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Andy

Joplin, Missouri | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 219 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35672)
    Performance
    (26689)
    Story
    (27068)

    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"
    "Great story and fun to listen to."
    Overall

    While this is a scholastic book and I am in my mid 30s I have to say I enjoyed this one a lot. So much so I purchased the second book which I am currently listening to. Get this book and you will find it hard to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rented Mule: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren’t turning out how he expected. He and Kelly are caught in a never-ending cycle of arguments - Cooper can’t remember the last time they had sex. And Cooper’s troubled business partner, Gates Ballenger, is scheming to sell the Tower Agency out from under him. When a gang of criminals is hired by a mysterious client to kidnap Kelly and set up Cooper to take the fall, Cooper’s life goes completely off the rails.

    Joel says: "A quick read"
    "Plot Twists Galore!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Rented Mule in three words, what would they be?

    Quick, easy read.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wouldn't say it kept me on the edge of my seat but it did keep me in my seat in order to find out what would happen next.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I think it did, though the main characters voice seemed to change midway through.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (998)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "A Very Sad Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Twelve Years a Slave the most enjoyable?

    The writing. It was very interesting to hear a first hand account of slavery.


    What other book might you compare Twelve Years a Slave to and why?

    I do not think there is a comparison, this is a very unique story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr.?

    I would, but he was kind of hard to understand at times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not One of the United Stat's Proudest Moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoned Pilgrim: The Hangman's Daughter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    1666: The monastery at Andrechs has long been a pilgrimage destination, but when the hangman's daughter, Magdalena; her doctor husband, Simon; and their two small children arrive there, they learn that the monks have far larger concerns than saying Mass and receiving alms. It seems that once again the hangman's family has fallen into a mysterious and dangerous adventure. Two monks at the monastery experiment with cutting-edge technology, including a method of deflecting the lightning that has previously set the monastery ablaze.

    richard says: "Good but not Great"
    "Okay but not as good as the rest."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they have read any of the other books I would recommend they read this.


    If you’ve listened to books by Oliver Pötzsch and Lee Chadeayne (translator) before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to the other three "Hangman's Daughter" books, they were all about the same in terms of narration, which is great.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Without a doubt it was Jakob Kuisl. Simon comes in second.


    Was The Poisoned Pilgrim worth the listening time?

    Only because I enjoyed the adventures of Kuisl and company. Probably should have ended at 3.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Maitland
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

    Richard says: "A teller of tales"
    "Great narrator, story has potential."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Karen Maitland and/or David Thorpe?

    I would not hesitate to buy another book narrated by David Thorpe. As for Karen Maitland, I am not sure.


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

    The most interesting aspect of the story was Camelot and his story. Narigorm was the least interesting.


    What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

    David Thorpe brought the characters to life, made it easy to imagine them.


    Was Company of Liars worth the listening time?

    I thought it was worth listening to all the way up to the ending. There is a great story here but the ending was beyond disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I found annoying was between chapters. One chapter would end and a millisecond later the next chapter number would be read. For timing purposes I would have liked a few more seconds, especially when something horrible happened at the end of a chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (379)

    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
    "Interesting story, wrong choice for narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think it is a good look into Anonymous and cyber attacks.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Used a different narrator. I caught myself cringing at some Abby Craden's accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1128)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Okay stories, terrible narration."
    Overall

    As for the stories I thought they were just okay. While I understand King's intention was to put ordinary people in horrible situations but they were kind of boring and predictable. I did not find they the least bit scary. As for the narrators, I thought they were both pretty bad. Craig Wasson sounds like Casey Kasem which was distracting and Jessica Hecht makes all the female characters sound a bit whiney. This book gets three stars for the stories and zero for the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4880)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1527)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Very fun to listen to."
    Overall

    First of all, I am not sure what some of the reviews are talking about. Of course this story is going to be self absorbed, it is her memoir after all.

    I originally got this because my wife wanted to listen to it. She said that I would probably enjoy it so I listened to it on her recommendation. To my surprise I did actually enjoy listening to this book.

    Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer and narrator and we look forward to listent to "Committed" which we just bought today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Lock

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey M. Schwartz
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Do you perform unnecessary rituals in your daily routine? Are you a hoarder, afraid to throw out anything, no matter how useless? Are you unable to control runaway thoughts? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be among the five million Americans who suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), a mental disorder that can wreak havoc in the daily lives of its sufferers and their families. Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz can help.

    Kari says: "Abreviated book"
    "People with OCD must read this book."
    Overall

    This book was a recommendation from my doctor. The steps the author gives to beat OCD are very reasonable and I am trying my hardest to do it. I think anyone who suffers from OCD should read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14119)
    Story
    (14169)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A very enjoyable experience."
    Overall

    I am a 36 year old male who decided to check this book out because of all the "hype". Let me tell you, the hype is 100% deserved.

    In the beginning I wasn't sure about voice actors reading it but they did an awesome job and made it a lot of fun to listen to. This is just a great story and almost moved me to tears at some points, but as a manly heterosexual male I don't cry.

    As another reviewer wrote, " I envy anyone who gets to experience this audiobook for the first time." I wish I could listen to it all over again for the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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