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Chris

Olathe, KS, United States | Member Since 2008

ratings
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Road to Nowhere

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Chopper Read
    • Narrated By Andy McPhee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    This book is Chopper's redemption. It is the real story of the man, the criminal and the prisoner, told with black humour and surprising insight.

    david says: "Spellbinding"
    "Classic Chopper - I didnt want the story to end"
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    My only criticism is that it was not long enough. I could have listened for another 20+ hours. His life story fascinates me. I have read all his books and watched the movie and have not been disappointed once. The book gives the reader a glimse into prison life that should be enough deterrent for anyone contemplating a life of crime. Although brutal at times, there are some stories that had me laughing out loud at Chopper's retelling of the event. It is short at just over 5 hours, but absorbing from beginning to end. If you enjoy this subject matter, this is a must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jay Dobyns, Nils Johnson-Shelton
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (98)

    Getting shot in the chest as a rookie ATF agent, bartering for machine guns, throttling down the highway at 100 miles per hour, and responding to a full-scale, bloody riot between the Hells Angels and their rivals, the Mongols - these are just a few of the high-adrenaline experiences Jay Dobyns recounts in this action-packed, hard to imagine, but true story of how he infiltrated the legendary Hells Angels.

    Kenneth says: "A waste of time."
    ""I would avoid this one...""
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    I loved "Under and Alone" and was hoping that I would get more of that with this book, but it was not to be. One of the reviewers mentioned that the author was totally full of himself and the plot lingered on with meaningless commentary. Having not listened to the book yet, I thought that this review had to be harsh and I gave it a try. The review was totally right on. Some of the egotistical comments almost made me stop listening and move on to something else. I hung on and must say it was a disappointing ride. No doubt, what he and his fellow agents did to infiltrate the Hells Angels was extremely brave and commendable, but the book itself is totally lacking anything of substance to keep your interest. One or two chapters could have covered it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3901)
    Performance
    (3171)
    Story
    (3194)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Dark Places ...Indeed"
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    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    I kept seeing all the press about Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl", so I thought I would start with one of earlier works. Wow. I was totally engrossd from the very beginning. What I like most is the way that Flynn weaves the past and present with each character keeping you guessing throughout the entire book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    Although I was engaged by all the characters, I think Ben's story was most memorable. I kept trying to figure out his actions and the motives behind them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving away too much, it was the revelation of the "who, why and how" of the murders. Caught me by surprise and that doesnt happen often.


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

    The ending was climactic and satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait to move on to "Sharp Objects" and then "Gone Girl". Gillian Flynn totally grabbed my interest in her work with "Dark Places".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

    Ninotchka says: "If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!"
    "One of the Best Bio's...."
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    What made the experience of listening to Rod the most enjoyable?

    I have been a huge Rod fan since for many years and was very excited when I saw this come out. This is a great bio from a great performer, but the humor in the book was outstanding. I found myself literally laughing out loud in my car at various points in the audio.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I flet like it was Rod's voice throughout the entire listen. Exceptional narration.


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

    YES - once again, it has so much humor in it that I couldnt wait to hear Rod's next story or just his presentation of the event. Some of it was not so much the event itself, as it was his take on it. The book also comments on other British bands that were just getting started such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and how American singers such as Muddy Waters influenced their music.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say that if you are a Rod Stewart fan, this would be a must. If you are not, it is still a great listen. Getting a first hand look at the British invasion groups and the great story behind it is great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17676)
    Performance
    (15716)
    Story
    (15669)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Outstanding!"
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    I could not put this listen down. There is so much more here than just the Kennedy assasination - I felt like I was back in 1958 and not sure I wanted the book to come back to the present. I agree with one reader who said that he wishes he hadn't given out some other 5 star reviews because, compared to this, they didnt quite measure up. Craig Wasson's narration is great as well. Perhaps a movie in the making?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (114)

    With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

    Tim says: "Bravo!"
    "A very good listen"
    Overall

    After listening to this book, I am very surprised that the "real" story has not been told at the theater. The Warren Beatty movie is not as exciting at the true story. I can only think that they did not have enough of the facts presented in this book at the time. Very well written and the narrative was very good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11600)
    Performance
    (7572)
    Story
    (7606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    I have listened to many, many audio books over the years and tend to gravitate to historical books. This is certainly in my top 5. Very well written and delivered on audio about a truely unbelievable story. I could not stop listening every chance I could get. The book does a great job of capturing the whole story leaving you satisfied at the end with the aftermath and conclusion. I googled the many characters in the book because you will want to see what many of them look like after listening to their stories and actions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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