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Brian

Manassas, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Assegai

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth - but also danger.

    Jim says: "Entertaining but I'm not much for sport hunting"
    "good start.."
    Overall

    I loved the first 3/4th. I enjoyed the colonial British combat action, the story of the camp life, and the recounts of safari with Roosevelt, and the Duchess. I didn't enjoy the love story and its associated ending, maybe because hearing the male narrator as the female lead was just so grating. All I could think of was Robin Williams as Ms. Doubtfire. It was painful, and I just wanted it to end. Not sure why in this case a male reader was so jarring, when in other books it hasn't been, but in this case I felt like the book went took a turn from a safari adventure, that I enjoyed more than the ride on Disney Safari River cruise when I was 8 years old, to a love story between an English gent and a cross dresser. Too hard to get over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10175)
    Performance
    (7626)
    Story
    (7670)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Just NOT GOOD"
    Overall

    Not what I had hoped. This is a romance novel. Might appeal to those weaned on the Twighlight series or the like, but nothing here of note. Was a grind to get through.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "Can't Finish!"
    Overall

    I couldn't get over the ridiculous concept of a formal profession and university, secretly studying angels. Where would this profession derive income? Who would fund scholarships? Why go there? Why not just make the study of Angels a facet of catholic mysticism? It just added fluff to the story. The story DRAGGED, and DRAGGED, I am over half way, and I don't think I can go back to this. This book was the first audiobook overcome by my Platinum subscription!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Auletta
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    In Googled, esteemed media writer and critic Ken Auletta uses the story of Google's rise to explore the inner workings of the company and the future of the media at large. Although Google has often been secretive, this book is based on the most extensive cooperation ever granted a journalist, including access to closed-door meetings and interviews with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO Eric Schmidt, and some 150 present and former employees.

    Brian says: "Interesting, but Tedious"
    "Interesting, but Tedious"
    Overall

    While the story is interesting and compelling, the fact that this book seems to retell the same general story dozens of time becomes tedious. The focus is on nearly one industry, advertising, with almost nothing on the technical advances that made Google. If this book were half the length it would be much better. Perhaps the abridged version is better. The author repeats the same theme dozens of times, how Google upsets the advertising and entertainment content industry. After about the 10th similar passage on that fact it gets OLD. Its seemed that about 25% of this book is what I was looking for, the story of how the company was built, and its victories and challenges.

    I found the reader used odd voice inflection. Play the preview, and be aware of the length. For some reason the reader seemed a mismatch to the book and its story. It becomes confusing because there are SO many similar recounts of interviews, and the reader uses the same speach patter for all. r.
    Would be much better at half the length, and is too much a story of the advertising world.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1326)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Fool, Lamb, or Dirty Job. It's a lot of fun, but not as complete as the others. The narration is good, and it is still a fun take on the standard Vampire story. Moore has never let me down, and this book doesn't, but I put it a notch below his better work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1124)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Another Winner by Moore"
    Overall

    Again, I find myself thoroughly enjoying a Christopher Moore book. Funny, witty, and well read. A great choice, especially for fans of Shakespeare. I am tempted to buy for my 14 year old, who will soon be struggling through Shakespeare. Great stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Mike Calvo says: "Really Twisted!"
    "Far Too Much"
    Overall

    wow....This book left me a bit conflicted. Be forwarned, this is the most violent and explicit book I have ever heard/read. It is a veritable autoposy dictation exercise at points. I think that part is so graphic, detailed, and so often repeated that it obscures the book, the message on the superficiality of life, or at least life in the late 80s.

    It isn't that I can't "take" the violence or the sex, which often run together, its that I didn't want to, and it was so over the top horrific, leaving less than nothing to the imagination. Perhaps the violence would be sufficent in a short story format, but being pummelled over and over with it in the novel format, not to mention the fact that you just CANNOT allow someone in the next car over at a stoplight to hear much of this novel, turned me off. The violence was so horrifying, it was just too much. There were so many parts I cringed at, I had to start skipping the murder scenes, after about the 3/4 mark, just to get through the book.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (569)

    Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head - literally. Throw in some spice: Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop, Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat: Chipotle's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers.

    Connie says: "A little Disappointed"
    "Geez Louise!"
    Overall

    Not what I had hoped. Characters are 2D, plot is silly, and all of the characters were annoying. Dialog was basic, and for some characters only single words. Unless this author is your favorite, don't make the choice. Sorry

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David A. Kessler
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (165)

    The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises.

    Deidre says: "The best 'NON-DIET" diet book out there..."
    "Great Science, Little Implementation"
    Overall

    The book is a fountain of great science and information on why we, as a country are fat, and getting fatter. It is not too hard to follow, and based on what (to a layman) seems like solid analysis of real scientific research. It is long, and goes on for many chapters, somewhat hitting you again and again with facts that are by the mid point, understood. The shortfall is that there is very little provided to cope with the problems the book presents. Perhaps there will be a follow on book, or perhaps others will provide solutions and coping techniques based on the research in Dr. Kesslers book. Overall though I HIGHLY recommend for anyone who has struggled, or struggles with weight, poor diet habits, or both.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3693)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1595)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Kicks Tail"
    Overall

    Bourdain is fun to listen to and read. He has a gift for prose, and is just fun to listen to. This is a great read/listen, especially if a fan of his current TV show. It is the R rated version, and a lot of fun. His stories are like war stories, and though I know it is silly to compare the preparation of expensive gourmet meals to jungle combat, it reads the same. He is brutally honest, offers insights into the restaurant business and the life of its army of workers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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