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Sam

BUTLER, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11536)
    Performance
    (10482)
    Story
    (10504)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Horribly overrated."
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    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the idea of a book which took cues from the series Lost, at least in terms of setting up suspense and intriguing the audience.


    Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    It was well executed. No complaints.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was immensely disappointed by this book. Weightless and boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sparrow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (430)

    Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

    Yvette Flores says: "Far fetched book but good summer listen."
    "A fresh and exciting "First Contact" novel."
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    Where does The Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, for sure. It was very original, and among the best sci-fi I've experienced. SO much literary value here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (487)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Inspiring. Mr. Churchill will become your hero."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Lion the most enjoyable?

    The book is written in very elegant prose which is at the same time easily digestible and entertaining. The pacing is superb.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Winston and I both struggled with similar difficulties throughout childhood. That he overcame his is great inspiration to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dubious Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    This 1936 novel—set in the California apple country—portrays a strike by migrant workers that metamorphoses from principled defiance into blind fanaticism.

    jaye says: "selfless attempts to get decent wages for working."
    "Narration was okay. Not Steinbeck's best book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Certainly. The novel is a good one, but perhaps a little pedantic in its unsubtle social commentary. Just not Steinbeck's best novel, really.


    Did Tom Stechschulte do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sure. He did fine.


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

    Probably. I imagine that, if well cast, this could make a charming motion picture.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Frederik Pohl was on a streak when this Hugo Award-finalist novel was published in 1980. Now back in print after an absence of nearly a decade, this unique science fiction novel is as fresh and entertaining as ever. The story begins when the hero of Gateway finances an expedition to a distant alien spaceship that may end famine forever. On the ship, the explorers find a human boy, and evidence that reveals a powerful alien civilization is thriving on a transport ship headed right for Earth....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "SHE SURPRIZES ME MOST WHEN I LEAST EXPECT IT"
    "A slightly disappointing continuation."
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    What did you like best about Beyond the Blue Event Horizon? What did you like least?

    While the Hee-chee story line is a great one, this book seems to have been written as a means to an end; it is an underwhelming and anti-climactic bridge between the first and third novels in this series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have preferred a more satisfying ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to give it away, but the "prayer fans" revelation was interesting.


    Did Beyond the Blue Event Horizon inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to avoid further sequels, unfortunately.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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