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Gage

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SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2640)
    Performance
    (1471)
    Story
    (1464)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Like Going Back to the 60s"
    Overall

    Well narrated story of Keith and the Rolling Stones. Its amazing the details he remembers. This isn't just about the Stones. It ties in with a lot of events in the 60's and 70's. Very entertaining. I think if you like Rock n Roll, its beginnings and changes in the 60's and 60's this is a book for you. The narration is good, especially with Johnny Depp. Also, if you're a guitarist, there's something in it for you too. Lessons from a great guitarist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Punke
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men's encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes - like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.

    Alexandria says: "Surprisingly addictive."
    "Wow. What a Ride"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story is interesting in and of itself. I mean a bear attacking a man in the wilderness who's buddies leave him for dead, but he's not. Interesting plot. I learned some history of the fur traders which I had known little about. Since the story is based on fact, it made reading more enjoyable. Really shows how hard life was for these men of the American West.
    I thought the narrator was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (931)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "A Compassionate Neurologist"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book several times and don't mind coming back to it. It's informative and interesting. Such strange stories about real people and the different neurological illnesses that beset them. Even though it's filled with neurological observations, the author's compassion comes through clearly. He really does care about these patients.
    An interesting read that I keep coming back to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7655)
    Performance
    (6641)
    Story
    (6631)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "Amazing Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    What a compelling story and what a patriot. I didn't know this story before I read the book. I heard there were thousands at Chris Kyle's funeral. Now I know why. The plot was amazing. The narrator did a good job of portraying Chris even down to the quirky humor. This guy believed in America. Even when he died he was trying to help a fellow soldier. There were some funny moments in the book and the narrator did a good job of making them so. Few books make me want to read them again. This is one of them. Can't wait to see the movie, although I know it won't be as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    D. W. Wilson says: "I didn't see that coming!!!!"
    "Interesting and Very Twisting Plot"
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    What did you love best about The God Complex: A Thriller?

    This was my first book from Murray McDonald. It was interesting and caught my attention from very early on. Just when I thought I had it figured out there would be a major twist in the plot. It kept me guessing. What an ending!
    He had plenty of humor. Great blend of thriller and sci-fi. I wish more writers would do this.

    The narration was good and varied well between the characters. I would listen to Adam Verner again.


    1 of 1 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
    (14636)
    Performance
    (13703)
    Story
    (13723)

    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"
    "Much Better Than Expected"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    This is my first audiobook from this author. I felt right at home listening to the story. It was funny at times, especially when the author poked fun at himself. It was interesting and kept my attention, even with the amount of information given. The interplay between mission control and the main character kept the storyline moving along. I thought the narrator was great. He did the characters well and made me laugh at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they make this book into a movie. This would be up there with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2123)
    Story
    (2129)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "This story hooked me."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a very suspenseful story. The plot hooked me from the beginning, which usually happens when I read a Lee Child story. The ending was a surprise, so much so I had to go back, later, a few chapters and reread them. It was quite unexpected. I thought the narrator did a great job, even with the 6 year old. Yes the whining got a little old, but that was built into the story. This narrator kept me involved.
    Being from Texas, I enjoyed the places in West Texas that were involved. I could have done without the extended agenda on illegal aliens and the seeming portrayal of Texas as bigots, but be that as it may, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story. The ending was worth it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "Couldn't Get into This. Too Cerebral."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think I'd recommend this one. I couldn't get into the story line. I fast forwarded ahead thinking it would get better. No.


    Would you recommend The Incrementalists to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Too cerebral. Seems to move 2 spaces back and 1 step ahead at every turn.


    Did The Incrementalists inspire you to do anything?

    Get a Clive Cussler book for a really good read.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Hour: A Novel from the NUMA Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    The dazzling new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from the grand master of adventure. It is called zero point energy - a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however - until one scientist discovers a way. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren't able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism.

    Susan says: "My first Clive on Audible"
    "What a Ride!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Zero Hour the most enjoyable?

    I've read many Clive Cussler books and this one didn't disappoint. A thrilling ride right to the end. Scott Brick is exceptional, again. His voices make the characters come alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kurt Austin is a great character and so was Joe.


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

    Scott Brick is phenomenal. He even managed to impersonate a character with a burned out voice box. Incredible. Even the female voices are believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Keep it Zero Hour.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read. Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (497)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "First Time Reader/Listener- Great Read"
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    Where does Breaking Point rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first C J Box novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot held me from the beginning and the twist in the ending was wonderful. I like how he has a character to stand up to the EPA, the symbol of a government out of control and tyrannical, as it appears to actually be with this administration.

    It's little guy against the government thugs and politicians. Wonderful plot. Great story line and the picturesque background make for a great read. .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "You've got to be kidding"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had to stop this one. Couldn't go on. Starts out okay, but then the plot becomes just too idiotic. Also, there was a heavy emphasis on developing the homosexual male characters to the exclusion of the others. It stopped being about the plot and became one of the author's agenda. If I'd wanted a book about homo eroticism I'd have asked for it. The narrator was doing his best to feminize the characters. Just got to be disgusting.

    Besides this the plot, although it starts out well enough, becomes so farcical it was hard not to laugh.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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