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Mark

Plano, Texas | Member Since 2005

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  • Pyramids: Discworld #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (330)

    It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

    Pam says: "Almost perfect"
    "Terry Pratchett is hilarious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All of the disk world stories are fun. I liked the additional insight into the assasin's guild. I would love to have a list of all the character's names in the disk world... I think this had a little bit better love story then most... Not that that is critical to the story,but it adds additional depth. As i am writing this review, I can' remember a lot of the details of the story,but I remember liking it... That may give you some insight into what kind of story this is. Fun interesting fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (569)

    After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?

    G. House Sr. says: "building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!"
    "It's just slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I want to like these books, and they are pretty good, but they are just so darn slow. I guess, since Nicholas Flammel is mentioned in Harry Potter, I thought these books would be almost as good. They are not. I like all the mythical references, and I especially like the Reference to Musashi Myomoto in this book, but just because the author chooses interesting characters, doesn't mean the story is not important. I want to finish the series, but honestly it seems to drag on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

    Mary says: "Science, science, and more (fascinating) science."
    "This changed the way I look at food!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The information in this book was completely new to me. The things that we take for granted about food are not true (or at least unproven). This book was an exhaustive look at food and health, in particular the diseases of civilization. Very interesting stuff, but it is exhausting to listen to. The amount I learned made up for the excessive explanation and evidence... On the other hand i am not sure I would have been convinced with less evidence.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1116)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Excellent background and awesome narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    The story was consistent with everything I know about star wars, and the narrators voice was just short of James earl jones himself...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    I don't want to give away any of the story,but it was good all the way through


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

    I listen to this on my way to work. It took a little over a week


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Rat: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jimmy Breslin
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Jimmy Breslin can sniff out a story like he can sniff out a rat. Here, he tells a lifetime of anecdotes in his inimitable New York voice, giving us a view through the keyhole of the people and places that define the Mafia: characters like Sammy the Bull, the original snitch; Gaspipe Casso, named for his weapon of choice; and hangouts like Pep McGuire's, the legendary watering hole where reporters and gangsters (all hailing from the same working-class neighborhoods) rubbed elbows and traded stories.

    Brian says: "Not so good of a rat"
    "Interestin Topic"
    Overall

    I am extremely interested in Mafia stories. I have a feeling the actual book would have made more sense with page breaks and punctuation, but as it sounds it was a tribute to ADD. The story was all over the place. It had some cohesion with the Burton Kaplan story, but honestly, the lack of organization made it less enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Samurai

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    17th Century Europe, the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe, travel to Rome on a diplomatic mission. All are baptised, but upon returning to Japan they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The Samurai who have until now reviled their adoptive religion, begin to find it may be all that is left for them. The events in the story actually took place.

    Michael says: "Well Written History Novel"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    This was an interesting view of a part of history I knew very little about. I was surprised by the religious theme running throughout until I read moreabout Mr. Endo. To be honest, the book was a little slow and lacked action. I am sure someone would argue that the glimpse into Japanese culture and the realness was amazing, but I found my interest waning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.

    William says: "The author fails the objectivity test"
    "Not very good or thought provoking"
    Overall

    I was looking for some insight into mob history in the United States. This book has some of that, but it was so biased towards Anthony Casso it was ridiculous. It got to the point where I thought the author had some sort man-crush on this guy. The narrator was fine, but I would not recommend this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Good Book: Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Plotz
    • Narrated By David Plotz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    Good Book is what happens when a regular guy actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world's most important work of literature.

    Ron says: "Rollicking trip through the Old Testament"
    "Good Background and thought provoking"
    Overall

    I have never read the bible all the way through either. I was raised going to church every Sunday and most Wednesdays too. I really found it fascinating what was in the Bible vs. the digested stories I was taught.

    I wish someone would look at the new testament the same way.

    I would definitely recommend this book, unless you are easily offended by an analytical book at the bible.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "A little slow and overly dramatic"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the use of multiple voices. It made following the story (and who was telling it) very easy.

    Dracula is a very fun topic to read about as well. I learned a little about eastern Europe and a little about the medieval period.

    As I was listening to the story I found it repetative and a little overly dramatic with the music, pregnant pauses and the hit-you-over-the-head foreshadowing. I wouldn't say the book was bad, but there are other books I would recommend over this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    Mark says: "Maybe the first 3 were enough"
    "Maybe the first 3 were enough"
    Overall

    This story was OK. It was in the same vein as the original Bourne stories, but it lacks the heart and compelling mystery.

    If I owned the rights to the Bourne franchise, I guess I would write more books as well, but honestly, this book was just OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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