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Jim

Boise, ID, USA | Member Since 2015

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  • The Buried Giant: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (314)

    "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

    Pete says: "The beauty of the reveal"
    "Mystical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really loved this story and symbolism. Very thought provocations. The narrator did a pretty good job although there were time I was unaware when he switched characters and threw me off a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1410)
    Story
    (1434)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Amanda says: "What's Real?"
    "Twisted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good story and I liked all the twists and turns. Kept me going. The ending was a bit of a shock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "Lame"
    Overall

    I liked Enders Game but this one just didn't live up to Card's abilities.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (203)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Exile"
    Overall

    Great book and terrific insight into both the Palestinian and Israeli points of view. Also, would recommend President Carters recent book - Palestine.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1 Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Jim says: "Empire"
    "Empire"
    Overall

    I really like Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead. I thought Empire would be the same quality writing but unfortunately it didn't meet my expectations. All I can say is "lame". I would not recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colorado Kid: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (301)

    No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.

    Dammschippee says: "Gotcha!"
    "The Colorado Kid"
    Overall

    Lame. The narrator was attempting an upper New England accent and it ends up sounding like a cross between Scottish Brogue and Mid-West twang. Stephen King has produced some amazing work but this one he cranked out while sitting on the john and it should have been flushed down with his other endeavor. Really unfortunate and a waste of time.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Spaceman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler tells a magical and humorous contemporary fable that captures the state of humanity at the cusp of a new millennium - as seen through the uniquely sensitive perspective of an empathetic extraterrestrial. An audible.com audio exclusive!

    Jim says: "Mr. Spaceman"
    "Mr. Spaceman"
    Overall

    Mr. Spaceman is a wonderful book - one of the best audiobooks thus far. Really unforgettable. Butler's premise for the book is clever and amusing. The narration of by the 12 earthlings gives a range of emotions and experiences. I loved them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1928)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (733)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Jane says: "Nothing short of brilliant"
    "Never let me go"
    Overall

    I purchased this book after reading a favorable review in Time Magazine. The writing is excellent but the story is slow and sometimes filled with painfully tedious details. The story has an interesting twist and persepctive but seemed like a more appropriate topic for a short story.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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