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christopher

i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)

San Jose, CA, United States

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  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1767)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "it could have been a good story, but it sucked."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who does not like to think.


    Has One Shot turned you off from other books in this genre?

    hollywood blockbuster advertising? yes.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    the performance was fine, just don't want to recommend the audio book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One Shot?

    it felt to me there were too many contradictions in the characters personalities. the story was hard to believe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (464)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "bulls eye."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tai-Pan to be better than the print version?

    i have not yet read the print version, although now i would like to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tai-Pan?

    the whole thing. was i supposed to remember it? i just enjoyed the ride!! i loved the personalities and the tumultuous live of each character. way cooler than real life ;)


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    the tai-pan


    If you could take any character from Tai-Pan out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    no doubt about that, aristotle quance! i suppose i would have to pick up the bill but i bet it would be worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    excellent book. well written. and the story is well told. thanks for the distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1019)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "held my attention"
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    Would you listen to Lost in Shangri-La again? Why?

    probably not.


    What other book might you compare Lost in Shangri-La to and why?

    my memory is not that great.


    Have you listened to any of Mitchell Zuckoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    don't think so.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    i don't watch film.


    Any additional comments?

    this was an exciting listen. honestly i don't even remember much of the story specifics now but i did listen to it all the way through which can be big for me. i listen at work. if it does not put me to sleep that is a big plus. this one is worthy of a listen. sorry for a spotty review but if you are willing to go on a little adventure this one will take you there i am sure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18797)
    Performance
    (16997)
    Story
    (17137)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "fun to listen to, easy to get lost in."
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    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    the story of factions and choice. growing up and the decisions we make. all relevant stuff.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    not sure, maybe huckleberry finn?.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    trist. she was great.


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

    not really. it actually kind of fell apart at the end for me but i thought it was worth the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6214)
    Performance
    (5381)
    Story
    (5375)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "enjoyable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

    i have not read the print version but the narrator was very enjoyable. the accents helped paint a great picture in my head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i won't pick one. i thought they were all important to weaving the story that i heard. minor characters had big impact, i like that.


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

    the accent brought to life the language.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (850)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "long winded."
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    What would have made The Three Musketeers better?

    cut out the boring parts.


    What was most disappointing about Alexandre Dumas’s story?

    it is a classic, i understand that. to me the redeeming quality was as a study in old novels. i just thought it would be more fast paced and exciting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator was fine, the story was not holding my attention.


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

    not sure, it was a while ago i listened. i just remember it was something i suffered through anticipating something good to come that never showed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7199)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3558)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "excellent"
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    Would you listen to The Passage again? Why?

    maybe. do people actually listen to things twice?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, i thought the plot was engaging. i listened all day.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    i don't remember it being bad and literally i listened to this thing non-stop on a day off so either i was crazy bored or the narrator was good, or both.


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

    not really it was just a fun story that was easy to get lost in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2549)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1698)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "not for me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    people interested in the history of medicine and cancer, pre-med students.


    If you’ve listened to books by Siddhartha Mukherjee before, how does this one compare?

    first one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Hoye’s performances?

    i would not avoid an interesting book because he was narrating.


    What character would you cut from The Emperor of All Maladies?

    the book did not hold my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    it might be good book. i listened to it at work, driving truck, it was too slow and repetitive. i could not follow. this is one of those maybe it is me not you reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (471)

    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "good information but a bit long winded for me."
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    Would you try another book from Tim Wu and/or Marc Vietor?

    maybe.


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

    the economic history of the media and telecommunications industry also the authors thoughts on apple and google.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Vietor?

    the narrator was fine, the story just got boring to me about half way through. sorry i am not that academic.


    What character would you cut from The Master Switch?

    not a character so much but at times the author would write from wildly idealistic perspectives, then when those did not pan out use them to juxtapose the reality of the situation. i thought is was a weird lens to see the past and future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13234)
    Performance
    (5568)
    Story
    (5611)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "the narrator is great."
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    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    probably not, i really liked it but i don't need to study it :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narrator is excellent. and of course the story, it is fairly well paced and kept me interested throughout the lengthy story. this one could keep going and going, which i think it does...


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, it is escaping me at the moment. no matter i really enjoy john lee as a narrator. he does voice and inflection very well.


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

    not particularly the whole thing was cool.


    Any additional comments?

    my memory is failing me but at some point in the story there was a wedding and as the bride and groom left the alter ken follet wrote the guests threw corn on the newlyweds. there was no corn in europe during this time in history. maybe i was just lost in a dream as i drove down the road but that is what i thought i heard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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