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Patrick

I sell oil, in Houston ( go figure, right )

houston, TX, United States

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  • Sacred Games

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Vikram Chandra
    • Narrated By Anil Margsahayam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh - and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past 40, his marriage is over, and his career prospects are on the slide.

    Alberta says: "The book is fantastic, but the reading isn't great"
    "My first time listening to a book like this"
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    This book opened my eyes to how another culture handles problems. The characters are dealing with religious, political, and societal aspects that, here in America, people just don’t think about before we take on projects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7626)
    Performance
    (7257)
    Story
    (7268)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Tom Clancy, like, Details, Details, Details"
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    well read, well written, he keeps you in the story with every explanation of how and why he's doing what he does. Wier must have friends at NASA, like Clancy has friends at the Pentagon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

    Jonathan says: "See, It's complicated..."
    "YUK"
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    frustrating trying to follow, didn't finish story.... Wasn't worth my time
    It sounded like religious pandering

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25580)
    Performance
    (19426)
    Story
    (19495)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great series, BUT"
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    This series has become famous, and it is a good series BUT in a story this long and intense, with this many characters and locations, the reader had to change tones and voices so much he got confused sometimes and kept reading in the wrong voice. I gave him 5 stars, something I don't usually do, because he was able to do a great job with only a few mistakes and with a series like this, I'm sure it was a lot of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (6305)
    Performance
    (4345)
    Story
    (4376)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Good series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Characters and story line are easy to follow and hold your imagination...
    the reader does a good job also

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6688)
    Performance
    (4642)
    Story
    (4678)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Well read / easy to follwow"
    Overall
    Performance
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    You will like this series, the story and characters are inventive and held together well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8331)
    Performance
    (5776)
    Story
    (5812)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Easy to follow, and well read"
    Overall
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    Story

    This series has a lot of characters', like, Game of Thrones, but they are easier to follow and the story line holds it together so you don't forget a character and than they show up again and your lost for awhile. Like in the Game...
    The reading is well done also, he's able to change his tone for the different characters, which a lot of readers don't bother with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3603)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3170)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Keeps you listening"
    Overall
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    Clancy and Phillips make a good team. Phillips doesn't have the voice ranges some of the other readers have when making characters come to life. He does make the story sound as if the main character is telling you what happened. Long story short, it's worth the listen...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1596)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Easy to follow and very well read"
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    This story was well written and performed. I learned alot about Indian life and the action kept me listening. I could stop for a few days and still pick up where I left off and get right back into it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1085)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Educational, interesting, too short"
    Overall
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    Eric walks you through the beginning and a few mission of Delta. Taught me allot about what those guys have to go through...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5438)
    Performance
    (3392)
    Story
    (3412)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Good story, worth the listen"
    Overall
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    This story is like an epic movie, it takes you to several different locations and holds you into the story with good characters. If your imagination is working you can picture the places described and get into the drama and action.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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