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Tim Bishop

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  • The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dayna Baer, Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robert Baer, Dayna Baer, Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Dana was originally tasked for Agency background checks, but always wanted more. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn’t love at first sight. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as they both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency ID cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.

    Lynn says: "Secret Agent Man and Woman"
    "I kept waiting for anything to happen"
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    What disappointed you about The Company We Keep?

    The write-ups on this inferred a plot of some sort, perhaps some intrigue and maybe some excitement. This was an overly washed collection of journal entries from two people who hooked up in the CIA. The most interesting part of the book was...(spoiler alert) when she wanted to buy a rabbit. I'm sure the publisher made money on the piece by playing it up to be something it absolutely was not, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone except an insomniac. It was opaque.


    What was most disappointing about Dayna Baer and Robert Baer ’s story?

    They didn't tell their story. If they did, then they have the most boring lives ever. Missing a plane, shopping for a rabbit and not getting along with family is hardly the type of spy-intrigue promised by the write-ups for this one. I'd bet two accountants hooking up at a company Christmas party would have more drama and intrigue than this story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I would not have written this one. There was no story, nothing to write about. The write-ups for this one intentionally misled listeners into thinking something actually happens when nothing ever does. It was a solid waste of time and energy for the listener and a cheap money grab by the authors and publisher.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Betrayal. I was cheated and lied to about what this book was all about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Million Steps: Adventure Along the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lon Chenowith
    • Narrated By Mark McDevitt
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild - a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way.

    Brian says: "Really hard to get through"
    "Worth listening if you're an avid hiker (sortof)"
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    What did you like best about Five Million Steps? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the humbleness of the author as he encountered various characters. I was disappointed that there was so little info on his actual experience as a hiker (what equipment he used, what pace he tried to maintain, what he ate on the trail,etc., and how he managed weather, wildlife and nature. This is a preacher's collection of notes on people he met when he was in town (and a few on the trail). He could have been encountering people in the mall and the story would not have been much different.


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

    I think the author sounds like a decent guy with a big heart who enjoys making new friends and being accepted by strangers. He has humor and wit and his ramblings are interesting for a short listen. This work is exactly the correct length. Any longer and it would have been tedious.

    The least interesting part of the story is the part about the trail itself. There is so little definitive info, so few experiential anecdotes and almost no detail on what it takes to successfully navigate the trail that it is hard to believe he actually hiked it. I was hoping for some real detail on what it is like to do the various sections of the trail. This work is a collection of people who gave him rides and let him take a shower, as well as what he ate in the various towns and how much it cost. Clearly he copied out his diary and strung the notes together with a few extraneous sentences from memory.


    Did Mark McDevitt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There was really only one character.


    Do you think Five Million Steps needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. There wasn't enough info to justify this book!


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a real book about the trail, read Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Better humor and humility and much more detail about the trail itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1054)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Tremendous Story and Character!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie the most enjoyable?

    Perhaps the performance by Entwistle who so thoroughly captures the "voice" of young Flavia. She is entirely believable and the story is definitely capable of holding a listener's attention.


    What other book might you compare The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie to and why?

    Flora Segunda. Both employ the use of a spirited, unusual girl in a world of adults poorly tooled to contend with her talent. The creativeness of the authors help the stories unfold as the characters grow, while the loss of innocence is not quite complete despite a series of tragic experiences.


    Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

    Flavia, of course


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

    Absolutely. I didn't, but I had a hard time putting it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Every book in this series is exceptional! Get them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30025)
    Performance
    (23135)
    Story
    (23309)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Seemed like it had no idea what it wanted to be"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. This was such a disappointing follow up to Hunger Games. Collins clearly wrote it fast to try to capture sales while the Hunger Games was still hot. This could have been a short story after deleting senseless, repetitive scenes.


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have waited a year or two before writing it. There was almost no imagination and absolutely no character development. The plot was a poor re-hash of Hunger Games a la Harry Potter or Twilight follow-ons. If she had taken the time to develop a real plot with real characters and perhaps even a point at the end she would have maintained and even improved her credibility as an author vs. someone looking to sell something.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good. McCormick does a fine job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35292)
    Performance
    (26337)
    Story
    (26714)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Interesting story clearly written as a movie title"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    I thought the narrator did a fine job. The plot was an interesting twist on the age old totalitarian oppressor (1984) genre. This was a fine product.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    There are so many. Pretty much any of the genre where a futuristic totalitarian society is set on its ear by an inspiring youthful character who refuses to accept the destiny assigned to him/her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ru. It was so sad but also the most original scene in the story.


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

    No, not really. It would have been suitable for one sitting but I didn't block out the time for that. It was enjoyable broken up into a few sessions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27621)
    Performance
    (21421)
    Story
    (21629)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Reads like a screenplay for an after school movie"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    Collins, no. McCormick yes. The story was thin from every perspective. It seemed like Collins was rushing out a book to meet a commercial objective rather than produce something worthy of reading. It was the worst combination of soap opera, over-saturation of marginally useful characters and entirely irrelevant plot devices. I couldn't wait for it to end, although the narration was very good.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins’s story?

    It was a very poorly organized and pointless story, the most interesting parts of which were overused by other authors decades earlier.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Underground


    What character would you cut from Mockingjay?

    Peter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boom!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way. But what does "spudvetch" actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Perhaps they're spies. Perhaps they are aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.

    danni says: "Just a romp"
    "Haddon's storytelling is his forte"
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    Would you listen to Boom! again? Why?

    Definitely yes. I like Haddon's treatment of juvenile characters and his juxtaposition of their depth and the shallowness of officious adults they interact with.


    What other book might you compare Boom! to and why?

    The Curious Incident... Another Haddon work and still my favorite from him. It is hard not to love his young characters struggling to find answers in a complex and sometimes absurd world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    (Spoiler) The cafeteria scene in space.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4047)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1728)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Impossible to listen to if you have a brain"
    Overall

    The reader sounds like he's explaining a normal observation to a simpleton or small child. If you have any intelligence at all it's annoying. It's preachy and poorly written. After getting halfway through I had just had enough and turned it off. This is the first time I've ever not finished a book from Audible. I've listened to several on this subject matter and enjoy theology, philosophy and religious writings. This one was sappy and trite. I hated it, hated the reader and the author and would recommend that anyone other than those who enjoy the 700 Club take a pass on it.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4589)
    Performance
    (1967)
    Story
    (1944)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Clever and informative"
    Overall

    Quite interesting, but in my view it failed to deliver on the promise to prove the absence of a deity. I was really looking forward to more on that point, rather than a systematic dismantling of the arguments for. On the other hand the dismantling was done with spirit and humor. This program is not for people who cannot enjoy a logical exposition of an emotional subject! Personally, I enjoyed the numerous discussions of historical and theoretical arguments for and against, as well as the manner in which it was presented. The readers were both excellent. I would certainly recommend this program and look forward to others by this author.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (77)

    You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

    James says: "Take in the Meat and spit out the bones."
    "Interesting and well read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this work. I think there may have been some items ("A Book you shouldn't read" for example) that made more sense in paper form but it was very well read and interesting throughout. I'm entirely unfamiliar with the subject matter and can't opine on whether the book is scholarly or accurate, but it certainly seemed so. Someone unfamiliar with this interesting topic and who is looking for an answer to the question "What is a Muslim extremist?" might enjoy this book as much as I did. It will make you come away with equal parts respect and apprehension.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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