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MSG

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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (2597)
    Story
    (2590)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Verry Disapointed!"
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    What would have made American Sniper better?

    Maybe if it was not written by a sociopath who enjoys killing people and guises a lot of his actions with false modesty when he is actually bragging and saying how much he thinks of himself as a bad ass. He even has his wife saying it about stories he tells her when he kills people up close.


    What could Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was boring at times and while I found some of the information interesting about the training and programs, I just could not wait to get through this. I really gave up that it would get any better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure what he could have done with this story, but the fake country accent could have been dropped. Also, his readin as the wife was not really that good either.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from American Sniper?

    That is a hard one. I do not think I can pick just one scene, but anywhere he talks about happily killing others and enjoying it, and how he couldn't wait to get back and kill some more, or how he enjoys fighting and beating people up.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate his service and realize he did not choose to be over there, but to enjoy it and get excited about killing other is tough to justify. I understand following orders, but his justifying killing all males ages 16-65 as part of your ROE (Rules of Engagement) by calling them all savages and pure evil is diluted. This author is the same guy getting sued by Jesse Ventura for defamation.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3994)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1680)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Disapointing Listen"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I do not think this book could have been saved. I am not spiritual at all and had I known that this is what this book was about I would have never purchased it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wm. Paul Young again?

    It is extremely doubtful that I would ever consider any of his other books since they all seam to be religious in nature.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roger Mueller?

    I really do not think it would have mattered since I did not care for the subject matter, but the narrator was too folksy for my taste.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in the overly religious theme of this book since I believed it was highly rated fictional story. I am also angry that I wasted my time and money on this title.


    Any additional comments?

    I could only get through the first three hours of this book and that was incredibly tough to do. The only reason I even stuck with it was to find out the justification for certain events, but I eventually gave up because of the preachy nature of the writing and the heavy religious tone. I partially blame myself for choosing this book. I should have paid closer attention to the negative reviews and the summary. However, it would help if Audible did not put titles like this in the fiction section. They should be limited to a grouping in a section for spirituality or religion. If they had categorized it better, I would never have purchased it and been disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1788)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Excellent Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe if they were interested in a excellent reading of the Wizard of OZ.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    All of Anne Hathaway voices and the differences between the book and the movie I saw as a child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure I had one favorite. I liked the differences that I would notice between the movie adaptation and the original story. Silver instead of ruby slippers, the fact that Dorthy was not dreaming when she visited Oz, but went there and returned home. The inclusion of two different good witches (North and South). There are a good amount of differences between the two, but both are enjoyable in their own format.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I did smile a few times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (238)

    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "OK but not great"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Collins and/or Jim Collins?

    Yes, it is similar to his other books, but a little light. It seamed like he wanted to make some more money of the research he had done on other books.


    What other book might you compare How the Mighty Fall to and why?

    His other two books are similar, Good to Great and Great by Choice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was not impressed with his narration at all. His voice seemed to get really loud like he was shouting at me at some times to stress a point to talking calmly at others. I find it distracting and a little annoying.


    Could you see How the Mighty Fall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, maybe a series of documentaries analyzing each of the companies he mentions that fell in greater detail. Maybe each would be half an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the analysis of the topics and companies, but having listened to his other books, I recognized similar stories, companies, lessons, and correlations that appeared to be repeated in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (477)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "OK, but not Great"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or Stephen Colbert?

    Maybe, it would depend. I purchase both his books at the same time before actually knowing what to expect. So I would probably be a little more hesitant to buy another one, but not completely apposed to it.


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

    It was amusing but not as funny as I would was hoping. I watch his show all the time and I thing the show is funner, but this was OK.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Colbert – was your favorite?

    Stephens characters are better than the other readers parts of the book in my opinion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3410)
    Performance
    (2076)
    Story
    (2101)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    "Overrated & Boring"
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    What would have made The Alchemist better?

    It came across as preachy with to many religious overtones.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stardust by Neil Gaiman


    Did Jeremy Irons do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, listening to Jeremy Irons was the only highlight of the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was just disappointed overall. I expected a better story with all the positive ratings. I will have to pay closer attention to what is said in the positive and negative reviews.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3963)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1400)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "My first and last David Sedaris book"
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    What would have made When You Are Engulfed in Flames better?

    I doubt it can get better. The narration and overall attitude was depressing.


    What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

    He comes across as a incredibly depressing, pathetic, negative, and condescending individual.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Sedaris?

    Anyone that does not have a nasally, whiny, and annoying voice, like David's.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I can remember. Oh wait, it ended. That was the best part!


    Any additional comments?

    If I did not make myself finish all the books I purchased I would have stopped listening to this one early on. I would probably give is 1/2 star if I could since it seemed to understand the basic English language, and I guess that should count for something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7354)
    Performance
    (2787)
    Story
    (2842)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Struggled to finish"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it burst into flames and gave me magic powers.


    What was most disappointing about Stephenie Meyer’s story?

    The writing is atrocious, boring, and just plain silly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator would have been a better choice.


    What character would you cut from Twilight?

    All of them, but especially Bella.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could give this zero stars I would. Boring story meant for teen girls looking for romance. It is terribly written and narrated. It was arduous to get through! If it was not recommended to me by (surprisingly) two big burly guys that are my friends and I would never had suspected would like this stuff. I can seriously never listen to their recommendations about books again.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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