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Cindy

Tucson, AZ, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sam Sheridan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....

    Bradley says: "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A little overblown, but interesting. I thought it was worth the time. I would suggest previewing the narrator (if you dont usually) to make sure he's not a little over-the-top for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Whale Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    For two months, journalist Peter Heller rode aboard the vegan pirate ship Farley Mowat as it stalked its prey, a Japanese whaling fleet, through the storms and ice of Antarctica. The ship is black, flies under a jolly roger, and carries members of the Sea Shepherd Society, a radical environmental group who are willing to die to stop illegal whale hunting.

    Eric Taylor says: "A book everyone needs to read!"
    "Excellent book, monotonous reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Whale Warriors again? Why?

    Excellent, lively story about a thought-provoking topic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Boles’s performances?

    No, he's a terrible reader. Sounds almost computer-generated.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (858)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Must read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the very best of the recent disaster novels. Don't miss it if you like the genre at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6012)
    Performance
    (5293)
    Story
    (5339)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Showing it's age"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This edition was supposedly edited years later to "update the cultural references," but they're so tied up with the plotline that its a futile effort. A college age girl circa 1989 whose mother gets 50's style unhinged over a pregnancy?... A "deaf mute" who got kicked out of orphanage and travels the country by foot.??... I couldnt listen past download of 2nd part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (547)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Soapbox for a complainer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Until Tuesday?

    I was expecting a book about a service dog, and instead got a list of complaints against the government, his family, and anybody else the author can think of. Even where he has legitimate complaints, his whining tone almost makes you disagree with him.

    He also treats the dog as a pet, which the trainers told him not to do. But Tuesday is just an incidental character in this book, unfortunately.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I wanted to buy The Road House, but was irritated by the wooden-sounding narrator. Not sure what I'll get instead.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like it when authors read their own books. Even though this one is not very likeable, he read it well.


    What character would you cut from Until Tuesday?

    The narrator's gripes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Deception: The Untold Story of Asbestos - Why It Is Still Legal and Still Killing Us

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Bowker
    • Narrated By John Slattery, with an introduction by Michael Bow
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    At first glance, the events in this book may seem equal parts science fiction and legal thriller. Unfortunately, this is a true story of blinding greed, cruel deceit, unfortunate circumstance, and powerful human tragedy. It has villains and heroes, but it does not yet have a good ending. It is the story of asbestos in America.

    Cindy says: "a stilted reading of a preachy book"
    "a stilted reading of a preachy book"
    Overall

    The author remarks at one point that this issue needs a book like Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action. Maybe so; this isn't the book.

    The Erin Brockovich movie and the Harr book work well mainly because of their character development and the people they portray. To be fair, this reading of Fatal Deception is an abridgement (which I didn't realize until it was too late), but Michael Bowker's characters are one-dimensional, and he doesn't appear to care about any of them very much. Bowker spends too much time pontificating and editorializing, and too little explaining the scientific or human aspects of his story.

    Parenthetically, I thought it was interesting that the same company, W.R. Grace, figures in both this book and A Civil Action, and even though Bowker refers to the other case, he doesn't mention the connection. I wonder if this was abridged out or if he had other reasons for omitting it.

    Finally, the reading couldn't be worse. Not only is it stiff and wooden, but John Slattery's grasp of the scientific and medical terminology is amateurish, including a quirky pronunciation of the word "asbestosis," which occurs dozens, if not hundreds, of times.

    I'd suggest buying a different book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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