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Patrick Weldon

Louisiana | Listener Since 2009

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  • 29 reviews
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  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3290)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1954)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Outstanding book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hitchens dismantles the foolishness of religion, with a fun, spirited and entertaining journey. Should be required reading by all religious fanatics-
    on all sides of the craziness


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (653)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "Unfortunately It Just Doesn't Hold Up."
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    Would you try another book from William Golding and/or William Golding?

    Lord of the Flies was written in 1952. Unfortunately it just doesn't hold up. The story, while intriguing, falls apart by the writers endless long-winded polysyllabic verbiage. Instead of using a few appropriate adjectives, he just goes on and on, and on, and on. In his attempt to sound sesquipedalian, he falls short of keeping the story flowing. And in so doing, the jest of the story, is bogged down, and sinks. The story, the book, may be a "classic" but so was Canterbury Tales. Would you want to listen to it? Probably not.


    Has Lord of the Flies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the "story" is a good one, but 60 years is a long time. I can't really recommend it to anyone now.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lord of the Flies?

    Take the story, rewrite it from a modern perspective.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marauders: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tom Cooper
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working-class bayou town of Jeannette, these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. At the center of it all is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one-armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte.

    Jim McBride says: "I thought you said this was optional."
    "Wanted to like the book, but just didn't."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Marauders? What did you like least?

    The book is mediocre at best. It centers around life in the bayou after Katrina and the BP oil spill. The story meanders, but never really goes anywhere. Amateurish at best.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I was born and raised in Louisiana, and found the writer quite disrespectful to the Cajun / creole people, and to south Louisiana in general. Over the top stereotypes, bordering on offensive.


    Would you be willing to try another one of P.J. Ochlan’s performances?

    The narration was horrendous. Perhaps the worst of any of my 500+ audible books. He is robotic, drab, bland, and mind-blowingly dull. Then he adds his "voices" which are just awful. His accents are laughable. Worse, he mispronounces so many words that I felt like throwing my Iphone out of the car window. Seriously ? You couldn't look up the words in a dictionary to see how they are pronounced, or what they mean?? Just a miserable performance.


    Was The Marauders worth the listening time?

    Nope. Thumbs down. Would not recommend.


    Any additional comments?

    Hire another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wake Up Happy Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen May
    • Narrated By Malk Williams
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Nicky has always known Russell was rich, but he has no idea how astronomically rich Russell is until his friend drops dead, on his 50th birthday, in his San Francisco mansion, with Nicky as the only witness. For forty years the two men have kept up their friendship, with Russell's birthday offering him an annual opportunity to remind Nicky of how much more successful Russell is, and how much further he has come since their English suburban childhood.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Just Not Good."
    "Just Not Good."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I just cant recommend this book to anyone. Its just not any good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen May again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Malk Williams?

    narrator was okay. Its the material that is not any good.


    What character would you cut from Wake Up Happy Every Day?

    all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a quick synopsis of this book, and bought the audible version. The premise is good - Man visits very wealthy friend, friend drops dead, man pretends to be dead friend to spend his money. Sounds good, but the story never catches, and it sadly never becomes interesting. May spends way too much time on numerous unrelated side roads, meanders from one dull topic to the next, then tries (but fails) to tie the various side roads together. Its just not good. I would have to give an overall thumbs down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Essential Remembrance of Things Past

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason, Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past is one of the world's most celebrated books. And yet many people are daunted by its formidable size: it is more than 3,000 pages long. In this audio version Proust's masterpiece is presented in easily accessible form, the author's major themes and unique style are retained, and the key scenes are linked by a specially written narration.

    Patrick Weldon says: "sorry, it just wasnt good."
    "sorry, it just wasnt good."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe I just don't get it. But this was awful. ugh.


    What could Marcel Proust have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    boring.


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

    boring.


    Any additional comments?

    boring.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (283)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "Utter Complete GARBAGE !"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made Mistress better?

    Churned out garbage by a washed up has-been. Ugh.

    Patterson should be ashamed of such drivel.

    I seriously consider this to be the WORST book I have ever read, not the worst by James Patterson, who clearly gave up writing a decade ago to cash checks and vomit on paper, but the worst book in the history of written word.

    Everything about this book is awful, from the lame and horrid plot, to the truly stupid story, to the transparent and amateurish writing. I don't know who the second writer credit is, but I must assume he is a barely literate third grader.

    Nothing, not one single paragraph, of this horrendously stupid, boring , drivel is entertaining. It is trash. It is garbage. It is pure unadulterated feces on paper.

    And in what must be considered almost inconcievable - the horrid writing is actually overshadowed by the horrendous, mind-blowlingly awful narrator. The "reader" tries to sound ( I guess) worried or concerned, and it only comes across like the pathetic whining of a little girl. It is unbelievable how awful, in every aspect, this book is. I serioulsy considered crashing my car into a tree so the narration would end! The only thing that kept me going, was i wanted live long enought to warn others! So now, I will shout from the mountaintop - THIS BOOK SUCKS!

    James Patterson, RETIRE! You were good once, sadly that was long ago. You should apologize to everyone you ripped off with the book. ugh. Thumbs down.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing ever again by James Patterson. nope. never.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    the narration was the most horrendous miserable thing I have ever heard. Absolutely awful beyond description.


    Any additional comments?

    dont buy this book. Read the phone book outloud. You will be more entertained.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1753)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Excellent Read."
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    What did you love best about God, No!?

    This is a fantastic book. It is read with spirit and enthusiasm by the writer, and it works. It is funny, saracastic, silly, offensive, rude and abrasive. But it comes together in a sensible, meaningful manner. Yes, he curses a lot, but its part of the whole flow of the book. The stories are poignant, and you realize he is a humble, honest, and kind man, trying to make it in a strange world.

    I loved this book, and immediately purchased his newest on Audible, then went to Itunes and bought a season of his TV show (Penn & Teller "BS".)

    Big thumbs up !


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • French for Beginners: Lesson 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Alexa Polidoro
    • Narrated By Alexa Polidoro
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    After many years of developing and harnessing her language-teaching skills with The French Ecole, Alexa has now created an audio treat for people who wish to learn a new language from scratch, without any pressure, in fun, relaxed, and manageable chunks. Highlights of Lesson 1 include: an introduction to the class format and some basic vocabulary; how to say how you are and where you live; talking about the weather; a small quiz; and a French song.

    Melody says: "Surprising easy"
    "Pretty lame"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Alexa Polidoro and/or Alexa Polidoro?

    Ugh. Hers a few words you WON'T be learning..... Soap, deodorant, toothpaste. Also, no French words for bravery, backbone, or testosterone. Just a bunch of silly phrases in random order.... PASS !!!!


    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (445)

    “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
    "Kafka-esque terrific"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Metamorphosis again? Why?

    A true classic. Works very well on audible. Almost a short story, but a wonderful narrative.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The Taste for Mystery

    • ABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By M. Scott Peck
    • Narrated By M. Scott Peck
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    A look at the human fascination with things hidden. Peck asserts that our instinctive desire to uncover the mysteries of life stimulates growth and vitality.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
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    Where does Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The Taste for Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book, good narration, Brings the original idea, and story... Further down the road.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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