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Leo W. Buss

Durham, CT USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 3 reviews
  • 575 ratings
  • 988 titles in library
  • 82 purchased in 2014
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  • Mandarin's Jade and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    So there I was, holed up in my office, trying to duck the bill collectors, when she walked in. She was the kind of sweet cookie that made your eyes water like you were hit with a 10-ton blackjack. She told me Raymond Chandler created the hard-boiled private eyes that rule American crime fiction, and this collection traces the genesis of Chandler's style in such stories as "Mandarin's Jade", "The Man Who Liked Dogs", and "Try the Girl".

    W says: "Uggh -- OFFENSIVE -- Avoid if you can"
    "Narrator problematic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Elliot Gould has great tone, but he utterly ruins this with his total failure to sense the proper pacing of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7212)
    Performance
    (4232)
    Story
    (4263)

    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!"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just awful, do not waste your time. How could this get such high ranking - is the ranking system hacked?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1086)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Tedious in the extreme"
    Overall

    Mindnumbingly repetitive. This author has been done a profound disservice by her publisher - there is no evidence that any effort was expended in editing the text.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful

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