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Jeffrey K. Ericson

Pheonix, AZ | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 492 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • A Soldier of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    On his last long walk, septuagenarian war hero, deserter, and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his past with an illiterate young factory worker, spinning a remarkable tale of heart-stopping escapes, of loves unrequited and won, of madmen, dwarfs, and mafiosi. But overshadowing all is his most miraculous and terrible adventure, the Great War: a surreal parade of horrors that devastated and defined Alessandro, yet enabled him to experience fully the magic and beauty of the absurd human comedy called life.

    Stuart says: "Painting with words"
    "Best listen yet"
    Overall

    This story jumped to the top of a long list of enjoyable listens. Gorgeous language, wonderful narration, and a captivating character in Alessandro. It is long, but enjoyable all the way through. It was a great companion at the gym and on walks, where there were no distractions, but the language and descriptions are just too lovely to split your attention with anything. Buy it and listen...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    What a story! John Irving weaves this tale of ordinary New England boys into a tight, powerful, and completely enjoyable story. If you've started it and not finished it because of the length, do yourself a favor - the last ninety minutes resolve the story in such an 'elegant' manner that I had to stop what I was doing and just sit and listen.
    For those thin-skinned people who can't stand political or social commentary, you should try to get over that long enough to give the story a listen. Irving lets loose on everybody here - no viewpoint is left unscathed, but that's part of the story as well and should be taken in context.
    Finally, the narration was as good as any that I've heard, and in light of the real challenge of this book, Joe Barrett did a superlative job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9113)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3414)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Not so great the third time around..."
    Overall

    You know how a great joke loses its punch after the fifth or sixth telling? Dan Brown has told this joke twice before, substituting names and places. He's a good storyteller, and his publisher has trained him well... at this point they could have a ghost crew writing these for him and publishing a new one every month. It was entertaining and well narrated, but probably the last Dan Brown book for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Suspect Terrain: Annals of the Former World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    John McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World takes readers on mind-expanding adventures in geology. In the first book, Basin and Range, McPhee traveled to Nevada with a proponent of plate techtonics. Now, an engaging sceptic working for the United States Geological Survey is his guide to some of eastern America's most fascinating geologic formations.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    "Apparently not the beginning"
    Overall

    I have to admit I haven't yet listened very far into this - I've started it several times, and each time stop, thinking I must have loaded the second part. When I check, it is the first and only part. Apparently there is another book that precedes this that is required reading for continuity sake. The format and style are engaging, but reads like starting a book at chapter 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (899)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    Dick Hill did a great job with the characters, including HAL, and the "preface" interview with Arthur C. Clarke was very interesting and shed light on the movie as well. I haven't watched the movie in years, and I have to admit that listening to this didn't bring back memories of the movie at all, which I think is a credit to the book. This is a great, introspective, and thoughtful journey through space and time, both in the story, and in the context (a lot has changed since this book was written). Enjoy!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (417)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Really Enjoyable Listen"
    Overall

    This was a great road-trip book for us. Rich Story, interesting characters. It dragged a little in the middle while he explored his ideas about the future of civilization. They were interesting and definitely a possible real outcome, but not necessarily critical to the story. We definitely would recommend it to anyone who is open-minded and not easily offended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (787)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    Most history listens tend to be pretty dry - not this one. There is a huge cast of characters to follow, but it is well worth the effort. I find myself making up chores that need doing so that I can listen. I do on occasion rewind and relisten to sections to straighten out the details. This is probably my favorite audiobook to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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