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Charles McNeal

Member Since 2002

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Love Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gish Jen
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens, Ken Leung, Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Critically acclaimed author Gish Jen is a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee and the person John Updike proclaimed as the young novelist most likely to become his successor. In The Love Wife, Jen poignantly explores the explosive dynamics of a mixed-race modern family.

    Cynthia says: "really special book"
    "Boring at best"
    Overall

    How anybody could rate this read better than a one is beyond me. I hve listened to 80-90 reads and got through all but this one. I could never follow where the author was going with a very narrow plot. Maybe if I listened for another hour or so, maybe not, to many great books out there. Cheers

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (809)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Over the top"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not compelled to write review very often, and when I do it is always positive. But, this book is awful.
    I could not relate to nor did I even like any of the main people in the book. Not being a prude I am not offended by much.....but, wow, the language, the carnage, blood everything way over the top. I gave it two stars only because I listened to the ending, which was also a disapointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (327)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    Rick says: "Frequent Listener"
    "The worst book ever"
    Overall

    Normally I read reviews and not write them. I feel obligated to write on this book mainly to warn future readers not to waste their money. Absolutely the worst book I have listened to in the four years I've been a member.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3152)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1651)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "great story"
    Overall

    Totally entertained me. Could hardly wait to start my commute so I could hear more. The download format for my Ipod was not up to par [difficult to hear some characters and some were too loud]. Worth it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5178)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2082)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Too farout for me"
    Overall

    This book starts out great but fades into a reality that is far beyond my comprehension. It fades in and out real life experiences so fast that I found it hard to follow. I am 2/3 through this book but I do not think the ending will save it, but I will take the book to the end.

    2 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "Narrator was great"
    Overall

    To each their own. Do not shy away from this great story because or the narrator, I totally enjoyed his presentation of the charactors. Five star for sure

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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