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Sunland, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 167 ratings
  • 361 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Tower Treasure: Hardy Boys 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery.

    Robert Mahowald says: "Terrific narration, well-paced"

    Yes, 1927 was the original copyright date for this book. It really brings back an age of literature when heroes were without any nasty flaws. These boys obey their parents and don't grumble when Mom asks them to run an errand. I don't know if that hearkens to an earlier age of teenagers, or just an earlier age of literature.

    It pulled in my 6-yo daughters attention immediately as she merely wandered through the room.

    This Narrator is excellent, and I like the old style "radio drama" music they've added from the golden age of radio.

    I wish audible had the whole series, I'd get them all.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Freezing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karen Dionne
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree.One man's dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism. But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice, an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.

    Cadmentr says: "Freezing Point will have your blood running cold"
    "The ANTI Michael Crichton"


    Having enjoyed State of Fear, Jurasic Park and the like I greatly lamented the passing of Michael Crichton. As Karen Dionne was promoted as a "female Michael Crichton", I eagerly took the plunge.

    But the writing quality was not engaging, and the science greatly lacking. Crichton had a more than superficial scientific understanding of his material and because of that took a critical view of what passes these days for eco-science. He cared deeply for the real science of the environment and lambasted the ECO-WACKOS, instead pointing us to shun the PC eco-politics in favor of a real understanding of our world.

    Dionne, seems not to have this understanding of the material, and falls prey to the PC eco-pseudo-science to a frustrating degree. It also makes many of her story premises unplausible making suspension of disbelief near impossible.

    The characters are uninteresting, though she has made them to a degree mundane (in a good way) that they feel "real" like the scientists and businessmen I meet daily (with the exception of the key villains).

    If you miss Crichton....

    Avoid this book!


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • One Up On Wall Street

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Lynch
    • Narrated By Peter Lynch

    Peter Lynch, one of the most successful investors of all time, shows you how to use what you already know to make money in the market. You'll discover why smart money is not so smart - and why you may be a better stock picker than the pros, how to follow your hunches and back them up with facts, how to disregard reports on the economy and pick your own time to buy and sell, and how to determine which types of stocks are right for you. Lynch is the former manager of the $9 billion Fidelity Magellan Fund, where he earned investors a $190,000 return on a $10,000 investment.

    Ken says: "Learning a lot."
    "Learning a lot."

    Lynch gives some great insight into using your life's experineces as an "edge" into finding stocks, and then shows you how to research those stocks, and what to look for before choosing to invest. Finally he shows how to identify when to sell.

    I've already listened to this book three times through. Each time I get somthing new from it. It is like drinking from a fire hose. I'm not sure if this is due to the abridgement, or if an unabridged version would take even more useful information and pack it even more densely into this book.

    Peter Lynch does an excellent job of narrating his own book. An author narrating his own book can always be hit or miss... Lynch is a hit!

    I wish he told about where to find free sources for the detailed stock research he suggests using. I'd hate to spend money on the paid services for my first few small investments, as it'd eat up any potential gains.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Masterful Command... of the historic novel"

    Patrick O’Brien has done a masterful job of taking us and dropping us aboard the British sloop Sophie in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars. In amongst the suspenseful action of naval warfare, we are treated with insight into the thinking of a newly promoted Jack Aubrey as he learns and deals the various realities of command set upon him.

    The narration by Patrick Tull is phenomenal; better than the Simon Vance sample I’ve heard.

    After beginning to listen to this in this book at home I relegated myself to listening to it only in the car, well out of the earshot of my 2, 4 and 6 year-old children. Obviously seamen talk as seamen do. O’Brien does a good job of telling the story so that you get the sense of the salty language of the ship, but without bombarding you with incessant expletives. Most of the time he handles it in an indirect fashion such as, “and a stream of cursing could be heard when…” Beware, there is a short song toward the end which repeatedly uses the F--- word;

    A ship’s diagram would be very helpful in understanding the ship jargon. Perhaps Audible could provide related illustrations on the website.

    A solid 4 stars (would be 5 except for “saltiness”). I plan to get the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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