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Greg Chapman

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  • 5 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 743 titles in library
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  • Startide Rising: The Uplift Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (183)

    When Streaker - the first starship designed and crewed by dolphins - discovers a derelict ancient armada with evidence of the first sentient species ever, she sets off a war between dozens of galactic races eager to use the information for their own advancement.

    Andrew says: "Getting Better"
    "Not good"
    Overall

    I listened to the first of this trilogy and was disappointed, but I thought it would be worth it to get to this book because it had won awards. I was disappointed enough with this book that I will not complete the trilogy. The character were poorly developed and I just didn't care about them or the story.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    In a small apartment, Black and White, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the menthough he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it.

    Wilfredo says: "Wow"
    "McCarthy at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Sunset Limited again? Why?

    Yes, I will. Very thoughtful dialogue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both characters were fascinating.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The dramatic dialogue was effective and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I never know what I'm going to get with Cormac McCarthy. With this story he shows off his gift for the colloquial while tackling the meaning of existence. Nicely done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5188)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1872)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Best yet"
    Overall

    In my opinion, this book was King's best yet from both a literary and pleasure-reading perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (299)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    This is one of the better books I've listened to in a long time. I cared about these characters from the very beginning.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (676)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    This is the first book in a long time where I had to make myself pay attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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