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Steve

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  • Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    He was one of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend, and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

    Joseph says: "Very revealing"
    "excellent book on Ted and his amazing life"
    Overall

    Williams was such a mysterious person, it's great to hear such a well researched and interesting book. Williams was really the first to: have a bench coach as a manager and first to really market himself and his name after his career was over. Not to mention he was the last to hit 400 in a season. What a hitter and what a strange bird. The Narrator's mispronunciation of Filene's is painful. Shouldn't a story like this be read by someone familiar with the Boston area?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1723)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (701)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    Salem's Lot is not very surprising or interesting, but it's a solid piece of horror writing. The narrator was excellent, too. I listened because Father Callahan becomes a part of the "Dark Tower" series!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3328)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1375)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Couldn't get through it..."
    Overall

    I know it's not good to write a review for a book you could not finish, but that's the problem. I could not stay focused on the story or plot. If you haven't heard/read Snow Crash, do that one before this.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "A long interesting book..."
    Overall

    I'm not sure if I believe all the hype about it being life changing, but "The Fountainhead" is a great read. I was amazed that I got through all those hours of the book without being bored or distracted. Great story and what a job of acting by the reader! All the players were given totally different voices. Well done. Never before had I felt like I read the book instead of listening to it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "If you're into baseball or sports..."
    Overall

    you'll enjoy this audio book. The Oakland A's and Billy Beane's formula for success is revealed. Although the A's did have one of the lowest OBP compared to other teams this year. It's still a revealing and funny look at behind the scenes baseball.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5682)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (3037)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    ... what a fun and exciting read. "Snow Crash" is by far the best audio book I've heard so far. If you're into action and sci-fi but hate dumbed down stories you'll like this. The voice acting is great too.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "All the pr is paying off and we're all suckers..."
    Overall

    Funny book. I wonder how many people that have commented about this book have actually read it, or any history books? To say that she's right and everyone else's history is wrong? How can that be?

    First we have blondes that can't sing selling records, now blondes that can't write selling books. I wonder how many books she would sell if she looked like Rush in a dress? Would the publishers put that photo on the cover? Not likely, I can tell you that. If you're a conservative like me - please -find some real heroes and historians, not some talk-show soundbiter shoved down the consumer's throats...

    Whether you believe this book is true or not, realize that you've been suckered into buying it. Would you like to super size that?

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1101)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Good noirish mystery, but..."
    Overall

    ... there is some very annoying acting when it comes to the actor reading the disabled cop's dialogue. I found those parts extremely grating.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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