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Jason G. Taylor

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Flowery Branch, GA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (162)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Random, but fun collection of stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only to those not easily offended by profanity.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book is a collection of short stories, so there wasn't a grand finale.


    What does Dick Cavett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick has a gruff voice that takes a little bit of time to start to enjoy -- however, he voice does grow on you. The reading has background sound effect and intro music -- which does help add to the performance.


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

    Each of the stories had their own charms. The famous "leg lamp" story and the "Easter ham" are my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories are just a random collection of short recollections that have very little to do with Christmas, with the exception of the BB-gun story. I actually like the movie better -- it somehow takes most of these stories and puts them in a related order leading up to the climax of the BB-gun story finale. Also, the movie is family friendly -- but this book is laced with plenty of profanity.

    0 of 0 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
    (9502)
    Performance
    (9037)
    Story
    (9053)

    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"
    "Great story, super performance, lots of profanity"
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    The story is an excellent science fiction story set in the near future during humanity's third mission to Mars gets hit by a sandstorm and somehow someone is left behind. The story opens as that person realizes how "effed" he is. As you can imaging, there is a significant amount of profanity involved. It's kinda hard to not cuss up a storm when you have been stranded several million miles from Earth unsure if anyone even knows you are still alive (for now). So, yeah -- on a scale of 1-10 for family friendliness, it's in the negative 2 range.

    I really like the twisted, ironic, and sarcastic sense of humor the main characters has -- it's the sorta screwed up personality I can relate to. The "hey, look, Mars is trying to %#$%ing kill me again" sorta thing. The narrator pulls this off perfectly. The non-American accents not so great, but that's a relatively small part of the book.

    Oh yeah, did I mention the $%#$ profanity. Get some really @#$@# nice headphones for this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (791)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Good story about the mafia.. I mean "church.""
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    Astonishing story about Jenna's experience and escape from Scientology. I've always been told Scientology was a cult, but I never imagined how off the scale it is. I can't imagine the experiences Jenna had were true -- they all seem so outlandish. Based on some of Jenna's experiences, I could have mistaken this as account of being in the mafia. This is must read and highly recommend it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (1885)
    Story
    (1903)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Very solid classic sci-fi story"
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    Excellent classic sci-fi and it is difficult to tell it was translated from Polish -- it sounds like it was originally written in English (with the exception of some Polish sounding names). I would certainly recommend this book to anyone into sci-fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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