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aaron gilbert

Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

Pearland, TX United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (516)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    Ryan T. Nichols says: "Ron McLarty?"
    "Yuck!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I get that this has a bit of a cult following however I was surprised to find it has no plot. It is just a nonstop jumble of more and more outrageous escapades by two guys that seem determined to kill themselves through the ever increasing application of every pharmaceutical they can get.


    Has Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, this genre will always be like watching a train wreck for me.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty’s voice?

    Richard Dreyfus' older brother. Hmm. Count the name as one word.


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

    Revulsion. I was actually unable to finish this book due to the ever increasing depravity of the two principal characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt obligated to finish the story so I tried the movie which is near verbatim that of the book. I still could not bring my self to finish. Even if it all comes together in the end I feel the journey could not have been worth the trip.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5191)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1706)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "What is all the hype over this swill for?"
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    Would you try another book from Philip Pullman and/or Philip Pullman and full cast ?

    No. I believe Mr. Pullman has had his fair shake from me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Pullman again?

    Once again, no. I don't think I will.


    Have you listened to any of Philip Pullman and full cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not and as such am unable to make a comparison.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Golden Compass?

    I'm not sure cutting any scenes from this story would really help me enjoy it anymore however, I would have called the cute little companions everyone had just about anything but demons or daemons.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard the religious arguments against this story for years and have chosen to decide for myself. Though I'm Christian I found I wanted to defend this book until it just started quoting the bible and deliberately twisting the passages to mean things way off the mark in my understanding. I have to say I just didn't enjoy this book at all even though the cast did a phenomenal job in performing the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (639)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Get to know your wacky Aunt Carol!"
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    Would you listen to This Time Together again? Why?

    Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.


    What other book might you compare This Time Together to and why?

    I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.


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

    I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3095)
    Performance
    (2782)
    Story
    (2792)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Ear Candy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this to anyone over 14 years old. This book really tried hard to capitalize on all the genres from zombies to superheroes and wizards to exorcists. The reader will also experience many pop culture references such as Doctor Who and movie quotes. Hell, we are even treated to Jessica Alba as a zombie being inappropriate with a demon possessed by a human who later becomes a zombie puppeted by a gang member. Yeah, it's a bit busy.


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

    Like most of the plot points the ending to this fun book was a little predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scoring of zombie celebrity take downs by the heroes.


    Could you see Ex-Heroes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure, why not? Zapp could be played by William Zabka. Eric Banna would make a good Dragon. And Stealth could be played by Haley Cuoco.


    Any additional comments?

    i gave this book a shot as I really enjoyed the author's book titled "14". This one just doesn't stack up however it will satisfy that need for comic book level distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (393)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    Pat says: "Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
    "Come on! Koontz!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.


    What character would you cut from The City?

    Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (322)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "So well taught! So interesting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who has even a passing interest in the topic.


    What other book might you compare The History of Ancient Egypt to and why?

    This is a series of lectures. I have listened to several such programs. This one is so far my favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Bob Brier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard nothing else by Mr. Brier. I would however like to.


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

    The lecturer did an amazing job keeping this interesting. It is broken into half hour lectures and each one was a joy to experience.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are like I was and you keep looking at the Great Lectures wondering if you might enjoy them then this is the perfect place to start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God Engines

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this — and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given....

    L. A. Loman says: "I love Scalzi's writing but not this book"
    "This is the elevator music of this genre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I listened to this in that it shows a darker side of Scalzi that rarely shows in his other works. I felt the story just didn't stand out. I believe the premise could be a great byline to a bigger more epic tale. It's as if we learned all about only one aspect of a potentially fascinating world. Throw open the curtain Scalzi.


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Besides what I've already stated I was not fond of where this story left off.


    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

    Acceptable, articulate, and like-able


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

    Yes, I would. This book would need a lot more substance to make it a film and I would wonder how Hollywood might accomplish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed several of Scalzi's books and consider them very light reading. This one is kinda the exception in that he goes a bit H. P. Lovecraft on his readers.

    I would recommend starting with Android's dream or old man's war.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (398)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "Exactly what I was hoping for."
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    Would you listen to Shantaram again? Why?

