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LANSING, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 8 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault

    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
    "This book was so dry that I put it down"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    some entusiasm and effort

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hunger Games- again

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The guy was boring- I could not follow

    What character would you cut from The Iliad & The Odyssey?

    Just the narrator!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    If you could sum up Unwind in three words, what would they be?

    Strangely Tragic yet Intriguing!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The tale of Humphrey Dumphrey.

    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Syrus Finch aka SyFy. I like how he sometimes spoke in a "Southern African American" accent to commemorate his ancestors, as he explains.

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

    Yes I wish I could have listed to all four books in the series but Audible has books 1 & 3 but not 2 & 4. I see that some folks have read book 3 without having read book 2 but that's not my style. I will wait until 2 comes out in audio form.

    Any additional comments?

    This book was surprisingly great! I know this must be a terrible review you guys but just get this book; you will not regret it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waking with Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a heated encounter inside a London hotel room - where he was pursued by three very different women - Gideon finds himself living in a world where there's no one to trust.

    April says: "A Sequal at its best!"
    "So pornographic I had to skip entire chapters."
    What did you like best about Waking with Enemies? What did you like least?

    I like that he found peace with his "mother". I also like the reader and the plot of the story. The sex scenes were not just unnecessary but too long. I had listen to one 15 minutes sex scene after another. Sex with this girl, sex with that girl, then sex with both girls; to which seemed too have lasted a whole hour. I pressed the 30 sec fast forward about 50 times before the sex was over. Then shortly there was more sex. Not to mention the mother was a prostitute who was graphically molesting her son and everybody else. Wait is this an erotic book series? If so, that explains the frequency of sex.

    People curse because they lack the vocabulary to accurately express themselves. The same is true for writers and sex. Sex fills the space when a writer lacks the ability accurately stick to, in this case, the assassin theme.

    If EJD had left out the sex scenes, this book would be cut in half.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Jerome Dickey? Why or why not?

    Yes. I'm going to finish the series because I like the plot. I wish he would just lay off the sex a little. Funny thing about it is, in the first book, I think, Gideon claims that it's been a long long time since he's been with a woman, and now all of sudden he's sexing everybody. LOL

    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Love this guy. I'm going to seek out his other books and buy them too.

    Could you see Waking with Enemies being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Gideon should be Idris Elba. The guy with the broken nose should be LL Cool J. Queen Scams should be Lousy Lou. Thelma should be Thandi Newton. Lola Mac should Bre Kim Kardasian and Mrs. Jones should be Kerry Washington.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Craig says: "Fascinating"
    "OMG-- This is a must read"
    If you could sum up In the Heart of the Sea in three words, what would they be?


    What other book might you compare In the Heart of the Sea to and why?

    I can't think of any other book.

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All of them- please don't force me to choose.

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

    The moment that moved me was when the crew had to start killing and eating one another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "I was not impressed!! What is all the hype about?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's not that this book wasn't for me because I read Lost at Sea: The Story of Essex, and it was outstanding. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Herman Melville? Why or why not?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was dry, but the point of view was very confusing. How is Melville telling this story with barely no interaction with the crew/ indeavour. It reads as if he is watching it on TV.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The end, and I mean the very end, was okay.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "This story was all over the place ,':^("
    Would you try another book from Harriet Beecher Stowe and/or Buck Schirner?

    Probably not

    Would you ever listen to anything by Harriet Beecher Stowe again?

    Probably not

    What didn’t you like about Buck Schirner’s performance?

    This guy practically had the same voice for everybody- even the women. I couldn't tell who was who.

    What character would you cut from Uncle Tom's Cabin?

    All of the extra slaves. I wanted to follow his story not five different stories.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Touré, Michael Eric Dyson
    • Narrated By Touré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A provocative look at what it means to be black today. It includes excerpts from over 100 interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Skip Gates, Melissa Harris-Perry, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Malcolm Gladwell, Paul Mooney, NY Gov David Paterson, Harold Ford, Jr., Soledad O'Brien, Kamala Harris, Chuck D, Questlove and others.

    sara says: "Food for Thought"
    "Not what I expected but some of it was interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It sounds a lot like a conspiracy theory at times- making you want to say, man get over it already. I understand where he's coming from but he really didn't tell us Black folks anything that we didn't already know about racism and inequalities. I didn't quite catch the point. I don't know if he ever gave an answer to his title.

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

    I love the quote by Chris Rock because if you think about it, it is the honest to goodness! He said "For Black people, America is like the uncle who sent you to college, but molested you", and he is absolutely right. It's like -thank you for freeing us and allowing us to grow, but you still scared me for life.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I'm sorry but Toure' sounds lame and didn't give the book that inspiring edge like if MLK would have read it vs Steve Urkel.

    Did Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness inspire you to do anything?

    No, not anything that I wasn't already inspired to do before reading this book.

    Any additional comments?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Best Performance ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't know what to say. Bravo

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

    The narration is by far the best I've ever heard.

    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book now!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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