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Tommy

I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19537)
    Performance
    (14413)
    Story
    (14479)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Unbelievable"
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    This is an amazing story but not for everyone. It may be the saddest thing that I have ever heard. The treatment that the Pacific POW’s went through was criminal and this detailed recount of life in the Japanese POW camps will leave you sad and speechless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1271)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "I never would have thought"
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    Story

    This just became one of my favorite books. It is very good in every area, plot, character development, and style. It is a complete story that doesn't have gaps. I cannot say how much I enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    In The Invisible Man, H. G. Wells' classic tale of sci-fi and horror, a scientist begins a reign of terror after he invents a way to become invisible. This science-fiction classic has spawned dozens of film and serial variations.

    Georgiana says: "A great story"
    "Don't understand why it's a classic"
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    It was tolerable and an ok story but not my favorite. Kind of dull and boring. Will not be looking into other H.G. Wells stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bill Nye
    • Narrated By Bill Nye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (750)

    Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

    Joshua Kring says: "You gotta love Bill Nye!"
    "Very interesting"
    Overall
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    I would have given it 5 stars but it had a bit of repetition. Very interesting points in a mostly respectful way. I am a huge Bill Nye fan so this was an easy choice for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the "Butcher of Fallujah" - and the Shameful Ordeal They Later Endured

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    On a daring nighttime raid in September 2009, a team of Navy SEALs grabbed the notorious terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, the villainous "Butcher of Fallujah," the mastermind behind the 2004 murder and mutilation off our American contractors. In this no-holds-barred account, bestselling author Patrick Robinson reveals for the first time the entire story, from the night the SEALs stormed the al-Qaeda desert stronghold to the accusations and legaltwists and turns that followed to the cut-and-thrust drama in the court room where the fate of three American heroes hung in the balance.

    Tommy says: "Not going to make you feel good"
    "Not going to make you feel good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is the story of Navy SEALs who are persecuted for simply doing their job. Makes me sad to think that the U.S. Navy would commit such a terrible betrayal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (368)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything.

    rick says: "Excellent Work of Adventure Fiction"
    "Love the series"
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    A little hokey and Hollywood but very entertaining. Dick Hill does a good job and with a new cast of characters in each book it stays interesting. Child does a good job of not repeating plots or details. I will, more than likely, finish the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5361)
    Performance
    (4034)
    Story
    (4063)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Amazing Story"
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    This is my favorite King novel so far. The great character development with a plot that you can follow. Leaves you hanging on for more when it switches directions and always brings you back. I just loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Apprentice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Sapna Sinha, an ordinary salesgirl in an electronics store in downtown Delhi, is approached by Vinay Mohan Acharya, a billionaire industrialist and one of India's richest men. He offers to make her CEO of his company. There is only one catch - she must pass seven tests from the "textbook of life". Thus begins the most challenging journey Sapna has ever undertaken - one that will test her character, her courage, and her capabilities. Along the way she encounters a host of memorable personalities, from a vain Bollywood superstar to a kleptomaniac Gandhian.

    Cariola says: "Good--But Not as Good as Q & A"
    "I Hoped For More"
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    Performance
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    I loved Slumdog Millionaire and I was really looking forward to this. I was slightly disappointed. This was entertaining and I liked it but it lacked depth in most characters and the plot was shaky.

    Sneha Mathan was absolutely enchanting and the best part of the entire experience. I will be looking for more from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

    Tommy says: "Hilarious and Painfully True"
    "Hilarious and Painfully True"
    Overall
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    I know Carolla is a comedian and I know he is joking about some of the topics but he hits the nail directly on the head.
    This book will not sit well with liberals and people who take themselves too seriously. He comes off as a racist and insensitive. Oh well! It is very funny and takes topics on directly in your face.
    I am able to look past the fact that he is saying the things that some don't want to say and that he does point out things most want to brush under the rug and see the bigger point. He has made a very funny book that addresses real issues.
    I will definitely be looking into more from Carolla.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10089)
    Performance
    (9168)
    Story
    (9264)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "I Wanted More"
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    I really hoped this would wrap up the series and now I see a presale for book 4. I don't see where this story can go. I don't know if I will be listening to book 4. I didn't like this one as much as the rest. I think the plot was a little weak and I didn't care for the ending but it was worth it. I feel like any others in this series might be a stretch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13995)
    Performance
    (12548)
    Story
    (12655)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "A very good follow-up"
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    I enjoyed the second installment. I was taken by the plot twists and Roth is a bit raw with this one. Well written again and a deeper storyline. Not as enjoyable as Divergent but a must to see what happens. I am concerned about the progress of the series. I am into book 3 and not very happy and I see 4 is available for pre-sale. I hope 3 picks up because the series has potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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