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Pinetop, AZ, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 3 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 396 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Good for pondering, not entertaining"

    The premise for the story is good but it is just so long and tedious so that the book is anticlimactic and a letdown. It is a glimpse of a future society that makes one wonder if we are on the slippery slope (similar, as I recall to "1984" when I read it 35 years ago). But the characters are maddening since they seem intelligent and bold but it never occurs to them to question authority. Although I understand the topic is serious in nature, couldn't there have been even one amusing anecdote in the nearly 10-hour story? The book is worthwhile if you like to ponder or discuss our society and the direction it could be taking, but its not an entertaining "read."

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Compelling, a great story"

    Classic Follett, who describes settings in a way that makes you feel like you're living it and develops characters so you feel like they are your own friends, enemies or relatives. This is a compelling story that never seemed long and made me want to take road trips just to listen. It is my #2 favorite of the 32 audiobooks I've listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Dork

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Frank Portman
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe

    Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it.

    Norman says: "Good but raunchy"
    "A blast"

    This book was a blast! A fun look at adolescent and high school society from the perspective of a high school student as he moves through the trials, tribulations and discoveries of adolescence, with a sarcastic, tounge-in-cheek analysis of various family and peer events and relationships. I was ready to give the book to my high-school son, which it seemed to describe almost perfectly, until I came to the casual sex. Nonetheless it was a fun, entertaining "read" that as a former high school nerd myself I could relate to and laugh at. Listen to this one when you need to relax and laugh a bit. Both my wife and I found ourselves laughing out loud, and continue to make references and share favorite anecdotes of the book with each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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