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Curtis

Palm Desert, CA, USA

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  • 6 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
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  • Callahan's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (57)

    Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson. Now he's back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga: an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

    Kathryn says: "Purchase Callahan's Chronicles First!"
    "Thoroughly Amusing !"
    Overall

    Not my first Spider Robinson experience, and even better than I expected. The story is saturated with colorful characters in one amusing situation after another. Never a dull moment.
    I had no idea this title is one of the latest in a "Callahan" series, it is a complete and independent story. I would recommend starting at the beginning, which is where I'll be going next, but it isn't necessary.
    I think it's worth mentioning that the author is not subtle in his tribute to Robert A. Heinlein, as well as John D. MacDonald and possibly Robert Asprin. Which is a good thing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1014)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Makes you ask"
    Overall

    Usually, if a book or movie or piece of art leaves you with questions, it's a good thing. It's one of the primary functions of art.
    This book will leave you with questions, but not for the usual reasons.
    The first question is "Why?"...as in, "why did Stephen King feel the need to write this book?" Didn't he retire?
    Another question is, "hasn't this been done before? Only better...?" The answer is yes. SK did it a long time ago with The Stand. And he did it right, one of my all-time favorite reads. This story is like The Stand, but without all those really good parts, and without characters you care about.
    Typically with a good story, I can't wait to find out what happens next, and this author is traditionally one of the best. He keeps my attention, and I am always in anticipation of the next event. But with this story, I only find myself asking "who cares?".
    About the reader, I've listened to other titles, and he's good. He's good here, but the production quality is terrible. There are severe volume shifts, and obvious edits that sound like overdubs. Very disappointing for a "best-seller" release.
    I'd recommend this title only for die-hard SK fans that can't get enough. Those fans may find something to appreciate here, but new listeners may be turned off for good. Audible has many really good stories by Stephen King, including the Dark Tower series, The Talisman, The Shining and many others that would be a better investment of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (284)

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Curtis says: "Should be Section One, not Book One"
    "Should be Section One, not Book One"
    Overall

    I'm a sucker for a sequel to a good story, that's probably why I picked this one. The Book One subtitle infers that if I like this one, I can try the next.
    Totally misleading. This title just stops, with a contrived cliff-hanger. Not a complete Book, One or otherwise.
    On the plus side, the story is engaging and actually very original, which only contributes to the frustration at the end.
    I have to admit, I'm intrigued, not only to find out what happens next, but to find out how this can be only one-third of the story, it seems so close to completion...
    Some other reviews have mentioned the veiled Christian dogma, but unless it is coming in later volumes, so far so good. Or should I say, Good and Evil?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Swiss Family Robinson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Johann David Wyss
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    "For many days we had been tempest-tossed...the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost." So begins this delightful adventure story. The Robinson family, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four sons, will emerge alive from this terrible storm, bringing to land two dogs and a shipload of livestock: hens, pigeons, and geese.

    B. Junkin-Mills says: "A review from my (10 year-old) son:"
    "A literary classic, but I was disappointed."
    Overall

    The story disappointed me because things always seem too convenient and coincidental. I guess I'm just used to a little more hardship and struggle for this to appear realistic.
    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, and was able to stay interested, but I guess it just was not _compelling_.
    I also found the reader to be a bit dull, probably a good choice for a classic, but I think the story would benefit from a different reader, which are available here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (483)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "Nothing deep here, just great entertainment."
    Overall

    Excellent way to spend a few hours, good story, great characters, and unexpectedly laugh-out-loud funny several times. Wait 'til you meet Lucas, and you'll see what I mean...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2781)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1013)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "What a surprise!"
    Overall

    I have no idea how I ended up with this title in my library, but I sure am glad I did. I'm more of a Stephen King, Louis Lamour, H.G. Wells, Robert Jordan type of reader, and this book is NONE of those.
    What this book is, is a wonderful and moving story of a family dealing with terminal illness. Which doesn't sound appealing perhaps, but I was pleasantly surprised.
    The story is excellent, but the way the story is told makes all the difference, from the perspective of each character individually, so you get a variety of viewpoints of the same events.
    And the narration is equally good, with different actors to tell each characters part. Not really dramatized, but with just the right emphasis.
    The story is so good, it inspired me to log on just to write my first review!
    Fine work from the author, the actors, and the director.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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