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Paul

Cambria, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Keeps you guessing"
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    I enjoyed Ghost Man very much. It is always fun when you get to root for the bad guy...well, the least bad of the bad guys anyway. The time went along quick and I was sorry for the book to end. This is one where I would definitely like to see the main character again in future books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gabor Boritt
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    The literature of the Gettysburg Address tends to fall into one of two extremes. At one end are those books that maintain that Lincoln wrote his speech hastily, even on a scrap of paper on the train en route from Washington to Gettysburg. In this version, Lincoln delivered his remarks to an uncomprehending public, which applauded politely, failing to appreciate his genius. Many of the books that argued this point of view are out of print today, but the myths and legends live on.

    D. Littman says: "add this to your Lincoln bookshelf"
    "A Disappointment"
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    I had very high hopes about this book. The beginning was great, but it went down hill from there. The author obviously did a great job researching the material. The descriptions are good, but it gets tedious. Very tedious. Every now and then there is a nice nugget, but the book was overall very repetitive and should've been cut in half. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this book, I ended up not even finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1063)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Huge Fan of the King family, but stay away!"
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    The book is well written, but has no plot and goes nowhere. Had to give up at the halfway point. I am highly disappointed because I am a huge Stephen King fan and also really like Joe Hill, but Owen King just doesn't seem to have their skills at drawing you into the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (2539)
    Story
    (2551)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "No need for multiple narrators"
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    I was looking forward to this book. It turned out to be only okay.

    The worst part though, was that two narrators were used. A male and a female. I found myself cruising along to the male narrator when all of a sudden the female narrator would deliver one line of dialogue. It was very jarring and took me out of the story. Likewise, later in the book, when we are learning about the female heroes, the male narrator would jump in and deliver a line or two of dialogue and then disappear. It made for a very choppy listen in my opinion. The narrators were competent, but the way the book was set up was poor. If every other chapter was narrated by one or the other, it would be fine, but as it is, it was just annoying.

    The story itself was okay. Nothing special. I have no desire to read the follow-up books in the series, but if you like Zombies and Super Heroes, you'll probably like this.

    For me, this listening experience was a big disappointment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (488)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "Excellent Story"
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    I like most of Mitch Albom's books. This one was no exception. Good story with an important message about life. I was surprised that the narrator had a British accent, since all previous Albom books were obviously set in the U.S. This did not in any way hinder the story. Highly recommended.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

    Jim says: "What a HUGE Surprise!"
    "Huge Disappointment"
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    I was really looking forward to this book because it sounded so good. Unfortunately, the actual story was nothing like what the book description made it sound like. Just not a good story to me. Only made it about an hour in, hoping it would get, better, it just didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2419)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "I was expecting so much more/"
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    This is by far the worst audible book I have ever purchased. I was expecting so much more from Rowling. I kept listening as long as I could, but didn't make it past the first section. It''s not that the writing is bad, it is that the story is horrible. I can't believe I wasted several hours of my life on this book. Too bad that I can never get them back. I would rather watch those stupid X Factor shows with my daughter than have read this. At least then, I would be spending mind numbing time with my daughter. My advice - stay away from this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (768)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Exciting Historical Fiction"
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    I like Robert McCammon to begging with, but I am especially fond of his Matthew Corbet books. He transports us back to a time in U.S. history that we don't learn about in school books. The daily lives of the citizens in the early 1700's was much different than our own. And, in addition, these books suck you into the story and their adventure. I would recommend any of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17208)
    Performance
    (15287)
    Story
    (15240)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The King is Back"
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    Since Stephen King's accident he has turned more from pure horror to suspense and straight fiction. This one is both. King has become one of the best writers of our generation. Those who still call him a hack should read this and the short stories he has published in the New Yorker. I am one of those who are happy that King's talk of retirement has never come to past.

    This is a great story and really opens our eyes to the reality of the early 1960's.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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