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Robin

Richmond, VA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10678)
    Performance
    (5905)
    Story
    (5948)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Very Slow Start, but worth it"
    Overall

    The first several hours of the book were unbearable for me. I fell asleep multiple times and kept having to go back and listen to it again. That being said, once they got on the life boat it was a very pleasant listen. There was not much suspense, since we know by the description that Pi lives to tell of his adventure. It is enjoyable to listen to - the voice, the accent, the description. Pi is a funny & delightful character to follow through the book.

    0 of 0 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
    (13415)
    Performance
    (5834)
    Story
    (5907)

    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!!"
    "A pleasure to listen..."
    Overall

    I loved having two readers - one for the old Jacob and one for the young one. I don't want to say why I liked this book so much because that would give away the ending. Just give it a listen - you won't regret it. It was a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end. I am still smiling - I love the old Jacob!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Staying on the Path

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    The wit and wisdom of Dr. Dyer is reflected in this extraordinary collection of inspirational quotes and observations. Whether you're already on the "path" or just doing your best to get there, this audiobook will give you the impetus to keep moving forward.

    David says: "Love it!"
    "Good Daily Listen"
    Overall

    Listen to this book over and over - it is a way to start your day and to end it. I leave it on in the car and my children even listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8911)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3378)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Wonderful listening!"
    Overall

    This is a great listen. The reader is wonderful to listen to - his voice, accent, interpretation of characters, etc. I would recommend that you read Pillars first, which I did not do. They are both very good. This is a good story about midieval England that gives you a bit of history along with a dose of fiction. He clearly spent a lot of time researching this subject which makes the book particularyly worth listening to.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4082)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1810)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    When I purchased this book I had no clue what it was about...just chose it off the best seller list b/c I was intrigued by the title! A good story and even better to listen to. The story itself was wonderful - I had much sympath for all of the characters. My son has some of the same issues as the character, so I completely understand the mother's frustration. I also am more sympathetic to the the child's thought process as well. It is a quick listen and you can't go wrong. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2827)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (578)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Unrealistic"
    Overall

    Being 47 and with 5 children aged 7 to 17, I find this book a little unrealistic for someone at my stage of life. More than that, I simply did not enjoy his tone throughout the book. He seems to have a life filled with activity, but little substance. As I listened, I kept wondering what was the matter with me that I had no desire to do all of the jet setting and globe trotting. Call me boring, but I would rather stay in one place and build long term relationships with my family, neighbors and friends. Yes, I do want my children to have some really neat experiences (trips to Africa, Alaska, whatever...), but not at the cost of growing up disengaged from my friends and family.

    There were some good suggestions to maintain control of your work and clients, however, I am already employing most of them.

    Terrible book to "listen" to...maybe better to read.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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