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Dan

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 21 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18699)
    Performance
    (16644)
    Story
    (16606)

    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"
    "I want the 20hours of my life back..."
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    What would have made 11-22-63 better?

    1/4 the length. SOOO much filler writing that was not needed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably not...


    What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s voice?

    Makes a lot of the characters sound mentality disabled or like a stroke victim.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4188)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2758)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Not as good as I remember"
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    What did you like best about 1984? What did you like least?

    Yes it is a classic... BUT it wasn't as good as I remember from my youth...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosewater - Previously Published as 'Then They Came For Me’

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maziar Bahari, Aimee Molloy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he'd be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater.

    loix says: "Book that would've shined but for the narration"
    "Wow!"
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    What did you love best about Then They Came for Me?

    Such an incredible story... Saw the author on The Daily Show and the interview sparked my interest in this book. I was not disappointed as this book was keeping my interest all the way through!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3558)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2835)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Great listen!"
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    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    This book surprised me how much I liked it! I do sometimes feel bad listening to audio books instead of reading but this one I encourage listening to since Rob narrates!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4498)
    Performance
    (2649)
    Story
    (2649)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Not as good as reviews"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got this because of the audible awards and the reviews but it was just another account of the Vietnam war to me...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35942)
    Performance
    (26941)
    Story
    (27326)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Best fiction in recent years!"
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    Very unique version of post-society, amazing creativity, suspenseful listen that you can't shut off! Loved the entire series but the first is the best!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5943)
    Performance
    (3855)
    Story
    (3869)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Book too much hype"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Good story but not amazing. I do like the writing from the view point of the dog but that's about it. Supposed to be an uplifting account of dealing with multiple struggles but I still found the redemption a little depressing...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18430)
    Performance
    (8577)
    Story
    (8619)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Great trilogy..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to be better than the print version?

    Great fiction trilogy. The third is my least favorite but all in all worth completing the series!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13682)
    Performance
    (6071)
    Story
    (6151)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Good... not great..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Heard a lot of hype about this book so I went for it. Wasn't anything special to me. Really just a love story with a traveling circus..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (334)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Best History Book I've Ever Read!"
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    Would you listen to Manhunt again? Why?

    How the author manages to make this NON-Fiction seem like a fictional thriller is beyond me. I loved this book and would recommend it to any and everybody (even those who aren't into history!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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