I had wanted to read "Bringing Down the House" before the movie "21" came out, but Audible didn't offer it as an audio book until then. So I saw the movie first. I liked the movie so much, that I immediately downloaded the audio book as soon as I could.
Just like many books made into movies, there are numerous differences between the two, but they are both very enjoyable. However, I preferred the book over the movie just because of how much more detail is provided regarding the card counting techniques and team play. Even though the book lacked the cheesy romance (as played out in the movie), it more than made up for it by being more realistic and believable.
A lot of other reviewers noted the narration was sub-par. While the narrator wasn't the best I've heard, he certainly wasn't the worst. (Although he did sound a little like Casey Kasem.) If you're listening to this in your car, you most likely won't notice the recording flaws. However, they will become apparent when listening to it with headphones.
If you're interested in seeing the movie and reading the book, go see the movie first. I think if I had read the book first, I would have been more disappointed in the movie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It inspired me to go back to listening to podcasts until I had another Audible credit available for use.
If you're still interested in this book, be sure to listen to a sample before buying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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