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Todd

Blaine, MN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 reviews
  • 116 ratings
  • 359 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Adam Sims, Ian Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (426)

    Information is everything in Hard-boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants.

    Daniel says: "Classic Murakami, No Ultraviolence"
    "Might have been better if I tried harder"
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    I only listen to 30 minutes a day in two 15 minute chunks. With my listening time so fragmented, this book seemed too complex for me to appreciate or understand.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Citadel: Troy Rising, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1187)

    Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning....

    Colin says: "another great story, with new characters"
    "Deleted 1/4 way through"
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    I really liked the first book of this series but after listening for hours without anything of substance happening, I decided to delete the book and move on to something else. Seeing all of the good reviews here, I imagine the book must get real good at some point, but I don't have enough free time to spend time listening to such a slow story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2687)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1269)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Liked the first half"
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    I loved the first half of the book, but the second half was too weird.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Michael Chabon's Grady Tripp is one messed up college writing professor - his marriage is breaking up, his girlfriend (wife of the dean) is pregnant, his marijuana habit is taking over, and his editor is just about out of a job. Tripp has published a few moderately successful novels but is strangling his creativity with introspection and marijuana. When his editor and best friend, Terry Crabtree, comes to town and spreads chaos, Tripp goes along for the ride.

    connie says: "better than movie version"
    "How can you not like Chabon?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even when nothing much seems to be happening, Chabon's way of describing things is so entertaining that I can't help but like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4228)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2726)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Liked every other chapter"
    Overall
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    I thought the book was okay but liked half the chapters much better than the other half. Maybe Gaiman wrote half and Pratchett wrote the other half? I like all of the many things I've read by Gaiman and disliked the one thing I previously tried to read by Pratchett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3672)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1173)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Kept falling asleep"
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    I tried listening to this on a plane and kept falling asleep. I don't know why, but I just could not get interested in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God’s Demon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Wayne Barlowe
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The powerful Lord Sargatanas, Brigadier-general in Beelzebub's host, is restless. For millennia Sargatanas has ruled dutifully over an Infernal metropolis, but he has never forgotten what he lost in the Fall. He is sickened by what he has done and what he has become. Now, with a small event - a confrontation with a damned soul - he makes a decision that will reverberate through every being in Hell.

    Jason says: "An interesting spin on the classic epic fantasy"
    "I guess I'm too dumb"
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    I had a hard time following this book. A number of the characters had unusual names that all sounded the same to me. I usually only listen to only 30 minutes a day and became very confused as to who was doing what. I decided it was not worth my time to finish the book and quit long before the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By David Deutsch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (157)

    A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

    Gary says: "Covers nothing to everything"
    "Probably better in book form"
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    I must confess that I gave up part way through the book. This is only the third book in many years of listening that I could not force myself to see through to the end. I really liked parts of the book but really disliked other parts. The chapter titled The Dream of Socrates was too much for me. It seemed to go on and on without saying anything that I cared about. The reason I think this would be better in book form is that then you could flip through and read parts of interest and ignore the other parts. Since I'm usually driving when listening to audio books, skipping through the book is not an option.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (322)

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
    "Don't understand why people say it is so good??"
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    I agree with some of the reviewers that the female voices are somewhat annoying. I didn't think this was the fault of the narrator but rather that much of the female dialog was whiny. My biggest problem was that I found the story to be boring and some of the characters unbelievable. I probably would have liked it better as a movie but not enough happened in the book for it to be worth 7+ hours of listening time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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