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Paul Coupaud

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  • 9 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 632 titles in library
  • 47 purchased in 2014
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  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

    Sara says: "Terrible Listening Experience"
    "Long and drawn out..."
    Overall

    it was all I could to to keep plugging away at this one. I was WELL into the 2nd of 3 parts before the story really started to get my interest. The reading was okay, but the accent was kind of annoying. Regardless, I stuck it out and the book was pretty satisfying overall. I will say though, I've been a member for many years and this was one of the most books that most challenged my attention. It's not an easy listen -- you have to want it! Good luck!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10221)
    Performance
    (9727)
    Story
    (9746)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "MacGyver on Mars!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Amazing story and an huge amount of challenges for the protagonist - challenges we earth-bound would likely never imagine but for a story like this! It grabbed hold of me at the starting line and held on tight through the finish! Great read, excellent voice work -- well worth the credit!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1045)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Delayed gratification!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one was interesting but took quite a while (too long?) to answer some of the early questions that come to mind. It started to lose me but then came back strong. Good story, well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4170)
    Performance
    (3498)
    Story
    (3492)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "This! Must have Moooooaaaar!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Secret government agencies, mysterious characters, excellent narration, and lots of zombies - not really much more you could ask for here! Some of the best narration I've heard in a long time, a solid collection of characters, and plot twists that definitely will keep you guessing! Was a great listen and I'm really looking forward to book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1108)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Allons-y!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Creative presentation, reading was great and the story, while superficial, satisfied. A bit on the predictable side, but solid Doctor Who fare!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1518)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Definitely not theological bickering!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story hooked me right from the beginning and was one I had a tough time going to sleep on. Great story with a fascinating approach and unique perspective. I definitely got more than I bargained for and expected!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10154)
    Performance
    (9292)
    Story
    (9310)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Long, but well worth the time!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really can't say enough about the story or the performance -- both are really top notch! It took me almost a couple weeks to work my way though it, but it wasn't for lack of interest. Definitely one of the better written stories I've heard in quite some time! Definitely creditworthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Well, at least the narration was good..."
    Overall

    Extremely predictable story, slow and repetitive, and very predictable "formula" story. Just take A&D or DaVinci Code and put it in DC ... oh, and make it a lot longer. I really wasn't impressed with this one at all. Points for narration though...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1169)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Jost"
    Overall

    In the words of Randy Jackson, "this one just didn't do it for me." It was a good story and was fairly engaging throughout ... decent ending ... but the production was terrible. There were "patches" throughout the audio -- up to 5 or so second long -- where there was a different person inserting words or sentences. VERY obvious and VERY annoying. If this were a movie, I'd say wait for the video ... but that said, I think with some revision this would make a pretty decent movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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