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Nick Bulka

New Boston, NH, US | Listener Since 2001

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  • Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange e-mails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness not only the greatest comeback ever in sports, but the first Red Sox championship in 86 years as the team put '86 behind them and eighty-sixed the Curse.

    Eileen says: "King hits another home run"
    "Too much O'Nan, not enough King"
    Overall

    I'm a rabid Red Sox Fan, and also a rabid King fan, so I couldn't wait to get into this book. King is, as usual, excellent. I only wish he had done this book alone. O'Nan suffers from a malady common to many baseball fans - they think they know more about the game than anybody else, and have no problem telling you how stupid a manager or player is. He also has an annoying habit of telling you what players were thinking, as if he could read their minds. And his description of his antics at the ballpark (ie, taking a net to batting practice, and heckling opposing players) would be appropriate for a 15 year old kid, not a grown man. I finally ended up just fast forwarding through O'Nan's sections.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1571)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "not a true historical work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Reza Aslan and/or Reza Aslan?

    Aslan states in his preface that the new testament is not a historical account, yet he uses it almost exclusively as a historical source. There is nothing here to prove or disprove anything historical about Jesus of Nazareth.


    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11038)
    Performance
    (5870)
    Story
    (5916)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Not too bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    for anyone who likes King, this is an entertaining story. It kept my interest, but there were too many predictable events. it's far from his best, but not his worst.


    What three words best describe Raul Esparza’s voice?

    Not Scott Brick


    Any additional comments?

    I had to laugh at some of the voices that Esparza used. The female voices were terrible. And the story's villain, supposedly a lifetime resident of a small Maine town, had a southern accent. LOL.

    Steve does a better job narrating his books than Raul did on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (93)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Get acquainted with the rewind button"
    Overall

    I haven't finished listening yet, but I just had to comment on the poor narration in this book. I grew up in Bayonne, NJ, so I'm enjoying hearing about familiar places (despite the mispronunciations) and the story is generally good.

    However, the narration by Joe P really takes away from the enjoyment of this audiobook. The Jersey accents are not even close, and the Italian accents are extremely exaggerated and cartoon-like. (Mel Blanc would have done a much better job.) The main character's mother sounds EXACTLY like Joe Pesci. I have to keep rewinding the book because it's extremely hard to understand the "Italian" accents.

    Still worth listening to, except that it will take a lot longer than expected, because if you want to understand everything, you'll need to listen to some parts twice (or more).

    I would have given this book five stars for the story, but the narration detracts, rather than enhances, my enjoyment.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7444)
    Performance
    (3779)
    Story
    (3783)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "What a waste of time"
    Overall

    This book goes on and on and on. Cronin must have gotten paid by the word, because there's plenty of repetition, lists of names, and rambling. I couldn't even finish it. I got to within the last two hours and gave up. Don't waste your time like I did.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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