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Philip

PAPILLION, NE, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 564 titles in library
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  • The Last Hunter - Descent: Antarktos Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (244)

    "I've been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast."

    Gary says: "Ready to sit on the edge of your chair???"
    "Skip it"
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    The reader is poor and has a long way to go. He may develop a good style one day but it won't be on my dime. The story is geared more for a young crowd. There is a journey to the center of the earth feel about it. I won't buy it's sequel book 2

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (550)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    smartchickdina says: "Read by the author, my eye!"
    "Why the Cigars?"
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    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this audiobook but couldn't understand the fascination/addiction over the constant references for cigar smoking. For a famous sports guru, this is the last thing I would prefered to hear about and it could have been left out without detracting from his stories in any way. Other than that, the narration is great as well as his stories about bodybuilding competition, movie making, and politics. It is refreshing how he takes full credit for screwing up his marriage.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Counterclockwise: A Science Fiction Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James B. Johnson
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When 57-year-old Ethan Zachary is ravaged by mysterious ball lightning, he starts growing progressively younger. As the condition begins to take hold, he realizes the end result will eventually kill him, ruining his plans to run for Congress - as well as his marriage. He does find a few compensations: his new youth and vigor attract a Cuban refugee reporter and a young lady lawyer, and his libido has been magically restored. Then a reclusive billionaire snatches "EZ" to use him as a medical guinea pig.

    Philip says: "Unimaginative"
    "Unimaginative"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Unimaginative and an obsession with cigar smoking that has nothing to do with the story line. Vivid descriptions of various brands of cigars along with the enjoyment of their smoke. At the same time, the story is predictable. Too bad, it had potential with the idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1403)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Irreverent"
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    I enjooyed alll 3 Sandman Slim audio books but they aren't for everyone. If you enjoyed the movie Goodfellows, you'll like these books. The language is rough and violence even rougher but the reader knows how to delliver the lines well. The stories are irreverent if you are the godly sort of person but those with an open mind will enjoy the imaginative context of the stories. And if you enjoyed the book 'Badass' you'll lovoe these three as well. I enjoy the Dresden series, as well, but Sandman Slim is in a class by himself and way beyond Dresden. Also consider the Iron Druid series. Same kind of story line - one main magical character against all the bad guys. Again, lots of fun unless you're a bible thumping church goer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    A User says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Sad"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book. Narrator great. The story line is about slavery. Don't expect it to end well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    Steven says: "A Great Listen, but ..."
    "Awful"
    Overall

    If you enjoy the narrative of a 15 yo nerds journal and his boring life, this book is for you. Awful.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Pellegrino
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

    Daniel says: "Awsome"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is my 4th book regarding the development and use of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. This one is more personal. It does not argue the politics or ethics about the need for or use of the bombs on Japan. It just tells the tale of the survivors. Narration is excellent. Physical descriptions of what happened are not for the weak at heart. Stories of those that were in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki when bombed are amazing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence Babits
    • Narrated By Knighton Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The battle of Cowpens was a crucial turning point in the Revolutionary War in the South and stands as perhaps the finest American tactical demonstration of the entire war. On January 17, 1781, Daniel Morgan's force of Continental troops and militia routed British regulars and Loyalists under the command of Banastre Tarleton. The victory at Cowpens helped put the British army on the road to the Yorktown surrender and, ultimately, cleared the way for American independence.

    Jeffrey says: "Don't forget the reference downloads!"
    "Poor narration"
    Overall

    Poor narration made the listening monotonous. Also, one needed a map to keep track of all the geography noted by the author regarding troop movements.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Badass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!

    Saud says: "Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing"
    "Unconventional"
    Overall

    If you weren't put off by the title and you enjoy a great story narrated with gusto, this might be the book for you. I loved it but I don't think any english teacher is going to recommend it. Review the author's web site, badass.com, to read some story lines on 'badass' history characters to get a flavor for his 'over the top' writing style. The author, himself, is badass and doesn't care one bit for someone's sensibilities. He just likes to tell a great story in a fun way. L

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (549)

    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "Unconventional"
    Overall

    Great narrator. Very unconventional information that animal-based diets,including dairy, are causing our diseases of affluence, including obesity and cancer. Well worth listening too. We won't hear this message in many other places given its business implications.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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