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David B. Wood

Atlanta, GA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (696)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Entertaining Novella"
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    The news of his father's terminal cancer leads a man to try to come to grips with a tragic event in his past. Grisham alternates the story lines between present-day, the story of rookie phenom Calico Joe Castle, and events from the author's childhood. He shifts between first and third person depending on the story line he's telling, and the technique works. The narration is first-rate and the story itself is predictable but still entertaining. Though I'm a baseball fanatic, I didn't enjoy it as much as Playing for Pizza, another Grisham sports-themed book. In all, this is a good, though fairly short book. It's novella-length, so buying it with a membership credit is worth it if you really like baseball or Grisham. I definitely wouldn't pay retail for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Beneath: A Joe Tesla Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again...except for one.

    Shieldslinger says: "Nikola Tesla's grandson against the CIA!"
    "Good Fun!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The World Beneath to be better than the print version?

    Yes, mostly because I'm a fan of audiobooks and of narrator Jeffrey Kafer.


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

    I have no problem visualizing characters when I read, but I my imagination is weak in terms of voices. Kafer's narration adds a layer of realism.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read Cantrell's collaborative work with James Rollins, but this is the first of her solo efforts I've read. Interesting characters and setting. Overall, a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3191)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2489)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Wonderful!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Locke was my favorite character. I loved the occasional one-liners and sarcastic comments he injected into situations. Always natural, never forced.


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

    Yes, but it's a bit too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (6134)
    Performance
    (4180)
    Story
    (4212)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Fantastic Finish!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hero of Ages the most enjoyable?

    A good mix of action, suspense, sadness, and surprises.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vin. She grew and changed the most over the course of the series.


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

    Excellent voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson delivers a solid ending to a great series, without falling prey to sentimentality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (6504)
    Performance
    (4469)
    Story
    (4501)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Would you listen to The Well of Ascension again? Why?

    Yes. It's a great book and well-narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    Often, the middle book in a series leaves you feeling unsatisfied, but this is an excellent book and one of my favorite fantasy series of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing for Pizza: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

    David says: "Great Story, but..."
    "Love this Book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Playing for Pizza to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. Both are very good. I like the way the narrator brings Welch to life. Just right!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Franco. He's funny and devoted.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first.


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

    It's not really that kind of book. There are some emotional bits, but mostly it's entertaining, uplifting, and funny at times.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to love football to enjoy this book. Short and sweet!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (536)

    When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

    Finance Guy says: "Elegant & unique fantasy, deliciously performed"
    "Not Bad"
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    Would you try another book from Ursula K. Le Guin and/or Rob Inglis?

    Perhaps, but I'm in no great hurry


    What other book might you compare A Wizard of Earthsea to and why?

    Plot-wise, there are superficial similarities to Harry Potter, but it reminds me more of books like "The Dark is Rising."


    What didn’t you like about Rob Inglis’s performance?

    A little sedate. Narrative voice was good, but the characters came across a little dry.


    Do you think A Wizard of Earthsea needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe there are several. It's not a bad book, but it shows its age in terms of style. Liked it, but didn't love it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a digitizing of the old cassette recording. Unfortunately, the producers couldn't be bothered to remove all the "Please fast-forward to the end of the cassette..." bits. It's not that difficult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4411)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2533)

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "The Last High Point for a While."
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    This series has its ebbs and flows over the course of the first dozen books. The first five are excellent, though Jordan's pacing and style aren't for everyone. This book, the sixth in the series, is very good, but it marks the spot where, in my opinion, the series really slowed down. Important and interesting things happen in this book, but there's a heavy dose of planning, plotting, and discussing. Still, a good book, but not the best in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (561)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Not Bad"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If the friend really enjoyed pirate adventures and didn't have high expectations.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish the plot had a few more twists. The story was very linear.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Bedford Lloyd?

    Maybe. He's good with accents but his narration was a little flat. I'd give him at least one more try before making up my mind, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is My Broker

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Brother Ty, Christopher Buckley, John Tierney
    • Narrated By Mark Linn-Baker
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    One fateful day, Brother Ty - a failed, alcoholic Wall Street trader who had retreated to a monastery - decided to let God be his broker. He saved his monastery and discovered the Seven and a Half Laws™ of spiritual and financial growth. Now, for the first time, Brother Ty reveals his secrets and tells you how you can get God to be your broker.

    Malcolm Trevillian says: "An entertaining fiction"
    "Biting, Dry, Sarcastic, Hilarious!"
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    Would you listen to God Is My Broker again? Why?

    Probably. It's a relatively short book so I'll have to wait until I've forgotten most of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is My Broker?

    The "miracle." I don't want to spoil it, but it's funny and sticks in your mind.


    What about Mark Linn-Baker’s performance did you like?

    He perfectly captured the author's dry, cynical humor while voicing the characters in a serious way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughs, especially if you like cynical satire. The author pokes fun at sacred cows and popular culture trends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Murgos: The Malloreon, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (389)

    The infant son of Garion and Ce'Nedra had been foully kidnapped. And thus, they begin the great quest to rescue the child, with the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer, his daughter Polgara the Sorceress, and,inevitably, the little Drasnian, Silk. Guided by the Orb of the god Aldur, their way leads through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos, where they must face a horrible danger to not only themselves, but to all of mankind.

    Mark H. Rosengarten says: "Please, don't say "horror" anymore..."
    "A Surprise"
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    Would you listen to King of the Murgos again? Why?

    Yes. This is one of my favorite series and I go back to it every few years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of King of the Murgos?

    When we learn something important about the background of the King of the Murgos.


    What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

    His portrayal of Belgarath.


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

    Too long for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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