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dj

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  • Billy Gashade: An American Epic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Loren Estleman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Loren D. Estleman, one of America’s most critically acclaimed authors, is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee who has won three Shamuses, four Golden Spurs, and three Western Heritage Awards. One of Estleman’s most unique works, Billy Gashade follows the adventures of a 16-year-old vagabond who wanders the Old West, crossing paths with such legends as “Billy the Kid,” Jesse James, Chief Crazy Horse, and “Wild Bill” Hickok.

    Trace L. Wogmon says: "Maybe I missed something?"
    "Forrest Gump in the Old West"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good Western with good narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy is the star


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

    His voice gives depth to some otherwise stereotypical characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dusty: Reflections of Wrestling's American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Howard Brody, Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Kerry Woodrow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    There has been much said about Dusty Rhodes, the 'American Dream', over the years by both his fans and peers. Aside from the frequent fictional prose penned by wrestling magazine journalists and internet smart marks that run rumor-mill websites, however, there has not been much written about him. Until now. With the exception of a select few, there has been no bigger name or personality in the annals of pro wrestling history than Dusty Rhodes.

    dj says: "Do not waste your time"
    "Do not waste your time"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kerry Woodrow?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to narrate a book at least research the subject matter. I know this is not Shakespeare or Austen but for the love of God at least learn how to pronounce the names of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (2651)
    Story
    (2678)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "All about the muggles"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Hollander's narration was wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    I was always going to get this title. As silly as it sounds I felt that I owed that to Mrs. Rowling for all the joy she gave me through the Harry Potter series. I knew it was going to be different and I went into it with an open mind. Midway through the book I had already forgotten who the author was and was just sucked into the story. There is no likeable character( think of a town full of Dursleys) yet the story was so well written that I didn't care.So if you can accept this book on it's own merits ( no Magic , plenty of Muggles) then I suggest you try it out.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3191)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2822)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Not Baaaaad"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Android's Dream to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    brian


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

    great feel for the characters


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been so much more. The plot was predictable and the story , while good , is not great. As always Mr. Wheaton is fabulous. If you have an extra credit and want some mindless fun then don't be sheepish about getting this title

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3636)
    Performance
    (3151)
    Story
    (3153)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Spot on"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    After listening to Ready Player One, which by the way was my favorite book this year, I wanted to listen to Mr Wheaton as a narrator on another title. The book itself is fun and on its own would be worth a credit add to that Mr Wheaton's performace and it's a must for all of us Sci-Fi geeks.Also I have determined that I could listen to Mr Wheaton read the phone book and I would be entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1469)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Vintage Moore!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Christopher Moore took a sensitive subject and without coming down to extreme on either side created a laugh out loud masterpiece and Fisher Stevens is pitch perfect on the narration!

    0 of 0 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
    (11691)
    Performance
    (10900)
    Story
    (10910)

    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."
    "Wow!"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Nostalgic Nerd Heaven


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    Cant compare. Mr Cline nailed this.


    Any additional comments?

    Such an awesome book only made better by Mr. Wheaton's spot on narration. If you are between the ages of 30 and 45 be prepared to start looking for your Atari to play after listening to this book

    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
    (7127)
    Performance
    (6331)
    Story
    (6393)

    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!"
    "Classic King"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Stu"s journey back to Boulder with Tom


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Stu


    Any additional comments?

    This book has obviously stood the test of time and Mr. Gardner's narration has just took something great and made it greater. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Morgan
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams.

    A User says: "History can be fun"
    "History made fun"
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    Would you listen to Lions of the West again? Why?

    Yes. A lot of new insight on some of America's most loved pioneers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As a Tennessean, I loved listening about some of our favorite sons. Davy Crockett , Sam Houston etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12124)
    Performance
    (11012)
    Story
    (11038)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Quirky ode to Lovecraft"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    All of the "Mystery Gang " references were really fun


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to give away any scenes. The less you know going into the book the better you will enjoy it.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration , quirky story and fun characters makes this book definately worth the credit.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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