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Renato

West Linn, OR, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 494 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4060)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1742)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "much more than I expected"
    Overall

    I read/heard this book becuase I heard somewhere that it was an interesting book. I honestly expected to just stop listening after a while as I am normally highly allergic to even the slightest mention of Jesus or religon but this book managed to get past all those defenses that I though I had so well installed. I actually cried at the end of this book for how good it left me feeling. It was the sort of view of God that I had wanted and had never heard from anyone. It won't have me showing up at church anytime soon but it left me much more open and maybe willing to believe in a loving god. It was really a gift as the authors suggested and for that gift I am grateful.

    46 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1131)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "Not Just For Kids"
    Overall

    On the same level as Tolkien. This series has it all action, adventure, thrills, laughs and tears. It's themes, based around morality and theology, are worthy of discussion. At the same time the books are so entertaining. The authors reading couldn't be better and the actors reading the dialogue literally sounded just the way I imagined with out being overwrought. Can't wait for the promised "Book of Dust".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5619)
    Performance
    (2919)
    Story
    (2979)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Intriguing ideas. Lazy writing."
    Overall

    Everytime I picked it back up I had a hard time remebering what had happened before. There is a tremendous amout of words devoted to the gadgets and there workings and descriptions of the metaverse all very interestin and original. If you like that sort of thing this may be the book for you. There were some action packed moments and plenty of fight scenes, but a lot of exposition as well. A fair amount of the dialoge seems very contrived to give voice to the authors ideas and plot history to the point that it was sometimes hard to get a picture of what was going on. Maybe I missed something not having read the first book? This one was a near miss with potential for me.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5210)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1436)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "The Perfect Bookl!"
    Overall

    I loved THE KITE RUNNER and expected a lot form this author and wasnt' disappointed. Best wear sunglasses if you listen to this in public. I like to listen to books while I'm out walking and with this one I cried and bit my nails and mostly couldn't wait for my next chance to listen some more. This is the perfect book. I thought I knew a lot about the history and events that took place it Afganistan but this book was like living the history. It made me want to go home and hug my kids and be grateful for what I have and a lot more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13584)
    Performance
    (5979)
    Story
    (6058)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Romancy but still worth it."
    Overall

    Great frame story with wonderfull naration for both characters. The contrast settings of circus and nursing home with great details and characters inhabiting both made it a worthwhile listen. At one point the plot got tied up a little too neatly for my taste but, ending was clever and quite satisfying nonetheless. Have to admit I was near the end of the book before I realized it was sort of a romance novel and at that point I was so intriged that it didn't matter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (458)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Surprisingly fun listen"
    Overall

    Ordered this one because it was cheap and was pleasantly suprised. Hit men and crime thrillers are not usually my thing but this one had just enough humor and plot twists to more than satisfy. The reader was perfect voice for Keller's ruminations on life death patriotism and pet ownership. Would have given five stars but it wasn't that deep. Still, great fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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