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Izzy

Thornhill, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2000

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  • The Third Option

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    When diplomacy has failed and military intervention is deemed inappropriate, our leaders often turn to a silent and dark community for results. This is a course of action not always taken by wise and honorable men. In certain circles it is known as "the third option."

    Paul says: "Wanted more"
    "4.5 Fast pace with interesting twists"
    Overall

    My 12 year old son, who is an intelligent and avid reader, turned me on to Vincent Flynn. The story moved along well and kept me captivated throughout. The narrator could have paused between chapters slightly. I needed to rewind for points that were missed when the story changed abruptly. I recommended this for spy novel fans and plan to download other Vincent Flynn books available.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution, 1926-1930

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Eyman
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Here is the first and last word on the missing chapter in the history of Hollywood - the turbulent, colorful, and anything but "quiet" four years following the introduction of sound into the world of film.

    Qbook says: "If You Have Any Interest in Film History..."
    "Reads like a text book"
    Overall

    A lot of really interesting history. It is filled with many facts, several nice anecdotes, and provides a good backdrop of what is going on around the late 1920s. Repeats too many ideas and I found the Author notes distracting. This book could be improved with an abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2833)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1020)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "A great"
    Overall

    If you are down on yourself, this book may change your perspective. I especially like the way the various episodes are broken up and intermingled with each other. Experience shows that books narrated by the author are usually a good bet, and this audiobook is no exception. Ron McLarty puts all of himself into the rendition. A great story and Highly recommended.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (386)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Scott Brick delivers a great narration again."
    Overall

    I tend to like books read by Scott Brick and this delivery kept me up late nights listening until completed. The book was fast paced and had enough twists to keep it interesting. Predictable in some spots, unbelievable in others yet ends with enough impact on the reader to want more. Recommended

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4366)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1857)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Good story well narrated"
    Overall

    Many twists and turns, new ideas and suspense. Odd Thomas is an interesting character, with odd powers. David Aaron Baker has a great voice and narrates with feeling. He portrays the main character so you see him through your own eyes. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Another Fantastic book presented by Audible"
    Overall

    Historical content appears accurate: especially the use/inclusion of Pliny. Geologically interesting: liked the inclusion of scientific text. Fast moving with a great storyline and fascinating plot. As with most of my favourite audible books, I really liked the narrators presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: The Machine Crusade

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat. Get ready for Dune: The Machine Crusade.

    Jr says: "Dune - How We Love Thee!"
    "Great, Can't wait for the 3rd installation."
    Overall

    Amazing how the authors introduce twists while maintaining consistency not only with the 1st book but with the original Dune series. I anticipate the third book to see how they tie it all together. Like with all good audio books, the narrator does a great rendition of the various characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Magnificent classic, brilliantly read"
    Overall

    The principles related in this book written over half a century ago apply today as they did back when it was written. The tremendous growth of high tech media coupled by improved communications influence our thoughts and ideas more that was possible in the middle of the 20th century. Everything I expected from an Ayn Rand book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Eric Schlosser
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays - pot, porn, and illegal immigrants.

    Boulderite says: "Great Investigative Journalism"
    "Three books in one"
    Overall

    Entertaining as well as Eye opening. This book exposes three growing areas of concern in today's society, namely marijuanna, illegal employer / migrant worker relations, and pornography. It provides a fair historical depiction of both sides of the argument, as well as definite opinions on each subject. It appears that the narrator, in an attempt to remain unbiased, can be at times be a bit bland about the subject and at other times show sympathy where one might not expect it. A great listen, and very educational.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5326)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2720)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Bizarre with some interesting concepts"
    Overall

    Slow start, picks up near the middle. Could do with less bad language. A bit Bizarre but interesting concepts.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By G. C. Simms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job. Now he's drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage. That's when DeWitt Albright, a quietly vicious white man, walks in, and offers Easy good money if he'll just do a little job for him: find Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs. It seems simple enough, but Easy soon discovers that Albright isn't the only one looking for the lovely Miss Monet.

    Izzy says: "Very Nostalgic feeling"
    "Very Nostalgic feeling"
    Overall

    Gives a somewhat sordid view of post war 1948 Los Angeles and the bigotry embedded into the American phsyche. The narrator (Simms) provides a good rendition behind the thinking of an highly intelligent African American WWII vet struggling to strive in a white mans world after falling into a hornets nest of greed and deception. Well placed shocking violence and great twists in the plot. I also recommend seeing the 1995 movie starring Denzil Washington that follows the book closely. The book leaves you pondering the characters well after having listened to it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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