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Marc

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SANTA FE, TEXAS, United States

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4141)
    Performance
    (3491)
    Story
    (3485)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "A fun read with enjoyable twists"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Narration was excellent! Really felt like th eprotaginist was telling the story.


    Would you recommend The Racketeer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. A fun read / listen that is entertaining without taking itself too serious.


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A colorful, personal telling of the tale.


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

    Yes, when Malcolm / Max first experiences the simple pleasures of freedom.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1184)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "A classic Paper Book is now a classic Audio Book"
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    Capote's genre defining work "In Cold Blood" is a must read for anyone interested in true crime, murder mysteries or detective stories.

    Brick's narration is a seminal example of the art.

    The two combine to make a brilliant audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5116)
    Performance
    (4716)
    Story
    (4725)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Neil Gaiman should keep his day job"
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    Neil's narration is amaturish and so terrible I could not listen to this book. Why author's insist on reading their own work without the skill required to do so astounds me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7247)
    Performance
    (6589)
    Story
    (6602)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Strong characters and fabulous narration"
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    An excellent "first" novel. Both Strike and his side kick Robin are colorful and believable. This is a classic detective story set in modern London that is entertaining and interesting.

    Glenister's narration is amongst the best I have ever heard. His expert chracterization and delivery made this book an absolute pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (212)

    In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who's more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Writer Falls a Little Short..."
    "Needs professional narration"
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    An excellent essay ruined as an audio book by amaturish narration. Mr. Klosterman should stick to writing and hire a narrator .....

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (634)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Mindless trite"
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    The book started well and had promise as a great spy thriller. Sadly 1/3 of the way through it became a religous fantasy novel. Which is OK, I suppose, if that is what you thought you purchased and were sitting down to read on a summer afternoon...

    Buyer beware.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1354)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Taking the slow train to no where...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is the first of two volumes (Blackout and All Clear). I made the mistake of downloading both before listening to the first. I soldiered through both and was deeply disapointed. Here is my review for All Clear, everything I said there applies here:This book seems like it was written for an adolescent or teenage audience - but regretfully does not deliver the goods - even for that audience.It is repetitive, boring and slow. The protagonists bumble around in the dark repeating errors and themes in a seemingly endless cycle. The characters never develop, showing neither common sense nor worldliness even though they are supposedly experienced time - travelling historians.There were no reasons (other than chasing dollars) to make this a two volume novel (Blackout and All Clear). In fact the obvious attempt to stretch this tale out into two books is what makes it so bad.the ingredients are there for a good story. It could have been a wonderful novel delivered in about 250 pages. Too bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    No


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1117)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Adolescent trite"
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    What disappointed you about All Clear?

    This book seems like it was written for an adolescent or teenage audience - but regretfully does not deliver the goods - even for that audience.It is repetitive, boring and slow. The protagonists bumble around in the dark repeating errors and themes in a seemingly endless cycle. The characters never develop, showing neither common sense nor worldliness even though they are supposedly experienced time - travelling historians.There were no reasons (other than chasing dollars) to make this a two volume (Blackout and All Clear). In fact the obvious attempt to stretch this tale out into two books is what makes it so bad.the ingredients are there for a good story. It could have been a wonderful novel delivered in about 250 pages. Too bad.


    Has All Clear turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the genre is great.


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

    The narration was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money and your time and do not buy these two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Lauren says: "Classic Wolfe"
    "Possibly a great book ruined by the narration"
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    What disappointed you about Back to Blood?

    The narration. The reader shouted at me, affected bad approximations of accents and ruined the book. I like reading because it invites my mind and imagination to fill in the blanks. A well narrated audio book allows space for the listener to enjoy and imagine. This reader left nothing.


    Would you recommend Back to Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. If this was someone's first audio book they would probably never listen to another again.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Pretty much anyone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3560)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1956)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Brilliant view of the future"
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    Where does The Windup Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality. The world and time was a creative and thoughtful extenstion of the modern timeline.


    Any additional comments?

    Firs class science fiction!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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