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anthony

I'll see ya in the smoke.

lower lake, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 15 reviews
  • 530 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 76 purchased in 2014
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  • The Edge of the World: Terra Incognita, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    In a world of sea monsters, mermaids and lost islands, ghost ships, leviathans and weather witches, only the impetuous, the brave or the mad seek adventure at sea. . . After generations of friction, the leaders of two lands meet in the holy city of Ishalem to bring an end to the bloodshed and to divide the world between them.

    Krista says: "Epic"
    "Don't be a dope like me"
    Overall

    LOL, I can't believe what a dope I am, I listened to both part one and two, and halfway through part three before I gave it up. This book is most likely the first in a trilogy, or worse (more than three). If you like to hear a very boring narrator recite the rules and beliefs of a made up religon, and a made up history of a planet, and a boring war, then read on. If your not sure, please listen to the sample first. If you can take Scott Brick's monotonous reading for more than ten minutes, you might like the story. But don't blame me if you lose interest well before I did. I feel kind of bad that I don't remember the names of narrators that I like, but I'll never forget the name Brick, and I'll never listen to another of his titles.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1283)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Not so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Written as the first book of series, this book labors on and on establishing a zombie origin, without establishing any character more interesting than any of the countless zombies. Should have been listed as a book written for young adults, or by one.
    The narrator did a good job and instilled a kind of comic book manner of speaking that fit well with the comic book characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13107)
    Performance
    (5553)
    Story
    (5619)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "easy listening, like elevator music"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this book was okay, it was pretty fun to listen to, but ...oh heck, it kind of felt like I was reading a young adult book. That's all. The Narrators did a good job though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (277)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "miles away from Elvis"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is tense, with a kind of sharp edge all the way through. If that makes any sense. The Elvis books include humor and some "tongue in cheek" attitude within stories that may be very tense and violent in places. For me this book was a lot like "Cujo" by Stephen King. Very often I would need to put the book down and walk around for a while before I went back to it. Not a book I would want to read (or listen to) at night before going to sleep.
    In a way, it kind of feels like the book was written to become a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "I had to put the book down to warn other readers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Read the reviews by Nan and Wayne before you decide to buy, from what I have listened to so far I agree with them. Although the auther has a lot of his facts straight, his style is stilted, and uncomfortable to listen to. I don't care much for the narrator so far, but that may be the fault of the book itself.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The First Rule: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Robert Crais
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

    Mystery Addict says: "Not Elvis but a good listen"
    "I know what I like"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I may not know if a book is "Great" or not, but (refer to title). I liked this book, and I enjoy reading or listening to all of the Crais books. Sure, some I like more than others, but that just makes them seem more like individuals to me, as if a book were a being. Anyhow, I want to go on the record in support of Robert (do you go by Bob?) Crais narration on this book. I'm not absolutely positive, but this might be the only one of Bobs books I've listened to that had no mispronunciation of southern calif. place and/or street names. See, I like that too. Thank you Mr. Crais.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34078)
    Performance
    (25248)
    Story
    (25591)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "An adult recommended this book to me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, an adult recommended this book, I would even call this person very grown up (these titles not being equal in my opinion) and responsable. So I can only infer that our tastes are quite different. Therefore my review of this book and the small portion of the second in the series that I could force myself to listen to, is of course only my opinion. And we all know about opinions, and opinions are not like elbows.
    I thought the book was childish to the point of a fourteen year olds daydream. The heroine, and all the rest of the characters were shallow and seemed to be only partly developed, again it felt like I was reading some adolescents daydream.
    The narrator spoke in baby talk, I'm sorry I hate writing that, but that's what it felt like. Maybe the narrator felt she was telling the story to children, and maybe that's the whole problem I have with the book. It's a kids book. If you don't want to read a dopey kids book, use your credits on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1172)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "A little bit too far out for me this time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy the Walt Longmire series, but this time the the supernatural events in the story were stretched out a little too long for me. And Walt is starting to resemble some of the movie characters of California's most recent governor. That boy can sure take a lot of punishment. If this trend continues, I'm afraid Walt is going to turn into some kind of comic or cartoon character, and I'd much rather be able to relate to the character as the man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (221)

    Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

    Ethel says: "Has the system failed your child?"
    "go to the library"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You should save your money or credits and pick this book up at your local library. Sometimes a book is better read than listened to. This may be an example of that. From very early in the book I had the urge to fast forward, perhaps because it was so repetitive, or perhaps because the narrator droned the intire reading. Or at least he droned what I could stand to listen to, less than half the book. I'm not sure, but this book may have been more interesting if the authors had used fewer examples of dyslexic people and spent the time to flesh them out as characters that could have been more interesting. Oh yeah, and tell the narrator not to sound like he was reading from a junior college textbook.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (357)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Another Kingsolver book I couldn't finish"
    Overall

    When Ms Kingsolver chooses to wrap her agendas with a good story, she is one of my favorite authors. This book too, had it's interesting times when she talked about her garden, and her experiences throughout the year of self imposed food life. But she was way to preachy, much too preachy, preachy, preachy, preachy. Can I get an amen!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (277)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "What can I say"
    Overall

    Barbara Kingsolver is a fine writer, I read and listened to "the poisonwood bible" and enjoyed the book both times. I'd like to read, and enjoy it again sometime. However, this novel was boring, no, I mean I was bored by this novel. I couldn't possibly criticise the author since she is a successful writer, and I am not.
    In this case perhaps the authors political emotions determined much more of the story than the plot she created. By the time I stopped listening (I could not finish the book), the main character seemed a two dimensional mouse of a man, and most of the other characters were incomplete caricatures of people. Perhaps it was the style of the book, perhaps it might have been Kingsolvers narration to some degree, but I gave up on it before I could finish the last of the third download. Probably my failure was the result of a character fault of my own.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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