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Zachary Bechtle

Cincinnati, OH USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I saw this movie first, then read the book. The book has enough plot differences - to go along with the excellent attention to detail - to make this a nice complement if you've seen the movie. While it is missing a bit of heart at times, the journey of the protagonist is captivating (as are the descriptions of Italy). Lacking the real innovation to be worthy of 5 stars, this solid and enjoyable novel met my expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28411)
    Performance
    (22138)
    Story
    (22361)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Slightly disappointing"
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    While I love the trilogy in full, it must be said that this is the weakest of the three. The plot description gets fractured by the end and the resolution is poor considering what came before it. A necessary read if you loved the first two, but a somewhat weak conclusion to the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30650)
    Performance
    (23698)
    Story
    (23886)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Well done and very enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While lacking a bit of the freshness of book one, it is still a worthy companion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18443)
    Performance
    (8586)
    Story
    (8628)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Flawless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Addictive series. A true gift. These books stick with you long after you're done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35986)
    Performance
    (26983)
    Story
    (27368)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Creative and perfectly executed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The freshness that this novel brings is incredible. Only complaint was that the narration was a bit forced, but still enjoyable. This series is a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Sallis
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Drive is the story of a man who works as a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. He drives, that's all - until he's double-crossed.

    Mark says: "A little confusing but good"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Painful to get through. The narration is brutal. Drive is such an excellent movie I hoped the subject matter would have been at least comparable. Skip this

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1319)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "Great book, flawless narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Will Patton delivers (pun intended) a riveting narration. The prose itself is refreshingly sparse and intense. I was enthralled throughout

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (610)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "I hope I can remember all this when I have kids!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Bringing Up Bebe?

    I really enjoyed how open and honest Pamela was about her experiences in France. While there were some things about French culture versus American culture that I wasn't surprised about (i.e. food), other aspects were new to me, and it was really interesting to hear how the French raise their kids so differently.


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

    The one thing that I want to take with me after listening to this book is how to get your newborn to "do his/her nights." But there are so many little tidbits that I take away from this book it is hard to choose just one!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (405)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "Completely Misleading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like romance novels


    What could Madeline Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Advertised the book accurately. It is pitched as a story between friends who go to war, not a romance novel between dudes (which is what it is)


    What three words best describe Frazer Douglas’s performance?

    Nuanced but breathy


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The prose style was eloquent, and her ability to delve into the psyche of the characters was admirable.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing. My first negative review on audible

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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