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Chris Rowe

Raleigh, NC USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (761)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "No Need To Pile On"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Land of Painted Caves better?

    Wasn't this supposed to be the last installment of the Ayla story? That was my understanding and, to be honest, the only reason that I fought through it. I have to assume that it is not the last because the same questions that all of us had were not answered. The story had nothing really, it wad quite dull. Occasionally there were story line set-ups that in past books would have gone into a very exciting direction that just went nowhere. If you want to listen, start in the middle of part three and go from there. The beginning could have been titled The Land of Ancient Domestic Life. By the way, I thought that Sandra Burr did a very good job reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Danielle Paige
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion.

    Karmstr112 says: "The Land of Oz has been turned on its head"
    "I Tried it But It Is Just Not For Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can see where many would enjoy this book, the narrator did a fine job, the story just didn't work for me. My problem is, what some will like about the story, taking characters that I have been familiar with all of my life, and changing them completely, making them all evil didn't help. Making them so different is what did not work for me.


    Has Dorothy Must Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Devon Sorvari’s performance would you have changed?

    None


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1314)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "What A Nice Surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Listening Is an Act of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very different, very entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a series of interviews that were performed (usually) between friends and family members. It was usually loving insight into parts of peoples lives. I did enjoy hearing this short book a lot more than I thought that I would.


    What about Dave Isay’s performance did you like?

    Dave Issay really only did the introduction


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of the interviews were really wonderful. I believe that I had a smile on my face almost throughout, that is when my eyes were not tearing up.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that there were more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (284)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    auther says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Good Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stealing the General to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the audio version.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other of Mr Pinchot's readings that I am aware of. I did not realize until after I had completed parts 1 and 2 that he was the reader being familiar with one of his past tv series. I did think, quite a few times during listening to the book that the narrator was very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I have had this book on my wish list for many months but I only recently got it because it was on sale for 4.95. I have listened to many audiobooks on the civil war. I had read the summary and thought "what the heck". After a slow start, this was a fascinating story that I was not aware of. I found it to be very entertaining and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clapton: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Eric Clapton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (143)

    Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    I was really excited when I saw that this book was released on audiobook. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in this audio book. I wanted more detail on the incredible bands and the wonderful songs that Clapton was involved in, this was usually short treated. To be honest, I found the guy to be a bit whiney. I got tired of hearing about his women. Sometimes you learn more in biographies than you ever wanted to know.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Eliot Asinof
    • Narrated By Harold N. Cropp
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "The Most Gigantic Sporting Swindle in the History of America!" This headline proclaiming the 1919 fix of the World Series startled millions of readers and focused the attention of the entire country on one of the most incredible episodes ever to be enacted in the public eye.

    Chris Rowe says: "Very Good"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    What a great audio book. I bought it over a year ago and never got around to listening to it. Last week I was painting the house interior and had some time so I gave it a listen. I was very impressed. The story is facinating. I thought that I had an idea of the history but I really knew none of the facts. It is very well written and very well read. It is a complicated story with many characters. It was not difficult to keep up with all of the different story lines and characters. I certainly recommend this title

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence S. Ritter
    • Narrated By Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, and others
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Baseball's Golden Age comes alive through the voices of men who were there. Selected from the original tapes on which Lawrence S. Ritter based his classic book of baseball history, The Glory of Their Times is a collection of wonderful tales that paint a vivid and evocative picture of a lively young America and the giants who starred on her ballfields, legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and many others.

    Richard says: "A Game Winning, Grand Slam!!!"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Fascinating. Listened in one sittig, wished that there was more.
    Like an audio documentary. I really liked it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    Chris Rowe says: "Not The Best"
    "Not The Best"
    Overall

    This title was actually a bit hard for me to get through and I had the un-abridged version. It became a "fill in" until the last two hours which were exciting but the beginning I found to be pretty dull. I probably would have thought even less had the reader not done his usual outstanding work. I have listened to all off the books in this series and will continue to do so. I was not unhappy iwth this title, just a bit disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Life in L.A.'s Legendary Rock and Roll Neighborhood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Walker
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture.

    Louise says: "Interesting book. Poor reader."
    "OK"
    Overall

    The book was alright. I was expecting quite a bit more and hoped for a deeper insight into the goings on of the time. I did find the vocabulary that the writer used to very often be unnecessarily loquacious which repeatedly sent me scurrying off to my thesaurus.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this title quite a bit. As is usual with these Preston books, kinda weird story with soft ending but very entertaining. Rene Auberjonois is probably the best reader of the many books that I have listened to. He alone is worth the listen on this one. I recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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