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Kirk

Odessa, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1749)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "The most compelling book I've listened to this yea"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have not seen the movie and I bought this book on impulse. I really had no expectations for what I was about to listen to, but from the opening paragraphs I was hooked. I believe it is the way the story is crafted more than the story line itself that is so remarkable. Quick uses a 1st person voice and writes in simple sentences. However, simple certainly doesn't mean unsophisticated or childish. Indeed it was subtle and elegant. He paces the story and reveals the details Pat's history perfectly. Much of the book I felt as if I were on beam and the story could tumble out of control either into darkness or the other way, into the some kind of sappy feel-good non-sense. But Quick maintains that tension beautifully through out.

    I will say that I was surprised by this book and found it to be the most compelling book I've read or listened to this year. Well done Matthew Quick!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18482)
    Performance
    (16713)
    Story
    (16849)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Doesn't achieve what it strives for"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Without giving away too much of the story, Divergent is a story about a remarkable girl, who doesn’t really fit in to the family and environment where she is raised. Then comes the test that will offer her a new life. Of course this takes place in a dystopia where everything is not as it seems. Some of her fellow classmate become her enemies, and people you’d expect to be her enemies become her friends and allies. Adventure ensues, until the end which sets you up for more books.

    It feels like the author is reaching desperately for Harry Potter, Enders Game, or the Hunger Games but falls short. There are moments in the book where I did get carried away with the story, but unfortunately they are not frequent or enduring enough to sustain the grandness that the author strives for. She has only a few sentences that hint a larger, darker and more troubling story to be told, but I don’t feel she gets to it. Perhaps she is leaving for the next books, but I won’t ever know because I don’t plan on reading them.

    I will say the book is entertaining and I didn’t have to struggle to finish it, but I wasn’t finding excuses to drive a little further or run an extra mile just to find out what is next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Daggers, Book Eight of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (243)

    The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows the Seanchan back as he did once before while in Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himselg.

    Ryan Cannon says: "Worth it in the end."
    "Liked it, Didn't Love it"
    Overall

    I, like many readers, have been checking back monthly to see when Audible would finally offer Path of Daggers. For me the wait was over a year. Now that they have, I’m a little disappointed. For those who have listened to all or at least a few of the previous Wheel of Time books read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, this performance is consistent with the previous books.

    By book 8 of the Wheel of Time Series, I’m sold on the story and undoubtedly I will press on through the remaining books. However, I feel that Path of Daggers has been Jordan’s weakest effort so far. That is not to say it was bad or poorly written, he just failed to move the plot along at all. The bottom line is, everyone has been scattered so far from one another and with such different agendas (granted this is part of what I like about the series) that it feels like Jordan just pops in to say Hi to each character, check to see how their day is going, remind us that Rand is losing his mind, and then is gone. There were a couple of moments when Jordan had some real potential to get things going, but just left those plot threads dangling, like he has a tendency to do.

    The bottom line is, I’m glad that Audible finally got it so that I can move on to Book 9. If you are a Wheel of Time fan, expect to like it, not love it.

    5 of 7 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
    (2901)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1080)

    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"
    "Excellent story"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The main character, Smithy, has an awkwardness about him that oscillates from obliviousness to profound insight. It is his deep love for his sister and the understated hopeful nature of his quest that made me root for this guy. I believe the author's narration truly enhances the character of Smithy. I found this book to be compelling, not unlike "On The Road." "The Memory of Running" made me restless, like I had a rock in my shoe, until I completed it. I think want to take my bike for a ride.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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