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Ray

Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

West Deptford, NJ, United States | Member Since 2013

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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
    (15671)
    Performance
    (13898)
    Story
    (13933)

    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!"
    "Who Will Get The Last Word?"
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    Gillian Flynn has created a masterpiece. Although I had some difficulty paying attention during the first half of the book, I was hooked when the mystery began to unwind. I was never sure how the story would unfold, and I still don't know who got the last word.

    The book was recommended by my daughter-in-law and it was well worth the time, I can't imagine how much effort it would take to craft a book such as this. Gillian was in like Flynn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17226)
    Performance
    (15301)
    Story
    (15254)

    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"
    "WORTHY OF A KING"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging. Entertaining. Enthralling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thought and contradictions that time travel raises. The fact that the main character must grapple with these thoughts and contradictions and shares them with the reader.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    One of the best narrators I have encountered in over ten years of listening.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me think and reflect on the JFK assassination that I had lived through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Stephen King book that I have listened to, but it won't be my last. My only connection with the author had been through the movies that were made from his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "As Hipnotic as Ragtime Music"
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    If you could sum up Ragtime in three words, what would they be?

    Fact-fiction perfectly intertwined.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ragtime?

    The Model T in front of the fire house.


    What does E. L. Doctorow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author has the perfect cadence when reading his excellently descriptive prose.


    Who was the most memorable character of Ragtime and why?

    Colhouse Walker, the Ragtime


    Any additional comments?

    I found the rhythmic prose of the author to have been perfectly enunciated by the narrator, the author himself.

    I usually don't care for historical fiction, but found this story compelling enough to overcome the conflict between fact and fiction. As I listened to the book, I would occasionally check the factual basis of the story.

    I was ready to dismiss the concluding chapter, but in the end liked the way it tied the strings of the story together.

    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
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1180)

    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"
    "Some Very deep calculations"
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    Where does Calculating God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book would be in the top twenty-five percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hollis the alien.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it would be too much for one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes if something is approached from an unusual angle, it can provide some interesting insights. The value of this book is in its insights and not in the story line. It represents a good synthesis of the God-Science Debate. Many things to ponder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "Author on a Shrink's Sofa"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps people who didn't know most of the story ahead of time.


    Would you recommend Blood Will Out to your friends? Why or why not?

    I doubt that most of my friends would enjoy the presumptuous writing style.


    What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s voice?

    Pedestrian, Acceptable, Monotonous.


    What character would you cut from Blood Will Out?

    The book is too much about the author, Walter Kern, and not enough about the imposter Clark Rockefeller,


    Any additional comments?

    The narrative jumps around too much. Unfortunately I had heard an interview about the book on NPR. The interview was well done, but the book didn't live up to my expectations.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (196)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "Historical Fiction that Needs to be Told"
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    Where does Alex Cross's TRIAL rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better works of fiction. Not great but memorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alex Cross's TRIAL?

    When white lawyer and black girl walk hand in hand through the streets of Eudora.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I was never sure how it would end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book centers on one of the most despicable times in our history. Like the Holicost, it needs to be retold so that it doesn't reoccur.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Max Tegmark
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.

    Michael says: "Wow!"
    "Making Reality Real"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely if they have an interest in both physics and philosophy and how they intersect.


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

    I especially liked the chapter concerning: Internal Reality, External Reality and Consensus Reality. I also liked the way the author summarized his main concepts at the end of each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't for everyone, but is ideal for someone who wants to seriously explore some of the ultimate questions. Although it is technical in content, with some effort it can be understood by a non-science type such as myself. Although I don't usually do so, this book may get a second listen from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (587)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Masterful who-done-it Tale"
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    Any additional comments?

    Bruce DeSilva uses a wry humor and gritty dialogue to tell the tale of a Rhode Island newspaper reporter uncovering a large number of arsons in his home town.It is difficult to believe that this is the author's first novel. However, it is not difficult to believe that he has received Edgar and Macavity awards and been nominated for other awards.I already plan to listen to two subsequent novels: "Providence Rag" and "Cliff Walk". It isn't often that I give five stars in all categories, but they were richly deserved in this case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    Mary A. says: "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    "Too Many Horses"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book didn't continually hold my interest. On occasion I had trouble following the story line.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not so much emphasis on horses. Apparently all of this author's works concern horses since he worked with them earlier in life.


    Could you see Blood Sport being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It is my understanding that it was made into a movie, but I haven't seen it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (503)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "Book Should be Added to the List"
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    What disappointed you about Worst Ideas Ever?

    I was familiar with almost all of the ideas. I had just never bothered to list them.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not so much monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a good book ti listen to while performing a more important task.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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