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Luke

KAILUA, HI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Hilarity Ensues

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    Here's Tucker Max's third and final book in his series of stories about his drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics. What began as a simple sentence on an obscure website, "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole," and developed into two infamously genre-defining books, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First, ends here.

    Angie says: "Unbearable."
    "More of the same, which is pretty d@mn funny"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hilarity Ensues the most enjoyable?

    The author narrates, and his satisfaction with his own handy-work comes through in the audio format.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love the story about him getting a huge sound system in a new car and immediately driving off to find a cop to get a noise violation.
    The stories about just getting wasted and annoying people were a little boring.


    What does Tucker Max bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book is a collection of funny stories. Everyone likes to tell their funny stories, and I think in audio format you get more of the feel of hanging out with a friend and telling hilarious story than just reading them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are familiar with this genre, you won't be amazed, but not disappointed either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas A. Blackmon
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

    Roy says: "Will Take Your Breath Away"
    "Slavery existed after Emancipation"
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    Any additional comments?

    There isn't a single anecdote or account in this book that doesn't deserve to be told. They are mostly brutally depressing and shameful. But halfway through the book, I didn't really feel like I was learning anything new. If you read the title and subtitle and question the validity or mechanics in anyway, especially if you are an American, I'd highly recommend reading this, and maybe the prolonged discomfort of the repetitive, devastating stories is part of the author's intent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1339)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Almost too amazing to believe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, the only printed item that might be valuable would be a map of the area.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant Whisperer?

    There are many great, scary, touching, beautiful descriptions throughout this great book. An early one that sticks out is the scenario where the safari ranger is inside the temporary elephant pen trying to repair the electric fence while his team distracts the heard, only to be discovered by the elephants and charged at. And then.......!!!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He's got the soothing English accent going for him and does a good job conveying a broad range or emotion without being overly dramatic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is cohesive, rewarding, and filled with amazing descriptions of the author's life with this herd of elephants. It is very easy to project yourself onto his reserve and imagine yourself with these animals. This book made brought out a range of emotion. It made me tense, giddy, angry, inspired, sad, and excited. I was content at the end, a bit disappointed it was over, captivated throughout, and at times insanely jealous of the author's experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3245)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2332)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Boring. I am now a zombie."
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    What would have made Day By Day Armageddon better?

    Almost all the (hopefully) interesting plot points are built up in a very obvious, predictable way. Then, one you get to them, the description is just...average. Fill that in with a bunch of boring descriptions about moving around and looking for supplies. There is no novel take on the zombie genre. At all. Think of the most stereotypical zombie plot sequence you can imagine and you just summarized this book. The author's style is Grade C at best. There are repetitive word choices (e.g. "neutralize the zombie). He tries to get edgier by making the protagonist swear a lot, but only randomly. The protagonist, who's diary is the narration for the whole book, is the only character you get any feel for, and even he is weakly developed. The other characters are so poorly described that they might as well be cardboard cut outs.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J L Bourne again?

    Never.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Day By Day Armageddon?

    Hints at a sequel. Just throw that thing away.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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