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David

Hoboken, NJ, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17853)
    Performance
    (15875)
    Story
    (15832)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen King needs an editor!"
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    I love Stephen King, and this is another wonderful yarn, but why doesn't he put himself into the hands of a good editor? This book must be something like 1000 pages long, and there is probably a really great 500 page book hiding in here. All of his early books were much shorter, although never short, and they were better, more concisely plotted books. He is still a great natural story teller, but if he worked with a good editor, these books would be much better, and less larded with language.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (634)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "One of the best biographies ever written"
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    The length of this book may be off-putting to some readers, but once you start reading it, you will find it to be as compelling as anything you have ever read. So many biographies are dry affairs that feel like homework, but Caro has written a page turner! I lived though all of this history, but Robert Caro brings it the era alive like nothing I have ever read before. The previous books were great also, but this covers one of the most fascinating times in the history of the United States. A beloved president assassinated in Dallas, with a man who was reviled in the White House for the previous 3 years assuming the mantle of leadership. Caro's depth of analysis, and ability to provide new insight into the time is like nothing I have ever read before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Great book about the Disney Empire!"
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    I worked at Walt Disney Studios during the time that some of these events transpired, so I have an extra interest in the topic. But even if you just love the Disney product, this book will be a fantastic read. James Stewart has the ability to make even the most arcane boardroom dealings read like a thriller. Reading about Michael Eisner, and Jeffery Katzenburg's behavior makes you realize that the antics of Ari Gold, the over the top agent on "Entourage", wasn't that much of an exaggeration!
    Wonderful read by Patrick Lawlor also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Harlan Coben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Weak Effort"
    "Harlan Coben is not his best reader"
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    I love Harlan Coben, and when I saw he was reading his own book, I thought this might be an extra bonus. However, it turns out Harlan is not his own best reader. He isn't terrible, but after listening to his books read by the masterful Scott Brick, Harlan would be advised to leave the reading duties to others.
    This is a terrific story, or course, like all of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mick Wall
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    They were the last great band of the '60s and the first great band of the '70s. They rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

    David says: "Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans"
    "Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans"
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    I love Led Zeppelin, so when I saw this book on Audible, I had to get it. The stories in this book at just delicious--these guys were the quintessential out of control British rock stars, and they relished their roles to the hilt. The stories of their sexual escapades, while not for the faint of heart, are really funny and crazy.
    I wasn't wild about the fake first person flashback sequences, and I wish the author had just written the information in a more conventional fashion, but the book has so much interesting material that I would highly recommend it. Be sure to have you Led Zeppelin library available on iTunes so you can listen to the tracks as they are discussed.

    5 of 5 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
    (1104)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (964)

    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"
    "Great book, even if you don't like baseball"
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    I'm not really a baseball fan, but I totally enjoyed the book. I love Michael Lewis's ability to make even the most arcane topic, like the baseball draft process, sound spine tinglingly exciting. I think Brad Pitt will be fantastic in the role, but I am glad I read the book before the movie came out. Even if you hate baseball, you will enjoy the rich characters in this book.
    Wonderful reading by Scott Brick--he is the best!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1340)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Stop jamming the politics down our throats!"
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    I'm a sucker for this kind of action thriller--I've read everything by Lee Child, who I think is the master of the genre, and even by Vince Flynn, who's politics often grate on my nerves. But Brad Thor is in a category by himself. He seems hell bent on proving that Arabs are drooling, slobbering villains, totally consumed with killing all Americans. I'm sure that some are, but he paints his characters with such a broad brush that in is actually offensive.
    There is a scene in a movie theatre that highlights my objection. He describes the perfect American family with 2 small children out for their first movie, and of course they tragically meet their deaths at the hands of an out of control, America hating mad arab bomber. But the family is described in such ridiculous, candy coated prose that even Walt Disney would be nauseated. Note to Brad Thor-why didn't have the family bring Tippy, the 2 month old adorable puppy they had just adopted, to the theatre with them so the reader would be even more enraged at the bombers actions? Seriously, I have no objecting to setting up dramatic villains, but give me a break!
    To compare Thor with Lee Child shows off his weaknesses. Child sets up great villains, but never makes you feel cheap for wanting to see them slapped down. No matte how much you hate them, you get some insight into their motivations. I think Thor writes decent action scenes, but why does he always have to have everyone who even teeters on supporting a liberal agenda, like preserving privacy rules, and not allowing widespread torture of detainees, as morons? Vince Flynn reads like a mushy headed, late sipping liberal next to Brad Thor. I wish he would just tell the story, and let the reader come to their own conclusions rather than jamming his opinion down our throats.
    On the plus side, the reader is great! Kudos to Armand Schultz!!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Outside of Pakistan, the world's highest concentration of al-Qaeda lurks in South-East Asia, and there Nick Stone's bosses get wind of an act of terror that will dwarf even the nightmare of 9/11. When Stone is despatched to Malaysia by the CIA to assassinate a biochemist, he expects his mission to be a straightforward part of the fight against Bin Laden. But there are complications, not least because he is working alongside an attractive woman whose motives he doesn't fully understand.

    R.A.H. says: "Disappointing"
    "Irritating reader alert!!!"
    Overall

    This is an OK thriller, but beware that this has an unbelievably irritating reader. If you like being screamed at for half the book, this guy will be right up your alley!! He needs to take a chill pill before doing any more readings....
    Also, heads up that this has some super gross descriptions in it. Have a vomit bucket nearby while listening. It does have to do with biological warfare agents, but enough is enough by the stomach churning material.
    But not a terrible book. If that guy would stop yelling at me I would have enjoyed it more....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8864)
    Performance
    (3296)
    Story
    (3333)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Ken Follet Rules!!!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! I felt like a kid again, listening to this long, engrossing tale. Follet sure knows how to write a complex multicharacter tale like this--no one does it better! My advice--read "Pillars of the Earth" first, then follow up that masterpiece with the second book in the narrative.
    Thanks, Ken Follet!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (81)

    Mary DiNunzio is a trademark Lisa Scottoline heroine - she's strong, she's smart, and she's got plenty of attitude. In recent years, she's become a big-time business-getter at Rosato & Associates, but the last person she expects to walk into her office one morning - in mile-high stilettos - is super sexy Trish Gambone, her high school rival.

    M. Devlin says: "A welcome return to Rosato and Associates"
    "Reader problem"
    Overall

    This may not be a bad book, but I am having a hard time listening to it due to the over emotional reader. I admit that I tend to like readers that deliver the material as a read, rather than acting it out, and this book may be the text book case of a reader acting out every line. I actually have to turn this off every few minutes to let the readers interpretation get out of my brain.
    My request to the reader--calm down! I'll put the story together in my head without you verbally spoon feeding me the book!
    Also, I'm not Italian, but if I were, I might find the italian stereotypes in the story pretty hard to take. This makes "The Sopranoes" look like a nuanced masterpiece of italian culture....

    23 of 36 people found this review helpful

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