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Drew

San Antonio, TX, USA

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  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12410)
    Performance
    (4815)
    Story
    (4849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Way too much hype"
    Overall

    I thought the story was decent, but was very, very overrated...I don't think it's the worst story, but it's definitely not on my list of good ones...I will be skipping the sequel because I struggled to finish this one...I just found the story to be long and drawn out...It was a nice ending, but I didn't really care how it ended because I really didn't like any characters...In my opinion, the gratuitous rape and sadism was a bit overdone and really detracted my interest from the story...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (701)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "Good once it got going"
    Overall

    I liked the book once it got going, but for me it took three hours to spark an interest...Even then my interest wained again until about 5 hours into the book...Altered Carbon was much better than this story in my opinion...I will be ending the series at this book...It just shouldn't take that long to get into a book...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4527)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2428)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Stop at Speaker"
    Overall

    Please....For your own sake stop at Speaker for the Dead...I loved Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, but this one just dragged on...All I wanted to do was finish the series, but this will be the last one I listen to...The story line is entertaining, but just okay...It's just not at the same caliber as the first two novels...

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10320)
    Performance
    (5593)
    Story
    (5624)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Good story"
    Overall

    I liked the story, but it took about half the audiobook to get interesting...If you can make it half way you'll enjoy the story...This is a story of survival and wit...To add an element of suspense, it would have been nice if the story teller was left unnamed so that you did not know if Pi survived the ordeal....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5728)
    Performance
    (2538)
    Story
    (2558)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "First Gaiman Novel"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this story...It was slow to draw me in, but once I was caught up in the story I could not get enough...This was my first Gaiman novel and it did not disappoint... The story takes you into the London underground that parallels London above...I found the storyline to be addicting...I liked the characters and development...I will be moving on to the Anansi Boys after this one...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Eldredge
    • Narrated By John Eldredge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    Every man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams, big dreams: dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.

    Michael says: "Healing & Understanding"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    Step one: listen...Step two: make it practical and put it to work...Step three: Let your light shine...This is probably one of the most inspirational books I have read and listened to...While some things are not applicable, I thoroughly enjoyed this book...Be true to yourself and make life your own adventure...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (705)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Great story until last hour"
    Overall

    I loved the story, but the last hour was boring...It was a great up to the so-so ending, which is why I gave four stars...It's a real life ending...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (156)

    For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

    David says: "Excellent book on tactics and strategy"
    "Annoying narration"
    Overall

    I could not get in the book because of the narrator...It just annoyed the heck out of me...Good book...Read the hardback...

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (280)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "Excellent non-fiction"
    Overall

    I actually listened to half the book before I realized that it was non-fiction...While this might not be the thrill ride, surprise ending novel, I was thoroughly caught up in the book...To know that the injustice and travesty that can occur due to the malfeasance of lawyers, courtroom officials, and police is astounding...I thought this book was great and definitely would recommend...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2566)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1056)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Not a fan"
    Overall

    I personally don't know how revised this edition is, but I only tried this title because of all the original rave reviews...Real estate agents and Ku Klux Clan are similar because they hoard information...Sumo wrestlers cheat....Who cares...It did not hold my interest and I cut this one short before I wasted 4 more hours of my life...

    6 of 21 people found this review helpful

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