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Gabriel

Askim, Norway | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 229 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (480)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "A bible!"
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    I have some friends who have decleared this book their bible, and I can see why. It really changes your view of the world.
    Will Patton as a narrator is perfect for this novel. He reads it incredibly fast though, so strap up. But that is how this novel needs to be read, because the story takes place is such a pace.
    A must-read and a definite five star book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (533)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    Ryan T. Nichols says: "Ron McLarty?"
    "Exaclty what you expect, and perfect narration"
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    This is a classic. You all know what it's about (drugs). And it's exactly what you expect.

    The narration is just perfect. He nails the mood of the situation and the character of Thompson.

    Haha. His attorney is a really funny guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon have undergone many hair-raising adventures before - but never one quite like this. Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Cabrillo and his remarkable men and women must survive them all.

    Chris says: "Fantastic Action Filled"
    "It's an action novel, and very American"
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    It's an action-novel. As though the author have seen Die Hard too many times. If you like that, then that's fine.

    It actually tries to be a crime-thriller though, sucking you in by hiding information and make you wondering what's going on - just like Dan Brown is so good at. And Clive Cussler does this well in the first one-third of the novel. After that it becomes a bit predictable, full of cliches etc.

    Be aware, its a very American novel. And very post-9/11. I'm European and study International Relations, and there are some things in this book that are just waaaay off.

    But still, it's enjoyable. Good narration. It's easy, like watching a block buster. But not something to remember.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school.

    Elizabeth says: "All the good & bad that is Pamuk"
    "This book really takes you there"
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    I haven't read any other of Pamuk's works, but this book by itself proves him worthy of the nobel prize. His way of describing the surroundings, the athmosphere and the general mood really draws you in and takes you there. Pamuk also proves himself a mastermind of story telling. This is a deep, intriguing and engaging story. Great to listen to during the winter (especially here in Norway). I highly recommend it.
    The narrator is great by the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Comedy Club Shootout: Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, David Spade, and others
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Comedy Club Shootout: Volume 1 presents America's funniest comedians, featuring classic comedy performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, David Spade, Tommy Chong, Adam Sandler, Phil Hartman, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Schneider, Drew Carey, Dave Attell, Harry Shearer, Steve O, Dennis Regan, and John Mulrooney.

    Gabriel says: "A nice way to start your day"
    "A nice way to start your day"
    Overall

    If you like stand up comedy, you are going to like this one. It is obviously not the same as seing them on television or live, but it is still really funny. Also, it is a very nice way of starting your day; it gets you in a good mood and gives you a supplement of jokes to tell your friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (248)

    Quirky characters, a hotel with a phantom floor, sexy girls, rock music, especially Talking Heads - this gloriously imaginative romp around contemporary Japan defies description. A cult novelist with a huge international following, but also with a serious literary reputation, Haruki Murakami gains more fans with each book. Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his finest and most loved.

    Dr. says: "Another good listen from Murakami"
    "A good book"
    Overall

    All though not as good as After Dark and Kafka on the shore, this is a really good book. It has the mystic that characterizes Murakami's work and the Narrator - with his calm, informing form of narrating, and an immense variety in the characters' voices - is simply perfect.

    If I could I would give this book a 4,5 rating, but I can't, so its a 5.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed.

    John says: "Obscure, enigmatic, and not for everyone"
    "An incredible book"
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    This book is a classic, for good reason. It is classic Kafka, with the whole mystic, conspiracy, "what the f''' is going on?" kind of thing that make us love his work. I think parts of it is actually better than the trial, but in the last third of it, there are so many endless monologues and discriptions of how impossible the system and everybody is. It really seems that Kafka is going crazy and paranoid where he sits in his loft writing. And off course, it is not finished, which is one of the things this book is really famous for. The way this book ends is really cool.
    Of all the audio-books I have listened to, this one is probably the one of which I still have the most and best mental pictures, and I read it 6 months ago.
    The narrator is great, sometimes he talks a bit too fast, but reading Kafka out loud is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world (alongside mr. Obama's), and this considering, he does a perfect job. His voice is also incredible to the atmosphere of the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: Bad Bank

    • ABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By This American Life
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The collapse of the banking system explained, in just 59 minutes. Our crack economics team, the guys who explained the mortgage crisis, Alex Blumberg, and NPR's Adam Davidson are back to help all of us understand the news. For instance, when we talk about an insolvent bank, what does it actually mean, and why are we giving hundreds of billions of dollars to rich bankers who screwed up their own businesses?

    Pugal says: "For nonfinancial people"
    "Of the best"
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    One of the best and most important "This american life"-episodes, and everybody should listen to it at least once

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dharma Bums

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Allen Ginsberg
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    S. Craig says: "jack at his best"
    "Excellent book and narrator but bad sound-quality"
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    The book in itself is definitely a 5-star book, and the narrator is perfect for it (he even sounds a bit tipsy, which suits this book perfectly), but the quality of the sound is pretty bad, at least it was so for me, which is why I give it 4 stars.

    All in all, a good book for those who search for the meaning of life and an even greater book for those who have already found out that life's all about having fun.

    (It is pretty hard to pay attention to the beginning of the book, where he presents the characters, but it is sort of essential so you really have to concentrate for the first 15 min.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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