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David

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  • High Fidelity

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By David Cale
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store in London. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection?

    Andrew says: "A G"
    "Terrible narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator should never be allowed to do American accents. In fact, he wasn't able to differentiate the English characters very well either.

    The book is fine, but skip the audiobook on this one. The bad narrator spoils it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1766)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (930)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ann Patchett and/or Anna Fields?

    Nope.


    What could Ann Patchett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Fields’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dunno. Her performance was fine, but couldn't save the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. The situation was belieable enough, but too many details weren't. Also, the book was like a twinkie...all empty calories. It was way too romantic in both the common and literary senses of the word.


    Any additional comments?

    Stay away unless you like fluffy, romantic tripe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1771)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Silver Linings Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best. It combines a good story with a good narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how he made it clear that the "sane" people were all crazy in their own ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a few laugh out loud moments, but the whole book was strong.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it over two days on a road trip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

    Mark says: "Up to the usual high standard"
    "All humans should read this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

    I'm such a chimp


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Diamon tells us why we know what we know (or think we know).


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for that, but it's good for long stretches (like a road trip)


    Any additional comments?

    Originally written in 1991 but still a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Great book, terrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why do they give good books to Scott Brick to ruin?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (590)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "Terrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As usual, Scott Brick butchers the book. Way too melodramatic. He should be acting in a soap opera.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (228)

    She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she is transformed from the beautiful center of attention to an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

    Heather says: "Fantastic"
    "Brilliant, but not for the faint of heart"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Behind the painful details is a lot of depth. It seems to me another study in the Buddhist concept of "no-self"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Discover Your Inner Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tyler Cowen
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In Discover Your Inner Economist, one of America's most respected economists presents a quirky, incisive romp through everyday life that reveals how you can turn economic reasoning to your advantage - often when you least expect it to be relevant. Like no other economist, Tyler Cowen shows how economic notions, such as incentives, signals, and markets, apply far more widely than merely to the decisions of social planners, governments, and big business.

    Troy says: "Economics?"
    "Don't waste your time or money"
    Overall

    The book is often incoherent and even where it's not it has nothing of value to say.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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