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chas

solvang, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 24 reviews
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  • 545 titles in library
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  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (554)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "Waste of time and money"
    Overall

    This is the most boring Baldacci book to date! Just seemed so over the top w/ characters that were unbelievable. I am half way through and wondering why I am still listening. I wonder who wrote it?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (693)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "Well worth the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Truly between S.King and N.Gahman. Its been a while since I found something of this nature very involving. Great dialog and character portraits. Started out a bit slow, but built rapidly into a great tale. I like it so much I am writing the review prior to finishing the book. Sorry thats all for now, got to get back to the listen! Chuck Cunningham, Solvang, CA

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (2727)
    Story
    (2732)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Just not enough stars to rate this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow!!
    Sparse, clean, evocative, enchanting and wondrous. My words can not start to describe this work.
    You walk and dream right along w/ Harold during his journey as he discovers much of his life in the rear view mirror. It seems often, it is only after the fact that we get a clear understanding of what we have experienced and who we should have recognized as important, no mater what a small part they played in our lives (are their small parts or do they all add up?). I don't understand why more people don't know about this work. It reminds me of "Gump", "Racing in the Rain", "Guernsey Potato Pie Society", or "Legend of Bagger Vance".
    This is one of the best works I have ever read.
    Now how wonderful was the reader!! Just as excellent as possible! I don't think this book will be done justice on the printed page after being colored w/ such a rich read. I will listen to more by Jim Broadbent no matter what he reads! His voice is reminiscent of Anthony Hopkins or Richard Burtan. I can not say enough good things about the artists and their production group.
    Thanks so much for such a textured experience and it is an experience.
    Chuck Cunningham, Solvang, CA

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3867)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3119)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have gotten away from JGs work of late having found it pushed and not anywhere near the excellence of his original novels. I read the reviews and thought this one sounded like he might have returned to previous levels, but that sadly is not the case. I enjoyed parts and the reader, but the story does not drive forward and has multiple digressions that just are not important.
    I would not suggest wasting the credit on this mediocre tale. Chuck

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (697)

    When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

    J. says: "Fantastic!"
    "Sorry Didn't Float My Boat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well read but the story just did not hold up. Way too much poor kids stuff and an ending that was just too far out. I have enjoyed some of her other books, but this one some how got off the tracks. Some interesting moments, unfortunately over shadowed by the poor and unbelievable story line. I could not wait for this book to end while hoping for the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1720)
    Story
    (1715)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Not up to speed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This and the first book had some very interesting and intriguing moments, but you can only do so much w/ a plot. This one just dragged out the first and then didn't finish!!! Quite a bit out in left field. The narrator however did his best and drew the characters in vivid color. No way am I buying the next one, sorry. Chuck

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6415)
    Performance
    (5707)
    Story
    (5702)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Wonderous Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read a lot of books and this is one of the best in this genre. A little bit of Gaiman, Bradbury and some Rowings! What a great tale and super delivery. I did not want it to end and wanted to spend more time w/ the characters and the intrigue, not to mention the core of the story, the love of the two magicians! Reminds me a bit of "Stardust". I think its a good read for kids to adults w/ a whimsical bone. Super narration by a reader that in the past has done mostly children s books. I appreciated his characterization of all the parts! Good work. My only disappointment is that its over and it will be several years before I can read it again! Thanks again for the wonderful time at the "Night Circus"! Chuck

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    As the war in Europe winds down in the wake of the Normandy invasion, the United States has turned its vast military resources toward an all-out effort against the Japanese. In the spring of 1945, Japan’s empire has been pressed slowly back toward its home islands, and the Americans mount a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan itself - the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire war, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender.

    Rune says: "How can he keep it up"
    "Not so great"
    Overall

    I thought the concept of the different view points and delivery were terrific, I just would have liked a bit more rounded perspective on the parts of the characters other than Adams. It certainly did take you to the battle field and give you the feelings of fear. I did learn quite about the Pacific Theater that I did not know before. Probably great if you like war novels, just not quite my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (846)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    What an imaginative work! It took my thick brain a bit of time to get the picture. I am sure I would benefit from a second reading w/o worrying about who is doing what to whom! This was one of the most creative works I have had the pleasure to try to figure out while enjoying the character struggles that are so much the same for all of us to some degree. It did seem like so segmented chapters put together, but it is a book that I would (do) strongly recommend to friends. Thank you Jenifer

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Though Not Dead: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (146)

    The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, 87-year-old Old Sam Dementieff…Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats—even though he had no children of his own—was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father.”

    Aryn says: "Wow"
    "Enjoyable Read"
    Overall

    This is well written book w/ a wonderful narrator (Gavin). Its not Tolstoy but instead is a good place to spend some time. As another reviewer wrote "not Nevada Barr", true but different and better in some ways. This is the first work I have heard from either the author of the reader, but I will take note and listen to more of their work. A bit complicated and implausible, but its fiction and a good read. Thanks to both the artists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2512)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1132)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Disapointing at best"
    Overall

    I was reluctant to order this since I felt DB was going down hill w/ the Camel Club. I chose to give him another go based on his previous works (and the fact that my selection window was about to close). This book is not much more than a Marvel or DC comic! Some of the reading is good, but some is dry and without any relationship between characters. The female British agent must have called in her part from across the pond. I am only half through the first part and don't know if I can go on! Sorry but don't waste your time or money.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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