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  • Trapped

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn, J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods.

    Annie says: "Gore-fest!"
    "After 30 minutes I felt Trapped"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys mindless violence endless gore and all too predictable endings. I hadn't engaged something this dumb since reading Myra Brenckinridge in the late 60's, but as another great American character once stated "Stupid is as stupid does". I must confess I was very stupid to even finish this goreathon. Especially since I had figured out the ending within the first hour of listening.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Kilborn and J. A. Konrath ’s story?

    Believabilty come on could this entry have been any more camp? No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Stop trying to sound like one of the brothers from the hood. Finally I found the entire performance bordered on the offensive, and toward the end it no longer bordered in it but floundered in a sea not only bad taste . After the first two lines of dialog you knew it had no where to go but down.


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

    My reaction was one of just how stupid did they (creators) think I was. I guess very because I finished the thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth any more comments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tim Waggoner
    • Narrated By John Williams
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the small town of Ptolemy, darkness is a living thing. A powerful thing. Its home is in the shadows of a bizarre, hidden club named Penumbra, where it is worshipped by followers who need the pleasure it gives them. They are addicted to it. They live for it. And they kill for it. When Aaron was first introduced to Penumbra, he thought it was just a secret club where members could indulge their kinkier fantasies. Bit by bit, as he learned the club's true purpose, he began to change in subtle, horrible ways.

    Oenophile says: "Revolting"
    "The Darkness that sleeps within us all"
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    Where does Darkness Wakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best and what a pleasant surprise it was


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkness Wakes?

    The ending even though I had figured out what was going to happen, it happened in a way that I found very appealing.


    Have you listened to any of John Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look for Mr. Williams when considering future selections.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Perhaps not an extreme reaction for most listeners but for me and the type of book it is, my extreme reaction was thinking, and a lot of it, about the darkness that dwells within each of us.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good tale about the darkness that exists both inside us and outside us and just how closely related they are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

    GB says: "Thanks to Dan Carlin of Hardcore History podcasts."
    "Great History"
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    Would you listen to The Last Battle again? Why?

    Yes, because of the wealth of personal accounts from those who lived through the Last Battle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No single character, but rather the German People


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Once again, The Germans themselves.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last few pages as the battle begins to wind down.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like military history then I would recommend this book very strongly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kathy Bates
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    There's a place along Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It's known as Desperation, Nevada. It's not a very nice place to live. It's an even worse place to die. Let the battle against evil begin.

    Swad says: "Good"
    "Desperation: whose"
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    What did you like best about Desperation? What did you like least?

    the narrator. Kathy Bates is great what a talent, her narration makes this story What I liked least was, I felt there was way too much God in the story. Books that have God as one of the main characters has been and always will be a turn-off for me.


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

    Who was really desperate and who was merely unhappy with their life situation. Least interesting was the God angle. I mean come on God is God and man is man. In my opinion when one attempts to mix and match this concept the interest begins to decline.


    Have you listened to any of Kathy Bates’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She does make a somewhat long and at times confusing tale of good vs evil come alive. Without her narration the book suffers. One of her best efforts.


    Could you see Desperation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes but I won't be watching, so who stars in it doesn't really matter.


    Any additional comments?

    King has certainly done better, but with Kathy Bates narrating it, the story does keep your attention and was an enjoyable listen. This is the first time a narrator has had this kind of impact on me. I will keep Ms Bates in mind as a excellent narrator and it will in the future be a important element in my choice selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "World War I from a German Viewpoint"
    "The Side doesn't matter War is Hell"
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    What did you love best about The Storm of Steel?

    I'm not sure I loved anything about Storm of Steel. I feel the word love is out of place in this context. Storm of Steel is a view of World War One from a German soldier. I enjoyed the stark reality of what war is all about


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm of Steel?

    When the lead character first encounter death.


    Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

    The Lead


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you're lucky you will just get wounded.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting view from the German side however the overwhelming tone is one of incredible violence which almost becomes the norm, without much sympathy for the individual. Well worth reading if your into the history of Early 20th Century Europe.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26291)
    Performance
    (20097)
    Story
    (20178)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "major disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    no


    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes most certainly


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    poor, everytime the narrator began to speak in what i can only guess is local accents he became at times totally uncomphrehensiable. worst narrator in the over 300 books i have order since joining audible


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Game of Thrones?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the weakest character s I have encountered in some time when the reader or listener are able to predict every action and reaction of the main characters do, I feel the author failed to establish the believability of those characters and that was certainly the case with game of thrones. And the plot in a word silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (805)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "An ageless tale."
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    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    What happens when the wrong person finds him or herself in the wrong place at the worst possible time, and the ripple effect that works it's way through all those involved, namely a richly developed cast of characters who make you care about what happens to them. A great story presented in an equally great fashion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Caine Mutiny?

    Without a doubt when the big wave hits the "Caine " at the height of the typhoon .


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first one


    If you could rename The Caine Mutiny, what would you call it?

    The common sense Mutiny


    Any additional comments?

    One of the Second World War's Great works of fiction. Not to be missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susanna Moore
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This elegant, haunting novel from the award-winning author of In The Cut and The Whiteness of Bones, set in Germany on the eve of the Second World War, is the story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery as a continent collapses into darkness.

    Churchill says: "Beautifully written and read, haunting and impactf"
    "Different view"
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    If you could sum up The Life of Objects in three words, what would they be?

    An engrossing look at WWII through the eyes of a young Irish girl caught in the web of war well worth the read


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mohsin Hamid
    • Narrated By Satya Bhabha
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (181)

    At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite investment firm. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.

    Vahe Kassardjian says: "Disappointed"
    "trying to understand"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Reluctant Fundamentalist to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the girl friend she seemed so real and sad, lost and yet full of life, that is the Western view of life, or how to have it all but end up with nothing worth living for.


    Which character – as performed by Satya Bhabha – was your favorite?

    the book publisher in South America


    If you could rename The Reluctant Fundamentalist, what would you call it?

    the devastation of self realization.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen to help understand the strange world of 2012, and looking past the Madison Ave. portrait of what is supposed to be America in the 21st century. A rare look through
    another individuals eyes concerning his own transformation from wall street clone to real human being.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1175)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Love those Irish"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?

    plot-line and narration


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, selective disclosure, putting together the pieces one at a time and combining them all at the end much like the main character did and arriving at satisfying conclusion.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    everything, Mckinty and Doyle go together like salt and pepper. It might be hard for me to imagine one without the other.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and I did


    Any additional comments?

    Having Ireland's troubles as a backdrop to Mckinty's tales is a really good touch, it's like history and great fiction bound together in a well thought out tight package that informs entertains and excites all at the same time, no small feat in the 21st-century. A great detective work. All ready listening to Mckinty and Doyle in another listen. If you like the art of detection this is for you. Talone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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