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C

Aspen, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (129)

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"
    "Rare and beautiful book"
    Overall

    Having read both of this author's works available on Audible, I am moved to highly recommend both. I am slowly, ever so carefully listening to Part 2 of Virtues of War because when it is over, there will be a week of searching around for something remotely as compelling as this book. The battle scenes are fascinating as are the character studies in each book. This book reminds me of a classic called "Bitter Lemons" by Lawrence Durrell because the character studies and the action are equally compelling. Cannot praise this book enough.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather of Kathmandu

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called to a grisly murder scene that could make or break his career, but he’s more worried about impressing Tietsin, his new Buddhist guru. However, Tietsin would rather use Sonchai to help him broker a heroin deal worth 40 million dollars. Left with no easy way out and plenty of moral conflict, Sonchai will have to decide between saving his soul and saving his career.

    Ellen says: "Great, despite some drawbacks"
    "Fast paced, unpredictable & fascinating"
    Overall

    Already interested in John Burdett's work, I purchased this story on the recommendation of a friend. Absolutely spellbinding. It combines Buddhism, morality play, crime story, detective novel in remarkable package tied up with a bow by excellent narration. Having just finished this, I am casting about for the next read....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7199)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3558)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Contrary to rave reviews"
    Overall

    This book is entertaining in a typical American fashion. It's stereotypical characters are well fleshed out but very predictable - as is the plot. Maybe it's just me but this is not a surprising or terribly interesting plot. And the narration by Scott Brick (a narrator I have enjoyed in the past) is actually grating on one after a while. There is unnecessary dramatic emphasis in a VERY long book. I know I listen to a huge number of audible books - literally hours in a day as I work. Maybe this much listening is getting to me - maybe not.

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Samurai

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    17th Century Europe, the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe, travel to Rome on a diplomatic mission. All are baptised, but upon returning to Japan they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The Samurai who have until now reviled their adoptive religion, begin to find it may be all that is left for them. The events in the story actually took place.

    Michael says: "Well Written History Novel"
    "Exceptionally odd book"
    Overall

    I think I will "google" the author for more information. Written by a Japanese individual who is most obviously Christian...or is he/she? Is this a satirical novel? I purchased the audio book as I am interested in the Samurai culture. However, the book has only a nominal connection to the Samurai culture and in a disheartening fashion, you come to understand very little about Samurai and a lot about the torment of faith. Lots of scriptural quotes at the end..very odd, indeed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Vendetta: A Cotton Malone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (263)

    When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?

    Paul says: "Excellent novel"
    "Strange narration"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed Scott Brick as a Narrator.

    The narration has odd pauses, strange (and inaccurate) foreign inflections and inappropriate emphasis throughout the book. I will continue to listen as the plot and the writing itself is interesting. But the odd narration allows only short periods of listening enjoyment.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living your Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Dooley
    • Narrated By Mike Dooley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Manifesting our dreams isn't about hard work -- it's about belief, expectation and, above all, knowing the truth about our place in the universe. Mike Dooley's manifesto, Infinite Possibilities, affirms that in our world of illusions there is no finite allotment of whatever your heart desires, especially not happiness, and that experiencing more love and new possibilities is limited only by the scope of our ability to imagine and act upon each.

    C says: "Surprisingly intelligent"
    "Surprisingly intelligent"
    Overall

    Do not let the first chapter of the book (a fairy tale) deter you from listening to all of it. It is a hands on way of implementing change in one's life. Even if you do not believe anything about The Secret or the relentless "Get Rich Quick" purveyors - listen to this book and learn.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Survival in the deepest sense of the word"
    Overall

    I highly recommend this listen. First, because the narrator is Stefan Rudnicki. His reading style is both easy to listen to and compelling. The principles of survival are applicable to everyone's life. They are precise in their instruction, clear in their application and provide compelling examples of the principles in action repeatedly. I believe everyone I know should hear this book and heed the advice given.

    Don't give up if you don't like the sensational "Outside" style - it's the substance of the book that is essential listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rory Freedman, Kim Barnouin
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as "soda is liquid Satan" and "you are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin", it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations.

    Erica Marie says: "I stopped drinking soda immediately after"
    "Valid premise, repulsive wording"
    Overall

    Wow. Simply amazing that a book with this much vulgarity and profanity becomes a best seller. The stream of ignorant words in place of clear language simply undermines the basic premise of the book. Impossible to finish if you cannot ignore the profanity. Maybe eating as recommended compromises your brain...

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (522)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Well written,entertaining"
    Overall

    A popular novel, enjoyable to read. Moves along nicely most of the time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes, we follow the story of the fateful year 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Julie says: "Wonderful story!"
    "Bodice Ripper"
    Overall

    Rare unsatisfactory review This book turned out to be a bodice ripper. The narrator has an odd English accent which is inconsistent throughout the book. The characters speak in these declaratory sentences. Very odd and generally unsatisfactory book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (246)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Concise instructions"
    Overall

    Of all the "organization tools" available, this is the clearest and most committed to getting you organized. I did end up buying the book as the ideas are also expressed in "maps" that make a point very simple to understand. The author has spent a considerable amount of time and energy working through these concepts. No false steps here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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