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Paul

Van Nuys, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 296 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6208)
    Performance
    (5376)
    Story
    (5369)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Wonderful listen!"
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    One of the finest listens I've had in the past three years. Great reader, story; makes me want to visit Italy now! Also made me look up info on Richard Burton!!! What a character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3785)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3402)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Moriarty at her BEST."
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    I have been a Liane Moriarty fan for a while now, but Husband's Secret is a gem of a book, and Caroline Lee should read every book Moriarty writes. That combination is a keeper.

    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
    (18758)
    Performance
    (16964)
    Story
    (17102)

    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."
    "Please NO SEQUEL!!!"
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    I'd give this contrived piece of trash a half point if I could. It's awful...trite...poorly written...weak premise...poorly read...and an embarrassment to writers. Don't buy this one and, whatever you do, don't even consider a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (953)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Classic Erdich"
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    This is a Native American story that should be read and heard by every American. It truly tells the story of the plight of their journey, now and then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13443)
    Performance
    (9286)
    Story
    (9344)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Must Read, Must Listen, Must Know this MAN!"
    Overall

    As a teacher of English for the past nineteen years, I do, in fact, know what great literature is. Perhaps this will never achieve the status of 'great literature', but it is a book that EVERYONE should read or listen to. Few stories could rival this one for inspiration. The fact that this man, Louis Zamperini still walks among us is a true testament to his strength, character, valor, and resilience. Hillenbrand does a good job constructing a story that keeps the listener engaged and Hermann does an outstanding job carrying us along Zamperini's arc of an incredible journey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (671)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Average Writing...Poor Narration!"
    Overall

    Dean Koontz pulled out the Thesaurus for this one, and Dick Hill should NEVER, NEVER read women's or children's parts. Horrendous!!! Good idea for Koontz, but I think he loves to think of himself as a ‘writer’, and it’s SO OBVIOUS. Tacky writing, poor word choice for experienced writer; could have been done in half the pages! Dick Hill, it’s time to retire, or start reading some good Jewish literature by Phillip Roth!! ‘3’ for the text and ‘1’ for the narration!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Brother Bore"
    Overall

    What started as a wonderful book gets bogged down with the Nicole saga. Told in recollection with a BORING, droll, and monotonous tone, it drags the story down, down, down. Five stars for the beginning, none for end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (232)

    Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend's tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash. "Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she's gone."

    Dawn says: "Dawn"
    "Ran out of steam!"
    Overall

    Good setup but poor execution. Don't waste my time setting up a great killer and then bump him off with apparent ease. Don't setup a great hero's secret background and then disappoint me with a simple Medal of Honor story. Don't set me up with a potential romance and then leave me cold in a southern California setting that gets far too much rain. I, for one, was disappointed in this Koontz read!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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