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  • Casino Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (795)

    Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules.

    Pork C. Fish says: "Ouch!"
    "Bond Always Offers Up Some Fun"
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    Would you listen to Casino Royale again? Why?

    Yes - this was a quick, fun read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Casino Royale?

    I enjoyed the many casino scenes.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Vance has terrific European accents. He was even better in the Steig Larsson "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, but wonderful here, nonetheless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Shaken, Not Stirred, and Finished in a Quick, Easy Sip


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Natural

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bernard Malamud
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bernard Malamud's first novel is still one of the best ever written about baseball. His story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era is invested with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all of his best work.

    Shawn says: "Differs from the movie, but a good baseball story"
    "A Baseball Classic"
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    If you could sum up The Natural in three words, what would they be?

    Easy-paced, heart-dropping, All-American


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Natural?

    The early scene with Miss Bird that kicked off the conflict in the novel, while heavily foreshadowed, provided quite a memorable moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene with Wonderboy, Roy's beloved bat, was a great one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book kept jogging along, and I enjoyed the many peaks and valleys.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd put this book after A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Art of Fielding, but certainly in the pantheon of great baseball books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Stall

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Rylander
    • Narrated By Mike Rylander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

    Tanya says: "Funny, Suspenseful and Full of Heart!"
    "A Mafia Story for Middle Schoolers"
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    If you could sum up The Fourth Stall in three words, what would they be?

    double-crossings, misunderstandings, and loyalties


    What other book might you compare The Fourth Stall to and why?

    This book is similar to The Chocolate War, but for far younger readers, but far less sinister, with still difficult pranking and lessons to be learned.


    What aspect of Mike Rylander’s performance would you have changed?

    He miscued on some sentences pauses and word pronunciation.


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

    I got a kick out of Vince's grandmother's oft-quoted advice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1011)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Baseball by the Numbers"
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    If you could sum up Moneyball in three words, what would they be?

    Logical, surprising, pro-underdogs


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Bean fascinated me by his ingenuity, scraping together a great athletics club on so small a budget.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very last scene with the satisfying laughs from the players, with a player, not laughing at his expense.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I did find myself saying, Well I'll be... The approach to recruiting the team members impressed me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.

    Sheryl says: "Great Listen but not for everyone."
    "A Disappointment from Mark Haddon"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Haddon and/or Maxwell Caulfield?

    Yes, sure.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Legend, by Marie Lu


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maxwell Caulfield?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Red House?

    I really disliked the whole story - not one character was likable, and the story didn't hold my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel was a major let-down. I really enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time, and this novel had none of the same originality, spark, and vitality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1012)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Not What You'd Expect, But Good"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Fielding again? Why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Schwartz - he was the most likeable and very well drawn for a sidekick.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Very good pacing.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Fielding and why?

    President Affenlight's character held the most surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    While not the baseball book I expected, I did really like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (930)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Good for Youth"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magyk to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily


    What other book might you compare Magyk to and why?

    Artemis Fowl series


    Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

    Septimus Heap


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book is no Harry Potter, but good for the 3rd - 5th grade crowd

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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