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Arvada, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 9 reviews
  • 78 ratings
  • 338 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014

  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Terrible story - unrealistic motivations"
    What disappointed you about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I tried to listen to this story two times and could not make it past a couple chapters. One of the things that attracted me to the book was digging into the motivations of people from very distant historical times. What I found was 20th century people inhabiting the 13th century bodies. This seems like a vanity piece for the author. Not serious historical fiction.

    Has The Pillars of the Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will not read anything else by the author.

    How could the performance have been better?

    No issues with performance.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pillars of the Earth?

    The prime character burying his wife followed within 24 hours by him having sex with the woman he fantasized about, while his children watched.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

    wendy says: "better than absolution gap"
    "The worst book I ever read all the way through"
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.

    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.

    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    Alastair Reynolds

    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book.
    Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "One of the best audible books ever"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?

    Brilliant performance, fantastic writing, edge of the seat story

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Scenes of Belfast environs during the troubles

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

    Fantastic performance.

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

    Loved it.

    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a try - you will not be dissapointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The switches and turns in the book (mainly breaks in chapters and narrator's voice) as well as the complexity of the story made this a very very challenging audio-book. I have to admit I gave up on it when I lost my place (accidentally fast-forwarded) and decided it was not worth my further investment to go find it and try to pick up the thread again. I think this is probably a great book, just very difficult to track in audio-book form.

    Has Wolf Hall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love historical fiction.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Slater?

    I have no response

    What character would you cut from Wolf Hall?

    I have no response

    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line - this does not seem like a good book to be an audio-book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Thrills for the introvert, stunning performance"
    If you could sum up Quicksilver in three words, what would they be?

    Step into Baroque

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quicksilver?

    Fighting off Pirates outside of Boston Harbor

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Never dominated the story, underscores dialogue with varied natural sounding voices

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

    I had to concentrate to listen - I could not do other brain work while listening.

    Any additional comments?

    This is the start of a wonderful series of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Neither this nor that"
    What would have made Sutton better?

    I was disappointed by this book. It is written as historical fiction, but has an overlayed story that is dull and includes three characters that are not very interesting. I wish the story had been told from some other perspective in forward time or that it had been written as non-fiction. As it is, it sucks as a piece of fiction, and does't work as non-fiction. I heard the author talking about the book, and I think he was trying to capture the different voices that Sutton himself spoke with about his own life at different times, but it really does not work. Suggest you read the WIkipedia entry on Willy Sutton and leave the book alone.

    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Moehringer again?

    Probably not.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dylan Baker?

    Maybe - nothing really stood out about the performance.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

    Lynn says: "Informative, Timely"
    "20 years perspective may be too early"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    At his best, Mr. Rushdie offers his insights and perspective of his own experience as harbinger of the age of Islamic terrorism. Mildly interesting is his detailed recounting of the proud support of allies and the insults and betrayals of bad actors. But what really bedevils this book is his obsessive chronicling of mundane events inside his golden cage. I would not recommend the bood to a friend because there is not enough of insight or perspective to make wading through the settling of scores and diary-like review of events satisfying. The best part of the book is the prologue. My advice: read that and then read one his fiction books. Leave this one for the graduate students.

    What was most disappointing about Salman Rushdie’s story?

    That the writer was so possessed of his own story, that he failed to consider his reader and tell an interesting story.

    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor and Salman Rushdie – was your favorite?

    Some of the police officers are rendered sympathetically.

    Could you see Joseph Anton being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Of course this will be a movie and Daniel Craig or Daniel Day-Lewis will play Salman Rushdie and get nominated for an oscar because they managed to so convincingly convert themselves from all the past roles we have seen them play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    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.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Beautifully written and well performed audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I do not usually read this sort of book, but selected it because of the Pulitzer Prize. I was pleased to find so much detailed history filtered through personal experience fleshing out a wonderful story. I would very much recommend the audiobook.

    What other book might you compare Middlesex to and why?

    I do not usually read books like this one. Perhaps like a John Irving story, but less fantastic.

    Which character – as performed by Kristoffer Tabori – was your favorite?


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

    No - just a really good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Long and dull"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

    I have enjoyed other S King books, but this one looks to me like the old man has grown too great to have any editors look over his shoulder and make any cuts. It just went on and on restating the same things over and over - meandering and getting to the climax so slowly, I could hardly believe it.

    Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Mr Wasson's performance very much.

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

    It was OK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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