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Kenji

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  • Cosmopolis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end, those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

    Alnia Perpoz says: "My favorite book"
    "Perfectly read..."
    Overall

    This isn't the most popular of his books, but the reading makes this book is masterful. I've listened to this particular book a dozens of time, simply because of the reading. I enjoy DD greatly and have downloaded several of them, but this is the best read bar none. In fact, I enjoyed this rendition so much that I've actually checked the other books recorded by this reader (but unfortunately, the other titles are in genres that I am unfamiliar with). For those who enjoy DD, this is an excellent audio version.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blaze: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Bachman, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers.

    Gary says: "Waste of time"
    "I am giggling..."
    Overall

    A long time "dear reader" of Stephen King's (and his alter ego's) books, I've found, unfortunatley, more and more, his latest books (written or published) to be unfortunate affairs. Carrie, The Stand (original), Different Seasons, Christine, Dead Zone--they all shine. Even some of his new ones have moments. BUT "Blaze" should have been kept in the box (as Stephen King himself has wondered, in the preface). And what is truly horrifying about this book is that what he feared the most has come true. I giggled uncontrollably throughout the entire book...I understand he is a prolific writer, but not everything he writes--as much as he may enjoy writing and reading them--needs an audience.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner and best-selling author Don DeLillo crafts a magnificent tale laying bare 20th-century American culture as defined by the Cold War. Spanning 50 years, this is a story about human relationships and how they affect one another on global and local scales. Richard Poe's brilliant performance captures the essence of each character through five decades of change.

    Julie says: "this book is a gothic cathedral of literature....."
    "Can't finish this..."
    Overall

    Don D is excellent, but this book is torture. Not sure if reading it is any better. Listening, I keep starting over. The monotonous reading is appropriate, for sure, for DD's writing, but this is torture...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    The movie pales in comparison to this wonderfully written book. While I've read that some of the material in this book have been debunked, it reads well, fast, and makes you a believer of some of the astonishing possibilities to the identity of Zodiac.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Contact

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Carl Sagan
    • Narrated By Jodie Foster
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who, or what, is out there?

    Ryan says: "Contact is wonderful"
    "Jodie Foster is worth it"
    Overall

    It's unabridged, unfortunately, but listening to Jodie Foster is worth this audible book--although the sound effects are unnecessary and cheesy...

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers; reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it, until now.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A story about people and steel."
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Utterly and completely riveting. Far more insightful and heart-wrenching than any other material available about 9/11...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (281)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Disgusting"
    Overall

    Utterly disgusting and funny.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Isikoff, David Corn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell and then justify the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration.

    Steve says: "Reads like a thriller"
    "Better than most"
    Overall

    This isn't bad for those who haven't read/heard "State of Denial" or that book written by Richard Clark, (and one or two others), but for those who have, this will read like an amalgamation of all the other 9/11 and Iraq books. Currently listening to Tenet's book, and so far, Tenet's writing is pedestrian at best, sloppy at worst.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5532)
    Performance
    (3786)
    Story
    (3796)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Too Funny..."
    Overall

    Well written, well read, nicely presented. It's too bad that there isn't an unabridged one that's available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women.

    Kenji says: "Pedestrian prose..."
    "Pedestrian prose..."
    Overall

    I've listened to some of the serial killer books, including Zodiac and BTK Killer, and I must admit that while Zodiac was fast-paced and a breeze to read, and BTK Killer almost novel-esque in its tone and writing style (literary, almost), this particular book was terribly pedestrian in its writing style. It appears that this author is popular (I like Stephen King, so nothing wrong with popular authors), but this book was simply a digest of this horrific killer's deeds and nothing more. It's like a bad magazine article that just goes on and on, or one of those uninformative segments on a 30-minute TV show that somehow wound up to be an unnecessary mini-series. I recommend the other two mentioned, and hope that someone else tackles this killer's story in a more meaningful fashion.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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