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Stephen

I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (422)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Great Modern Literature"
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    Would you listen to The Corrections again? Why?

    Yes, as its' one of the single greatest novels ever written. The story captivates from beginning to end, brings a variety of timely social issues to the table and tells a great story around the discussion of those issues.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corrections?

    Chip's arrival at the home for Christmas, which seemed predictable but at the same time the author gave no clue that it would actually happen ... or Alfred's dementia induced talking feces..


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

    His voice actually bothered me at first, or at least for the first few minutes of the listen. As you get involved with the characters of the novel what at first listen seems like the voice of an elderly man becomes capable of giving each character a completely distinct voice, and ultimately ends up in a great listening experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, but there were numerous moments when Gary and Chip were placed into situations I, like many men, had experienced in real life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (365)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Brilliant Tale!"
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    What did you love best about 1356?

    Thomas of Hookton becomes a Knight. I loved the Grail Quest series and, if possible, this novel topped those. I initially read this before the Grail Quest novels (I honestly wasn't aware they existed) and immediately devoured the other three novels and then read this again to understand all that I missed the first go around.


    What other book might you compare 1356 to and why?

    The author has written numerous books similar to 1356, though I consider this among the top two or three of his novels, and with one exception, the best of his non-Sharpe novels (the exception being The Pagan Lord).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle scene at the end, which does a great job of bringing a medieval battle to life in the mind's eye of the reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twenty-Seventh City

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Meetu Chilana
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.

    paula says: "interesting book..but not superb"
    "Disappointing Effort by Franzen"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys novels that don't draw in the reader, have somewhat confusing story lines and at times just .. droned on without a point. And some of that is typical for Franzen, but he generally ties it all in together at some point. Not here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Franzen again?

    I have listened to every novel by Franzen and this is the only exception to a man I consider one of the greatest two or three living authors.


    Which character – as performed by Meetu Chilana – was your favorite?

    None stick out, but this wasn't the fault of the reader. I think she did a great job with the characters and subject matter.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twenty-Seventh City?

    Scenes weren't the problem, so none. I finished the novel and, at the end, asked myself why. What was the point? I'm somewhat surprised Franzen's publisher re-released this rubbish, though I suppose it got me to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "The Story of Mr. Sharpe Begins"
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    What did you love best about Sharpe's Tiger?

    It creates the character of Richard Sharpe of course. Gives a little more detail on how he was able to rise from the ranks and gives a great background to the Napoleonic Conflict to describe the various British / East India Company battles in India (though, much like the American conflicts with Native Americans, there isn't much glory in the British "invasion" of India, nor does Mr. Cornwell place any.)


    What other book might you compare Sharpe's Tiger to and why?

    It compares well with any of the Sharpe novels. As it was written chronologically after many of the Napoleonic Sharpe novels, the author does a wonderful job of going back and explaining the background of many of the Sharpe characters and story lines.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Again that would have to be Richard Sharpe, for fairly obvious reasons.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I didn't start on the Sharpe novels until last year, it raised my anticipation level for the remaining Sharpe novels (which, with one exception, I devoured in about a months time).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel: Bull Run, 1861: The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion. But Nate’s decision to fight against his native North is only one of the human dilemmas facing the Legion. The Legion commander’s son is against the war, and his daughter’s fiancé is plotting for control of the family fortune. As a motley gathering of men prepares to engage the enemy at Bull Run, they have high hopes of ending the war before it starts.

    francisco says: "Great story, but weak performance."
    "Great novel but will leave you wanting more."
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    Where does Rebel: Bull Run, 1861 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the four Starbuck books I enjoyed Bull Run the best, though at times I wasn't sure if I was reading about Mr. Starbuck or Richard Sharpe (not that it matters). Among Mr. Cornwell's novels this one probably ranks somewhere in the middle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The novel hooks you immediately. Unlike many of Cornwell's other series, the Starbuck Chronicles all take place within a two or so year window, so there doesn't have to be time at the beginning taken with laying the foundation of what has happened to the primary characters between novels. Further, the detail taken in describing the Battle of Sharpsburg is tremendous. Just a great novel.


    What about Ed Sala’s performance did you like?

    It was good enough. He gave the various characters distinct voices, though I considered some of the southern accents a bit over drawn. He certainly didn't hurt the novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it drove me crazy when I learned there wasn't a fifth book in the series to start on. The ending of this novel leaves so many open story lines, none of which are resolved.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    It's the spring of 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Commanding general Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to pull up stakes, abandon the critical city of Nashville, and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston's trail are two of the Union's best generals: the relentless Ulysses Grant, fresh off his career-making victory at Fort Donelson, and Don Carlos Buell.

    Kay says: "Favorite author"
    "Great telling of the story of the Battle of Shiloh"
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    Would you listen to A Blaze of Glory again? Why?

    Yes, largely because I've listened to most of the author's books on more than one occasion. While fiction, it's very fact intensive and listening a second time tends to provide more insight into the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with all of the author's novels since "To the Last Man," at least a portion of the story is told from the perspective of someone serving on the front line. This, to me, makes these novels stronger even than his father's "Killer Angels" and the two follow ups written by Jeff. People that haven't served in war have no idea what the average soldier goes through on a daily basis while serving the front lines, so the perspective provided by Mr. Shaara is both real, fascinating and frightening all at once.


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

    I believe, but can't be certain, that he has read many of Mr. Shaara's novels. If I am correct they are all outstanding jobs.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Blaze of Glory and why?

    The front line infantrymen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strong Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (31)

    Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.

    Stephen says: "Easily as good as "The Corrections""
    "Easily as good as "The Corrections""
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    What made the experience of listening to Strong Motion the most enjoyable?

    It's an outstanding story, with great character development and an ability to at least explain both sides of several social issues dealt with in a rational and well thought out manner (though the author's actual stance on any such issue is never left to the imagination).


    What other book might you compare Strong Motion to and why?

    Any of Franzen's other novels. It's what he does.


    What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

    His ability to show the proper emotion at the proper times.


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

    Well no, but only because it was over 20 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked "The Corrections" give this one a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

    Ruth Ann Orlansky says: "CYBEX burned into my eyes"
    "Will be looked at as a classic in time"
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    What made the experience of listening to Underworld the most enjoyable?

    Great story with an excellent reader. DeLillo takes a simple concept (in the path taken by the Bobby Thompson home run ball) and twists into an incredibly detailed and interesting story about the many lives the ball affected in the subsequent years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It engaged me from the beginning. DeLillo is a great author and knows what it takes to write a captivating story with many hidden meanings that I'm sure will be debated for years to come.


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

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one particular moment. The way the author creates an intersection of each characters life is captivating on its' own.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (384)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "Disappointing"
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    What would have made Start better?

    Interesting material and less arrogance on the part of the author.


    What could Jon Acuff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think the overall point of the book was good, but I think the 12th time he reminded the reader/listener that he worked for Dave Ramsey I started to truly loathe him. Examples other than his own life story (he isn't particularly old by the way) would have made it far more rememberable and the author less detestable.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Given the material the performance was ok. The author, however, rubbed me the wrong way.


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

    None, and that's the problem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5630)
    Performance
    (3572)
    Story
    (3583)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Great read and compelling story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The story was far better than I anticipated and the Mr. Welch did an outstanding job of reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was far more engaging than I truly expected. I bought in after listening to "A Dog's Purpose" (which, given I'm generally a fan of literature, I was almost embarrassed to admit, but ... I don't care. I liked it. I love dogs. C'est la vie). "The Art of Racing in the Rain" was far more a story about the human characters, but I highly recommend it to fans of "A Dog's Purpose" or dog lovers in general.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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