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M. Clipper

Phoenix, AZ | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 208 titles in library
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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1898)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Overall

    My wife has been using this book in her 8th grade language arts curriculum for several years now, but I only recently decided to give it a listen. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. For a book that's intended to be read by young adults, it deals with some fairly mature topics but does so as eloquently as possible. Overall, I thought the story was extremely interesting, but it left too many unanswered questions in my opinion. I would have thought this was an abridged version, because I felt this story could have gone much more in depth regarding the giving and receiving, as well as the history of the community. I also would have preferred a less ambiguous ending, but I guess that's part of what makes this book great for classroom discussion and interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10650)
    Performance
    (9632)
    Story
    (9718)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Better than The Lost Symbol"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed "Inferno". Normally, I'll just listen to audiobooks in the car during my commute. With this book, I found myself putting on the headphones at home just to listen to more.

    I never listened to The Davinci Code or Angels and Demons, but I did listen to The Lost Symbol when it was first released. I liked The Lost Symbol, but in my opinion, Inferno is even better. I especially liked the end of Inferno, where I was somewhat disappointed with the end of The Lost Symbol.

    If there was one aspect of this book I did not like is that Dan Brown purposely tries to deceive the reader in several areas in order to surprise you later on. In fact, there's one particular scene that's played out where you think it pertains to one character, and then later in the book the same scene is played out where it pertains to a different character. It was so strange, that I almost thought my audio file was corrupt, until a friend who also read the book confirmed the repeated scene.

    Aside from that minor complaint, it's a very enjoyable book to listen to, and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Power Switch: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Charles Hield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 2000 corporate powers in Butte, Montana dismantle and sell a 90-year-old Fortune 500 Big Sky Power Company to allocate funds to their new fiber optic enterprise Connect West. The venture horrifically fails, and a popular fiber optic company board advisor disappears under dubious circumstances. At the insistence of deputy county attorney Maggie Lester, local law enforcement agencies and the FBI begin an intensive search for the missing advisor.

    M. Clipper says: "This is not the Patrick Lee you're looking for..."
    "This is not the Patrick Lee you're looking for..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you loved the Patrick Lee novels The Breach, Ghost County, and Deep Sky, then DON'T get Power Switch, as you'll be sorely disappointed. Power Switch is written by a different author than that of the Travis Chase trilogy, who happens to have the same name.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick Lee? Why or why not?

    I actually contacted the Patrick Lee who wrote the Travis Chase trilogy, and he confirmed that Power Switch is not his. However, he did say that he has the first book of a new trilogy coming out in early 2014.


    What didn’t you like about Charles Hield’s performance?

    Even though I bought this book mistakenly, I tried to listen to it to get my money's worth. Unfortunately, I could only make it about a third of the way through due to the poor performance of Charles Hield. His reading voice makes every character in the book sound as if they're at least 70 years old. Sometimes that can be amusing, like when he's trying to portray a couple women in their mid-twenties, but usually is very tiresome to listen to. As for the book Power Switch itself, it's okay. The story isn't terrible, but it didn't really grab me either. If you read the publisher's summary for this book, you will have gathered everything I was able to get in listening to the first third of the book. Maybe something exciting happens in the later two-thirds, but I wasn't willing to find out.


    Did Power Switch inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to go back to listening to podcasts until I had another Audible credit available for use.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're still interested in this book, be sure to listen to a sample before buying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11665)
    Performance
    (10876)
    Story
    (10885)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "The Most Enjoyable Book I Listened to in 2011"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    Ready Player One was so enjoyable to listen to that I would definitely listen to it again. It has similar elements to the techno-thriller Daemon, but with a much happier and hopeful premise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I absolutely loved the 1980's pop culture references that are present throughout the book. Having been born only a couple years after the fictional Halliday was born, I could relate to many of the references, even to the extent that they brought back memories long forgotten.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil has just the right amount of geek cred to really bring this book to life. He did surprisingly well at portraying the different voices throughout the book. And being a geek himself, it was nice that he pronounced all of the tech terms correctly.


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

    I primarily listen to audiobooks while commuting to and from work in my car. This is just the kind of book that made me sit in my car minutes after arriving at my destination, just so I could get a few more minutes of listening in.


    Any additional comments?

    Supposedly this book is being made into a movie. Unfortunately, I don't think the movie will be able to pull off all the great aspects that are present in this book. I really believe that by listening to the audio version of this book, you will be getting the best possible presentation of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Country

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into 70 years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.

    M. Clipper says: "Disappointing follow-up to The Breach"
    "Disappointing follow-up to The Breach"
    Overall

    First off, don't even consider listening to this book unless you have listened to The Breach. In my opinion, The Breach is a vastly better book, and Ghost Country would spoil many important elements if you were to listen to it first.

