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HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Pawnbroker

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jerry Hatchett
    • Narrated By Jay Wohlert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what it was. His life as a pawnbroker in a Mississippi town is good. He has a beautiful family and the future looks bright. Then he kills an armed robber and discovers that he was anything but a common criminal. Trouble cascades upon Bolton from the police, from home, and from unknown parties who may be the most vicious of all. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is.

    Amazon Customer says: "An interesting convergence of characters"
    "An interesting convergence of characters"
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    I enjoyed the way the author kept the plates spinning on the characters on all fronts. I thought the strange convergence of characters at the end and some of the later character transformations were quite ingenious. I have to confess that the narration did leave a little to be desired. Some solid characterizations, some not.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    It's the 21st century, and let's be honest: things are a little disappointing. Despite every World's Fair prediction and the advertisements in comic books, we are not living the future we were promised. By now, life was supposed to be a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia, a place where a grown man could wear a velvet spandex unitard and not be laughed at. Where are the ray guns, the flying cars, and the hoverboards that we expected? What happened to our moon colonies and servant robots?

    R. Blocher says: "Starting to Date Itself"
    "slightly dated, but very funny"
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    Book about future tech from 2007 so there's that... But was a great listen otherwise!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: Written by Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Frederick Douglass
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. In it he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the reception of his work. In this engrossing narrative he recounts early years of abuse; his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and his crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent in so many ways..."
    "Excellent in so many ways..."
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    ... not the least of which was that a few times I caught myself wondering "how did they get such a good recording of Douglass?" Many, many pats on the back to Mr. Allen.

    I've held Douglass as a hero for many years even without knowing the fullest details of his story. Knowing them now, I'd say first that it was WELL worth the 21 hours of listening to find them out, and second that it only builds my respect for one of our country's great heroes. Any student of American history should invest themselves in this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland: Age 42 and Three-Quarters (A Comedy Mystery)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara Silkstone
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Alice Harte's life is falling apart. Her boss at the real estate firm where she works is a litigious and murderous man with ties to "The Mob"; in Florida. She KNOWS he has literally beheaded someone in the past. Her whole life she has dreamed of living in England and meeting a man similar to John Cleese. In an attempt to start breaking away from her boss who is threatening her with a lawsuit, she flies to England to meet Nigel Channing, who has been charming her through e-mails and phone calls.

    Yvonne says: "Fun Action Packed Read!!!"
    "Pretty enjoyable for a non AIW fan"
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    Performance
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    Karen Krause does an excellent job on the narration. Many pats on the back there. Lots of texture, lots of nuance. It's difficult to narrate that many opposite gender characters, but she handles it well.

    I think some of the book was lost on me for not knowing all the details of the original Alice in Wonderland. It probably resonates more with AIW aficionados. But having said that, there are some very good payoffs in the final chapters for things that I had been wondering about for most of the book. And there's a good tension toward the end as Alice finds the line between what is happening in the real world and what isn't. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interstellar Dad

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeff Beesler
    • Narrated By Robert Neil DeVoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Andrew Skyes would do just about anything to be a dad. Unfortunately, a twist of fate leaves him unable to conceive a child, making his life a nightmare. His wife Denise leaves him because of this. He can't even perform well at work after the divorce. If he could just focus on making enough sales to keep his boss happy, he might turn things around for himself. While trying to score a sale outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Andrew's jeep blows a flat. Just as a tow truck operator named Tucker comes to his rescue, a weird ship crashes in the desert.

    Matt D says: "Great Book"
    "Solid narration, story is a bit off..."
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    Robert Neil DeVoe does a very good job with this book. I was impressed (also relieved) when the main female character undergoes a transformation and becomes much more likable (and easier to listen to) in the 2nd half. All other characters solid, and the first conversation between the navigationally challenged aliens is the strongest point in the piece.

    The plot structure is quite interesting. However, I found the character development somewhat lacking. Primarily, I could not reconcile the lack of incredulity of the characters given the bizarre situation in which they find themselves. Not much there to back up the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Debt Con$piracy: Lance West Series

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris Lewis, Will Lewis
    • Narrated By Bob Knowles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Black Team, an elite special ops team commissioned - off the books - by a United States Senator, eliminates threats to the country in ways that no official government agency can. When newest member Lance West accompanies his partner on a secret mission to Tokyo to gather intel on powerful Hong Kong mafia boss Fen Tsung, the situation deteriorates. Tsung kills West's partner and frames him for the murder.

    Erica says: "Gripping action!"
    "There are pros and cons to the ensemble style"
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    It took a bit to adjust to listening to the cast perform, but once I got it I enjoyed how, in this style, they could do some layering of voices and sounds and really texture a scene in a way that can't happen with a single narrator. The script also excels in keeping the simultaneous action going. I did miss the level of character background and depth of a longer book, as well the deeper exploration of the title's meaning, but that's just a personal preference. It is written as a screenplay rather than a novel. So I give it good marks for being a different approach to the theme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1161)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Yes. Wow. Could be my favorite listen so far."
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    If you could sum up Sacre Bleu in three words, what would they be?

    Sharp, engrossing, intelligent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacre Bleu?

    Cannot pick one moment. Little flashes of genius pop up constantly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time Moore delves into the etymology of the name "Poop-stick."


    Any additional comments?

    Christopher Moore and Euan Morton have just created a new fan! Although everything about the book is terrific, for me the way Morton's narration exactly captures Moore's sharp wit and characters kept me longing for each person to come back into the scene so I could see what they did next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (419)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "Timely and easy to listen to"
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    What did you love best about The Road to Serfdom?

    Road to Serfdom is every bit as applicable today as it was 70 years ago. My mind was taken many different directions over the course of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    William Hughes does a fantastic job with this book. His voice is very engaging on a piece which-- profound or not-- is still 9 hours of economic nonfiction... I have listened to other similar books that I wonder if the production company chose the narrator most likely to put people to sleep. Not here.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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