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Andy Spooner

Loveland, OH | Member Since 2001

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  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Crime thriller"
    Overall

    Proves that just because you know how it all ends up, a story can't be suspenseful. If you are interested in American history and generally enjoy police procedural stories, you will enjoy this book. Read by the author, which in this case is a good thing.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2355)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1528)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Medical history, biology, and some myth debunking"
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    What did you love best about The Emperor of All Maladies?

    I like history, particularly medical history, so this was a great book for me. There is a lot of detail here, but it is written in a very accessible style.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Hoye is a spectacular reader. I discovered him in some Carl Hiassen books where his pleasant voice, crisp delivery, and excellent character rendition made those books come alive. The only issue with this book is that he needed better advice on pronouncing medical terms. There are a LOT of medical terms in this book, so maybe I should not be so critical, but if you have any clinical background at all you will find yourself rewinding to figure out what was meant with a novel pronunciation of a common medical term.


    Any additional comments?

    Mukherjee is an excellent writer; I will be looking for more books from him. He gets a star off because he falls victim to a number of common, incorrect word usages. For example, he likes the word "enormity" and appears to want to use it to mean magnitude. This is confusing to me, since enormity usually means something that is really evil. So referring to the "enormity" of a cancer remission does not make much sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1188)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Outstanding as Usual from Muller"
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    If you could sum up The Prince of Tides in three words, what would they be?

    Musical Southern Story


    What other book might you compare The Prince of Tides to and why?

    It's like a lot of other southern literature that emphasizes the frailty and strength of the family


    Any additional comments?

    The world lost a great artist when Frank Muller died. I could listen to his reading all day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11507)
    Performance
    (7487)
    Story
    (7522)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Impossible to stop listening to"
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    Riveting story, excellent narrator. If you are interested in other compelling stories about the Pacific Theatre of World War II, try With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, by Eugene Sledge. The latter was the main source material for the TV series The Pacific, a companion piece to Band of Brothers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11346)
    Performance
    (9821)
    Story
    (9793)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Compelling--if cursory--story, but the narration.."
    Overall
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    The narrator was fine, but there were regular pronunciation problems. When Jobs is diagnosed with an islet (pronounced EYE-let) cell tumor, he says IZZ-let. Huh? When he mentions Mac OS X, he says "mac oh ess eks," rather than the "oh ess ten" that Jobs himself used (and that any Mac will use if you ask it to speak that phrase). Then there's "robutt." The narrator speaks of "robutts" instead of robots. Distracting. Regardless, the narration is crisp and generally easy to listen to. Fortunately, the story is very engaging, especially if you grew up during the PC revolution. About the worst I could say about the story is that I was left wanting for more detail.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3823)
    Performance
    (3115)
    Story
    (3078)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Pretty good tale, following the Grisham format"
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    In retrospect I would have rather re-listened to The Client or The Firm. But if you like the standard Grisham approach (young lawyer against all odds, with lots of "Inside Baseball" lawyering info) then this will work for you. Narrator was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2600)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2417)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Enjoyable bio"
    Overall
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    Add this to the list of enjoyable, quasi-autobiographical works by comedians like Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Samantha Bee, and Ellen DeGeneres. Not as laugh-out-loud humorous (like Bee's or Fey's) but more genuinely autobiographical like Martin's. Any fan of the Office or modern humor in general would get a kick out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17604)
    Performance
    (15653)
    Story
    (15605)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Terrific narration to a great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Craig Wasson does a masterful job of reading, as usual. This book required a wide variety of accents and even some impersonations of public figures (Kennedy, Cronkite) and he pulls it off expertly. His usual well-timed injection of emotion into the text made the story come alive. The story itself has the time-travel element, with a twist I had not heard before, but the best part of the story is the romantic story line. The book has a satisfying connection to King's novel "It," but it's not necessary to have read any other King to enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1037)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Craig Wasson is incredible!"
    Overall
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    All 4 stories are enjoyable, but Craig Wasson's rendition of "1922" blew me away. I've never heard a reader handle a tale in quite that way. He has an unusual, but gripping emotional emphasis that would probably keep you engaged if he were reading the phone book aloud. Add this vocal talent to a good thriller, and it's amazing!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1080)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "Quintessential thriller"
    Overall

    Fast-paced and still fresh 30 years after publication. Excellent narration.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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