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Gary P Parnham

Vernon, CT

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  • Mick Jagger

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Philip Norman has long towered above other rock biographers with his definitive studies of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon - legends whom the world thought it knew, but who came to life as never before through the meticulousness of Norman's research, the sweep of his cultural knowledge, and the brilliance of his writing. Now Norman turns to a rock icon who is the most notorious yet enigmatic of them all.

    qtvxzplr says: "Subpar bio made worse by awful narrator"
    "Stultifyingly Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Mick Jagger better?

    If there had been more details of his misadventures.

    It was just one long (24 hr) listing of where they performed, who was there, etc. You learn where he lived and when he moved and who was there. Truly gripping reading. If name-dropping becomes an Olympic sport ... here's a gold medal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Norman again?

    NO


    What three words best describe James Langton’s performance?

    Average


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

    I found none.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your money if you think you are going to get an inside look at Mick. According to this, he was a wonderful guy, good father, generous philanthropist ... please ... spare me.I always read a book in its entirety but I could not WAIT for this thing to be over - pure torture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (652)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "His Worst"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Peter Berkrot?

    I'll have to think about it.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Created a plot that wasn't stultifyingly boring.


    What aspect of Peter Berkrot???s performance would you have changed?

    Given him a better script


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not a one.


    Any additional comments?

    I have purchased and either read or listened to everything Koontz has written. I never even bothered to finish this abomination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (809)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "'Painted Caves' Needs White-Out"
    Overall

    I have read all the other books in the series. I fully believe this one must have taken the better part of a weekend for Ms. Auel to write. It is a rehash of all the events and story points from all her other books. Unfortunately, these repeated stories are separated by some of the worst poetry ever written. "The Mother's Song" is tolerable once or twice, but by the time we have heard it over and over and over, it is - quite simply - annoying.

    Of course Ayla and Jondalar have problems with their relationship ... again. And each is certain the other no longer loves them. Where have I heard THAT before ... and before ... and ... ?

    If you never read/heard the other books in the series, you can simply hear this one and be set. If you HAVE heard the others, get ready to grit your teeth and moan out loud, "Oh no, not again!"

    Sandra Burr as a narrator is superb. She does try to make the dreaded "Mother's Song" palatable and manages to inflect variations in delivery, but bad poetry is bad poetry and the poor woman has to read it so many times, one can almost hear her screaming to herself, "No more! I can't take any more bad meter!"

    'Cave Bear' and 'Valley of Horses' were innovative, interesting and had a plot that moved forward. "Painted Caves' takes a giant leap backward and is so poorly written one would hardly think it was penned by the same author.

    Painted caves? Please ... pass the white-out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7206)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3565)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Terrible Writing"
    Overall

    Boring, unfocused, and rambling. Extremely poorly written with scattered character development. The plot is so rambling and casual that following the story is hit or miss at best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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