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Daniel

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Felder, Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of the bands wild ride, from the pressure-packed recording studios and trashed hotel rooms to the tension-filled courtrooms, and from the joy of writing powerful new songs to the magic of performing in huge arenas packed with roaring fans.

    Paul Schmitz says: "Don Felder is an interesting dude"
    "Don & Glenn effed over Felder"
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    Felders contribution to the band throughout 70s was equal that of Henley and Frye. They screwed him on royalties. Listening to this book is pretty convincing that Frey & Henley were greedy bastards who wouldn't share evenly with the band member (not a side show)
    responsible for much of American Rock history. Felder gave as many compliments to Don & Glenn as he did criticism of their dictatorship. And they were also basing the split

    Frey and Henley got 2/7ths on Hell Freezes Over proceeds.
    Felder, Schmidt, and Walsh only got 1/7th. Felder should have gotten more. If not for him, Hotel California would have never had the world reach it had.

    based on Henley & Frey 's solo work. Henley put out some excellent music. Frey's solo work really sucked compared to Henley.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7291)
    Performance
    (3837)
    Story
    (3871)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Audible: it's not here to stay. Missed memo"
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    We were told the last Sookie book came out last May. Mrs. Harris herself has said that's it.
    Did I miss a major announcement?
    Why market the books in your "Series That are Here to Stay" category?

    D
    Austin, Tx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2768)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2530)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Guy perspective.... Flawed but still a good story"
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    The biggest mistake CH Harris made was to set the expectations beginning with Dead to the World. That book created a perception that Eric/Sookie was meant to be and all of the rest was headed in that direction. What didn't help was the some of the same audience was reading and dreaming about the epic, irreversible love between Edward/Bellla (or Rob/Kristen) and these people wanted a similar ending with this series.

    But it's not like Eric was ever the selfless vampire who wanted only Sookie. She was right to not use the Cluviel Dor (last book) to make Eric choose. If he couldn't live without Sookie then he should have put up a bigger fight.

    Also, throughout the entire series, Sookie never stopped imagining sex with all of the respective suitors. Hardly a woman devoted to one man only.

    I'm still going to enjoy two or three listens.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1361)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    bluebelle says: "LOVER AT LAST!"
    "my least fav of the series due to the gay sex"
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    I'm no homophob by any stretch, but yes those sections forced me to x 3 the narration. I love the series for the non sexual stuff, and i could live without all the heterosexual stuff on the previous books. I'm interested in Wrath vs Score, and this whole universe JR Ward has created, writer mine. Mayhap the next book won't have any gay sex. I know many people love this series specifically for the sex, and I admit the first few books stirred my libido, but I'm more interested in the rest of it. You can't skip this book if you are already into the series. just fast forward through the Quinn/Blake alone time. (Unless thats what you want....this will be a popular book amongst our gay friends & family) This homosexual story was necessary for the series, IMO, but that doesn't mean I wanted to hear about them spooning and all that.

    0 of 1 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
    (15698)
    Performance
    (13925)
    Story
    (13959)

    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 performance....Skilled writing.... Bad story"
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    I am listening and enjoying it. Not sure if I would like this at all if I were reading instead of listening. I don't see a single redeeming quality about the main character, Nick. This kinda reminds me of that pretty boy in Cali who killed his wife. Perhaps that real story inspired this book. Nick is a real jerk and I am hating him the more I listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2184)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "That book I've been looking for"
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    I burn so many credits on books I can't finish. I have over 300 titles in my library and have probably finished a third at the most. This is the first book in a while that fully has my attention. I keep rewinding in case I missed an important detail.

    It's about a guy with a rough background, due to no fault of his own, who manages to finally achieve success. And then his past comes back to haunt him. He doesn't know what is happening to him...but knows its not good.

    The reader is a seasoned pro.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6666)
    Performance
    (5059)
    Story
    (5139)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Great mix If you like history and vampires"
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    I enjoy watching programs on the History Channel about Lincoln. I also like some (not all) vampire fiction, with Charlaine Harris being the best in that Genre. I waste allot of credits on audio books I never finish. I thought this book was going to be a bust and made the mistake of not giving it a chance. When I saw recently it was being made into a movie, I pulled it out of my library and gave it another chance. It really was good. It doesn't glorify Vampires at all. Lincoln thinks they are nasty creatures and is committed to eliminating them from America. Grahame-Smith has done a masterful job of mixing real history with fiction that you can almost believe its real if you allow your imagination to take over. He also hired the perfect narrator to read this book. The voice is a very believable Lincoln as well as the other characters. Music is mixed in at the right moments. Superb work!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (704)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Melinda says: "Nietzsche in Wolf's Clothing/Philosophy or Horror"
    "Different but good"
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    I think people have expectations and then are excessively harsh when judging a successful writer. If I didn't know it was written by Anne Rice, I would not have been able to tell it was her by the style. She presents an alternate view on Werewolves which is semi believable. It wasn't the greatest book I've heard this year but I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker, Laurie Birmingham, Christina Moore, and others
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Fans of Charlaine Harris’ best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels will find much to enjoy in this companion to the immensely popular series. Included are a never-before-published novella and an exclusive interview with Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s True Blood. Sookie herself guides listeners on a tour of Bon Temps, gives them a peek at the werewolf and werepanther communities, provides a glimpse of her best friend Tara’s dress shop, and offers a look at Merlotte’s - the bar where Sookie earns her living.

    Daniel says: "Short story is OK. But this isn't worth a credit"
    "Short story is OK. But this isn't worth a credit"
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    I rate all of the Sookie novels high and the short story read by Johanna Parker was good. However this book has so much filler. I would have preferred to read it on a Kindle and skip most of it. The summary of all the novels was OK but a fan doesnt need that. The secret communications between Eric & Bill was definitely interesting. Though the two guys reading as Bill and Eric are experienced narrators, they weren't convincing in these roles. For example Bill had no Southern accent. I am not a fan of the TV show. That's another topic, but Steven Moyer nails Bill, IMO, and the show does have great actors. This Companion Novel lost my suppport when i reached the chapter dedicated to the President of the Charlaine Harris fan club. Seriously, who cares! That was filler.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3920)
    Performance
    (2614)
    Story
    (2603)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book as much as any of the previous ten. I liked it better than Dead in the Family. I long for the time when I first discovered the series and had 80+ hours of listening ahead. Johanna Parker has made this series one of the best. Her voice is Sookie. So many fans of the series are missing the experience of having Johanna perform.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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