on Depth"
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    I have not seen the classic movie yet, but am looking forward to it. I love the clear representation of the 20's & 30's. You can tell it is actually written during those times and not a modern story about those times. Because of the era, I was kind of surprised at the foul language, even though it is a crime novel. It is not excessive as many contemporary books contain. There is not a lot of blood and gore as you might guess, and not a lot of depth to the mystery. There simply was nothing at risk to the reader. The suspense is not on par with the movies and books of today either. The characters didn't have time to be developed and the descriptions were limited and you really didn't care too much about any of them. All that being said, I loved how the protagonist had his way with all those around him. He said what he wanted and had the guts to go into the fire to solve his case. Not sure it is worth a credit. I got it on the Deal of the Day sale. The narration was great and made it an enjoyable listen. I was able to keep up fine on 2X speed so you can listen in half the time. I hope this helps someone. If any of my review helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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