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Stuart

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  • Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Beth Raymer
    • Narrated By Phoebe Zimmermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Beth Raymer arrived in Las Vegas in 2001, hoping to land a job as a cocktail waitress at one of the big casinos. In the meantime, she lived in a $17-a-night motel with her dog, Otis, and waited tables at a low-rent Thai restaurant. One day, one of her regular customers told her about a job she thought Beth would be perfect for and sent her to see Dink, of Dink Inc. Dink was a professional sports gambler looking for a right-hand man. She got the job.

    Roy says: "A Real Hoot"
    "Great Subject Matter, but Second Half Drowns."
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    Would you listen to Lay the Favorite again? Why?

    Yes, I probably would. I found the obsessive gambling interesting and it had some good laughs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the main characters descriptions of herself and jobs that she have had in the past.


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

    Nope.


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

    I thought the way she reacted to men and relationships was weird. She falls in love very easily and was gullible.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit of a shame that the first half of the book was so great and then the second went into more of her relationship and was just kind of boring. It had a chance to be great, but missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23387)
    Performance
    (20868)
    Story
    (20940)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Great, and messed up."
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No, it is a bit long and knowing all the twists, it would be ruined.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Great narrators, both of them.


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

    The ending. It kind of sucked, but made sense. I wish it would have worked out the way everyone would have wanted it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in 6E

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By A.R. Torre
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    I haven't touched another person in three years.That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller.

    Stacy says: "knife? check! gun? check"
    "Awsome!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl in 6E the most enjoyable?

    It can kind of be like a porn, but has a plot and twist to it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very descriptive.


    Which character – as performed by Jorjeana Marie – was your favorite?

    The main girl


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

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    In this astounding account, Wall Street's notorious bad boy - and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper - leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues - while they were doing the same.

    Nxp says: "OK...if all you want is ice cream."
    "Not as good as the First."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Jordan Belfort and/or Ray Porter?

    No, I think I am done with Belfort.


    What was most disappointing about Jordan Belfort’s story?

    This book unlike his first really was slow and more in depth into him being caught and ratting on his friends. Went waaaaaay to far into the planning and schemes of his crimes. Just boring.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

    Sure, he did a decent job.


    Could you see Catching the Wolf of Wall Street being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a snooze fest compared to his first. It seems like he wanted to ride the coat tails of his first success and failed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan
    • Narrated By Jim Davidson
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    On June 21, 1992, two best friends summited Mount Rainier. Within hours, their exquisite accomplishment would be overshadowed by tragedy. On their descent, Jim Davidson fell through an ice bridge on Rainier's northeast flank, plunging eighty feet into a narrow crevasse inside the Emmons Glacier and dragging Mike Price in after him. Mike fell to his death; Jim, badly injured and armed with minimal gear, faced an almost impossible climb back out of the crevasse, up a nearly vertical ice wall.

    Don Lance says: "Story Drags In A Few Places"
    "Heartfelt and Brave."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really, but he does kind of draw it out with all the talk of going to Nepal, but I understand as it was to honor his friend.


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

    The parts where he cared so much for his friend that he still treated his body like it was still alive and important, and did not want to lose him.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No much. He was an armature, but it was cool that it was the real guy.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think it is already on a tv show "I shouldn't be alive".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (330)

    By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street.

    Elisabeth says: "My most inthralling listen in a while"
    "Good story, just a bad dude"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is very entertaining to listen to the life of a guy who throws money around left and right. The shenanigans that ensue with hookers, drugs, and stocks is great and keeps you listening.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Bad/angry. I hated that he really never felt sorry for screwing over so many people, and tried to play it like a happily ever after crap.


    What about Eric Meyers’s performance did you like?

    I thought Eric's voice was great when he was just being normal, like narrating or Jordon. However, when he try's to do female voices that is another story.


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

    Yeah I laughed when Jordon was contemplating having sex with an Ethiopian hooker in Switzerland and said that see looked to clean to have aids.....right?


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

    Julie says: "Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator"
    "Story is Great, Narrator is not ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to 21 the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is great and there is a lot of suspenseful moments that keep you on edge and wanting to listen more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin, the main because you just wanted to route for the guy to take all of the casino's money.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh where do I start? The narrator was HORRIBLE. I think with a little editing skills and common sense you could edit out all of the water drinks and gulping that guy does sometimes what seems like after every sentence. It really distracted from the story and was very annoying. He also try's to do character voices, but in a very bad way. They all almost start off normal and end with a fake New York or Boston accent. Just terrible.


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

    Yeah, when Martinez was getting the heck beat out of him for counting cards and just using his brain to beat the casino and not cheating.


    Any additional comments?

    Story great, narrator terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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