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Christopher Davis

Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 190 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17752)
    Performance
    (13860)
    Story
    (13897)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Makes me wish my commute was longer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings to be better than the print version?

    I do not have the time to read the print version. The audio version is a great way to make my commute seem shorter!


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book has so many characters, and Dotrice uses his voice to differentiate and that helps with tracking the different characters and stories.


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

    Yes, but I don't have that many hours available at one time!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story told by a great story teller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1095)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Hilarious retelling of King Lear"
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    Moore aimed to write a British comic novel, and he hit that target and them some. The writing is funny often hilarious, laugh out loud in the car by yourself. Euan Morton handles the material very well. Not suitable for younger ears or those with delicate sensibilities, but good fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2715)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2488)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Awesomely good"
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    I have never read or listened to Graham Greene's work before, and he was an incredible writer. His use of language is so poetic and beautiful. Colin Firth is of course an awesome actor, and that shows in his work here. He does justice to the power of the language. It was a great listen.

    This is not one of those heavy plot books. This is a reflection on love and faifth with characters and a plot that move it along. A true work of art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6028)
    Performance
    (4567)
    Story
    (4567)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Another great entry"
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    This is such a fun series, and the narrator is perfect for these books. I find myself being drawn in and not wanting to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "Stross is a visionary storyteller"
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    I am a Charlie Stross fan already, and I found this to be again a great listen from him. The story is very interesting, and it is hard to see the final resolution coming. The ideas are important and I find myself still thinking about it long after being done. On the one hand I wanted it to finish so I could know the resolution, but on the other hand, I did not want it to end as the characters were interesting and the story creative.

    The performance was good, but tricky since the main character has two genders. The reader does not do a good female voice...but once I got used to it, it was no longer distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (280)

    There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

    Glenn says: "Buddhism for the Western World"
    "Buddhism for a new generation"
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    I have read various books on Buddhism over the years, but Ponlop is a special teacher who provides a vision for a new generation that is not stuck in the trappings and outward appearances of previous generations who have wrapped Buddhism up as something exoctic. Ponlop offers teachings that help connect Buddhism to the hear and now the way that Buddha intended it to be. For those of Generation Xers such as Ponlop, I think it is easier to find the meaning in the teachings in the way that they are presented here. I was not overly thrilled by the performance. It is hard to make this type of writing interesting when you are not the one who wrote the words. The content, though, more than makes up for the delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11014)
    Performance
    (10266)
    Story
    (10271)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Awesome book and performance"
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    This is one of those books when it was over I was sad. I came of age in the '80s, so the references were great. I hate to admit that I am not a big enough geek to get them all, and even if you are not up on '80s pop culture, the story is great.I admit that I am biased against the narrator from his days on Star Trek TNG, but he is a great reader. I have started to look for other books that he is performing. I have recommended the book to my friends, and if you have any interest in video games or virtual realities, this is a wonderful listen,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

    Amazon Customer says: "I judged a book by it's cover-story"
    "Not Kawasaki's Best"
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    This is not Kawasaki's best. His "Selling the Dreams" has bee a huge influence on me, and while there are golden nuggets contained within this current text, it failed to capture the magic of his earlier work. The multiple narrators was more disorienting and jarring than anything else. (The author did the chapter introductions, the main narrator did most, and a second voice did stories.) A single voice would have been a more pleasant experience. Perhaps the greatest disappointment is that despite his stated goals not to limit his scope, this is really a book about high tech marketing for a start-up. The examples and the advice were often too limited, in my opinion, to that narrow context. I know that the author disagrees as he makes claims to the contrary in the text, but I think the fact that he has to claim a wider impact is telling. I know the adage is "write what you know," but Kawasaki did a better job in earlier work getting out of his comfort zone to know more to include. My work is about internal change efforts, and it is a stretch to apply what Kawasaki has here to that context. Yes, I have a cause, and I need to recruit others to it, but the techniques here are not a great set of tools for that purpose. Also, again despite Kawasaki's stated goals, the book feels like it will become dated with an empahasis on current technology. I think with more editing and craft, the ideas about using twitter, linkedin, and facebook could have been generalized to universal principles that were then explored in the context of these specific technologies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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