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Christopher

Kailua, HI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2543)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Excellent reader. Dark book"
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    I'm sure, (in the way that someone who has never met or spoken with the author can be sure) that J.K. Rowling was trying to write a book that was as far from Harry Potter as she could get. She had to show that she could do something else. She has certainly succeeded. I don't think that this was supposed to be a light hearted romp at all. It is not. This book is dark and brooding. If you are waiting for the uplifting moment, it never comes. The other side of that is that she wrote this book very well. Part of what makes it dark and disturbing is that she is good at description and she is excellent and setting a scene in small towns in England. I didn't really like the book but I was engaged with it to the end.

    The reader knocked this one out of the park! I think that part of what made the book so engaging was that he was reading it. I hope this book lands him a big stack of contracts to perform other books. He needs to do more!

    I didn't like the story but it was well crafted.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10076)
    Performance
    (9128)
    Story
    (9206)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Meh!"
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    I am beginning to realize that I have a love/hate relationship with Dan Brown's writing. I was very excited about this book. I pre-ordered it and started it as soon as I could. This book is nerdtastically researched and he connects dots creatively. In this book though the leaps of imagination are a little hard to take. Without giving any plot points away, I'll just say that it felt a little like a bad soap opera. Even for a sci-fi-thriller lover such as myself I had a problem with how far he had to reach to get the story to straighten out. I wouldn't call it a waste of a credit but it won't be one I ever re-read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3716)
    Performance
    (3187)
    Story
    (3173)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Jackie says: "WHAT? WHEN? WHO? WHY? WHERE?"
    "A good story but waaay overdoes the politics"
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    I think I may have sprained something in my head rolling my eyes at the politics in this book. This is no comment on whether or not I agree with him, he just overdoes it... a lot.

    The story has many of the elements of a good Clancy read but somehow doesn't capture his ability to tell a story. I just finished The Cardinal of the Kremlin which I'd read years ago and it renewed my love of a great Tom Clancy book. The Jack Ryan meme is getting a little far fetched at this point too. Good story, not great. I'd recommend it but with the suggestion that if you come in to this book with low expectations it will probably be an easier listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (800)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "My favorite book this year"
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    I usually avoid listening to Stephen King because he is a true master of the craft and can put things in my head that I'd rather not have in there. Sometimes though he writes something that is not horror and when he does, it is brilliant. If all you know of The Green Mile is from the movie, which is excellent, you are missing a layer of story. As so many books do, it captures things that the movie just couldn't include. By chance I watched the movie a little while after I finished the book and got things that I'd have missed otherwise.

    Stephen King can write some seriously disturbing stuff. None of that is in this book. He focused energies in a totally different direction. Go get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8995)
    Performance
    (8084)
    Story
    (8219)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "The audio books I've been waiting for"
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    I'm so happy that they decided to do a decent audio book of The Hobbit and The Trilogy. Everything that was out was a dramatization and not up to snuff. I've physically read these books... well, I have no idea anymore how many times I've read it since childhood... Let's just say many times. Listening to it this time has been a new experience. I've gotten a lot out of it that I missed before.

    I think part of the challenge has been to find someone with the fortitude to tackle the songs and languages that Tolkien created. Rob Inglis is certainly up to the task. He's great!

    This series would be great for people who are not familiar with the books. For the people who are familiar with it, this will add a dimension to your understanding of it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too, and is obsessed with revenge.

    Graziano C. Carlon says: "Great Story but the last 25 pages are missing"
    "Excellent story but not unabridged"
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    This is one of my favorite books. Hannibal Lecter is one of the classiest characters I've run across. This book takes you into the parts of his mind that make him brilliant. The book is not all about him but it is great reading. This is not a horror book. Silence of the Lambs was much more visually disturbing. This is more of a Suspense book. It can also be read independently of the others.

    It says that this is an unabridged book but it is not. It is missing the last few chapters and in my opinion, the most important ones. They just ended a chapter and spiced in "This... is Audible". Either the recording needs to be revisited so that it can be presented in it's entirety or it should be marked "Abridged".

    All that being said, this is an excellent book and I found excuses to spend extra time with it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1797)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Jackie says: "I should have listen to the other reviewers"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    I would be really interested in another book by Joe Navarro but I'll avoid Paul Costanzo like the plague. His narration is that bad. This is the second book in my life that I have not been able to finish because of the reader, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy being the first.

    I really wanted to like this. The material is very interesting and well written. The reading of it was atrocious. That being said, I think that with some coaching, he could be a good reader. He has a good voice for audiobooks but it sounds like he is trying too hard to read clearly and it just comes out chopped up.

    Paul Castonzo reads. As if. The sentences in the book. Are broken up into. Lots of smaller sentences.

    It is the auditory equivalent of watching a teenager learn to drive a stick shift.

    If the reader doesn't bother you, then I'd highly suggest this book. If you are even a little sensitive to a bad reader, then skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1341)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Not Clancy but an OK story once I understood that."
    Overall

    As most of us did, I went into this looking for my next Tom Clancy fix. At first I was sorely disappointed. It is not Tom Clancy at all. He may have had something to do with the production of the book but it was never him. After 4 or 5 hours something changed for me and I stopped thinking about it as a Clancy book. I enjoyed it much more at that point. I'm not going to say it is a great book, but it is at least passably entertaining. I made it through to the end. By this time I had low expectations of the book and those expectations were met or exceeded. This is a book to read but not get too worked up in the details. Speaking directly to Tom Clancy: Thank you for this effort but we are ready for another traditional Tom Clancy novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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