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SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 8 reviews
  • 156 ratings
  • 504 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • The Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill

    A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

    Charles says: "Troubling"
    "NICK CUTTER is the 21st century 'Stephen KING!'"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Deep to be better than the print version?

    This book actually brought me to gooseflesh! I found myself laughing at the intense grossness! AND, I had a nightmare so terrible that my wife had to slap me awake! BRILLIANT! The best descriptions of "insanity" and "going mad" I have ever read. The story AND the narration are wonderful! NICK CUTTER is like the 21st century 'Stephen King'! If you want to be permanently altered, scarred for life ... THIS is the book for you! LOVED IT! ... YIKES! Just sorry it's over ... I want to catch the disease in the book, (not really!) so I can forget that I listened to it, and listen again!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is SO good it reminds me of how crappy most of the other books I listen to really are. I listen to many audiobooks. I have 4 active audible accounts. Most of the books I listen to are, at best, casual entertainment while I work. They are not great. This book IS GREAT. It is a treasure! It makes me sad because I know that soon this book will come to an end, and when it ends, I will be back searching through all the mediocre books again. Always searching, always hoping that I will find a book like this one. Books like this are as rare as can be. If ONLY there were more like this …

    20 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Loved it."
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    Perhaps not "quite" as good as "GONE GIRL" ... But the same "flavor" and damn good. This author has some darkness in her. Glad she can channel it into entertaining stories. If "GONE GIRL" is a 10, this one is a 9 ... Maybe a 9.5. Worth your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    YES! This is now in my "BOOKS TO LISTEN TO AGAIN" folder. So complex and constantly entertaining that I look forward to listening again down the road (of time)

    This book has more twists and turns than any I have heard in a very long time. It's exciting, interesting and entertaining all the way through. The only disappointment was the end ... BECAUSE it ended!

    I'm now going to go check out the authors other books. I can only hope that her earlier work is close to this one. If so, I will be very pleased indeed! GREAT JOB AUTHOR! GREAT JOB NARRATOR!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "A GOOD spy thriller!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It's exactly what I was looking for, a good spy thriller with lot's of action ... Something to take my mind off reality. Like watching "24" ... Not "HIGH ART", but fun and bloody spy action! If an escape is what you're after, look no further! I'm anxious to see how his others are.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "A complexly written modern masterpiece."

    I laughed, I cried ... And just about everything else, but I was never bored.

    The book examines the life of a group of people who personify modern American Homo sapiens.

    The story vomits up the underlying restrained desperation of a lost generation in the last century of a dieing Empire.

    5 STARS +, One of the best books Audible has to offer in my opinion.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "A book of rare humor and intellegence"

    Don't let the nay-sayers turn you away from this book! It's marvelous! Probably my favorite of all McEwan's books. (I do have them all)

    I was not bored for one moment. This is a 'laugh out loud' hilarious, wonderfully witty book! It's full of surprise twists and turns that will keep you wondering what could possibly happen next to this character.

    The only thing wrong with the book is that it has to end.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"

    A very good, entertaining read/listen... I enjoyed it very much, but the ending was a bit pradictable. I like all this writers book, and especially I enjoy his narrator, Scott Brick. This one I found to be not quite as good as "KILLER INSTINCT", which I enjoyed ALL the way till the end and wanted more ...

    Absolutely worth it!
    entertainment rating = 8/10,
    intelligence rating = 7/10,
    artistic rating = 5/10

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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