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Bill Hurley

Bill H.

Minneapolis, MN USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4319)
    Performance
    (1998)
    Story
    (2025)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Way too long"
    Overall

    This might be a better read than a listen. It was a fascinating idea, but just wasn't all that good in the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7460)
    Performance
    (7097)
    Story
    (7109)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Finally, hard SF"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks up with Larry Nivens at his best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark is the predominant character, as he is the one telling the story and he is the one stranded. I love the little bit we get to see of the character Martinez (sp?), he's funny as hell!


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A real voice to the characters and the stress they are under, particularly obvious during the launch from Mars to save Mark.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4032)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1765)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Agree with many of the others"
    Overall

    I'm at hour 5 1/2 in this 6 hour long book and find that I have to agree with many of the reviewers - this book starts very interestingly, but then bogs down in repetitive, tedious detail. A book half this length could have made the point that this author seems to be making. I think the best thing he did was create a very unusual story and unique character; my only complaint was the length of time the story droned on. It definitely would make a better read, so that you could skim the middle section.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "Funny"
    Overall

    This is pretty funny, but you should know that it really is just a list of humorous observations, each preceded with "NEW RULE:" A whole book of these 30 second pronouncements gets a little old, however, there are a few gems in the list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Preservationist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Maine
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.

    Sharon says: "A frolicking tale"
    "Pretty weak"
    Overall

    I bought this thinking I was getting a fictional comedy. It was fictional, but not funny at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Their Own Words: The Space Race (The Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Rediscover the most groundbreaking moments in the history of space exploration with documentary narration, candid interviews, and the actual transmissions between Mission Control and crews of the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini projects.

    Shawn says: "Well worth it"
    "Good stuff"
    Overall

    As a space fan, I loved this book. I gave it a 4 only because of the use of "special effects" music, which is unnecessary and the continual referral to JFK's famouse speech "I believe we should commit ourselves, before this decade is out, to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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