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South Orange, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 6 reviews
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  • 273 titles in library
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  • The Missing Chums: Hardy Boys 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the Hardy Boys set out to solve the mystery of their missing chums, they discover a gang hide-out in a cave on an island along the way.

    MillenniumMike says: "Enjoyable Hardy Boys sleuthing around Bayport"
    "One of the Better "Hardys""

    Okay - they're all pretty formulaic - but this one is a little less predictable than most. And the supporting cast gets to shine a little more than they usually do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Real Good But Not As Good As Hyped"

    Dang, I wanted to love this book. With all the good reviews and awards the thing got I was looking forward to this as a new favorite that I could go back to every couple of years. Don't get me wrong - I really really liked it. But it's not going down in history as an all-time fave. The characters are great - the sci fi dystopic vision is thought provoking and feels real. It's not just a good genre book - it's a good novel. But in the end - I wasn't blown away with the way the plot resolves. I think I wanted to see what happens after the novel ends - maybe there is a sequel to come but it feels like an ending that is meant to be the ending. The narrator does a good job of creating a bunch of different accents for characters without calling attention to himself - enhancing the words rather than making it about the performance. Definitely a worthwhile listen - I think my expectations were a bit too high.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "I liked the Gunslinger better"

    So - I'm about five hours into this one and - well I don't think I'm going to make it all the way to the Dark Tower. (What is it, about 100 more hours to go?) I like the story okay - but the new yawk accent the narrator is using for the junkie guy is getting on my nerves.

    I've had this reaction to Stephen King books before - little bored at first and usually I get sucked in and have to see how it turns out.

    But with 5 more full books to go - I'm not making any promises.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jean Shepherd: Don't Be a Leaf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd

    Humorist Jean Shepherd 1921-1999, perhaps now best known as the creator/narrator of the perennial holiday movie favorite "A Christmas Story", had a long career on radio which culminated during the period of 1956-1977 when he was heard most days on WOR radio in New York, a clear-channel station heard along the Eastern seaboard and points west.

    F says: "Unique Artist"
    "Unique Artist"

    I was a kid growing up in Queens, NY and I bought a staticky radio at a garage sale for $1. When the Mets weren't on - there was this guy who would just sit there and talk for an hour. Tell jokes and stories. I don't know if there's ever been freeform commercial radio like this before or since. The guy is unique. To really appreciate the work you've got to realize that he did one of these 5 nights a week for years and years.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"

    I hate myself for liking this book so much.

    Basically, I'm a knee-jerk liberal who hates the real life excesses of our intelligence community. And I was sort of uncomfortable with the actions of the ultra macho secret agents that populate the Flynn-iverse.

    But I kept listening every chance I got and pretty soon I was making up not-so-important errands so I could listen in the car.

    I've heard a couple of these Vince Flynn stories now and even though I don't think he writes the most three dimensional characters - he's just really good at crafting these plots that just rope you in and never let up.

    How come they're not making these things into movies?

    48 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Worth A Listen"

    I thought this was a cool idea and I did enjoy listening to it as just a spy type thriller. But what added to the fun was trying to figure out where the various authors were crossing each other up.

    It's the kind of book where you expect characters to have hidden agendas - but there are a couple of characters that seem like they were really intended to be good guys that end up being turned into bad guys - or that just get killed off before they fulfill much of a story purpose.

    It's not as consistent and polished as it probably would have been with a single author - but on the other hand - it's probably got more exciting reversals than any single author would have had the nerve to include in a single book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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