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Christopher

Miami, FL | Member Since 2013

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  • 26 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (971)

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland....

    Paul says: "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    "Very Upsetiing end? No answers given"
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    I can't believe I just sat for almost 11 hours listening to this book that didn't really go anywhere and had nothing really to add to the series. It was just one bumbled mishap after another with no clues to the real answer that was posed in the first book "The Maze Runner". I was VERY disappointed in this second book. I tried to compare it to other 2nd books in trilogies, but this one answers no questions and makes it necessary to buy the next one to see what the hell just happened in the last 11 hours!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4237)
    Performance
    (1927)
    Story
    (1951)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Perfectly WICKED!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    This was a long book and was enjoyed over a couple of days. The narrator does a superb job in telling the story.


    What other book might you compare Wicked to and why?

    Definitely NOT the Wizard of Oz!


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His inflections and character development with his voice over the course of the book was magnificent!


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

    It made me laugh hysterically at the end with all the miscommunication.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are expecting WICKED the Musical... you have the wrong book. The musical was based on characters in this book. But in no way is it the definitive narration. This is an adult book. True it is a fairy talk, but an adult one. With political and religious implications. I highly recommend this book for adults, who can put the silly musical behind them. There is no "Defying Gravity" song in this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Casual Weekend Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By A. J. Thomas
    • Narrated By Andy Babinski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he's carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.

    Christopher says: "It was O K... but that's all"
    "It was O K... but that's all"
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    First off, the narrator was horrid! The annoying grating and eventually by the end of the book the intolerable narration was a key factor in my rating. Once again it seems as if gay men can't seem to go through a book with out the graphic sexual description. I would love too listen to a book that the characters were just gay, and that the sex wasn't so important to write endless chapters describing it.

    The story itself wasn't too bad. Could have been a little more engaging. The "twists" were predictable. And the fact that a 2 week fling leads to a LTR is pushing the envelope. But I was nonetheless compelled to finish this book and find out what happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10030)
    Performance
    (9332)
    Story
    (9335)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "A "1984" for the 21st Century!"
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    This novel is so well done. A flash back to the late 70's and 80's. References to all the gaming and nostalgia for those geeks and freaks like me to enjoy. All the favorite movies, music, games that my generation grew up with. A cautionary tale that predicts what could happen if we continue on this internet frenzy and alternate reality that we are so embracing of. I am 50 years old and the perfect age to get all the references, but do recommend this book for all ages. Knowing the cross references helps in the nostalgia, but the story is one that all people of the 21 century can identify with especially with the way our planet seems to be heading into. Wil Wheaton's performance is fantastic. One of the best I've ever listened to. And I will look for other books read by him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2524)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Simply awful"
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    Pretentious and name dropping from the start from a second rate actor trying to be a bigger deal than he really is..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (337)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "WOW!!!"
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    I have not read any of the "Harry Hole" novels nor am I familiar with this author. But, you can bet that I will be reading more of Jo Nesbo. Very impressive writing and skilled narration. Yes there are surprises as mentioned in other reviews, but this is a very well put together novel. Twists and turns at every corner. No spoilers in this review though. Just lend yourself over to a very well read audilble.com book. You won't regret it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (863)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Elizabeth says: "Keeps you guessing till the very end!"
    "Disappointing and predictable ending,"
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    Like the second book in this series, I was very disappointed. The first book "The Maze Runner" was one of my favorite beginnings of a trilogy. The second book, "The Scorch Trials" left me with many unanswered questions. Too many for this book to answer adequately. I felt like I was plodding through another torturous book then was suddenly rushed to a "conclusion". Very predictable one at that. Glad there are no more books left. And I have NO desire to read the prequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5936)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2151)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "The Best Audible Book I've Ever Listened To!"
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    This book is so wonderfully written and the performance of the narrator when above and beyond any book I've ever listened to. This is a great American novel spanning generations. I was totally enthralled by the entire massive work. I can easily see why it won a Pulitzer prize. And won an Audible Book award too. I feel like I understand the Greek culture a lot better. This story is not so much the story of a hermaphodite than that of a family. This epic novel enthralled me to no extent. I HIGHLY recommend this audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (333)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Bull says: "Grisham wins a bet."
    "It felt like a guide to learning Italian."
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    Typical Grisham... except that the first 3/4 of the book feel like an intense course into the Italian language. The book could have been streamlined if they didn't have every Italian word that was spoken or learned by the character pronounced. The novel is non descriptive. Not the best novel Grisham has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (365)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
    "Couldn't finish it because of bed narration"
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    The book is not bad but the narrator is horrible. First off Biloxi is pronounced bil-uh-xi. Not bil-ah-xi. Very irritating. He's constantly breathless. Couldn't take the voice anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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