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Pittsburgh, PA, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 71 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Alan says: "My Choice for Frank Muller's Best"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First off, the performance would have to be immeasurably better. Secondly, I found no satisfaction in the narrative. The book wanders fairly aimlessly through a long arc of time. There are stretches that gloss over months, then stretches that linger monotonously on a few days. I could discern no reason nor rhythm to this. I would have hoped for more resolution, more point, some conclusion to the narrative. Overall, disappointing.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is so bad it is completely distracting. The reading is flat and monotonous. There is no modulation in tone or fluctuation in emotion to correlate with the events of the book. Everything is read with an overbearing sense of gravitas with no regard to what is actually being described. I found that incredibly tedious.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment.

    S. Stambler says: "Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What did you love best about A Big Little Life?

    This was a completely engaging story told by a wonderful story teller. I was entertained by the story of love between a dog and its people as well as the little insights it gave into who Dean Koontz is, as a person.

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


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

    No. I listen in the car.

    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to all who love their relationship with their dog, in all its wonder and magic. And maybe to those who wish they understood that relationship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    Steven says: "A Great Listen, but ..."
    "Nice concept, poorly executed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would really enjoy this. While the turmoil of adolescence is a given, it is fairly ridiculous that every possible teen conflict could come into the life of one character. It is also tedious when the main character's range of emotions can be summed up by the recurrent sentence,

    What was most disappointing about Stephen Chbosky’s story?

    The idea of having the main character narrate his story through a series of letters is a good one. Unfortunately, the book itself does not live up to this potential. Charlie's story is so cliche in it inclusion of every possible source of teen conflict that it becomes tedious. And it is tiresome that Charlie's response to almost all of this conflicts is to begin to cry. I really only finished the book so I could talk about it with the person who recommended it.

    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s performance?

    Adequate. Flat. Distant.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.

    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers commented on the surprise revelation at the end of the book. That enticement did keep me holding our hope for redemption of the book at its conclusion. It does not deliver. There are much better YA books to spend your time and money on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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