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Starvin' Dan

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  • Obsessed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Stephen Friedman is just inches away from everything he could ever desire. It's Los Angeles in the early 70s, and Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real-estate wheeler dealer. He's making money hand-over-fist and has long given up hope of finding the family he's lost in worn-torn Poland. But when a deceased woman's papers reveal that she possessed a priceless religious relic, and that she may have been his mother, Stephen becomes hungry for answers. A hunger that may kill him.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful except ..."
    "So horrendous I had to review it..."
    Overall

    I was hoping to be surprised by an author I've never read before. The first few chapters actually held some promise, but as the book progressed the sickly plot was made weaker by the shallow, sadly stated stereotypical characters.

    Briefly, the book is a jewish Da Vinci Code with a touch of 1940's nazism taking place during the 1970's complete with "Bohemians" and groovy hippies. After the first half of the book I kept hoping the end was near, but alas, it kept going.

    I was equally unimpressed with the narrator, although I must admit he didn't have much to work with.

    Save your book credits and your money for something/anything else but this. It was so horrendous I was forced to write my first review.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (805)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "3 hours was all I could take"
    Overall

    After enjoying several of the author's other books I was looking forward to this series. I was surprised the sample audio only consisted of the author's introduction - now I know why. The book is boring, difficult to follow, and the narration makes it even worse. After 8 years I've finally found the one book not worth a single credit. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a single positive thing to say about this book.

    If you're looking for an interesting book of historical fiction, try New York: The Novel or Matterhorn.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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