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Seth

Yulee, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach
    • Narrated By Si Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring collection.

    Si shares stories of the more than 25 marriage proposals he's received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he's since quit smoking).

    Woody says: "Audible's description inaccurate"
    "PREACH SI! 6 out of 5 stars JACK!"
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    What did you love best about Si-cology 1?

    I really enjoyed how the story was laid out for the listener. Unlike other books of this nature that drag on endlessly until a conclusion that is beyond lackluster, in his book you can almost see whats going to happen, but at the same time the outcome (which you may already know) is viewed in an entirely different light. I also liked how this wasn't just a make it rich quick sell it why it's hot type book. It also lays out how Si isn't a character fabricated by a grad school producer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The obvious answer to most would be Si and he is high on my list, but his wife Christine sounds like an awesome woman who endured a lot physically, mentally, and emotionally. Her story was just as compelling in my ow opinion and the courage she showed in the face of adversity should be lesson for all.


    Have you listened to any of Si Robertson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well, I guess Duck Dynasty on TV would be the only other platform and this book is just as good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Take my word for it this book isn't about striking why the iron is hot. It's well written, well told, and well put together. Worth every cent jack!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bleachers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was the best quarterback to play for the Messina Spartans. 15 years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into a football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him.

    Patti says: "Great listen!"
    "I enjoyed the nostalgia."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Especially my old teammates.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the players acted around each other years after. The way they remembered the good and the bad.


    What about John Grisham’s performance did you like?

    Nothing in particular, but he did a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers: Florida History and Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Glen Simmons, Laura Ogden
    • Narrated By James R. Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Few people today can claim a living memory of Florida's frontier Everglades. Glen Simmons, who has hunted alligators, camped on hammock-covered islands, and poled his skiff through the mangrove swamps of the glades since the 1920s, is one who can. Together with Laura Ogden, he tells the story of backcountry life in the southern Everglades from his youth until the establishment of the Everglades National Park in 1947.

    Seth says: "Captured chunks of Old Florida, but story lacks."
    "Captured chunks of Old Florida, but story lacks."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was really excited about this book as I have always enjoyed the stories of Old Florida trying to recapture the feeling I first had when I finished "The Yearling". Being a Florida native I also try and learn as much as I can about my birth state so I can absorb the history and teach others.

    I thought the stories were good and I really liked the parts about prohibition and just how far that movement spread.

    The thing that bothered me though is the way it was pieced together. Instead of stories being told in a way you can enjoy them after just hearing them in automatically rolled into another, another, and another. So by the time I was 2/3rds through it I became desensitized in a way. I would have liked a moment to compartmentalize what I had heard before diving head first into another tale.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How wild Florida was naturally and how man utilized it to survive.


    Do you think Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I do not. I believe a good portion of what was told in this book was unecessary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4976)
    Performance
    (4589)
    Story
    (4601)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "EH, HELPED THE TIME GO BYE"
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    What did you love best about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    I really enjoyed the infantile struggle between the antagonist and protagonist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ursula Munkton(sp)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you could take any character from The Ocean at the End of the Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ursula Munkton because she was evil, but sounded hot.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postcard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tony Abbott
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother's murky past. He stumbles upon many clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.

    SoCalBonnie says: "Edgar Award Winner for kids"
    "Fun book I enjoyed; geared for a younger market."
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    If you could sum up The Postcard in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Light, and Suspenseful.


    What other book might you compare The Postcard to and why?

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children based on interesting borderline on non-realistic characters. Any detective novel pre-1960 with a mix of scavenger hunt.


    Which character – as performed by Lincoln Hoppe – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed listening to Dia's(sp) father. It was a very clear picture of who he was. I would have liked to have seen better character development for the love interest though, but for what the narrator was able to work with I thought he did well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I bought it on a Friday and I am typing this on a Monday.


    Any additional comments?

    I had just wrapped a heavier type novel so this was nice to listen to a story where the guesswork is framed in a way that simplicity is achieved in regards to the story. I enjoyed it very much, but I can see where reviews are there that this book is geared for teens. I am a born & raised Floridan; so I was able to picture things very clearly which added to my earlier comment about a simple framework.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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