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bracken

mocksville, nc, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    A young man commits all types of sin, but only his portrait shows the ravages of his life. Oscar Wilde’s Faustian classic. Gothic horror at it's best.

    Name withheld because stalkers Google me and I find it annoying says: "Disappointed"
    "An American accent on classic Brit novel???!!"
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    I could not listen for more than 5 minutes to this wonderful book being blasphemed by an American accent. It totally ruined it for me. What an insult to Oscar Wilde, one of my favorites. Thank goodness I have the book in print because I cannot bear to listen to a British classic being read in a non-Brit accent. Horrifyingly disappointing. Do not make the same mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Immunity: An Inoculation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eula Biss
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, both historically and in the present moment.

    Debbie says: "More than I Expected"
    "paranoid much?"
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    Typical first-time WAY overprotective smothering mother hen type. Horrible daily deal. At least the narrator was good.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (386)

    From the blockbuster bestselling author of the Eve Duncan novels comes a new, stand alone thriller about a woman with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the Witness Protection Program. What she once put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She’s on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance. As only Iris Johansen can do, you won’t see the twists coming.

    Mari says: "Worst book I've read this year"
    "Extremely unlikable protagonist"
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    Aside from the "supernatural" crap i wasn't expecting, the lead female had a pushy, smart-ass, chip on the shoulder, something to prove attitude that i despise. The author tried to elicit sympathy for her in the first part but i had none. Not at all what i was expecting. Makes decent background noise to sleep by, don't waste your money. One of the worst "deals of the day" I've purchased. The narrator wasn't that great, but it may have just been the hatred of the story clouding my judgment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1434)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Great book"
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    Started a bit slow but after the action started, it didn't let up. I'm also not a big fan of books more than 5yrs old- the technology gap is hard to relate to. (Says a person glued to her 'smart phone')

    Very good narration. Schultz has an impressive array of accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (507)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Excellent for a book outside my preferred genres."
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    Let me first say that I despise gangster/mafioso books and movies. There was only one irritating "goomba" (that's what the author calls him) and he was the bad guy. Very suspenseful mystery.
    I will read it again. And I will be looking into more books by the same author/narrator. This narrator certainly does a great 'godfather wannabe' impression. He has many good accents. No monotones or pauses, very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1266)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    ""Good Christian" survivalists."
    Overall
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    Religious agenda. Other than that, a doomsday prepper scenario. Surprising that I didn't like Dick Hill's performance. He uses too many pauses.

    The book does have some great information and tips as far as 'prepping' goes, I just don't like religion mixed in with my reads. It's a downer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (616)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "A bit too religious."
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    Seems like Koontz has an agenda- rekindle your faith in god and your life will change for the better.

    If you can get past that, it's a decent read. It has good parts. Something a bit Steven King like. Good narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laurie Garrett
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment, and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.

    Spencer says: "It might be too annoying to stand"
    "Absolutely worst narrator EVER"
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    As for the book itself, it has a wealth of information about very current events. This is written the week of the Ebola Czar etc. So it's very relevant. I had read it 2 years previously which has come in handy.

    As for the 'narrator' who ruined this listen; It was like pulling teeth listening to this book. This narrator is obviously not educated or coached enough to read a book containing words too difficult for her to pronounce. She should stay with children's books, away from geography and medical terms. Pitiful. I would love to find the person to be held accountable for this monstrous performance and force them to listen to it at least twice nonstop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.

    bracken says: "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"
    "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"
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    I don't know how the story is because I cannot.......tolerate listening....to......all his unnecessary. ......pauses. WORST NARRATOR EVER!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick: The Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    Agnes Crow says: "Heed the advice"
    "I CANNOT LISTEN TO THIS NARRATOR!"
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    WORST NARRATOR EVER! BEWARE BEWARE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! BEWARE ANYTHING READ BY THIS INCOMPETENT MAN!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1294)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "leans toward sci-fi"
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    I despise sci-fi, so I didn't like it as well as I thought. It is a good story if you overlook the 'telepathic communication'. I think audible.com should give a better feel for what to expect.

    The narrator was a bit too lispy for my taste, but she did an AMAZING job on all the different voices and accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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