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Portola Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
  • 187 ratings
  • 406 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Consciousness Plague

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul Levinson
    • Narrated By Mark Shanahan

    From of the author of The Silk Code, winner of the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel, comes another intriguing blend of science fiction and hard-boiled police-procedural mystery.

    Carl says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Fun but predictable"

    Reminded me of "Snow Crash" but with mystery instead of humor. As detective stories go, it's somewhat predictable (a lot of 'who done it' intrigue). The science fiction part is also somewhat predictable. Overall, though, it's a fun listen - lots of sound effects/scary music - like an old radio mystery show.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.

    Henry says: "A Must Listen"
    "6th grade plot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Slooow... Takes 10 minutes to describe 1 minute's worth of plot.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Mr. Cussler

    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator handcuffed by laborious story line

    Was The Wrecker worth the listening time?

    It was like watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon - Nothing too terrible, but nothing you'd actually pay money to watch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parable of the Talents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson

    Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

    David says: "Powerful, dark sequel that stands on its own"

    I should have liked this book more – it has many great science fiction elements in it – an apolyptical future, religious cults, struggle to stay alive, etc. But it really seems more like a short story that’s been stretched into novel length by repetitive ramblings about the same or similar concepts over and over again. The story is somewhat interesting, but becomes tiring a third of the way through and never really improves that much.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Chris says: "If you've come this far, you may as well finish"
    "Book 7 is more like one very long bad dream"

    King?s Gunslinger series started out interesting and got better, with volumes 2 & 3 quite good! But this final volume is more like one very long bad dream ? mind you, not a nightmare, but just a chaotic, drawn-out dream that you just wish would end... The series started going downhill after maybe book 4 or 5 when King ran out of good ideas and started to repeat over and over the same stale ideas in an effort (I guess) to fill paper. The final volume is just one giant fruit cake of stale nuts and raisins. I guess you'll have to read it, if only to end the series, but if you love a well-crafted book of fiction, you'll be sorely disappointed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nana

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman

    Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

    Robert W. says: "A classic"
    "The very Definition of the word Tedious!"

    Here?s an audio book that just goes on forever in trite dialog about a wide range of characters doing everyday things for hours on end! I gave up after the first couple of hours and now only listen to bits and pieces when I finish another audio book. I?m 5 hours into this and nothing?s changed ? same trite, uninteresting dialog with absolutely no plot or story development. I think I?ll just erase it at this point and start listening to NPR.

    3 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "A true epic story!"

    Funny, tragic, happy, sad, and overall completely and totally engrossing. Had to go out and rent the old TV series after hearing the book (The book's better, but the TV series was suprisingly fathful to the story). Unfortunately, I would give the sound quality only one star. It is a real shame such an excellent book and such an excellent narrator are marred by sound quality equivilant to a weak telephone connection. Certain chapters are also less clearly recorded than others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A fun book!"

    Somewhat predictable and (in the beginning) a little monotonous, but once the ship goes down the story becomes far more engaging!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "It's the History Channel without the video feed"

    An interesting book, but sometimes a little hard to keep wholy engaged in. Lots of facts recited from old newspapers and other 3rd party writings - strung together in such a way to make a whole story. Reminded me almost exactly in both style and substance of the hundreds of similar stories cranked out by the History Channel on cable TV. Of course without the visuals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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