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Robert Carrien

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  • Bottled Up: A Gay Romance Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Jeremy Klavens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Sean Bielecki has built a new life, leaving an infamous identity and painful past behind. Now Sommelier Wines is Sean’s dream. And after taking in Bobby, a homeless teenager who was attacked in the alley behind his store, parental instincts wake in him that he didn’t know he had, giving him new courage and direction. Officer Sam Davis has been watching Sean for a while—not because of his past—but because Sam wants to be a part of his life now.

    Keith says: "Andrew Grey has done it again!"
    "Liked it!"
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    This is a relatively quick story made quicker by the narrator. I've found that the narrator can really make or break the book and Jeremy Klavens almost blew this one. If I had to give him any advice it would be to slow it down a bit and add a little more expression. I liked the story. I don't expect perfection and this one has its flaws but they are easy to overlook. I would recommend this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (463)

    If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

    Sean says: "A shallow and destructive book"
    "Very Informative!"
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    This is a "Must Read!" Ha-Joon Chang points out some very interesting facts. If it would do any good I would propose that every member of congress read this book.

    3 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (995)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "It's E-V-A"
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    KK, so I like the book, but call me anal, the narrator kept calling an E-V-A, an eva. Duh! Has this person never watched any NASA TV coverage? I found myself shouting E-V-A by the end. If you can get by that then buy this book! Four stars for the book and two stars for the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4580)
    Performance
    (2855)
    Story
    (2893)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "The story my be great"
    Overall

    The story may be great, I wouldn't know. After five attempts I still haven't got through the first part. John Lee as a narrator makes me lose all interest. This book just seems to drone on, and on. I won't ever get another book narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1231)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Something missing"
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    I gave this book three stars not because there was anything wrong with the story, Kim Harrison has done a superb job with this latest Rachel Morgan tale. The thing I found missing was a decent narrator. Gigi Bermingham was unprepared for this role. She badly mispronounced several of the established character names throughout the story. I found this very annoying and was correcting her out loud by the end. By all means buy this book but be prepared for this unpleasant surprise. My advice for the future, bring back Marguerite Gavin !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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