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Enquiring Mind

Tokyo, Japan | Member Since 2003

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  • Shot in the Heart

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mikal Gilmore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    In an eloquent, mesmerizing voice, Mikal Gilmore weaves us through generations of his family's history to uncover the sources that led Gary Gilmore to murder, and the crippling aftermath of Gary's deed on his family. A vital and deeply American story, Shot in the Heart raises many compelling issues of concern in a country that grows ever more violent.

    Lisa says: "too bad it's abridged"
    "Affected writing and production"
    Overall

    The story, although dark and troubling, is moving. The writing is a bit affected -- the author tries too hard to be expressive and insightful. The same over-effort can be seen in the production as well. The narrators?f whispery voice is too dramatic and the musical interludes remind me more of Public Radio's Mystery Theater than a narrated book. The overall effect is the feeling of someone trying to manipulate the listener?fs emotions. This is a book that I would recommend, but it could be much better if the author and producers didn't try so hard for the dramatic and theatrical.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (391)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "A real let-down"
    Overall

    Very disappointing. The book needed to be 4x the length to balance out the intricate descriptions of life in Italy to the huge gaps left in character and plot development. I continued to hope through the story that some of the intriguing characters (Tin Man, Rudolph, the Saudi, Neil, etc., etc.) will somehow reappear to take meaning in the overall book but they never do, remaining only apparitions in a plodding tale with the most hollow and anticlimactic denouement I have ever experienced from such a popular writer. The story telling was horid and left a bad taste in my moth. I wont even start on the preposterous plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2982)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Stay clear of the Abriged version"
    Overall

    I listened to this book not realizing that I had accidtentally bought the abridgement. The abridgement ruined the story: the characters were undeveloped and the plot moved too quickly leaving key parts of the story mis-jointed. Don't waste your credits.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "Taliesin"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic book. I was captivated by it. There are parts of the book that I can see would be slow or taxing for some who are addicted to the instant gratification of constant action. However, just as Tolkein's more detailed descriptions of landscape and character give that book the intensity of reality, so does Lawhead's descriptive style give depth and reality to this story.

    Regarding the negative comments about the narrator, I both read and listened to the book alternately. I found the narrator?s interpretation provided depth to the characters and story that exceeded my own interpretation. I found myself returning and listening to sections that I had read just to hear how the narrator would interpret the section. I often preferred hers to mine. The only difference I would cite is that the narrator portrays the character of Charis as a little more rigid and cold than I had interpreted her to be.

    For those who enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend this story.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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