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Chris

Santa Rosa, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Capitalism at its worst"
    Overall

    The history of the Eisner years makes a solid case for the overthrow of capitalism - greed, power, double-dealing, back-stabbing were all characteristics of the Disney company for the past three decades. The whining of executives over their multi-million dollar bonuses left me non-plussed. The story was interesting enough but unsatisfying on a personal level. The characters were all detestable narcissists who thought nothing over raising theme park fees for young families in order to pay executive compensation in the hundreds of millions (and that's just Eisner's piece of the pie). I'd recommend the book for those interested in learning how NOT to run a company.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "UNcomfortable from start to finish"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't recommend this one for anyone. Some books you can't seem to put down - this one I had a hard time picking up. I won't say it was a complete waste of my time because there is a modicum of entertainment value that comes from critiquing poorly written books but I wanted it to be a good book that kept me interested. It wasn't that book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Simmons again?

    No. Typecast characters (i.e.good ol' boy Southern sheriff, death camp survivor Polish Jew) were one dimensional and predictable. Plot kept going on and on when I wished it would just end (I'm a stickler for finishing a book regardless of how bad it is).


    What didn’t you like about Mel Foster and Laural Merlington ’s performance?

    Listening to approx. 20 hours of a character with Foghorn Leghorn's voice, together with a character sounding like an elderly Scarlett O'Hara, gave me more nightmares than the supposedly sinister storyline.


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

    Incredulity. Couldn't believe anything about the plot, the characters, the dialogue or performance of the narrators.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1801)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "Take a pass on this one"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    No!


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main protagonist was completely unlikable. The futuristic elements were dumb (


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Between the Jimmy Durante voice and the Rocky & Bullwinkle voice, the narrator seemed to struggle to find a genuine interpretation of normal speech patterns. There is gratuitous use of the f-bomb and the narrator seemed to be screeching most the time.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No- I enjoy a good detective novel but this was one of the worst I've endured. I only finished it because I listened to it in my car with absolutely nothing else to do. I think I would have been better off listening to polka music on the radio.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
    Performance
    (3304)
    Story
    (3338)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "First and last Neal Stephenson book"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story itself was fairly creative and required an imaginative mind to set in down in writing. However, the writing itself was pedantic. Heavy use of passive voice, over reliance on adjectives and characters that didn't speak and act like normal people. It seemed as if the author was trying to impress his audience by his ability to turn simple words and phrases into complex ones. The narrator didn't help. He seemed to be mostly monotone throughout and had trouble changing his voice to indicate a different character.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Little inflection and unable to pull off character changes.


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

    Incredulity that this author is highly rated and on the best selling list.


    10 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2682)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1401)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Edutainment!"
    Overall

    Bill Bryson is as engaging as ever with clever observations, amusing anecdotes and a wry take on historical events. His discussion of the history of the home veers off into many paths, all of which are enlightening. I found myself being educated and entertained at the same time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (12961)
    Performance
    (8834)
    Story
    (8884)

    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.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Worth reading to discover a remarkable man"
    Overall

    Captivating history of a remarkable man read well by Mr. Herrmann. The book reads likes a journalist report, however, with no indication of the thoughts or feelings experienced by the characters as the traumatic events unfolded and no personal dialogue that would have added to the flavor of the story. This is one rare instance where I believe the movie (if one is ever made) will be better than the book. Overall though, well worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (271)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Dreamwatcher says: "Fantastic Book"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    I spent most of my time with this book trying not to figure out the lame whodunit plot (the author pretty much tells you who did it in the first chapter), but rather why the narrator used an Irish accent when most of the book took place in America with American-accented characters. A woman narrator's attempt to portray male voices is rarely successful but this was particularly bad. If you want an Ireland-based novel, go with one by Tana French.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (231)

    Life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

    Darkcoffee says: "Delightful Case for Things Looking Up"
    "Good message, too much detail"
    Overall

    The premise of this book is intriguing and the author backs up his theories with a myriad of well-researched data - probably too much so. I found my mind wandering too many times as the narrator droned on about the fluctations in coal prices in Britain in the 1840s or the silk trade transactions between the Eriteans and the Kyristanians in the thirteenth century. The over-arching message of the book of optimistic evolutionary behavior that will make life better for future generations was a nice respite from the Al Gores of the world but I think I may have enjoyed the hard copy book better to just skip over all the data provided.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (3783)
    Performance
    (2155)
    Story
    (2159)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Another gem from a great author"
    Overall

    Having read her previous novels, I had high expectations for Ms. French and was not disappointed. The characters were believable, the dialogue sharp and the plot kept me guessing. The narrator captures the flavor of the patois with his Irish brogue (the story is set in Dublin). I've found my new favorite mystery novelist!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

    Steve says: "Russo is a genious."
    "Small plot, complex characters"
    Overall

    Long on character development and short on plot, this book held my interest in anticipation of some dramatic twist which unfortunately never occurred. I never really lost interest but I also never felt compelled to keep listening to see what was going to happen. I could leave it for days at a time without feeling compelled to keep plowing through it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (4987)
    Performance
    (3017)
    Story
    (3017)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Tana French is a talented writer. This book, as well as her more recent work, The Likeness, were intriguing, compelling stories with complex, believable characters. I eagerly await her next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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