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Chaim

Spring Valley, NY, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle. Ronald Kessler reveals what they have seen, providing startling, previously untold stories about the presidents, from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as about their families, Cabinet officers, and White House aides.

    ken says: "A so so read."
    "Entertaining BUT...."
    Overall

    The book was a good listen. Less on tactics, etc... and more on Presidential Gossip.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3562)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1958)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Get This Book"
    Overall

    In a word. Awesome. The story kept me trapped at the edge of my seat, anxiously waiting to find out what happens next. The setting was well devised - a plausible view of some distant future. The narrator - Perfect. Five Stars. Buy it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3133)
    Performance
    (2361)
    Story
    (2378)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "30 minutes in....."
    Overall

    Okay... The story is interesting thus far, but the Narrator is hard to get used to. He reminds me of that flat, unemotional robot voice that used to read text to you on those first generation Mac computers. I don't know...... How long... I can last...

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5622)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3592)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "Atlas Shrugged (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    In a word - AMAZING. Ayn Rand is on the money and scarily enough it seems to be happening today. Very timely reading for a book written in the 50s. Scott Brick narrated the book perfectly. I never tired of his voice, and this was a LONG audiobook.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (825)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Chad says: "Simmons' Magnum Opus"
    "Well written and narrated"
    Overall

    The grand finale of the Hyperion Cantos! Well written, gut wrenching and ends well. I'm sad to see the series end, but.... That's life, right? I'll give it a year or two and then re-listen to the entire cantos again.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 2: Omen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (424)

    The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo's shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is exploiting anti-Jedi sentiment to undermine the Order's influence within the Galactic Alliance.

    Chaim says: "A necessary evil"
    "A necessary evil"
    Overall

    Okay. I follow Star Wars and have read most of the novels in the SW Universe. The book was palatable because a) it continues to develop the story line and b) once again my favorite characters were brought to life by a *great* narrator. However, this series in general is beginning to become predictable. A couple more Jedi go nuts and Luke/Ben visit one more world and learn one more of Jacen's force abilities. *Yawn* The book could have been longer and could have developed the story line deeper. I also think that suddenly fabricating a new Sith race is.... kind of shallow. ( As was done by releasing "Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice" in May 2009.)

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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