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J. Colston

Jimcoco

Trabuco Canyon, CA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 21 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grand master's premier accomplishments. Collected here are eighteen tales, startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.

    Beverly says: "Curling up with an old friend"
    "Get Ready for Prozac"
    Overall

    The narration is quite good. This is a classic from the genre. It is well written and entertaining. 3-stars are as a result of the depressing nature of this collection of short stories. At first I really enjoyed hearing the stories, but I was ready to jump off a building after listening to a dozen of them. It is the most depressing look at the future that I could imagine. Of all the stories, only a couple would I consider as containing hope or a positive outlook from the characters.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    After his father dies, David Balfour is told to go to his uncle for his inheritance. But the uncle has no intention of letting the riches go - so he plots to kill Balfour, ultimately arranging for him to be kidnapped as a slave bound for the American colonies. Balfour's future looks bleak - until he witnesses a shipwreck and befriends the lone survivor, a rugged Highlander named Alan Breck Stewart. Together, they plan their rebellion - and the fight back home to claim Balfour's inheritance.

    Stuart says: "Kidnapped"
    "A fun way to go back in time to another era"
    Overall

    Because of the age and writing style of this novel, the narration was key to the success and enjoyment of this book. It's a great story and surprisingly upbeat. The misfortunes are many, but the main character never gives up spirit as one catastrophe leads to another. Along the way, he encounters the worst and best that men have to offer each other and manages to survive the process.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (3229)
    Story
    (3243)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "You may take my $$$, but never my mind!"
    Overall

    Long and delicious. I can't wait to go back and listen to it again. It's so rare to find a story that stands so far apart from its contemporaries. Oh and how reality has imitated art in the decades that have followed this novel. If our society ever frees itself from the looters and do-gooders, this will become required reference material. Until then, at least we have these heroes to read about. Great narration as well. It had to be to hold up to 60+ hours.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6684)
    Performance
    (5076)
    Story
    (5156)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Hunt this one down!"
    Overall

    I have to say that I was very skeptical downloading this book. However, the narration is good, and the story is clever, suspenseful and well written. I especially appreciated the manner in which the author took pieces from President Lincoln's life and other historical events to weave his fictional account of vampires in America. It's good guys vs. bad guys, and may the best man win!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (768)

    Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
    The Millionaire Mind.

    Stephen Dix says: "Its OK to drive a Taurus!!"
    "First book for those who want to get rich"
    Overall

    If you are smart and hard working and wonder why you aren't rich, this book will give you the answer. It is the most elucidating book on the rich in America and how they got that way. It also makes it clear just how wrong most people are by associating "rich" with what they see on TV. This book should be a primer for anyone looking to succeed financially in their life. I never would have thought that hearing facts, figures and dry interview questions would hold me in rapt attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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