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Alan

An alpaca farmer in Oregon.

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (814)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Alan says: "My Choice for Frank Muller's Best"
    "My Choice for Frank Muller's Best"
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    I wish it were possible to award six or seven stars for a book and reader. This would be my choice for that combination. Listen and weep.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (398)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    J. Kelly says: "Dare I say it - a tad lazy."
    "A fine line"
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    I love this series, but there's a fine line between "cliffhanger" and "trolling." I'm not certain which side of the line this one falls on. Nonetheless, I'm on the hook.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6026)
    Performance
    (5618)
    Story
    (5619)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "I miss Frank Muller"
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    Will Patton is imprinted on my brain as the voice of James Lee Burke. He does a fine job with Stephen King as well. But oh my, do I miss Frank Muller.

    32 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "A Screed"
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    Ayn Rand meets Ted Nugent. If that's your cuppa, then go for it. But not for me, thx.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939–1943

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Kahn
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    For almost four desperate years between 1939 and 1943, British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolf packs. The Allies might never have turned the tide of that historic battle without an intelligence coup. The race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the last great untold stories of World War II.

    Alan says: "A tough coice for audio"
    "A tough coice for audio"
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    This is a somewhat less-than-great presentation of a great story. It documents what is likely the most amazing feat of sustained intelligence analysis ever performed against a target that should, by all rights, have been unbreakable. The intellectual level achieved by people like Alan Turing, as well as the selfless efforts of hundreds of others at BP are nothing short of amazing in retrospect.

    The presentation is factual, detailed (some might say dry), and often hard to follow due to the lack of photos, numerical tables, and other information that is not conveyed by the audio alone. For example, if you can visually picture an Enigma machine after having listened to the written descriptions only, I congratulate you. I cannot. But I will now go seek out the photos, and I will know what I am looking at.

    If you are looking for an action-packed war adventure, this book is not for you. If you are looking for thoughtful account of a crucial aspect of the war in the North Atlantic, you will like this one. I certainly did.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • When She Woke

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (241)

    Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood.

    Amy says: "A Thoughtful Dystopia"
    "I found it lacking"
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    This story had the setup to address any number of serious political and religious issues: women's rights, crime & punishment, religion and persecution. Instead, it ducked the issues, and became a teen coming of age romance. All it needed was a vampire to complete the picture. I was disappointed.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1105)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "Poor Richard"
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    Poor Richard.
    Sir Richard, that is.
    Francis Burton, that is.
    First he gets resurrected and dragged all over Riverworld by Philip Jose Farmer with the greatest of all cowboys, Tom Mix as a sidekick.

    Now, as if that's not enough, he's got to battle time-travelling gents and steam-punk historical persons with the eccentric poet Algernon Swinburne as a sidekick.

    What is it about this fellow Burton?

    For those who fear that all of this seems a little outlandish and fanciful, I would suggest that you do a little research on Sir Richard's actual life and adventures. They are at least as outrageous as anything in these books. Quite a fella, that.

    This is a fun book, and where ever Richard might now be hanging out, I'll bet he is enjoying it, and translating it into 23 languages. Probably adding some dirty parts. For my part, I'll now charge straight ahead into the next volume, thank you very much.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Meg Tilly
    • Narrated By Meg Tilly
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.

    kristabela says: "wow"
    "Outstanding audio performance"
    Overall

    This is a very harrowing, ultimately redemptive story. But the audio performance by the author is utterly outstanding, among the best I have ever listened to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    Sean says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "No middle ground"
    Overall

    I'm pretty sure that Chuck Palahniuk is not an acquired taste. You'll know within the first couple of pages of any of his books or stories whether you like his work or hate it. I'm in the former category. If you are easily offended, stay away from his writing. Like his other books, this one starts out with a premis so unsettling and bizarre (death induced by an ancient nursery rhyme) that it's hard to imagine how he might sustain it. But somehow he does - and with style.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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