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Blueyes in NJ

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  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (535)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "Who were the real culprits?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Five Days at Memorial to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed version


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The "Cluster F--k" that took place in New Orleans. From the lowliest hospital administrator to the President of the United States (the wealthiest and most compassionate country ever on earth).On one hand you had the selfless, altruistic heroics of the caretakers at Memorial -- operating under deplorable conditions that (fortunately) most of us can only imagine. On the other hand, you had zealous prosecutors full of indignant outrage who were going to make their statement to the community and protect it from these awful medical professionals. Prosecutors, who not once, at least that I heard, thanked those dedicated care takers for the physically arduous and dangerous conditions under which they succeeded beyond the call of duty.I was compelled to think of the horrific dangers everyone in New Orleans faced and the absolute lack of consideration by the various government agencies that our high taxes support.The Calvary should have been riding into N.O. within 24 hours carrying medical supplies, drinking water and food. They should have been prepared with boats, zodiacs and horses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the good old boy Cajuns decided to use their boats to assist


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

    Please do not make this a movie!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (320)

    Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

    Geoffrey says: "This Book is 14 years old"
    "Narrator killed this for me"
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    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    He ends every sentence with a sigh and or a breathy sound. Drove me nuts. Also, very difficult to segregate the characters as all his inflections are similar


    What character would you cut from Saving Faith?

    The narrator (sic)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (498)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Thanks for all the laughs"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am not sure what to change. This was a nice story of a nice and funny man. Its not hilarious by any means but it did make me smile. I am glad I listened and glad I paid money because I owed Mr Conway for some of my best belly laughs over the years. Pay back this time was fun.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Not really. He seemed to cover it


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    His apparent honesty in all his doings came through in his voice


    Could you see What's So Funny? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Conway wrote a final scene for the Carol Burnett show -- never performed except in this book.. It was the highlight of the book. A friendship/love affair that was obvious throughout the book and when you watched those two perform.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1738)
    Story
    (1747)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Very familiar last-person-on-earth-story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I did before I finished it...but should not have. Same old story, nothing new.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2521)
    Performance
    (2322)
    Story
    (2326)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Its a bird, its a plane, no its Peter Pan & Wendy"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Suarez and/or Jeff Gurner?

    Well performed and read.Imaginative SiFi just not pulled together.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    Good concepts...note I said plural concepts of a story that never really came together believably for me.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the short lived female prosecutor.


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

    No. Too much time spent being Peter Pan and Wendy in a "peril's of Pauline story line. We only missed having the heroin tied to the particle generator...


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste precious credits on this one

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (699)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Cheap is dear...even at a daily deal not worth it!"
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    What would have made Ashes better?

    Eliminate the terrible characters annoying narration


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author or narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very annoying


    What character would you cut from Ashes?

    The first two girls we meet.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste youcredits or time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (620)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "Too slow! Too predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Buck Schirner?

    Sure, I listen to an average of 4 books each month, this one just did not cut it for me.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am 1/3 through and I am done. Story is slow, maybe its the narration. Different narrator more action, less waiting for IT.


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

    His character development is excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8656)
    Performance
    (7806)
    Story
    (7810)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Recall the court room in "My Cousin Vinnie"?"
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    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    I am not big on re-reading especially mysteries and court room dramas. That said, there are some wonderful colloquialisms and idiomatic phrases which tickle a northerner like me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Grisham is a master at character development -- you begin to know the characters and build expectations for their actions. Although minor to the plot, I thoroughly enjoyed the black, Rolls-Royce driving civil rights activists and their antics. Where is Al Sharpton when you really need him?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several great scenes, Grisham is a court room master


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

    Not extreme, its not that kind of a story. Thoroughly engaging from page 1.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "He mailed this one in! Listened for 3 hours Yuk."
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    What did you like best about Mistress? What did you like least?

    The main character whines and is not at all believable. The story takes too long to evolve


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and David Ellis again?

    Not anymore the last several are just being published because of his name not the caliber of the writing


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    He doesn't sound like the character portrayed (at least in my opinion)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope!


    Any additional comments?

    Enough Patterson

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (441)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Cynthia says: "Masterful Story-tel!ing & Great Narration!"
    "After 10 hours I gave it up"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you adore Wolfe give it a try. Or if you have trouble sleeping and an endless pointless story could help you sleep buy this book


    What was most disappointing about Tom Wolfe’s story?

    Is there a caboose on this train...On and on and on...Get to the point. The characters could be good but its like reading twitter, who cares


    What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance would you have changed?

    Is laugh out loud was really bad and annoying


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

    Maybe -- I may have quit too soon but for me 10 hours was all I could stand enjoying


    Any additional comments?

    I expected to like this as much as I did Bon Fires. Bon Fires took place in NY neighborhoods I am familiar with, I am also very familiar with South Florida and Miami but I could not relate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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