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Alfred

Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6931)
    Performance
    (3300)
    Story
    (3303)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "pulp"
    Overall

    I give this one 2 stars for the beginning and the for reader ... Scott Brick, I give 5. It was down hill after the vampire part morphing into endless sci-fi details. I stopped listening before half way. I was spending more time sleeping than listening and wondering why I went back to find out what I had missed. If you like lots of pulp in your OJ this has plenty.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3114)
    Performance
    (2715)
    Story
    (2725)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "wasted credit.... for me"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't really say because I only got 5 hrs in and that was too much


    Has The Storyteller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    What is the genre of a book like this ... vampires ???


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

    Anybody would have been better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "way to go Neil"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Waging Heavy Peace in three words, what would they be?

    truth, clarity, heavy


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a work of art in itself .... Neil wonders if he can write anymore since he has stopped getting high first .... for me his songs have always been about truth and getting to the heart of the matter ... he has done it here


    What about Keith Carradine’s performance did you like?

    The performance was okay dispite the fact that some Canadian place names were given distinctive new pronunciations.


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

    I am a fan of Neil Young's songs for 45 years or so. He knows how to get a reaction from people whether it be the words or the musical notes and this book is no different. This book is for his fans and he has given a context for his lifelong body of work. I have read numerous other autobiographies and this one is like no other. This book is about life, personal demons and passion and not about ego and fame.


    Any additional comments?

    I pray that it is not his way of saying good bye.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17585)
    Performance
    (15636)
    Story
    (15588)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Don't care about how it finishes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Somesthing might happen more frequently


    Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO I like time travel books but this one is silly ..... another reviewer called it bloat ... I call it boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I like time travel books. The reader made the 20 or so hours I listened tolerable. At this point I don't care what happens .... I've had enough endless details about nothing. I have never read a book that moved so slowly. If you like endless nothing going nowhere then this book is for you. I'm just bored with this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10018)
    Performance
    (4938)
    Story
    (4969)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "unexpectedly outstanding entertainment"
    Overall

    I struggled with the beginning but the huge number of characters and simultaeous events creates a rich listening (reading) environment. I cannot put myself in the catagory of a Steven King fan but I am now ... also Raul Esparza is a brilliant reader and I thank him for bringing this book to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1426)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    One of the most enjoyable reads ever. This is expert writing with amazing drama. I have enjoyed all of the Mitch Rapp stories but this one has a terrifying note of truth and realism that all doves should read. Basically I was a dove util I read this fictional work.
    George Guidall is an absolutely brilliant narrator whose character voices are work of art.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (916)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "best yet"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed every Nelson DeMille novel but this is the most entertaining. I have found myslef laughing out loud an numerous occassions. Scott Brick is a brilliant professional reader. The conbination is unbeatable. Please keep them coming.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Line in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In a village on the Suffolk coast, Frank Perry waits for his past to arrive. He believed it would never catch up with him, that he was safe. A decade before, he spied for the government on the Iranian chemical and biological weapons installations. He had privileged access and his information damaged their killing capacity for years. Now, Iran will have its revenge and has dispatched its most deadly assassin to fulfill the task.

    Ellen says: "Well written, timely thriller with a message"
    "The Best So Far"
    Overall

    This is the best book I have listened to. The story is entertaining and the narrator is one of the best. That being said ... I did have difficulty figuring out what was going on in the first 45 min. to an hour AND I almost gave up! The action sequences were completely absorbing, the characters were very human and flawed. The narration was nothing short of brilliant. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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