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Benjamin

Kailua, HI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 284 titles in library
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  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5819)
    Performance
    (3987)
    Story
    (3994)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Mailed in"
    Overall

    As always with this series, fantastic narrator! Fans of this story will certainly be glad to hear more but this is the first book that I found myself just wishing my way forward. The first half simply limps along. The second half is better but ends with almost all major plot lines up in the air. Cliff-hangers are fine but this book is simply unfinished. Not her best but I will stay with it.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18215)
    Performance
    (16206)
    Story
    (16164)

    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"
    "Fantastic book - should be on the top of your list"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Excellent narrator - adds to the great story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake of course.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic voices without overdoing it.


    Any additional comments?

    Well deserving of all the praise. 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4408)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1892)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "A Must Read"
    Overall

    You don't have to be a finance major to appreciate this work. Fantastic book. If you were affected by the economic implosion (and who was not?) you should spend a few hours and listen to what really happened. You will be shocked at the incredibly small core-group of smart, greedy, morally bankrupt individuals that were handed the keys to your piggy bank and pulled the wool right over the eyes of every other organization who was theoretically looking out for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (974)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Should have waited for reviews"
    Overall

    Reasonable narrator (but not in the league of Patrick Tull or Davina Porter) but relatively boring story. I am four hours in and ready to abandon an audio book for the first time (after many). I would pass on this selection.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13496)
    Performance
    (5900)
    Story
    (5976)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Great read for just about anyone"
    Overall

    This is not a book I would normally pick but it was fantastic. Just about any reader will enjoy this book. Great story, narration that brings it right to life, and fun from start to end!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1672)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (403)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Rec passing this one"
    Overall

    This book starts off well. The author is the narrator and seems likeable from the start. The first hour is great but then it just seems to devolve into one semi-interesting observation after another with no real practical point of any kind. The author makes it clear from the start that this book does not provide the secret to happiness but I am afraid it does little else. I wanted to like it but just did not. There are too many other great books for you to read out there.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3274)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1766)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Your next book"
    Overall

    I have not written a review on audible before and this would not normally be a book I would choose but this book is a must-read for just about anyone. The individual reviews here are all from such different people and the outcome is the same, a top pick. I agree! The narrator is just fantastic and pulls you right into the story. I find myself getting out of the car and talking like the characters for about ten minutes until I catch myself! Great story with great narration!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    Kevin says: "John Adams"
    "Flat out fantastic"
    Overall

    One of my favorite audiobooks to date. A fantastic history lesson for the non historian. I wish this was how history was taught in school!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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