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cjwheeler

I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving.

Member Since 2005

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  • Captain Alatriste

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Arturo Perez-Reverte
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional 17th-century Spanish soldier who, after being wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives the comparatively tame, though hardly quiet, life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Approached with an offer of work, Alatriste is told to go with another hired blade to an unfamiliar part of the city at midnight and wait.

    Adina R. Montgomery says: "Good story...reader could be better."
    "I enjoyed it."
    Overall

    This is the first book in a series and I found it to be fun and enjoyable. I have read and listened to other books by this author and have both like some and disliked others.

    I listened to this book and enjoyed it so much that I bought and read the other two books that have become available.

    The Captain Alatriste novels are not in-depth books but adventures that are quick and fun and I can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape From the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legenday Submarine and Her Courageous Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    In the harrowing war saga Escape from the Deep, he recounts the incredible exploits of the U.S. Navy's deadliest World War II submarine, U.S.S. Tang. From one end of the Pacific theater to the other - dodging mines and depth charges from hundreds of enemy vessels along the way - the 80 men of the Tang became legends.

    Thomas W. Merrick says: "Gripping Story of Survival from WW2 Submarine Sink"
    "Good Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book very much. Great story, well told. I enjoy WWII submarine books and this is a very good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Work Song

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    National Book Award finalist and Wallace Stegner Award winner Ivan Doig has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his vibrant, authentic tales of the American West. In Work Song he takes listeners to Butte, Montana, in 1919 for the tale of one charmer’s efforts to elude Chicago gangsters.

    cjwheeler says: "Very Good"
    "Very Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read the whistling season a few years back and really liked the book. I liked the writing/prose and the story. I have read a couple of other books Ivan Doig and liked one and hated the other( the eleventh Man ).

    Morie was a great character in the whistling season and he is brought back as the main character in this book. He steps off the train and into this book with all his wit, charm and brass knuckles. How could such an educated man be working in a mining town as a undertakers cryer? only Morris Morgan can.

    I thing Ivan Doig is a great story teller. He brought the city to life in my mine and it was if I could have been right there and felt the blast of dynamite under the boarding house. When I heard "Ignoramus, I am the librarian!" I knew that Ivan had Created another larger than life character in Samuel S. Sandison. Maybe he will write his story next

    I thought the Narrator did a great job. His voice was just right for the book. Good tone and inflection and no grandiose, over the top reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6288)
    Performance
    (5588)
    Story
    (5584)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "extraordinary book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot and premise of this book is great, well though out and very imaginative. The novel sucked me in and kept me around just like the visitors to the circus, I have become a Reveur.
    The sights, sounds and smells of the circus are so vivid I can still feel it all right now. Jim Dale weaves his own vocal magic into this book in the same way Celia and Marco do to the circus.
    I recommend this book to all. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Being Flynn: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nick Flynn
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a powerful narrative voice unlike any other, Being Flynn illuminates the hidden story of fathers and sons in America. Nick Flynn has written a remarkable testament to the enduring strength of one boy’s struggle for survival.

    Michael says: "Didn't finish."
    "Trash"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No redemptive value. Nothing to learn, just choppy, vular writing.
    Scott Brick does his normal narration, over emphasizing every sentence!!

    Save Your Credits

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (377)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Lisa S. says: "I gave up"
    "TERRIBLE"
    Overall

    SOPHOMORIC,CONTRIVED DRIVEL !!

    This book is so bad SOUTH OF BROAD I could not not finish it, not only SOUTH OF BROAD not finish it but not even get through part 1 SOUTH OF BROAD. That is how often those three words were spoken in this book.

    I have read a few of his other books and enjoyed them. He does have a reacurring theme to his books. The only thing that I did like in this book is his use of vocabulary words. I look up the definition of every word I don't know and there were 3-4 I had to look up in the couple hours I waisted on this book.

    I would give this book 0 stars if I could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gathering Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (252)

    Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
    "enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second book in a series of three. Each can stand on their own. If you intend on reading all three you should read the first two first, but it wouldn't matter which one first. The Giver (book 1), Gathering Blue (book 2), Messenger (book 3). Definitely read Messenger last.
    All the books are short and very interesting. She creates alternative societies in a different future. I thought this (gathering Blue) was the best of the three.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Piercing the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (226)

    Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe flees for her life. Her journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

    Penny says: "Disc one is over change to disc two........."
    "not for me"
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    Story

    I didn't finish this book, in fact I didn't get past the 4 1/2 hr mark. I was given this book by a friend who said it was a great book. I started to read it two different times and couldn't get into it, so I downloaded it in the hopes that I could get through it that way, Nope and I tried to listen twice.

    It just doesn't engage me and it's not the subject matter. I do believe that Christianity is being attacked and demeaned in this country and that morality is at an all time low. The story just bored me, no characters had enough personality to make it believeable or that I cared what happened to them.

    The reader did a alright job but the production quality is low. I hope I didn't give up on it to quickly but, I don't think I will try again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Chesil Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come.

    George says: "One of the best new novels in recent years"
    "blah, blah, blah, Crap"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Atonement. But this book is not my cup of tea.
    This book is not bad when telling the story of their lifes before they meet and their meeting and courtship but interspersed is a bunch of sexual disfunction drivel so monotonous and indepth that I couldn't stand to listen. I FF through parts trying to find interesting parts and then the book was over.
    The authors voice was fine to listen to, but he tried to make it sould like what he was reading was so monumental and amazing.
    Not a book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War: The Art of Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    A work of subtlety and paradox that shows the way to a clean and aesthetic triumph. Sun Tzu insisted that a skilled warrior observes, calculates, outwits, and outmaneuvers an adversary, and in doing so averts the destruction of battle.

    Jeff says: "A Must Read"
    "very good"
    Overall

    It could be considered a self help book as far as I'm concerned. Very
    inlightening. I liked it very much. I know it is a book I will listen
    to often.

    The reader was OK but his voice went loud and then soft and a
    couple of times it paused and the repeated a sentence or two, weird.
    I'm going to download it in enhanced quality and see if it's better.

    I would have given it 5 stars but for the technical difficulties

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (761)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Patti says: "Good book terrible narrator"
    "OK, the TV show is better"
    Overall

    I don't say very often that the show or movie is better than the book. In this case the show was first and then some one thought, lets write the book that was written in the show.
    I thought that it was a interesting idea,and so I bought the book. The narrator was fine with me, descent voice, tone and inflextion.
    The story was good. it mirrored the show, a writer doing a ride-a-long with a cop. In the show the writer is very witty and much better at helping to solve or having ideas to help solve the murder. In the show the two main charactors haven't gone to bed, yet. they have to string it along with the interpersonal conflicts, once they sleep together in tv the show ends soon after. In a book they always have to have a sex scene or two right?
    So I enjoyed the listen. You might also.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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