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L. Jay

Centennial, CO, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7206)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3565)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Well written & written & written"
    Overall

    The writing was excellent. Someday I would like to read something by this guy with a plot that would make it worthwhile. If you like cartoon characters, vampires, really scary things going bump in the night, etc. this is your cup of tea. I prefer coffee. That fact that I didn't much care for the plot will pretty much assure that it will be a phenomenal success.

    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
    (9251)
    Performance
    (3457)
    Story
    (3539)

    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.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "More Cookie Cutter Stuff from Dan Brown"
    Overall

    I really hoped that the Lost Symbol would be worth the read. Sadly, I found it to be another lame regurgitation of the same theme. Read one and you've read them all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Badass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!

    Saud says: "Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing"
    "History as Told by The WWF"
    Overall

    This book is strangely entertaining, although I found it to be over the top silly. I'm quite sure that it would appeal to anyone who likes wrestling, hip hop and pop culture. Sadly, I found that it got annoying and repetitious. Nevertheless, I was glad that I stayed with it to the very end. It is populated by some extremely interesting individuals, even if the descriptions of their lives was not as artful as I had hoped. You can't help but learn a few things. Keep your expectations low and you will probably enjoy it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mao: The Unknown Story

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

    Jene says: "Fills many gaps! Very good..but!"
    "Well worth the time"
    Overall

    This is an amazing book. It gives you an entirely new perspective on China. Mao's leadership was horrendous. It is hard to conceive of anyone with less concern for human life and suffering. I came away from the book with the realization that China be a much greater economic threat to the United States today if it had not been victimized by Mao.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10225)
    Performance
    (5864)
    Story
    (5947)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Mixed Bag"
    Overall

    I bought this title primarily because I enjoy Scott Brick's work. He was one of many listed readers. It wasn't long before I heard his voice as one of the more important characters. It wasn't much longer before his voice was that of another character, and the first character he read took on an entirely different voice. Before long it was apparent that the readers of characters were constantly being mixed, giving the impression that a character's voice was driven by who happened to show up at the studio that day. Scott Brick's part was very minor. By the time it was over I could not help but think how much better it could have been if the voices of the characters had been consistent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (241)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    This was an entertaining book, but the music and audio are truly annoying. With any luck the producers will leave the silly "chapter" sounds out of the next production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (192)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Extremely entertaining"
    Overall

    Forget everything you thought was motivating Howard Hughes. This is a highly entertaining inside story of a man who marched to a drummer on a different planet. The richest man in the world sits in the stench of a filthy darkened room, obsesses about germs, mucks up multi-million dollar business deals, compulsively lies and has no comprehension, much less concern, about the havoc he causes others. This is a great listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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