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Drunken Dyslexic

I read with my ears...

Phoenix, AZ, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (536)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "Telling it like it is..."
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    Any additional comments?

    It's pretty much like listening to Penn's Sunday School podcast. If you are a fan of Penn or Penn&Teller you are going to enjoy this book. Oh, and it will help if you are a hardcore atheist and skeptic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now.... A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.

    coreybeth says: "Run, catch, torture, repeat puhleeezz"
    "What Kind of Sick F&%#..."
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    What did you love best about Afraid?

    So I told my girlfriend to recommend a book that would "shock me"; a book that would make me think "what kind of sick f&%# would come up with something so disturbing?!"

    Well I didn't have that exact reaction from Afraid. One theory is because maybe I'm already some kind of sick f&%# myself. :) That's actually a pretty solid theory...

    With that said, what I will say is that I discovered a really creative and gripping story. Yes, there is some serious gore, but the author only gives enough detail about those situations to allow your imagination to take it to the next sick level. He doesn't dwell on those details and that keeps the story moving at a great pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1412)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "First 9 Hours 2 Stars - Last 9 Hours 5 Stars"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    "Time" is the key for me when it comes to this book. It's the closest I've come to giving up on a book at about the half-way point because very little was happening. The book starts VERY strong and that hooked me, but it faded fast until the second half. Many times I found my mind drifting from the story and when I snapped back after who knows how long I found I hadn't missed anything important. That was the majority of the first half of the book for me. The book was highly recommended by a person I trust and that's pretty much the only thing that kept me going hoping it would get more interesting... and it DID.

    I am glad I waited, but I was a little soured that I had to wait so long for what I felt was the story to actually begin. The second half of the book kept me gripped and interested to the end and I enjoyed it very much.

    Regardless of the first half, I do recommend Wool. I would suggest keeping your expectations low for action and interest until you get into the second half. I wish I could say skip the first half, but there are key elements you need for the second half to work. Maybe listen to it at double speed?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7091)
    Performance
    (6745)
    Story
    (6757)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "If Castaway and Apollo 13 had a Baby..."
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    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    I have to confess, I stole that comparison of Castaway and Apollo 13 from another reviewer, but I couldn't think of anything more accurate than that description. Castaway for the seclusion and abandonment of the main character's situation; and Apollo 13 for the sheer intelligence and creative problem solving using real-world (Earth AND Mars) science, physics and common sense.

    Maybe I would compare a touch of the Big Lebowski for the F-bombs throughout the story... Which I also appreciated and felt they were well placed.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was absolutely brilliant - Period. He portrayed the main character perfectly and brought the emotion and humor to the forefront. He did a great job with all the characters making it easy to follow conversations between them.

    I seem find some joy in picking out at least one petty criticism for a narrator so here it is. One of the characters who I believe is supposed to have an Eastern Indian accent turned out sounding like a big American Indian Chief. So much so for me I just imagined the character as that Chief and it worked for me. You will know exactly what I mean when you hear it.


    Any additional comments?

    If we had manned space missions to Mars today, this is the kind of story so well written and thought out it could be told as "based on a true story". That's how realistic it was.

    Dig hard enough and you might find a few flaws, but they are so few and so insignificant it won't matter. You also don't need to be a PhD to follow the physics and science of the problem solving skills - Especially as an audio book! That's my biggest appreciation for listening to this book in lieu of reading it. If I had to read it, I would have been compelled to slow down, reread and try to understand every sentence so I didn't miss anything... it would have put me to sleep. Listening to it kept the pace moving perfectly and frankly, you don't need to understand every nuance of the math. Nothing is lost in the story.

    By the end of this story you are going to be more intelligent, like it or not. You are going to learn things about Mars you never new - Real things. You are also going to learn some science - Real and fascinating science. Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1756)
    Story
    (1757)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Respect the Ladies..."
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    Okay, all the characters in this story are pretty hardcore, but (without giving anything away) most of the ladies in this story are truly bad-ass. What is it about smart, powerful women with authority that does it for me?

    Imaginative, creative, fantastical, unpredictable and gripping. Those are qualities in a story that keep me interested and The Rook had them all. I highly recommend this book.The narrator overall did a good job and by no means would I dissuade you from this story by the few and fairly petty criticisms I have with the narration. You will notice early in the story she has a peculiar way of ending a sentence. Not sure how to describe it, but you will hear it. If you can get used to that (like I did), then you will be fine. The next issue I have is that she blasts through the witty jokes without any inflection to let you know a joke has just come and gone. It's difficult to recognize sarcasm without inflection. The humor is classically British, dry and clever which I love, but she reads it in a manner that makes it difficult to recognize when the character is being sarcastic or humorous. The only other thing was that her American accent for a character made me wince a little (I know, petty).

    There are enough unforeseen and imaginative twists in the story that keep your attention and make you happy you can't guess the next move. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next- "Well, she is clearly going to need to..." POW! Twist... Woah... Cool... Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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