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Char

CharV

Omaha, NE, United States | Member Since 2008

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REVIEWS
7
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment.

    S. Stambler says: "Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!"
    "Exceptionally Written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Big Little Life again? Why?

    Yes, this one is a definite again and again book. Koontz is such an excellent writer and a way with wit and humor throughout. Sometimes I had to laugh out loud. Sometimes cried.


    What other book might you compare A Big Little Life to and why?

    Can't think of any at the moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them. There was not one boring moment in this book. I almost wanted to start it again just after finishing it.


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

    Experiences of love and laughter through my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be advising everyone I know to listen to this book. This is a book that has got to be better in the audio form than reading it the conventional way. The narrator did excellent job on it also. Great inflections for the humor etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (391)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "Always Great Stuff"
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    Performance
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    Where does Covert Warriors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to about 400 books in the last 3 years. This whole series of the Presidential Agent is at least in the top two books in a series. Every booki in this series is relevant and the characters have developed so well since the beginning book. I love every one of them.


    What other book might you compare Covert Warriors to and why?

    I listen to too many books to make a comparison against one. Well developed characters and great suspense and action and story lines. I already await the next one.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill is one of the best and particularly well suited to this series. Love his portral of all of the main characters but Charlie and Fernando are probably my favorites. The previous book in this series was not read by Dick Hill and it totally killed it for me and many others. Dick Hill


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

    Lots of suspense and there is always some sarcastic humor in this series. Love every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I just hate waiting for a year or more for the next one. Griffin is involved in so many series, which are all good, but this series has always been my favorite

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10518)
    Performance
    (5761)
    Story
    (5805)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    I got this book recently on a sale on Audible. The reviews were great and since there are animals in it, I went for it. Even though the subject of this book is quite devastating and serious, there is some very good humor there in all the right places. You will begin to feel that you are the one experiencing this incredible adventure. Sometimes you will laugh out loud and sometimes you will want to cry for the incredible dilemma the author is in. I loved the telling of how the Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker, got his name. I will listen to this book again sometime for certain. The narration was great also. Well desering of the awards this book has won. Buy it and enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

    AudioAddict says: "Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!"
    "Absolutely Wonderful"
    Overall

    I found this series by accident. I love the narrator so I searched other books he has narrated in the past. Since I also love westerns I snatched up the whole series of 4 on the same day. These are a must to read in order. This one is the first, then The Hondo Kid, The Prodigal Brother, and The Family. Haven't read a western this good since Lonesome Dove. I totally hated to see the series end and am still hoping there might be another addition to it in the future. It's hard for me to fathom that these were written by a semi-retired professional wrestler. They are extremely well done and I will definitely read this series again and again in the future. The characters are wonderfully developed and you will feel as though you know each of them personally. Buy all 4 and you will not want to put down your iPod.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26927)
    Performance
    (13558)
    Story
    (13606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "I Want More"
    Overall

    This is an incredible book. I did not want it to end. There must be more to tell and hope there is another in continuance of this one. The narrators were totally awesome which very seldom happens when using multiple narrators in the same book. Laughing, crying, fearful and a whole gamut of emotions in this book. I've never listened to a book more realistic and well done than this one. I could not put it down. It ended too quickly. Very possibly what I would consider the best book I have listened to which is in the hundreds. Buy it and enjoy the ride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (557)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I do not agree at all with the few reviews who felt it was selfish and political. It is no secret that wounded vets have had a problem getting the type of treatment they need and the benefits they deserve. This has been happening since Vietnam. And PTSD is the most difficult to treat. Very few escape the PTSD at one level or another. After reading the book, I was totally disappointed in those who gave bad reviews. The book is about a very personal experience of one of our men in the military. There are hundreds of thousands dealing with many of the same issues from Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars seem to go on forever and they are taking a huge toll, particularly mentally. I hope that Luis writes another book about his continued progress and his life with Tuesday. I will read it and appreciate all of it. Very special book. Well written and I'm also very glad that Luis narrated the book himself. That made it even more personal. I will read this again one day and hope there is another to follow.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Only Tommy wins her heart and marries Glory after graduation. Different skills set the three men on separate paths in the Navy, but they are all forever changed by the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

    Glory, now Tommy’s widow, is a tough Navy nurse still grieving her loss while trying to save lives at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital.

    Hill says: "A real hit"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    I was born in 1946 after WWII but it was a big part of my parents life and learned much about it over the years. I like the human part of this story. Bringing in the human element is not often done in books about this war. It was needed and incredible. In the last part of this story, I cried a lot. I needed to do that and the story was incredible, not to mention the author notes at the end of the book. It is totally special and a time in our history that we can be proud of. That doesn't seem to be the case with today's wars. I'm not certain why that it because our men and women in the Middle East deserve all of the best we have to give them. Read this book, consume it and get into the human's in this incredible story. Get it, consume it and cry about it. I cry for our soldiers today also.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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