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Matthew

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  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Following the best-selling triumph of Kafka on the Shore ("daringly original," wrote Steven Moore in The Washington Post's Book World, "and compulsively readable") comes a collection that generously expresses Murakami's mastery. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

    Michael says: "Wonderfully Weird"
    "Mostly good. However..."
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    Would you try another book from Haruki Murakami and/or Patrick Lawlor and Ellen Archer ?

    Yes. I generally like books by Huruki Murakami.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was literally stunned. Didn't see it coming. Seemed somewhat strange.


    What does Patrick Lawlor and Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring flair to the story. This helped me to visualize the stories.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. As long as they removed the story containing sharpie cakes and crows I would watch it. That story was the only bad thing about this title.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that another of Mr. Murakami's books would become available from audible. It's called South of the Border: West of the Sun. I think that is by far his best work, out of the stories and novels that I have read so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21 Great Ways to Meet and Marry the Woman of Your Dreams

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Learn how to decide exactly what you want in in a woman and then to find the woman of your dreams. You'll learn 21 proven, practical methods, techniques, and strategies that will greatly increase the number of women in your life - and lead you to the right one for you. You'll learn how to become the kind of person that your ideal woman is looking for - faster and easier than you can imagine!

    Matthew says: "Essential for singles"
    "Essential for singles"
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    If you could sum up 21 Great Ways to Meet and Marry the Woman of Your Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    The best plan


    What other book might you compare 21 Great Ways to Meet and Marry the Woman of Your Dreams to and why?

    The Five Love Languages comes to mind, when I think about other books to compare this to. Both are great books. This one just goes into more detail, especially about looks and being interested in what women find interesting. If you take the advice from both books together, and practice it you could have even better results.


    What about Brian Tracy’s performance did you like?

    His tone of voice and his use of humor was awesome.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Make her feel special.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (669)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Mai Kasahara"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in three words, what would they be?

    mind bending philosophy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

    Kumiko's disapperance


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mr Honda yelling.


    If you could take any character from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kumiko, because she sounds interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate the character of Mai Kasahara. She's so annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Excerpt: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Behind the Scenes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn, Betsy Mitchell (editor)
    • Narrated By Timothy Zahn, Betsy Mitchell
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (371)

    Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: Behind the Scenes is a special recording that features new commentary by author Timothy Zahn and editor Betsy Mitchell, written for the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire, read by Zahn and Mitchell. Included here is audio from that new unabridged recording to enhance their comments.

    Asta says: "When a Sample Works"
    "Great insight in the commentary!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Free Excerpt: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Behind the Scenes?

    The commentary was masterful and made since. The narrators performance was nearly flawless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand admiral Thran was my favorite character. I like the way that Timothy Zahn portrayed him, and the fact that he had a command throne.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Zahn and Betsy Mitchell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to their other performances. However, I look forward to hearing some of them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Star Wars: Episode 7 Heir to the Empire


    Any additional comments?

    Will the other two books in the trilogy ever be released in unabridged audio? I sincerely hope so.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­ - an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

    Philip says: "The Bourne Inanity"
    "Good listen if you're a fan of the bourne series"
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    Where does Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was predictable.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Sowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. So, I have nothing to compare it to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good performance saved a mediocre story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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