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Rick

Waco, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Whad'Ya Know?, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Feldman
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? is a comedy/quiz/interview show that opens with Feldman's signature monologue of political and social satire. Feldman then invites callers and audience members to compete for "useless prizes" such as pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Contestants answer questions drawn from Feldman's seemingly limitless store of insignificant (but also somehow important) information.

    Thomas says: "I enjoy this show"
    "Nothing here"
    Overall

    My local Public Radio station does not carry this program. I think they made the right decision. After listening to two weeks of it, I don't see there is much here that is interesting or funny. Over twenty minutes were spent discussing the route for an upcoming bus trip the show would be taking. Basically, the host wastes time talking to people about nothing until it is time for their quiz which consists of questions regarding obscure topics.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Inferior story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This has to be the least engaging and least interesting audiobook I have ever listened to. There really isn't a plot, and the characters are poorly drawn and developed. It was almost a chore to listen to this book all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at 400 yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson...those guys.

    S. Casazza says: "A great book, an even better listen"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed in this book. I just finished listening to Pagan Babies and was ready for something similar. My main problem was following the story. So much of it is dialog driven, and the reader did not differentiate his voice between the characters - they all sounded the same, and it was impossible to tell who was saying what.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (512)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Where's the plot?"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed many of Crichton's books in the past, but this one has no real plot that I can find. It is basically a mechanism to get two characteris into a situation where they can argue over whether global warming is real or not.

    Also, this book obviously did not have an editor. Crichton makes some unacceptable grammatical errors that should have been caught by any editor. The word "data" is a plural word, Yet Crichton repeatedly says things like "this data" and "data is" rather than "these data" and "data are." When simple errors in grammar are made it calls into question how carefully some of the "facts" of this book were researched.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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