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Chris

Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

Sydney

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  • 51 reviews
  • 158 ratings
  • 923 titles in library
  • 95 purchased in 2014
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  • Syndrome E

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

    Just Jen says: "Unique and entertaining, an absolute must."
    "Subliminal Manipulation"
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    I think we can stand to have another take on films that kill (The Ring).
    An interesting thriller that will keep you listening to the end.
    Gildart Jackson as the narrator goes a little over the top with some of his accents.
    I enjoyed this much better than Gone Girl. Its a lot darker.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1424)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "A Defining Moment in American History"
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    This is a fascinating account of a critical and nation defining moment in American History.
    The abolition of slavery. This book details the lives of the men and women who played such a prominent role in this period. This is no dry academic look at history, Goodwin makes the period and the players come alive to make this a real page turner. Lincoln forged a team that liberated a nation from the contagion of slavery. He truly deserves his place as one of the most admired presidents of the United States.
    After you listen to the book I recommend you see the film Lincoln and the extraordinary performance by Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (432)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Best Narration I have ever listened to"
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    This is a great book, made perfect by the narration of John C Reilly.
    The best narration of an audible book I have ever listened to.
    This book is a stunning example of how power corrupts so completely.
    There is a fine line between sanity and normality.
    I hope Mr Reilly graces us with more narrations in future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wah-Wah Diaries: The Making of a Film

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard E. Grant
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Here are the very personal diaries of Richard E. Grant's debut behind the camera, as writer and director of his autobiographical movie of the same name.

    It is both a fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters along the way, and also a deeply moving portrait of his childhood and his love affair with Swaziland, where he was born and brought up during the last throes of the British Empire.

    S. Stambler says: "Wonderful listen. Read by an actor's actor."
    "The Perils of Film Making"
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    Loved this book, thoroughly enjoyable ride into the highs and lows of making a film.
    Richard E Grant is fabulous as the narrator as he takes us on his personal journey full of triumphs and disasters. I hope Audible adds his other book With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant to its library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (933)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "Mesmarizing first book in the Vampire Chronicles"
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    No one writes better in the vampire genre as does Anne Rice.
    This is my third time working through the Vampire Chronicles, only this time I have
    the luxury of listening to the books.
    This is a sweeping tale through time eternal, conspiracies, betrayal, intrigue galore.
    Its a shame no director has ever done justice to these books, they are so much better than
    Twilight. These vampires do not want to date you, they want to bite you.
    Imagine interviewing a vampire in the 21st century... and it has me hooked every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diana Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tina Brown
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana's sexually charged mother, her bad-girl sister-in-law, Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

    Chris says: "Privileged people behaving badly"
    "Privileged people behaving badly"
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    A well researched book that covers the life and times of Princess Diana.
    The author keeps her objectivity and does not portray Diana as a saint or queen of hearts.
    I don't know why I am not surprised to learn that behind the public façade they are really privileged, spoilt dreadful people. A very interesting listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19881)
    Performance
    (17799)
    Story
    (17860)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Listen"
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    The book was not as good as I thought it would be.
    My problem was I did not like the characters, therefore was not invested in their various outcomes.
    I found the plot implausible.
    The ending did not ring true to me. But otherwise not a bad way to pass an afternoon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurie Sandell
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In December 2008, the world watched as master financier Bernard L. Madoff was taken away from his posh Manhattan apartment in handcuffs, accused of swindling thousands of innocent victims - including friends and family - out of billions of dollars in the world's largest Ponzi scheme. Madoff went to jail; he will spend the rest of his life there. But what happened to his devoted wife and sons?

    Judy says: "Horrible!!"
    "No winner in the Madoff Story"
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    This book was really interesting, to experience the Madoff disaster from inside the Madoff family.
    As compelling as their story is you still feel more sympathy for the victims of this horrendous fraud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elton John
    • Narrated By Elton John
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague.

    jeff says: "Inspiring book"
    "Illuminating look at Aids"
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    Very compassionate and informative look at Aids from Elton John.
    From the emergence of this epidemic in the 80's when these poor souls were cast out and
    ostracised, to how things stand today.
    A lot of work still remains to be done to combat this decease.
    Attitudes are still a problem to overcome especially in the lesser developed countries.
    Elton John continues to support this cause through his Aids Foundation.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (906)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "The definition of murder"
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    I found this book very informative. It is well researched and it tries to dissect the events leading up to the shooting as well as the aftermath.
    It dispels a lot of false reporting that came out of this tragedy.
    The girl who said yes to believing in God, never actually happened.
    The killers weren't gay. They weren't part of the Trench Coat Mafia. They weren't nerds or outcasts or goths, and they didn't target jocks or black people or anybody in particular. They did not go bowling for Columbine. They skipped class that morning instead and went on a killing spree.
    Psychopaths are neurologically different from healthy people. They're arrogant and obsessed with power and control, and they're cognitively almost incapable of remorse or empathy. If you are searching for an answer to why this crime was committed there isn't one. There are no logical reasons for senseless violence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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