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Randolph

Live in Cocoa Beach Florida. Am a videographer and photographer.

Cocoa Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (150)

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "Randy"
    Overall

    Although I was just a boy during the time frame of this manuscript, I found the charactors totaly foreign. Drugs, alcohol and meaningless relationships. I did not like any of the charactors. They were all one diminsional jerks thinking only of themselves. Still, I could not stop listening.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (968)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Best book I have listened to in a very long time!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Jack to be better than the print version?

    I have not yet read the print version of Bloody Jack although I have downloaded to my Kendell. I just can not imagine the print version being nearly as good as the audio (which for me is true of most books). Katherine Kellgren was fantastic in her portrayal of each an every character.


    What other book might you compare Bloody Jack to and why?

    Comparing Bloody Jack to other books, I would say Oliver Twist in style and Robinson Crusoe for content.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Mary (Bloody Jack) was my favorite character but I liked Charlie a lot, even though he appeared only briefly early in the book he showed character and bravery by standing up to those who had all the power and in his own right was a leader with compassion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many moments in this book that moved me it is not possible to point to just one.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book that I could not put down and spent every moment that I could spare listening to it. At the end,I just did not want it to end.

    I have never given a book five stars in each category, this was my first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (339)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
    "Great adventure story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend Mysterious Island to anyone who likes adventure stories. This book has mystery and excitement seldom found.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a fast moving story continuously presenting the unexpected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I very much enjoyed the scenes when the characters discovered and built their dwelling in side of the mountain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2963)
    Performance
    (2557)
    Story
    (2571)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Not a great book"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is packed with interesting twist and turns. The main character, a college professor acts more like a love sick teenager. Technically the book is well written but I feel the character development lacks a great deal. It is a romance novel, short and simple. I did not expect that. I think younger and more romantic inclined readers might enjoy this book more than I did.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The lead character acted like a love sick teenager.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Don't know.


    What character would you cut from Six Years?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (316)

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "Disfunctional Family of the first order"
    Overall

    This is one of those books that I had to work at to complete; in the end however I am glad that I did. I did not like many of the characters and it was necessary to keep in mind that their lives were very limited, they did not meet many different people and did not travel far. The author demonstrates a great understanding of a strange mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swiss Family Robinson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Johann Wyss
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    After the Robinsons - a minister, his wife, and their 4 young sons - are shipwrecked on a desert island, they must adapt to their new environment, which includes exotic birds and animals, but none of the comforts they enjoyed in their native Switzerland. Without modern conveniences or even clocks and calendars, the Robinsons must use common sense to build a home, find food, and tame the island's wild animals.

    Tabatha says: "Awesome version!!!!!!!"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this very much. If you haven't read or listened to this book in the past few years, or ever, I suggest that you do now. It is a lot of fun.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Judge & Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante is closing in on the notorious mob boss "The Electrician", when the scheduled sting goes spectacularly awry. Two FBI agents are dead, the boss is wounded, and Pellisante vows the Electrician's next move will be from a jail cell.

    Julie says: "Judge and Jury"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    After listening to Beach Road I alsmost decided to not to waste anymore time or money with Patterson. Judge & Jury on the otherhand is a fast paced exciting book. I enjoyed it quite a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
    • Narrated By Billy Baldwin
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (79)

    Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in America's wealthiest resort town: legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.

    K. Jacob says: "Why??"
    "Same old story line"
    Overall

    This same old story line has been used over and over again. As another reviewer said, " this is a cookie cutter book". Another reviewer stated that the only reason he gave it two stars is that he managed to finesh it. That is why I also gave it two stars. In an unsuccessful attempt to shock the reader, he totaly recreated the lead charactor at the end of the book. The multiple readers did not bother me. It was the only thing I liked about the book.
    Finally, if I may quote a third fellow reviewer: "Don't bother"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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