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  • Gutshot Straight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    When Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he's got only two problems: he's too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other. So he says yes when he's asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles.

    Richard Delman says: "A whole lotta fun."
    "just one of those nicely written noire type novel"
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    What did you love best about Gutshot Straight?

    The plot had good twists, the main characters had some wise develpment, and the story was just a pleasure.. We are not talking great novels, but a most pleasant way to distract yourself and get lost in a comfortable book. The narration was great and fit the characters very well. The laconic style of the narrator matched the pace of the book. Good job, that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gutshot Straight?

    The first realizations that all is not what you thought and the different reality of the characters supplies just the right amount of frisson to make it fun and to entice you to want to get to know the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Shake, of course. But he did well overall with the rest of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, the way that love or lust can change you from doing whats logical to the desire to follow your heart instead.


    Any additional comments?

    Just liked it. A rare mix of good narration, good characters, and a fun plot that comes together to make you want to relax and enjoy the storytelling. Its what I like about audiobooks when I want to enjoy having a great story read to me.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9555)
    Performance
    (8669)
    Story
    (8741)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Good start, weak finish"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Im a huge fan of historical controversy and arguments, and am a Dan Brown fan. I also have a liking for Dante's Inferno. However, while it gets off to a traditional Dan Brown start, it begins to loose steam around the middle of the story with too much detail without meaningful contributions to the conclusion. So, for me it was a bit of a letdown, but I still did manage to enjoy it. If you are not familiar with Dante, it may be confusing and less meaningful, and the actual story plot could be more exciting. All that said, if you are into this kind of thing, its worth the listen. If you are not into the arcana of Dante and his medieval position, you may find it too much work to be meaningful. I hope Dan does better in his next novel.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think picking a central work instead of Dante's inferno, which is very focused on 1400s personalities and ruling families may seem meaningless to todays readers. It is a grand satire, but if you dont know the players, it is hard to make sense of. Something more mainstream would help. The ending is also not very satisfying so that may make readers feel disappointed at having worked so hard to get there.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the narration, and it was a general plus, so I would say he brought what could have been a more mundane tale to life.


    Do you think Inferno needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I love historical mysteries, so would like a more, but not a dante follow up. He is to obscure and bound to his own historical period to make sense to a modern reader who is looking for an entertaining readl


    Any additional comments?

    The best comment I could make is having picked up a copy of the Dante trio of the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Heaven that I had not read since college and I did enjoy that. If you decide to go that road, pick up a copy that is well footnoted. Of course, Google is your friend in a book like this. I would also say this is a book best consumed in the winter months when you have time to devote to a book where you will be motivated to do alot of research to have it make sense to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Great retwist on an old story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Innocent the most enjoyable?

    I was pleasantly lead by the not so obvious red herrings in the story, and enjoyed how the real story emerged behind them. Its one of those books that will make you say, of course in hindsight its not so impossible to believe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Innocent?

    The realization of the sacrifice that rusty sabich was willing to make for his less than perfect spouse and how he used his moral scale to determine that. Well thought out.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Hermann and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, and I continue to enjoy the both.


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

    Depends on the time of year. If your live in a northern clime, and its wintery and snowy, and you have a nice fire going, and your dog and wife (and perhaps children, though they arent quite as patient), you could make a very nice long evening out of this read. A little port or brandy and some appropriate snacks could make for a very nice home entertainment instead of TV.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great example of why audiobooks are fun.My wife and I like mysteries and cuddling, so if its the right time of year, its a very pleasing way to share time together, especially since we are amateur sleuths and can discuss the reasons for our conclusions long before the real ending is out there..

    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
    Overall
    (15702)
    Performance
    (13928)
    Story
    (13963)

    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!"
    "interesting premise, poor execution"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think that once the overall plot became obvious it would have been great to have it twist 180 degrees to take the listener off balance. I did enjoy the story, but I would have to classify it as good end of summer junk reading--and there is nothing wrong with that. I just saw lots of opportunities to make it very edgy.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, not at all, sometimes they work great, other times you get this kind of semi good story that makes you wish for some alfred hitchcock.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s voice?

    perfectly appropriate, I did not have any problem with the performance part of this audiobook.


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    The Andy character, while necessary for plot development, should either been given an interesting sinister role, or some other interesting development, but was just shelved once the convenience of her position entered the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. Im hesitant to judge, as I have personal knowledge of how hard it is to produce a mass market book that appeals to a wide audience. Ill just judge my lower opinion of it due to my literary interests and would say that my younger sister would have really enjoyed it. Its a fine summer beach book if you want that kind of thing thing that doesnt require much contribution on your part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (404)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "A detailed history"
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    Robert Whitfield does a good job of making Orens history into a listenable story. Lots of detail, however, so if you are not historically inclined and unwilling to spend the time to hear ALL of the story it may be too much for audio. I personally enjoyed it and also appreciated the lack of political slanting so it does not come across as biased.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1367)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Great premise ruined"
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    A very clever and interesting premise that starts out with promise, but is slowly ruined by the horrid narration and inconsistent storytelling. The worst part is that the writer completely gives up at the ending and destroys all you have been hoping for by just driving it over a cliff. I was so sorry that it ruined what could have been at least a thoughtful story by just running out of gas. Save your credit for something better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Hole War: My Battle to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leonard Susskind
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (177)

    What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did - and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. Leonard Susskind and Gerard 't Hooft realized the threat and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics.

    Matthew says: "Good, but has its flaws"
    "If you are curious about quantum physics"
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    The author, Leonard Susskind, is one of the most articulate physicists in the world today. He takes the most complex issues and contemplations of the universe and its workings and makes them accessible to the average person. Ray Porter narrates it perfectly. Easily the best physics book I have ever come across, and it is worth multiple listens to 'grock' all the amazing thinking he explains. It is a beautiful piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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