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Douglas

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  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (653)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "I can so Relate"
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    I have listened to this over 5 times now. There is always something you have missed before. Its my go to listen again when I am waiting on another credit for my account!
    Being a current Boy Scout leader and Having hiked the AT many times myself, I can so relate to this book. It encompasses just about every situation that you would run into on a hike. Its forays into facts about the AT is very informative as well...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21160)
    Performance
    (18975)
    Story
    (19040)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Really Enjoyed it!"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Oh I will after awhile to see if I can pick up on some things I might have missed before.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent build up right to the end! Then she sticks it to him in a way that make you remember..oh yeah... He did do this.. and she was able to use it against him in a way where he was trapped and could never get out! Great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9164)
    Performance
    (3571)
    Story
    (3610)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "It was a good follow up to the Pillars Novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to World Without End the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an excellent job of differentiating between characters. Always speaks in first person.. I hate the narrators that cant get by the she said they said he said of the narrative!! That always makes me disinterested in the hearing experience


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

    Ahhh, I'm on the last part of the book.. So I cant answer this yet ;-)


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always does an excellent job as stated above.


    If you could take any character from World Without End out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Not Ralph! Not Philemon either! Any of the rest I am sure would be an interesting conversation


    Any additional comments?

    Pillars of the earth was probably Ken's best book so far. This was a good exercise ina follow up to it, but did not even compare. It was a little tough going in the beginning until we got to some nail biting parts, but all in all its pretty drawn out between the gut wrenching adventures..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    "Something here really stinks to high heaven," writes Erich von Däniken. "In Twilight of the Gods," says von Däniken, "I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally.

    Chuck says: "So very logical it makes me shiver!"
    "Pause for thought!"
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    If you could sum up Twilight of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Pause for thought!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Eric logically put together his theories.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't


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

    Puma Pinchu


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't understand why the "intellectuals" in this world have to stick their heads in the sand and glibly look for solutions that fit their microcosmic Humans in a box theories. This evidence is as plain as the sun shines bright.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1308)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "A bit predictable"
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    Would you listen to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor again? Why?

    yes, it was a good story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    in the fight scenes yes, but the ending was quite predicable.


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

    He avoided the he said she said to the point you really felt that the characters were real


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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