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Jovan

Baltimore, MD, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1040)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Difficult to get through but a catch at the end"
    Overall

    With all of the circular logic this book is somewhat difficult to follow. I thought that all of the characters were idiots and there was no point to the story. However, if you enjoy movies and books with surprise endings, this is the book for you. Just make sure you're paying attention!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2236)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Exciting sotry with disappointing ending"
    Overall

    The concepts introduced by the book were exciting but the ending was disappointing. The ending; however, did not stop me from buying The Fall of Hyperion to see what happens next.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (427)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Interesting concept but confusing"
    Overall

    The book introduced an interesting concept of parallel cities; however, the concept was confusing and extremely difficult to visualize.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (639)

    The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

    George Dean says: "An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed"
    "Engaging and entertaining"
    Overall

    A great book with an interesting story and a great ending.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (400)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "One of the greatest classics"
    Overall

    Some might argue with the way Industrial Tycoons are portrayed in this book, but Ayn Rand does an excellent job of explaining her philosophy of "objectivism" through the situations and characters of the book. The book is extremely well-written and grabs your attention. Once you start listening, you will not be able to stop!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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