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Parola138

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United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 92 reviews
  • 114 ratings
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  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Following the best-selling triumph of Kafka on the Shore ("daringly original," wrote Steven Moore in The Washington Post's Book World, "and compulsively readable") comes a collection that generously expresses Murakami's mastery. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

    Michael says: "Wonderfully Weird"
    "Murakami"
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    It is now fashionable to like Murakami, but really, he does not write many stories that have a point. He writes things that are weird, or cool sounding but that do not tie up in any way. Pretend you are a writer and you went about your day and then wrote about the things you'd experienced, but without a theme or point. These are the basic necessities of western writing, so many people forgive him these trespasses because he is Japanese. With that being said, I accept this as Murakami's way and found these stories about half interesting and half dull. Don't expect the stories to mean anything. It's like finding something cool-looking at the thrift store that doesn't really serve any purpose than as something unique to look at.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mort(e): A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Repino
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)'s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend - a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony.

    Anthony says: "A very mastercheaf (halo) like voice."
    "I hate cats"
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    I hate cats and cannot really defend why I purchased this audiobook. I think I was tired of my usual genres and just needed something outside the box. What I consider a good book is one that gets the point across without just enough emotion and description as not to waste my time. I do not do well with the Margaret Atwood type books, but I am a lover of Hemingway. Short, to the point. Done.
    This book is very well-written in that respect. So much of it feels like just the right mix of emotion, description and characterization. The plot is intriguing enough, but really its the characters you follow into the chaos. I highly recommend it not just for that, but also because the narration is superb. This guy should narrate every audiobook ever made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3936)
    Performance
    (2293)
    Story
    (2301)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Needs some immodium"
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    Though of completely different styles and substances, Tana French reminds me of Stephen King when he was in his prime. You'd read four or five books and wonder how one person could spew forth so much talent without any of it repeating. Tana French has a diarrhea of talent. These books of hers are not really that unpredictable. She's not trying to be gimmicky and Sixth Sense you to death. The devil is in the details, the characters... more than anything, the hard choices. Loved this book as I did all the others prior. She is a unique, talented writer that isn't gaining readers because some loser on tv preached to the masses that her book is the new 'it' book like Twilight. No, she's selling books based on raw talent and masterful storytelling. I applaud her and I cherish these works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2029)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1825)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "great narration"
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    I had trouble connecting with this book, but I pressed on with it anyway. The positives are that it is very well-written, very detailed in regards to WWII aircraft and information (Which I enjoyed). But I just didn't like the story and I don't think it's such a superb book to have all these ews and awes about it. Women would probably get more out of it than men. I say that because there is a lot of emotion tied to it whereas other war books like Hemingway, etc. forego all the touchy feely bits.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gary Webb
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (200)

    In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Mystery Reader says: "Fascinating and complicated story"
    "an easy 5 star"
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    5 stars for the perfect narration. 5 stars for the compelling, deep-digging investigative work. This book blew my mind to put it lightly. The only con about it is that dozens of Hispanic names are thrown at you that you'll most likely forget and mix up save for the few key players. If you ever wondered why everyone in modern America was on crack in the 90's, well, this will pretty much answer it for you. And you'll also find out what happens to your stolen cars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2683)
    Performance
    (2309)
    Story
    (2297)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Surprised me"
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    The hard part about writing reviews is that you write them in hindsight, after you've finished the book, to influence people who have not yet read the book. I would not want to turn anyone away from this book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading and I reached a part where I really thought it was pretty dumb. Then the book turned on me and renewed my faith in Tana French's ability as a writer. She truly does handle her craft rather well and I'm learning to go the distance with her and trust she'll carry the story through handsomely until the end. The narration on this was very good. I felt he handled the female voices well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Ransom's Diary: Andersonville

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Ransom
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville.

    John says: "John Ransom's Diary - A Great Listen"
    "I expected less"
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    I didn't expect much from this, being that it's so old. I also expected it to be written in an overly-verbose way. I was wrong on all counts. It's very blunt and to the point. No lollygagging. It really puts you in the stockade with the prisoners. I'm sure not all of it is true, because obviouslly you wouldn't write a diary about escaping from prison while you're in prison, but it's a good book. Not boring at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop the Coming Civil War: My Savage Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Barry Baer
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    According to Michael Savage, our nation is in real trouble and the seeds of a second conflagration have been sown. Not between the states - but between true patriots who believe in our nation's founding principles and those he believes are working every day to undermine them and change the very nature of the country. Not a war of bullets and blood - but one of commitment to freedom and courage of conviction. Michael Savage is convinced that we face more than just political differences now.

    Tough Customer says: "Shocking and riveting indictment of our leaders"
    "Good naration, scary story"
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    I think the narrator does a pretty good job with this book. For the first hour, I thought it was kind of dry and boring or that it wasn't any different from listening to the radio show. then it picked up and to tell you the truth, it's scarier than anything Stephen King can write. The radio show is kind of a freestyle that bounces off callers, but this is more like a log of a lot of things going wrong in this country that you either forgot about or didn't know the depth of. It's not a perfect book. There are some things I disagree with, but it is worth reading so that you might cherry-pick your own ideas out of it. Overall, I felt it was a pretty sober-minded account if you want to grasp how and why our country has become so neutered. Lets all hope there truly is never another civil war.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3720)
    Performance
    (3365)
    Story
    (3393)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Only read this if you're into chick lit"
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    I know nothing about the TV show, but this was on sale and I thought I'd give it an open-minded try. Within the first half hour, I could tell this was chick lit through and through by the tone and content of it. A bored chick with nothing else going on in her life, so she starts hustling drug money internationally. I endured for 4 chapters, then deleted it. I think a female audience might be able to suspend disbelief and handle the tone of the book better, but I wouldn't recommend it to men to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1209)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "An Average McKinty book"
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    McKinty's series books are great. Some of the best you can read. I was hugely disappointed with this and gave up on it with about 40 minutes left to go. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't compelling. Couldn't get attached to any of the characters. It wasn't fun. I do, however, recommend Hidden River which blew me away and is in my opinion his best book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (323)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "awesome stand-alone"
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    I read all of McKinty's series books. Then I started in on the stand-alone books (50 Grand, Hidden River, Falling Glass and The Sun is God). Really, really felt like Falling Glass was forced and boring. Didn't like Sun is God. Same thing- it didn't have that kick to it like the other books. Well, I decided to give Hidden River a shot and I'm glad I did. This one has all the good moves like the Duffy and Forsythe books. You can burn right through this book because of how well it flows. And for fun, you must pay attention at the 2 hour, 43 minute mark to hear Gerard Doyle royally muck up a black taxi driver's voice. Sounds like a big fat cookie monster. Hilarious. Otherwise, Doyle is perfect. I almost feel that Gerard Doyle is Robin to McKinty's Batman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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