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SAN JOSE, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty

    Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

    margaret says: "Hugely Enjoyable"
    "Characters you might actually meet"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire Falls to be better than the print version?

    Audible is more convenient for me because I am on the road a lot for work.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire Falls?

    The author makes the characters like someone you might go to a small town and meet. He did a great job of making this story seem like you're really living life in this town with the characters.

    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    Ron did a great job portraying the "silver fox", especially when he was meant to sing in the story.

    Who was the most memorable character of Empire Falls and why?

    Tick was the most memorable character. She's a smart, but quirky teenager. She has all the typical teenage problems, but handles them very maturely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.

    Robert says: "Maybe better than original Audible production."
    "Couldn't beat the orignals"
    What would have made Dune better?

    The author staying true to the original characters. It also seemed to just drag on and on and didn't have a true climax to the story.

    Has Dune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the books by Frank Herburt were amazing. It's difficult for a son to take on a series started by his dad and make it as awesome.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices were very monotone and would put me to sleep. I think that was mostly the fault of the story line though.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beating of His Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Paul Hoffman
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett

    Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco. Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in the world.

    Jason says: "Wow Hoffman, what the?"
    "Beginning came out of left field"
    What disappointed you about The Beating of His Wings?

    It seemed like the author did not stay true to the style and tone of the first two books in the series. And it took forever to get into the story, the beginning came out of left field.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to The White Queen series by Phillip Gregory.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Barrett?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beating of His Wings?

    Cut the beginning, if they wanted to do something like that they should've tied it into the other two books. I won't go into detail because I do not want to give it away if anyone wants to read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Starts Slow, but amazing story"
    What made the experience of listening to Code Talker the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed learning about the Navajo culture and the Code Talker's contributions to WWII.

    What other book might you compare Code Talker to and why?

    A Higher Call is another WWII book I really enjoyed, but it takes place at the Western Front, while Code Talkers takes place on the Eastern Front.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Great story with a different point of view!"
    Where does A Higher Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best I have read so far. Most WWII books I've read have been from an American point of view, this book really gave me a better understanding of both sides of the story.

    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    I also read Code Talkers, which is another WWII book. Higher call is more about the Western front, while Code Talkers is more about the Eastern Front.

    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Franz was my favorite, as the main character. And Dean's German accent was pretty darn good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Well written, but frustrating"
    What did you like best about Wild? What did you like least?

    The book was really well written, the story is frustrating because the main character made so many bad decisions.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really enjoyed hearing the areas that the main character hiked through, because I grew up camping some of those areas with my family.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like hearing about the PCT while she was hiking.

    Do you think Wild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story was about a woman getting her life back together. She gave a little bit about what happened after, and that was enough.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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