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McCoffee

I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

Saratoga, CA, United States

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Wanderers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carlos Sisi
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    One of the best-selling apocalyptic thrillers in Spain available for the first time in English! The city of Malaga is dead, but the promised eternal rest has yet to come to its inhabitants. In the Carranque camp, 30 survivors have built a shelter to keep out the dangers of the world. They fight not only to recover the city, but also the physical and mental degradation of surviving day to day after the pandemic. One of the survivors, Isabel, casts handwritten notes from the penthouse into the dead-filled streets below.

    McCoffee says: "Zombies for Spain ... a nice change"
    "Zombies for Spain ... a nice change"
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    Narrator Ray Chase reads all characters with a Spanish accent--and it works. Gutsy move, but it does keep you reminded where the story is happening. This is a different type of Z story. There're guns, but they aren't going off constantly. The writing tends to be hit and miss. If your a zombie fan, I think it's worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (395)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    Andrew Stone says: "DeMille writes another excellent book!"
    "Not quite boring"
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    Yes, amazingly the book wasn't boring. Although it's repetitive and very little actually happens. Protagonist/narrator John Whitman Sutter likes to hear himself talk, apparently. So ordering a pizza is described in detail, along with the arrival of the pizza, and the eating of the pizza. And what's with all the time spent on this Iranian neighbor? Nothing develops there. If I were reading this, not listening, I'd be skimming. But sometimes that's hard when listening, and anyway, Christian Rummel is great reader, so I made it through from start to finish, many hours. But I could describe the events of the plot in about a minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (219)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "Big scope, human, sad, great overview"
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    Hastings hits on everything, especially the human costs of the war, not just the numbers of dead but the personal stories. The war is not a series of campaigns, this book reminds us, but a story of mass murder, rape, and starvation. Probably the best all-around history I've read. And Hastings is not reluctant to voice opinions. He's tough on the tyrannies of the time, of which their were many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "Great adventure history/misery"
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    Explorers suffered a lot. And made others suffer. Times were tough. Africa was tough. This is a great story with a great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beatles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hunter Davies
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    As the only authorized biographer, Davies had full access to the Fab Four, as well as their help and ecouragement. He spent 18 months with them when they were at the peak of their musical genius and at the pinnacle of their popularity, making a mark on history and popular culture that would never fade.

    Christina says: "Not bad"
    "Great! But why an American reader?"
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    The Beatles story is great. Davis provides incites since he was there a lot of the time. But I really wanted to hear a British voice doing the audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Tropics

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Sue Edge
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When miners release an ancient and deadly virus, Lori, a nurse, finds herself at ground zero of a deadly battle for survival. With time running out, can Lori find the strength to fight an ever-increasing enemy and save her family? A fast-paced, exhilarating ride through a zombie apocalypse, this story asks the question: what would you do to save the people you love?

    Andrew Pollack says: "Mostly just a 'run from zombies' book, but not bad"
    "Action + Good Setting + "grins" + Adverbs"
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    There is a lot of action here, and the setting in Queensland, Australia is refreshing for zombies. Some of the writing is pretty unbearable. Characters grin a lot, and every sentence must be enhanced decoratively with an adverb that doesn't tell us anything new. There is one cliche after another here. You can't hide from them. But you can't hide from the zombies. Somewhere, despite the unfresh writing, Sue Edge makes this entertaining through constant changes of scene and relentless action. But if you don't like schlocky zombie books you certainly won't like this. Cynthia Barret's narration is very good. She does the best she can with the first-person cliches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intensity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.

    Connie says: "One of the best Koontz Books!"
    "Not really intense"
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    Some intense moments, but long. Actually, I like Koontz attention to detail. Parts of this are good. But I'm tired of authors telling us the crazed or quirky thoughts of serial killers. I don't really buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10650)
    Performance
    (9632)
    Story
    (9718)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Better than Angels and Demons"
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    Dan Brown writes some really trite sentences, so if you don't mind that, go ahead and listen. Actually, listen to Paul Michael is better than reading. Of course, a person reads Dan Brown for the historical oddities and tidbits. At least I do, and there is enough in here to keep one's interest. I like to that the repercussions of this so-called terrorist attack or not completely ignored or undone at the end of the novel. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. Dan Brown sticks to his guns there.

    So this book is kind of fun if you keep your expectations restrained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Steinberg
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not story-telling but history-telling at its best"
    "Good overview"
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    Professor Steinberg is good, speaks well. This doesn't go too deep with the early czars, but I've enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.

    Maggie says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Can't get tired of this"
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    Yeah, it's long. But I go back when I drift off during a sentence or paragraph. Nobody creates a whole life like and universe like Proust. Great narration. I'm wondering if I should try the Neville Jason narration for other books, but I'm reluctant because John Rowe is so good. Recommendation to those who have second thoughts about starting Proust: Jump in. No harm in listening to other books while you do this one. Let the whole series take you a year or two or three. It's your life, let it be your pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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