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Frederic

Houston, TX, USA

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11285)
    Performance
    (6428)
    Story
    (6480)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A Great Great Book"
    Overall

    I waited more than a month to write this review to see if I would still feel the same...I do. This book is destined to be a classic, and the audio version is possibly better than the printed one. The reader does a perfect job of bringing Pi to life. This book will make you ponder life, religion, and truth. When you are finished with this fictional novel, you'll undoubtedly have a fresh perspective on reality. I recommend it whole-heartedly. Listen...you'll not regret it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4558)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1821)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Good Story, Narration needs improvement"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book a lot, and would reccommend it. However, I felt let down by the narrator. He did alright, until giving the character "Ray" a surfer accent. I found it very inappropriate for this pervasive character. I also found that most of the characters had the same worldview concerning the "F" word, and towards sex. I found this made the characters seems shallow, or at least 2-dimensional. For entertainment pruposes, this book was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (146)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Top Notch Listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book and thoroughly recommend it. Will appeal to the scifi fantasy reader more than the mystery buff. Part British comedy too, but not as funny as Hitchiker. Very engaging, and thoroughly unique. If you liked this one, you may also like The Time Traveler's Wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (374)

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "Better late than never"
    Overall

    One of the best books I have ever heard. As usual I'm always late. I've known about this book for the last twenty years but I'd never taken the time to read it. Now, I've finally heard it, and have discovered that the author passed away. What a great loss. This book is incredibly well-read. It's rare that an author has the timing and skill to read his own material, but Adams does a top job. His timing is impeccable, and his british humour is incredible. I can't wait to hear the rest of his series. Believe it or not, you'll know the meaning of life when you get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2623)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (394)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Very mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. At times it is almost lyrical, and at others trashy; at times the characters are lifelike, and others they are stereotypic; and so it goes. I'm very glad that I listened, and the readers are great. But, I'm not sure if I can recommend it to all of my friends. Sexual language (and depictions) seemed forced and read poorly, in stark contrast to other moments. I'm forced to give this book an average rating. The author made me think about time travel in ways I never did before, which is wonderful as I'm an avid science fiction fan. Definitely a first novel for the author, but an excellent effort. Would have been better with a second opinion from a good editor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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