    As a sequel to The Breach, I was pretty disappointed in Ghost Country. The basic plot was interesting enough, but it lacked the excitement, variety, and twists that were present in The Breach. One of the things I liked so much about The Breach was the various use of the "entities" and their mysterious origins, uses, and consequences. In Ghost Country, the story focuses on just one type of entity, and while it does offer some potentially interesting uses, you'll pull your hair out listening to the characters go through some long, drawn-out sequence of events before they finally realize how to use the entity to their advantage.

    On the bright side, Jeff Gurner gives another solid performance in his reading of the book. (If you're unfamiliar with his work, you must check out Daemon and Freedom(tm) by Daniel Suarez.) His narration makes almost makes up for the mediocrity of Ghost Country.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1169)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "A must listen for @sh*tmydadsays Twitter followers"
    Overall

    I've been following @sh*tmydadsays on Twitter for some time now. I knew that the author had signed a TV deal based on his Tweets, but I had no idea that he had a book until I was browsing around on Audible one night. I'm glad I found this book because I enjoyed it immensely. In following the @sh*tmydadsays tweets, I just thought the author's dad was just a crazy old coot, but after listening to this book, I realized just how wise the dad is. If I had just one complaint, it would be that this book is too short, but I guess there's always that TV series to look forward to. I just hope it's half as good as the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2962)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1329)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Noel says: "12% Mutual Funds?"
    "My most frequently recommended book"
    Overall

    Are your credit card bills piling up? Are debt collectors calling you non-stop? If so, then don't call one of the bankruptcy attorneys or debt consolidators you see on the late-night TV commercials. Instead, listen to "The Total Money Makeover".

    This book was truly life-changing for my wife and I. We've alway been what I would have considered financially stable with decent jobs, but no matter what it always seemed like we were living paycheck-to-paycheck, and we never seemed to make a dent in our debts. The Total Money Makeover really turned the light on for me. Dave Ramsey's approach to money management is simple and fool-proof, but it does take time and discipline.

    After reading the book, my wife and I decided to take his Financial Peace University course. It really got down the nuts and bolts of the concepts outlined in The Total Money Makeover, and I would highly recommend it as well. It's been almost two years now since I first listened to The Total Money Makeover, but since then my wife and I have stopped using credit, we've paid off a significant portion of our debt, and we've also built up a nice emergency fund to fall back on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner, Geneva Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Two cousins, devastated by a childhood prank, reunite 20 years later to renovate a castle in Eastern Europe. The fortress has a bloody history that stretches back hundreds of years. Amid extreme paranoia and eerie silence, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results.

    Christie says: "Wish I could read it for the first time again"
    "A fantastic narrator wasted on a mediocre book"
    Overall

    The *only* reason I even gave The Keep a chance was because I've enjoyed Jeff Gurner's other narrations tremendously (Daemon, Freedom TM, and The Breach). He and the other narrator both did a fine job, but I just kept waiting for this book to get interesting, and it never really did. It seemed like the story spent way too much time developing the characters and the background, with little thought given to the actual plot. And just when the story did seem like it was starting to get interesting, I realized that I was at the second-to-last chapter. I've never read or listened to Jennifer Egan's other works, but based on The Keep, I won't be seeking them out in the future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Breach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (244)

    Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States.

    Tim Valenta says: "Unspeakably surprised; No regrets"
    "Another amazing performance by Jeff Gurner"
    Overall

    Like one of the reviewers before me, I decided to give "The Breach" a try based solely on the fact that Jeff Gurner had narrated it. I absolutely loved his performance in "Daemon" and "Freedom (TM)", and he nailed it again in "The Breach".

    The story of "The Breach" was very compelling. I would consider this to be an action / sci-fi book, and I could definitely see it being made into a movie one day. If it were to be made into a movie, it would surely be Rated R for graphic violence and mild sexual situations. So let that serve as your warning if you're sensitive to that type of thing.

    I thought the author did a fantastic job of setting each scene and describing everything within the book in great detail. It was very easy to imagine exactly what the story might look like in a live action format. The fast-paced nature of the book was especially addictive -- one of those types of audiobooks that keeps you listening in your car for several minutes after reaching your destination.

    I could see how some might not like the way the book ended, but for me, I thought it was very fitting, and it definitely leaves the story open for a potential sequel that I would jump at the chance to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5942)
    Performance
    (3854)
    Story
    (3868)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Art of Racing in the Rain". The idea of a family's story being told from the dog's point-of-view was pure genius, and the way that it was executed far exceeded my expectations. The author and narrator could have easily portrayed the family dog (Enzo) as the stereo-typical happy-go-lucky family pet, but no. Enzo was wise beyond his years, and it was truly a pleasure to hear all that he was thinking.

    However, I would have to say that the last third of the book was especially difficult to get though, at least until the final two chapters. Denny's struggle is enough to make any father cringe at what he endured. But through it all, Enzo was there to help, even though he may not have been able to communicate directly.

    If you're a dog lover or you enjoyed "Marley and Me", I highly suggest giving this book a try. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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