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Jonathan

Guelph, ON, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
    "Fantanstic book!"
    Overall

    A wonderful fantasy, this book is at once an epic adventure, a coming of age story, a battle between good and evil, and a meditation on baseball. Chabon is a fantastic writer of great fiction, and the Summerland won't disappoint. And, surprisingly, Chabon is also an excellent narrator! My 13 year old son adored this book and so did I.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of the New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement has fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government's public posture.

    Scott says: "Listen to the sample before buying"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was put off from trying this by some of the other reviewers, particularly their views of the narrator. Personally I did not find him to be bad. I have certainly heard better, but I had no trouble finishing this book. The writing was repetitive in places and the book dragged in places. I am glad I listened to it, but couldn't help thinking that a well edited abridged version would have been more enjoyable. In any case, if you want to understand what is going on in the war on terror, you need to read (listen to) this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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