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John

Cleveland, Ohio | Listener Since 2004

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  • Lunatics: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

    HRM says: "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    "F-ing Hilarious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it's funny as hell.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh out loud.


    Have you listened to any of Dave Barry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is Dave Barry's best in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed throughout the entire story - out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it - it's hilarious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (658)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Interesting plot line but..."
    Overall

    Flashforward is based upon an interesting plot line however the constant references to the Nobel Prize, especially at the end of the novel, worn on me since the Nobel has lost most of its credibility in the world.

    It's obvious that the author is Canadian because of the many gratuitous references.

    I also found the author's writing style a bit trite.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7294)
    Performance
    (4308)
    Story
    (4340)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Kept putting me to sleep"
    Overall

    Although the plot sounded promising, I have only managed to get through 1/3 of this book and I am giving up. It puts me to sleep and the dialog seems overly contrived. I will not be finishing it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marsbound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - they're going to Mars. Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against.

    Gina A. Emory says: "Excellent story AND narration"
    "Could not finish it"
    Overall

    I agree with the first reviewer. You feel like you're listening to a novel meant for kids. The narration is ok but the story just gets more inane the deeper you go.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5257)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2892)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "The best book in my 4 years on Audible"
    Overall

    I am now spoiled and I worry that iI won't find another book as good as this one. I'm not a huge science fiction fan but this book isn't your typical sci-fi novel, it's much more. The narration for this book was also the best I heard on Audible. I know it's 2 credits but it's worth it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Lack Luster"
    Overall

    I thought this book would be much better than it turned out to be. I enjoyed Gibson's first book but this seems too contrived. Character development is weak and the plot is unremarkable. I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Cool: Standing Out in Today's Cluttered Marketplace

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Noah Kerner, Gene Pressman
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Cool isn't just a state of mind, a celebrity fad, or an American obsession, it's a business. In boardrooms across America, product managers are examining vodka bottles and candy bars, tissue boxes and hamburgers, wondering, "How do we make this thing cool? How do we make this gadget into the iPod of our industry? How do we do what Nike did? How do we get what Target got? How do we infuse this product with that very desirable, nearly unattainable it factor?"

    Colin Fast says: "Great, ex cept for the narration"
    "Very Insightful"
    Overall

    I was skeptical about this title due to overly glowing reviews on Amazon. I have to say that the glowing reviews were warranted.
    Everyone is looking to create or be next 'iPod'. This book tells you how it's done and cites real world examples. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (336)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Political Message Looking for a Story"
    Overall

    The title "Next" should prompt you to skip this book and go to your next audio book. This book is not very good. The plot is weak and so is its thinly veiled political statement. I didn't feel any connection with any of the characters. It was essentially a waste of my time.

    I expected much better from Michael Crichton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for Hillary Clinton

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Estrich
    • Narrated By Susan Estrich
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    No candidate even approaches the power and promise of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Senator from New York. She is, by far, not only the most popular Democratic leader in the country, but also one of its most popular and admired politicians, period. Both a passionate spokesperson for progressive values and a strong advocate for our troops overseas, she has used her time in the Senate to establish herself successfully as a genuine political powerhouse.

    Kevin says: "Not a balanced argument"
    "A one-side political ad for Hillary"
    Overall

    I consider myself an Independent. But just like "Commander and Chief" is a pro-Hillary TV series designed to acclimate Americans to idea of a women (Hillary) as president, this book is an obviously one-sided attempt at doing the same thing. It's easy to make a case for anything when you spin the truth and omit critical facts. Unfortunately that's what has been done here.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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