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Spicy R Pepper

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2000)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Excellent audiobook"
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    What did you love best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    Loved the story.


    What does Anne Hathaway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anne Hathaway brings the story to life.


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

    We listened to the audiobook on a very long drive with the kids. They asked to listen to it again at bedtime.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1424)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Disappointed with narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would give a qualified recommendation for this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Informative


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I almost gave up on this title because of the poor narrative performance. Annoying inflections when attempting to speak as any of the characters. Mispronunciations surprising. I finally sped up playback which helped noticeably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7329)
    Performance
    (6479)
    Story
    (6471)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    Interesting world.


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

    I loved Grim Noir books. This first monster hunter book was slightly less successful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Opening fight scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if I will finish the series, although liked it in general. Too much focus on models of guns and weapons. Battle scenes feel routine over time. I may try the next book after a break.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1234)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Interesting premise, but not so great"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend. Writing style is not very original. Performance is stiff.


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

    Interesting premise.


    What three words best describe J. Charles’s voice?

    Older. Stiff. Paul Harveyesque.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    My first Koontz book. Unimpressed, but may try one more before giving up on him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (453)

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Kathryn says: "A wonderful, insightful, non-political story"
    "Eye-opening and refreshingly honest"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dreams from My Father to be better than the print version?

    Amazing to hear in Barack Obama's own voice


    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    Ready by author


    Any additional comments?

    Written before Obama became Senator although his keynote address to Democratic Convention was included after book was written. Incredibly honest attempt to discuss the complex issue of race in America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11850)
    Performance
    (10259)
    Story
    (10238)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Awesome biography by an author with access"
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best biography


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

    Steve Jobs is a unique human being. This is the authoritative biography by an author who was given access to key people who interacted with Steve Jobs. Not entirely flattering, but honest and informative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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