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Peter

Collegeville, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15865)
    Performance
    (14075)
    Story
    (14115)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Don't read this unless you want to feel terrible"
    Overall
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    This story is well-written and well-performed (hence the stars for story and performance), but it's an awful misery. No kidding. If you listen to this you'll be dropped into a terrible situation between two insane individuals. The story will be interesting and stressful, but a nightmare from beginning until the author grows tired of telling you about it. Justice is not served, evil prevails and the innocent suffer.

    I wish that someone had warned me away from this because it will likely take the rest of the day to get this dark feeling out of my heart.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Six Months Later

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Natalie D. Richards
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Chloe falls asleep in study hall, it is the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now she's on track for valedictorian and is being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her. What happened to Chloe? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…

    Peter says: "Interesting story idea, told uninterestingly."
    "Interesting story idea, told uninterestingly."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was intrigued by the concept of this book: a girl trying to figure out why she's missing six months of her life. But the weak and repetitive dialog (and internal monologs) wore me down. I struggled to finish this book and actually abandoned it for a few days.

    The one-dimensional, male characters add little to the story. The villain appears suddenly at the end, apparently just so that he can partially explain himself. We're left to speculate on the roles and activities of his fellow plotters, following an unsatisfying end of the novel.

    The narration by Emily Woo Zeller is well-done.

    0 of 0 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
    (6182)
    Performance
    (5879)
    Story
    (5889)

    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"
    "Cast Away meets Apollo 13"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you enjoy stories like "Castaway" and "Apollo 13", you'll love "The Martian". The story is told mostly through the the log book of the main character, Mark Watney. This approach keeps things moving along. Watney is presented with interesting challenges almost daily as he works to stay alive on Mars. We also get the perspective of Watney's NASA colleagues as they work to rescue him. I found the science and situations to be realistic and engaging. This is a compelling and smart adventure story that kept me looking for excuses to listen. It's my favorite book of the year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

    A User says: "Band of Brothers"
    "Read the Unabridged Version"
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    This is an excellent story that spawned the HBO miniseries (also excellent). But, LISTEN TO THE UNABRIDGED VERSION. That wasn't available when I downloaded this many moons ago.

    I recently re-listened to this and I was confused by the HUGE chunks of the story that were removed from this version. There is no reason whatsoever to go with this version. We're talking about a relatively short book anyway folks.

    So, nothing to see here. Just move along to the unabridged audiobook. Off you go now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10088)
    Performance
    (9389)
    Story
    (9390)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "More Than Just a Sentimental Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sure, "Ready Player One" lays on the '80's nostalgia with a trowel, but it doesn't get in the way of a great story. I say this as someone who went to high school and college in that decade. I missed a lot of the children's toy and game console references as a result, but I related to most of the rest. What wasn't an immediate connection was regularly explained in the story. I didn't feel left out and I suspect that those who recall other decades better won't feel ostracized either.

    Cline offers a story that deftly combines the real and virtual worlds. Both environments are interdependent in the plot and this results in a tale that is epic in scope. The dystopian real world is believable and yet not devoid of hope. The virtual gaming environment is really a world of worlds that offers a variety of situations, characters and amusing discoveries. Things keep moving and the adventure is up-beat and exciting.

    Wil Wheaton makes this a great listen. The man can read and act and he's just the right personality for the story. Heck, he's even referenced once or twice and it's fun to hear Wheaton reading a comment about himself.

    Drop "Ready Player One" in your basket because it's a great story. The nostalgia is a bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6609)
    Performance
    (5814)
    Story
    (5813)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "M.I.B. for Monsters"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book was a fun diversion that begins with a bang and just never slows the action until the end. It's not deep literature and the characters aren't from a Henry James novel. So what? If you're like me and you listen to audio books to fend off the boredom of yard work and other dull things, then entertainment is a good thing. "Monters, Inc." is entertaining. Try not to think so much.

    "Monsters, Inc." treats vampires, werewolves and their ilk in the traditional way. The vampires don't sparkle or distain blood for the love of their teenage sweetheart. These monsters rip out their victim's throats and toss their bodies aside like empty peanut shells - like they did in the comic books you grew up with. The Team from Monsters, Inc. are on call to eradicate such pests from your home, at a price. I like this idea.

    Having said that, I've been reluctant to pick up any of the sequels. I enjoyed this book but I think one is enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1394)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Nerd Lit Nicely Blended with Historical Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story unfolds in parallel threads, existing in the past and the recent-present, that reveal the plot in a fun way. Stephenson takes you all over the world and across time while letting you get to know some fun personalities. All of this happens at a brisk pace that will keep the listener engaged.

    If you enjoy the idea of cyphers, the pre-history of computers and learning about some contemporary technology this book will entertain you. But don't assume that it's all about the tech. It's full of activity, from diving, combat, digging, hacking and excellent conversation.

    William Dufris is a gifted narrator (I rarely encounter anything less with Audible these days) who expertly reads while inhabiting a large variety of characters of different sex and nationality. He's a one-man acting troupe, but you won't be cognizant of his efforts. You'll just enjoy the narrative.

    The bottom line is that I looked for opportunities to listen to this whenever I could and I was sad when it was all over.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17329)
    Performance
    (15395)
    Story
    (15348)

    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"
    "This book brought me back to King"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps you're staring at this book and thinking, "I don't kow if I feel like reading about the Kennedy assassination and I'm just not sure about Stephen King anymore." Rest assured that this book is a well-conceived and expertly-written time-travel adventure that is its own story that's filled with romance, suspense and wonder. That infamous day in Dallas is the MacGuffin. This book is no more about it than "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was about the Ark of the Covenent. King does deal with the assassination eventually, but in an inovative and exciting way that will keep you reading when you're supposed to be doing something else.

    I enjoyed how King handles the mechanics time travel and its implications. He manages to include the fun parts with the ethical issues and brings the reader along with him to the fascinating world of the past. This book is a great fish-out-of-water story that puts a man from the connected world of 2011 back in the United States of 1958-1963. You'll have fun exploring the practical challenges while following an exciting story.

    King sprinkles this story with fun references to his previous novels. So, be on the lookout for Christine and the town of Derry (inlcuding references to "IT").

    Listening to this book brought me back to Stephen King after almost two decades of avoiding his work. I'm happy to say that I rediscovered what I admire about his writing. It's easy to pidgeon-hole King as a horror writer and forget that his stories are about people, love and friendship. His stories spring from human weakness and strength. I think this is what keeps me interested.

    "11-22-63" deserves to be considered as one of his best. It stands on its own as just a great novel. I suggest that you download it right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2330)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (947)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "A Worthwhile Ghost Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is narrated by Stephen King and I think it adds to the presentation. The main character is a novelist who is telling a first-person narrative. So, having King read his own book makes sense. He's not an actor, but his voice makes sense in the context of the audio production. Music is mixed in appropriately to add to the atmosphere.

    There are ghosts, murders and suspense - all of the things one enjoys in a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9908)
    Performance
    (4836)
    Story
    (4865)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Fascinating Science Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stephen King drops a dome on a New England town like a kid might trap an ant hill with a glass bowl to see what the ants might do. The story has a bit of "The Lord of the Flies" but on a more adult level of conflict. The suspense is good and the concept is compelling.

    This isn't a Stephen King "horror" book. It's quality science fiction. There is a moral and it makes a good commentary on the nature of power. It's also an exciting read with excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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