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Michael

DALLAS, TX, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Excruciating!"
    Overall

    Oh my goodness - I found this book excruciating to listen to. I managed to endure about 4 hours of part one, and then simply could not continue.
    I really enjoyed the beginning, thinking that here was a author who was really skilled at colorful descriptive writing. Soon, however, it became apparent, that this book has the feel of an assignment given to an english major. The assignment would have been, "write a novel with minimal plot, but maximal descriptive elements. Every step, breath, character, bird, car, twig, even a fight, are detailed in minute detail, using laborious, excessive language.
    This author is obviously trying to impress readers with his mastery of the English Language, which is unquestionably good, but makes for a terrible novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24567)
    Performance
    (11053)
    Story
    (11132)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Over hyped"
    Overall

    I must assume that the way in which Mr. Larrson's novels became famous involves much luck and good fortune. The story is not particularly intriguing and there is an enormous amount of superfluous detail which serves no purpose. It almost feels as if the publisher gave him a minimum number of words for his novel to be published. I found the last 2 hours to be a big anti-climax.
    Even though the narrator has a very pleasant voice, the use of various British accents for the main characters was very distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (498)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Annoying"
    Overall

    I agree with Michael, except his rating. As a doctor too, I found the protagonist very irritating in his arrogance. Also, his "abilities" far exceeded his experience. The descriptions of the medical and pharmaceutical professions were really melodramatic and bear little relationship to reality. There are definitely problems in these areas, but the descriptions in the book are pure fantasy.
    The comparison to Quentin Tarrantino really insults the latter. This book is pure melodrama, not fantastic (in the true sense of the word).
    I found the profanity gratuitous. It added nothing to the story and was overdone.
    I agree that the author will probably never practice medicine. I would be worried if he did. This fiction must have arisen from somewhere in his subconcious.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stacey O'Brien
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoir Marley & Me a runaway best seller, biologist and owl expert Stacey O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl - and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.

    Richard2013 says: "Charming and informative"
    "Maybe good for children"
    Overall

    I listened to, and loved "Marley and Me."
    I have to admit that I did not listen to the second half of "Wesley the Owl". I had to stop because I found this book very infantile. Perhaps part of the blame belongs to the narrator, who has a very sing-songy diction, suitable for children. I quickly started thinking that the author is more than a little kooky and that she way over-anthropomorphized Wesley.

    8 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (291)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Good book - bad story"
    Overall

    This book was very well written. The English was very good and the narration (with the exception of the male voices)was good too. I did however think that the story was weak. The intrigue wasn't exciting and I found the story amateurish. I was not able to identify or sympathize with the protaganist. The characters were written very stiffly, with a sort of "stiff upper lip" British pomposity. Even the young child was stiff and unbelievable. As one of the characters says, towards the end of the book, "it's good to know how insignificant and petty it was in the end...." That's kind of how I felt about the book

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5415)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2067)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "First King"
    Overall

    Like a number of other reviewers, this was my first Stephen King book, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was immediately apparent that Mr. King is a masterful writer. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. I found that I was able to suspend my disbelief quite easily, and develop a relationship with the characters.
    However, I found the last 1/3 of the book, quite silly. The supernatural wasn't at all scary (and I scare easily) - I found it just supernatural for the sake of being supernatural. I also felt that some of the deaths in the book were gratuitous.
    I'm not sure if I will read another Stephen King book. Duma Key was very long and I would hate to spend that amount of time and end up with the same sense of letdown.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (353)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "mild disappointment"
    Overall

    I was mildly disappointed by this book. I found that it was less about the Ganguli's acclimatisation to American life and more of a disdain for the author's perceived view of quaint, but silly Bengali customs. I also thought that she had a particular fondness for the more "worldly and sophisticated" New England crowd. I got the distinct impression that she, perhaps due to her upbringing, was embarrassed by the native culture of her parents which was probably imposed on her as a child.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (886)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Boring, too long by half"
    Overall

    I found this book very long and boring. Everything that could go wrong to the characters, did, over and over and over again. I skimmed through the second half of the book and listened to the last chapter and I don't feel that I missed anything.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2489)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (725)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Humor?"
    Overall

    I fail to see how this book could be characterized as humorous. The only parts I found funny, were Red Hammernutt's metaphors. The story could also have been cut easily by a third. I also felt that the good and bad guys were very formulaic and had no depth. I found the author's environmental activism too obvious rather than being subtely woven in to the narrative.
    I do think that the narrator is excellent. His accents and change of tone from male to female characters are very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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