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Gudrun

I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 93 reviews
  • 216 ratings
  • 397 titles in library
  • 75 purchased in 2014
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  • Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    "My least favourite Bond"
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    Performance
    Story

    Bond himself is great as a character, but this story was disappointing in terms of being difficult to believe. It also lacked action and excitement. It wouldn't put me off trying other Bond books, but it has been the weakest Bond book I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5461)
    Performance
    (4111)
    Story
    (4088)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

    James says: "Pick up the coin?"
    "Weakest Dresden File"
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    Performance
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    I have listened to the previous Dresden Files and have found this one to be by far the weakest. Very uninspiring, lacking any excitement and covering old ground from the other Dresden Files. I will listen to the next book by Butcher as it is a good series, but this one was poor in comparison with the others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.

    William says: "The author fails the objectivity test"
    "Interesting perspective from an insider"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having read quite a few books on the subject of the mafia, I found that this book gave a new perspective in some ways. The narrative is simple and easy to listen to. The later part of the book held some surprises for me in terms of just how many people turned state's evidence and Carlo explains what was done with that evidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Barrowcliffe
    • Narrated By Mark Barrowcliffe
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Coventry, 1976. For a brief, blazing summer, a young Mark Barrowcliffe had the chance to be normal. He blew it...While other teenagers concentrated on being coolly rebellious, Mark – like millions of other boys in the ’70s and ’80s – chose to spend his entire adolescence pretending to be a wizard or a warrior, an evil priest or a dwarf. Armed only with pen, paper and some funny-shaped dice, this lost generation gave themselves up to the craze of fantasy role-playing games, stopped chatting up girls and started killing dragons.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mostly good but a disappointing end"
    "Hilarious - but then I grew up in England..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this book was laugh-out-loud funny, told with self-deprecating humour, picking fun at his mis-spent youth, Barrowcliffe captures his adolescence and obsession with dungeons and dragons (at the expense of everything else!) so well that I could see him and his over-inflated teenage ego sat with his fellow D&D-ers rolling dice oblivious to the rest of the world. As one of his contemporaries and having grown up in England I can attest to how well he captured that time and filled it with humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (443)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Another good Andy Carpenter"
    Overall
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    Solid story with good characters. This author and Andy Carpenter are the reason I own a dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1434)

    In BV Larson's "An Army of One" the Macros of the Star Force series invade from the skies, forcing a nanotized assassin into a deadly decision.

    Sami says: "Powerful scenario and smooth follow up"
    "Loved the concept"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This completely hooked me and made me buy the first book in the Star Force Series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (343)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "Interesting to hear the news of the day"
    Overall
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    The real footage and actual people with firsthand accounts around the JFK assassination was absolutely fascinating. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1045)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "One book is enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this book by Zuiker first. You really have to suspend belief in this book, but it was quite fun to listen to. I would recommend reading only one of these Murder on Mystery Island books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1317)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Judy says: "Creepy in a bad way"
    "One book is enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the second book first and then went back to this book, which is the first in the series. I would recommend reading this book first and would not recommend reading the second book as the two books are quite simply more of the same and one is enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Adventures of Mixerman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mixerman
    • Narrated By Mixerman
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Mixerman is a recording engineer working with a famous producer on the debut album of an unknown band with a giant recording budget. Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. Like all great narratives, Mixerman's diary has many anti-heroes for whom we, the readers, can have nothing but contempt. The band consists of the four most dislikable human beings you can imagine.

    Mixerman says: "A message from Mixerman"
    "I quote this book all the time"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The minutiae of the music industry is portrayed in an engaging, humorous way by Mixerman. The characters and incidents could apply to any office situation. This was hilarious and entertaining. I liked the soundtrack to this book and found that it added a great deal to the listening experience (and afterwards wished that more books had a similar soundtrack).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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