    Yes, I just might. I already miss Lin and Prabu. I really felt immersed in the very real world the author brings to life. I was with Lin in the prisons and I laughed out loud at Prabu's antics as I could see his brilliant smile in my mind's eye. What a pleasure to have stumbled across this instant classic gritty story.


    What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

    I have never read a book quite like this so I would compare parts of it to the feel you get from the movie The Beach, some of it to a cross between Goodfellas and the Indiana Jones scenes in Cairo, and maybe a little from The Hangover part two.


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

    Mr. Bower really develops each character into a beloved friend. His accents are amazing his nuance is spot on, and his delivery is perfect. Even after some sixty hours he left me hoping it just wouldn't end.


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

    It is a very lengthy title and I still just about read it strait through. I found myself telling my wife some of the crazy things Prabu did as though he were someone I had to deal with daily.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a review that stated if you enjoy the first couple pages you will love the book. This was a true statement in my case so I pass it on here.

    I feel as though I have learned quite a bit about the culture of what was Bombay and noted many of the locations mentioned in the book are real and searchable online such as the horrible Arthor rd prison and the slums that go on and on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • She: A History of Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Legends tell of an ancient sorceress who has learned the secrets of immortality. She rules over a lost people deep in unexplored Africa. She can slay at a glance, and her beauty is so legendary that no man can look upon her and keep his own will. Leo Vincey learns of a quest that has haunted his family for generations. He is to go to find this all powerful woman, and discover the secret of eternal life.

    Sandy says: "The mystery of 'She' continues"
    "Don't look here if you are wanting criticizem"
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    What did you love best about She: A History of Adventure?

    I enjoyed the entire book. But I loved how the author's descriptions made me feel like I was in the thick of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Asher. She was very fascinating and I found myself simply wanting to believe in her.


    What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

    I like how although he made a wonderful performance he still never got in the way of the story.


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

    I enjoyed the scenes involving the pillar of fire as these were exciting. There are many exciting moments in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I passed this book up several times. So glad I read the comments and went for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Years Before the Mast

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated By Athur Addison
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This is the true story of a Harvard graduate who forsook his studies for two years of the grueling life of an ordinary seaman. This exciting tale was the first to realistically describe the lives of the roughly treated, poorly paid sailors of the merchant marine.

    aaron gilbert says: "Interesting, informative, and real"
    "Interesting, informative, and real"
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    Where does Two Years Before the Mast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among my classics near the top of the list. It is not my favorite but I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this is an actual account of what it was like to be a deck hand so long ago. It truly is a slice of history preserved in time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Two Years Before the Mast?

    The navigation among the "ice islands" was very memorable. One could almost feel the cold and see the icebergs.


    What about Athur Addison’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a fine job. He really brought the book to life.


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

    No, because of the length but otherwise my attention was caught the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad this book is available to us and am saddened by all the accounts of other professions that must have been lost to us over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (54)

    Dickens called David Copperfield his "favourite child," and many critics consider the novel to be one of his best depictions of childhood. Set in early Victorian England against a backdrop of great social change, Dickens acutely observed the phenomena of the Industrial Revolution and used them as the canvas on which he painted the novel. Many consider David Copperfield to be the author’s finest work.

    Richard says: "Delightful Dickens listening"
    "Wow. Surprisingly boring."
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    What disappointed you about David Copperfield?

    I hate the thought of giving such a renown classic poor marks but seriously, this book is so dry and uneventful that I just can't understand how Copperfield ever made it to print. We start with David as a child and end with him as an adult. Not much happens but at least every conversation he ever had is chronicled.


    Has David Copperfield turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If this had been the first classic I had every read I just might have never developed a love for them. I am thankful this was not the case. If you are looking for your first classic may I suggest The Mysterious Island by Jules Vern or perhaps Don Quixote?


    Which character – as performed by Peter Batchelor – was your favorite?

    I guess my favorite character was Barkis. He was at least a little interesting in his timidity.


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

    Disappointment, I did not start this one with high hopes and it certainly lived up to my expectations.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like a cold dogging a literary work like this but please understand it's not like I am just some jerk who can't appreciate what it is. I thought Moby Dick by Melville was a wonderful read. This book simply sucked. There, I said it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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