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Armando

Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2009

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  • 243 titles in library
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  • Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Nick Pauling, Jessica Almasy, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protege from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan street hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set.

    Chrissie says: "Amazing prose and narration"
    "that's it ?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Why did Nureyev did things, what motivated him , how did he trained, what make him struggle? I don't know ...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Colum McCann? Why or why not?

    Doubt it


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

    There are multiple narrators, everyone is fine , but one woman who has a childish voice that gets on my nerves, make me want to stop listening,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The subject is interesting but it is just a narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lynne Martin
    • Narrated By Lynne Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Reunited in love after 35 years and suffering from a serious case of pre-retirement wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin made a life-altering decision: They sold their house and possessions and hit the road to live internationally full-time. Now tethered to nothing but their suitcases, each other, and their next exotic location, they've never looked back. From sky-high pyramids in Mexico to monkeys in Marrakech, this delightful, inspiring memoir is a romantic tale of derring-do for grown-ups and a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad into a reality.

    Barbara says: "Looking for Courage to Make a Change? LISTEN!!!"
    "Where is the excitement ?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Get a car, a place to sleep and eat, repeat
    in the mean time talk about the weather


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lynne Martin? Why or why not?

    no,
    it's like listening to a pleasant old lady in the neighborhood complain about some nuisances ...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1014)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "probably the best without any ryan around"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rainbow Six to be better than the print version?

    hmm ... well since I can hear it anywhere , yes perhaps, but the book is great for a vacation !


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

    sure! it is multiple plots that converge to the end , quite entertaining


    Which scene was your favorite?

    perhaps the rescue in the amusement park


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

    hmm, can't recall laughing, maybe yes, cry certainly not


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyable , entertaining , interesting, well narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3934)
    Performance
    (3490)
    Story
    (3499)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "ho hum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    after outliers this was dissapointing , it never seems to get to the level of the former


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    an abridged version with a decent narrator ... sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he seems to run out of breath and the uneven rhythm is annoying, like someone learning to drive a stick shift


    Could you see David and Goliath being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    what ? no!


    0 of 0 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"
    "slow start and middle, better end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Connie Willis and/or Jenny Sterlin?

    not sure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomsday Book?

    the end


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s voice?

    not very dynamic


    Could you see Doomsday Book being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    hope not


    Any additional comments?

    I bought after reading a review of outlander where someone recommended this as a good time travel novel, Doomsday have many boring parts specially in the present for the first half of the book, the past always interesting, it is hard to tell the voices apart. I work in a large corporation the history in the present made me feel right back at work trying to get approvals from an accountant - not pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3598)
    Performance
    (3078)
    Story
    (3061)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Entertaining as always"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I do not know how many books I have read and heard from Clancy, same great thing, very entertaining !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (219)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Corinne says: "If your a Courtenay Bower fan"
    "interesting but a repeat of previous books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Fortune Cookie in three words, what would they be?

    a repeat of the story where one character (male or female) with lots of money , gets together with another character (opposite sex to the first) with no money but very intelligent, mixed with a romance where the male character stands for a lot of bad treatment from the female

    humprey bower's performance saves the book even if it is a repeat


    Would you recommend Fortune Cookie to your friends? Why or why not?

    if you have the persimon tree don't buy this, the persimon tree is better maybe because I heard it first


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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