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Vee Cel

Bronx, NY | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 238 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (850)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "The Story is Simply OK, the performance is great"
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    I've read many Star Wars books that takes place before, during and after the legendary first 3 films. Yeah, sure, the entire 6 film collection that will eventually include more and more SW films. I'm a fan, just like you.

    Story had the potential to be so much more but it simply falls flat. Zahn spent too much time on minutiae. There are some characters but too much details on safes, weapons, etc. The background story between Solo and Lando was interesting and it could have been expanded. Chewy was pretty much playing the background well I guess that's his position. The twist in the end simply made me chuckle. "Ok, yeah," I thought with a chuckle.

    The performance was great! The voices, the ambiant background noise, the crowds, the different accents. Lucas Books produce top-notch material.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11586)
    Performance
    (10803)
    Story
    (10811)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Not a Review"
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    I grew up playing video games in arcades, pizza shops with video games. I remember cheesy video games, consoles before X-Box and PlayStation. I still occasionally play Ms. Pacman on my iPad/iPhone. Hacking public telephones? Yes!

    If you grew up in the late 70's or the 80's and remember some of the many films referenced throughout this book, you will enjoy this audiobook. Wil Wheaton's provides an excellent performance covering many different characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (728)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "Do you like to run?"
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    If yes, then you may or may not like this book.
    Let me share what I didn't like.

    Some of the quotes before each chapter were corny or used so much they tend to loose meaning. Between FaceBook and Twitter, there's so many quotes being thrown around it becomes corny.

    Note, the last two chapters are basically filled with recipes. I'm not particularly crazy about listening to a narrator list recipes when it would be easier to provide links to YouTube videos demonstrating how to prepare the dishes.

    Other than that, this is cool running book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drácula

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Ricardo Lani, Aldo Lumbía, Tomás Moro, and others
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Esta apasionante obra de 1897, escrita en forma de novela epistolar, plasma de modo artístico las investigaciones de Bram Stoker acerca de los vampiros en el folclore europeo. Así vemos como el letrado británico Jonathan Harker emprende una fatigosa jornada hacia la región de Transilvania, en los montes Cárpatos, para dar consejo legal al tenebroso conde Drácula, quien pretende comprar tierras en Gran Bretania como paso inicial de un malévolo plan de dominación del mundo.

    Vee Cel says: "Great Audio Book for Language Learners"
    "Great Audio Book for Language Learners"
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    This is a great dramatised version of Bram Stoker's classic tale of Count Dracula en español!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cincuenta Sombras de Grey [Fifty Shades of Grey]

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Aura Caamaño
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Cuando la estudiante de Literatura Anastasia Steele recibe el encargo de entrevistar al exitoso y joven empresario Christian Grey, queda impresionada al encontrarse ante un hombre atractivo, seductor y también muy intimidante. La inexperta e inocente Ana intenta olvidarle, pero pronto comprende cuánto lo desea a pesar de su personalidad enigmática. Grey, no pudiendo resistir a la belleza, inteligencia y al espíritu independiente de Ana, admite que la desea también, pero… en sus propios términos.

    Flora says: "Excellent performance!"
    "Great PERFORMANCE!"
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    I'm using Spanish audio books as a learning tool. Since I know this controversial best seller is considered by many to be crappy, poorly written and more important repetitive, I decided that it would be good for my learning purpose.

    Note: I really can't comment on the story or overall audiobook because, I'm just listening and picking some words and phrases. I may write a full review in the future.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Max va a la escuela (Max Goes to School)

    • ABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Adria F. Klein
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    During his day at school, Max listens to and writes a story, plays on the playground, and eats lunch. Please note: This title is in English and Spanish.

    Vee Cel says: "Simple SHORT tale, great for language learners"
    "Simple SHORT tale, great for language learners"
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    Do you want to listen to someone speaking in deliberately slow pace so you can understand every word?

    Do you want to practice listening to the correct pronunciation of words in Spanish or English?

    If the answer is yes to both questions, then this is the audiobook for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (432)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "THE BEST BOOK I READ IN 2012 . . . so far"
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    Ray Porter provides an excellent performance that highlights Winslow's style.
    If you enjoyed Savages (the film or the book) this audiobook will not dissappoint.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (357)

    Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

    Theodore says: "I loved it"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    0ne. The story is simply entertaining. It's not great but it helped me get through my commute and work day.

    Two. Michael Kramer's performance was fun, comedic, wry and soooo Laguna Beach.

    Three. Winslow's writing style works for this tale.

    Four. Short pause.

    Five. I really don't care for the chapter markers. Question, this audiobook contained how many chapter markers?

    Six. This is the end of my review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (537)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "Enjoyable Performance"
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    Erik Steele's performance really shines. While I don't think he has a particularly great voice, his performance keeps you wanting more. Quint really comes alive through Steele's great interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7082)
    Performance
    (6284)
    Story
    (6348)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Grover Gardner delivers a great performance"
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    Much has been said about The Stand. You're either going to like, love it or think it is overrated. I really doubt that you're going to hate it. If you think this tale is too long, I don't think you will continue past 300th.

    I'm fairly new to audiobooks, far from an aficionado but I think it is safe to say that Gardner is true talent. I enjoyed all of his interpretation of King's characters and I think his pacing is perfect.

    Uhmm . . . that's it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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