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Newtown, CT, USA | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 108 ratings
  • 335 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Our Man in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam

    In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

    Jean says: "Delete the Music and It Would Be Fine"
    "music is a disaster -- don't buy this!"
    What disappointed you about Our Man in Havana?

    see headline

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

    great voices

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger. music spoiled it. Only just managed to get through it

    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to strangle the guy who put in the disgusting music!!!!!!!!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Pat Duggins
    • Narrated By Gary L. Willprecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Travel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles - both technological and financial - have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Trailblazing Mars offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream. Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. They'll have to grow their own food, find their own water - and solve their own problems.

    Mark says: "Not close to what it claims."
    "Beware of the narrator!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator

    Would you be willing to try another book from Pat Duggins? Why or why not?

    Don't know yet

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gary L. Willprecht?

    anyone who reads slower and has a genuine interest in science

    Could you see Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm writing this after listening to only the first few chapters as there are no reviews as of now, and the potential listener should be warned. The narrator reads it as if he is in a schoolroom class and has been reluctantly chosen to read the next chapter. He reads way to fast with no inflection so it's very difficult to understand all the intracies of the various preliminary unmanned flights etc. He obviously has no interest in the subject matter, even prounouncing "nuclear" as "nucular" just like one of our recent non-science orientated presidents! Totally spoils the book for me.

    I also don't know where the book is going -- that should have been outlined in the first few pages -- so I have no idea if this is a good comprehensive overview or a flippant poorly researched book with the same integrity as the narrator. I recommend searching Scientific American for a serious article although this is obviously not available in audio

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    Batman says: "History can be entertaining."

    This is my tenth Audible book and the worst by far. It's basically a list of historical events with a few anecdotes thrown in. It seems to jump from one geographical area to another with the emphasis on incidental events, and the chronology is confusing too. The narrator is awful -- an unattractive tone without expression and the attempt at humor is pathetic.

    Just listen to the sample -- there's a word repeated twice which they left in and that sloppiness is typical of the whole project. The authors don't appear to have made any effort to make the book a quality product -- must have been paid to churn it out as quickly as possible.

    I read a lot of science and history. This book is an insult. I think I've made my point. To be honest, I only listened to the first 4 chapters but couldn't continue for obvious reasons.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Great writing, even greater narration, BUT......."

    Good as this book is, it is deathly slow and nothing much happens. I enjoy well written, descritive books (e.g.Cold Mountain)but had to give up on this one half way through (after an investment of 10 hours or so). Pity, because the writing is insightful and the reading extraordinary.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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