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Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 18 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 703 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Lionboy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Zizou Corder
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends (the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus) rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.

    Lanakila says: "Excellent!"
    "fun, but not complete: you need 2 more books"

    This is an oddball, surreal kind of a tale and is fun and original. That said, the "ending" is ludicrous, i.e., not an ending at all. The book stops abruptly, mid-stream, mid-search for the boy's parents, mid-introduction of the lions to the king, mid-chase, mid-everything. This book does not "stand alone," but is rather an arbitrary end to force the reader into buying 2 more books if they want to hear the whole story. The audiobook is not even that long; three times the length would have been nothing new in the realm of audiobooks I usually buy. So, even though the story was fun, as far as it went, I was more than a little annoyed at the sudden end with nothing at all resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just After Sunset: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, Geor

    Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

    J says: "King scores another coup"
    "made me want to read short stories again"

    Great fun. Good stories; reminded me that I used to like short stories and has me looking for more. The last story is disgusting in a (very) true "potty" sense, but the others are excellent entertainment. SK's comments afterwards on his inspirations for the stories and on writing are great, too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"

    This was a pretty convoluted story with a disgusting psychopathic family to really set things off. The main characters are only moderately interesting and, in a Scandinavian stereotype, treat sex as casually as a handshake. The dead file missing girl mystery that sets the whole thing off has a completely implausible resolution. (You've got to be kidding that the police wouldn't have looked in the place she spent the first 2 weeks.) The final financial wrap up is timely given current events, but a bit preachy as the main character launches into a lecture about how the stock market isn't the economy; it's only the fat cats. (Apparently, "real" people don't have money in the Swedish stock market.) A so-so book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sweepers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    In 1969, a Navy SEAL, a trained assassin on a confidential mission, is dropped off in the Vietnam jungle. Days later, a U.S. gunboat returns to pick him up, but the boat's young captain panics under fire and leaves the SEAL behind. Twenty years later, that young captain is now a Pentagon admiral as the SEAL returns to Washington, D.C.

    Aaron G. Sword says: "Amazing Story, Very Gripping"
    "silly plot, no twists, no surprises"

    In reading the other review of this book, I can only say "to each their own." I found this book to be more than a little ridiculous. The admiral instantly knows that his stalker is: a one-eyed, one-handed "ninja" SEAL from his distant past...and, by golly, that's exactly who it is...and they still can't find him. No twists, no surprises, just silly macho action that has a few fun points but no real drama. The character development left me not really caring about anyone. The female lead is "strong" just when she "needs" to be to prove the author is a liberated type. In reality, the female lead does stupid things and only by miracle doesn't end up dead as the result. The baddies are over the top. Oh well, maybe I've listened to worse, but this one was no great shakes.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "classic King"

    I found Lisey's Story mostly weird, but Duma Key was King back in form. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional; the suspense is well-crafted to build as the story proceeds. It's tricky for a writer to deliver the payoff of a supernatural thriller without descending into the ridiculous, more so as readers become more and more sophisticated and inured to elaborate special effects horrors. How do you describe the baddie without creating the literary equivalent of a foam rubber monster? (We're talking zombies, and scary china dolls and yard jockeys come to life in this book.) Nevertheless, for the most part, Duma Key delivers the goods with only a few moments that had me more amused that savoring the thrill of apprehension. There's a heavy use of foreshadowing, that I liked at first, but ultimately found annoying because it detracted from the suspense. All in all, a fun listen that I had trouble turning off.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Robe

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lloyd C. Douglas
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe, a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity. Set against the vividly drawn background of ancient Rome, this is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

    Jerrilynn says: "Simply the Best"
    "Very good book"

    This is a thought-provoking book about the origins of Christianity. It brings to life questions and doubts that still arise today, addressing them with the fascinating premise of a Roman--a Roman who crucified Christ--trying to learn about Jesus in the period just after his death and resurrection. The slow conversion of Marcellus is beautifully told. The book is well-written for the most part (with the minor, but annoying-to-the-point-of-funny overuse of the verb "to saunter." Way too many characters saunter way too often. My son and I listened to this book together, and although we enjoyed it immensely, we found ourselves laughing every time some character sauntered here or there.) The narrator does a fine job as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "Someone please get this author an editor!"

    The Wheel of Time series can be so exasperating. My son and I joke that every time a character so much as crosses paths with someone else, you're doomed to hear that new person's entire back story, relevant or not. It gets exhausting following all the plot branches. I just want to get back to the main characters, primarily the men. The horrible women characters are extremely annoying: juvenile, arrogant, always angry, contrary to the point of ridiculous, and generally not likeable. The men are all baffled and bemused by the women, but fall for them nevertheless for inexplicable reasons. The characters are constantly making silly, generalized comments that start with "Men!..." or "Women,..." It makes you wonder what on earth Jordan's personal relationships must be like! And then there are the spankings: Everyone spanks everyone in these books (yes, we're talking adults, both men and women). It's bizarrre...and pretty laughable. Still, despite all the shortcomings, it's an interesting story...Well, at least, parts of it are. We've actually skipped several books now and other than a few lingering questions (that wouldn't have been worth the zillion hours we'd have to have waded through to get the answers), it's been no great loss. In spite of all my gripes, I am looking forward to the final battle.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple Japanese for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur

    Understand and speak Japanese starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Japanese.

    Andrew Roberts says: "First impressions"
    "Very good system; too short"

    I enjoy studying languages, and I was very impressed with how well this system works compared to others I've used. The phrases "stick" well and are repeated in an intelligent and interesting manner: enough repetition, but not boring. It's interesting to have the contrast of the man and the woman's pronunciation. I just wish more lessons were included. This is a basic introduction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, praises this hearty saga as "one of the great unrecognized novels of the 20th century." Doctor Peter Blood's quiet life is shattered when he is convicted of treason for helping a wounded nobleman in the 1685 rebellion against King James II.

    Gary says: "Outstanding rendition of classic swashbuckler"
    "Absolutely fantastic book and narration!"

    This is a wonderful, fast-paced adventure tale, enhanced by talented narration. The narrator's delivery is superb, making each voice distinct and alive. Peter Blood's Irish accent is perfect as are the various pirates and foreign soldiers and lords, but almost more impressive is that Arabella's female voice is pleasant and believable, a difficult range for most narrators. I listened to this audiobook with my 13 year old son, and we both loved it. The story has poignancy and humor, along with edge-of-your seat excitement. The wit had us grinning until the oh-so-fun end. Unwilling to give up the adventure, I've ordered the old Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland movie version and can't wait to see it again. I can't recommend this audiobook enough. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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