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Rion

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 268 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Darwin's Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (298)

    In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

    Paul Krasner says: "Really good science fiction"
    "Darwin's Radio only plays Country?"
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    Loved the premise but fell flat. So diluted with science and bureaucracy there were moments I thought a government paycheck was due me. Maybe I was auditing genetics post grad; ie, felt like work at times. Then comes along The pharmaceutical company, or was it government owned...OMG! Less would have been much more. But the author was wed to his image of the Neanderthal families fighting for change throughout the ages in a consistently hyper intolerant world. I don't want to give away more. To end the book, my way, principals would have been heading to San Francisco to tour with U2, chilling with Chomsky, or making their Iphone translation app. Oprah for sure. While Darwin's Radio plays some wicked genetics tunes, society regressed to the middle ages, or maybe we never left...OMG, I got it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5376)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2255)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Don't buy unless the audio is fixed"
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    It's hard to write a review for this book simply because of the strange background sounds. It's almost like faint off key notes are behind every word spoken. I've purchased about 40 books from audible to this point and this is the first with this problem. I downloaded to several different machines with no luck. Maybe if you are in a noisy room or car it will not matter as much, otherwise it requires concentration to block out. I hope Audible uploads the master copy to replace the current.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damascus Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Stone
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Christopher Lucas, unsure of his own beliefs, is wandering through Jerusalem, working on an article about religious mania. When he meets Sonia Barnes, dusky nightclub singer, devoted Sufi and mystic, he is entranced. As Sonia helps Lucas meet some of the visionaries and gurus who fill the city, the two suddenly find that they have become pawns in a fanatical bombing plot.

    W.Denis says: "Much to learn"
    "Hear, See & Taste It"
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    George Guidall guides the tour, while the author makes sure we get more than the gentile tourist package. I loved the real sense of space and how it is shared, or not. The patchwork of cultures and religions and fervor makes for a more dynamic viewpoint than one can normally encounter. There were many surprises and much to learn from this book. This captured some of the unique driving energy. The plot is just the vehicle that transports us, but an exciting ride for sure. No book has ever given me such itchy feet for Israel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (298)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Great Find"
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    She takes sometimes difficult subject matter blended with complicated characters and pulls the reader deep into their internal lives. The prose is good enough I'll probably buy the book for reference. About mid way through I had my doubts it could all be pulled together, but like a true craftsperson the pieces came together organically in the end. For the reader an emotional roller coaster that doesn't disappoint (assuming one likes roller coasters because you must keep your eyes, or ears, open on this one).

    I could listen to George Guidall read instruction manuals. He's one of the best.

    For anyone out there that buys based on the number rating I give the following observation. The closer an author comes to lasting literature the stronger the opinions become across the board, ending in average to below average ratings. I suggest always ignore the score and purchase from the reviews.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4279)
    Performance
    (3681)
    Story
    (3660)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Worst of the Mitch Rapp Series"
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    What disappointed you about Kill Shot?

    I'm a fan, have all his audiobooks, but was very disappointed in this effort. Taken as part of this awesome series this book seems like a rough draft put to print. The main characters don't jive with the other books. The plot was weak. This is a formula format that we as readers expect the author to follow to some respect. There were times I thought a different author was writing this addition it was so off. American Assassin was so good and this is as bad as that was good.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't let your editors direct the creative process. If you are burnt out of this series then stop and do something else and then come back to it. I'll have a hard time buying another after this effort.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    George Guidall is probably the best in the business. He can turn a mediocre story into a good listen. The only reason I finished this book is due to Mr. Guidall.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you haven't listened to any other of the series and you liked this then they only get better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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