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greg

On the road quite a bit either solo or with kids in the car. Love finding entertainment for that broad range.

Member Since 2012

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 169 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • How to Ditch Your Fairy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Justine Larbalestier
    • Narrated By Kate Atkinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    If you lived in a world where everyone had a personal fairy, what kind would you want? Unfortunately for Charlie, she's stuck with a parking fairy - if she's in the car, the driver will fiind the perfect parking spot. Tired of being treated like a personal parking pass, Charlie devises a plan to ditch her fairy for a more useful model. But Charlie soon learns there are consequences for messing with fairies - and she will have to resort to extraordinary measures to set things right again.

    greg says: "A frustrated teenage girl story"
    "A frustrated teenage girl story"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story had some good character banter. Some of it made my middle & high schoolers laugh. I found out that I wasn't the only listener in the car waiting for more.


    What about Kate Atkinson’s performance did you like?

    She has a great accent with an Aussie lilt that could convey just the right teen emotional expressions. Her voice gave a good personification to the characters and made them come alive much more than reading them on a page.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it would be lost on any listener under ~8 years old.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20915)
    Performance
    (18754)
    Story
    (18821)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gillian Flynn: My unhealthy addiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the second Gillian Flynn book I've listened to and it is now firm that this lone author can make me so ambivilant, experiencing both dread and fascination that makes me feel like a drug addict needing to keep going with the book. The storyline is compelling, but it's the emotional response which is so strong from me, that I've rarely ever had listening or reading fiction. Rarely.

    So I would recommend this book to anyone exactly like me. Where you have to finish a story, no matter where it takes you. It has to be finished.

    The performance was spectacular.

    And not for a younger crowd because of adulty content.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The middle of the book. You'll know it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Print the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Craig McDonald
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Craig McDonald made a huge critical splash with his debut Head Games���shortlisted for the Edgar, Anthony, and Gumshoe Awards. In his thrilling followup, he delivers a devilishly clever mystery built around the premise that legendary author Ernest Hemingway’s death was anything but a suicide.

    greg says: "A great crime story"
    "A great crime story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Print the Legend the most enjoyable?

    The book tells a believable tale of large conspiracy around factual events in the life of a beloved American author. But what made it so enjoyable is the desire I now have to read or re-read what Hemingway books were plot points in this novel.


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

    "If you think Hoover was an aweful man, think lower."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (609)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Taste the fringe"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I LOVED the last chapter (~60 minutes) on America's Real Life Superheroes. Unlike the other chapters that had heavy or dark material, this one made me laugh out loud.


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

    He gives his works a great voice, with meaning and intentions that may be lost if reading printed works.


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you who have heard the author read his works on weekend NPR, there's more where that came from. Probably best listened to in isolated chapters between other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Moveable Feast

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

    Catherine says: "Hemingway without being TOO Hemingway"
    "Charming"
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    Any additional comments?

    "He had eyes like a failed rapist," and other spiced phrases hidden along the path.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brendan I. Koerner
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers, to African despots, to French movie stars.

    Scott says: "A very entertaining and engaging audiobook"
    "Did this really happen?"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This history is so strange and I really find it hard to believe this really happened. I was born after the "golden era of skyjacking" and have slipping memories of traveling before 9-11. Koerner does a wonderful job telling a larger picture in between chapters going deep with the lives of two skyjackers.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Of the over 40 books I've listened to in the past 12 months, this is one of the top 3 I've recommended to others.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Blood River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tim Butcher
    • Narrated By Tim Butcher
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - and travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots.

    Dennis says: "This is a story about a great adventure"
    "An interesting presentation of a sad history"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fairly interesting presentation of history & geography along the Congo river for anyone wanting to learn more about West Africa, or colonialism-fallout.


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

    Yes, the author's excellent portrayal of *un*development in action... the strange and hard to believe idea that someone's grandparents had reasonably contemporary educations, hospitals, motorized vehicles, etc., but that are missing today. It's like Atlantis existed, and then poof... back to throwing rocks at each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4720)
    Performance
    (3942)
    Story
    (3962)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Excellent writing, exhausted reading"
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    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The voices are spot on with the emotions. This is no spoiler... the first time I heard Patty Day's perspective, the book had already set up a creepy feeling that I was listening to a dead woman.


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

    Yes! It tired me out. I can't help but wonder what another character could do to help out, but halfway through the book I quit trying to help this family. I couldn't stop because I was 100% captivated, yet exhausted from living one bad day with this family. The author soars at the pace of the reveal, letting you really care enough before hitting you with something worse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Princess Bride

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Goldman
    • Narrated By Rob Reiner
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (222)

    This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

    Allison says: "Abridged = buy the whole book instead"
    "Unsuprising, yet delightful"
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    Would you listen to The Princess Bride again? Why?

    Yes. This is a listen with the kids, and since we all know the basic storyline, it's good for when the full crew isn't together. That way, nobody feels left out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I likes the narrator, if that counts. Probably because the few surprises where the book deviates from the movie were more editorializings from the narrator.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Rob Reiner delivers exactly what you expect. He's not that broad on (non-yiddish) accents in this performance. It felt a little flat, but his pace was excellent.


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

    The very last five minutes. The ending of the book was more interesting than the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen for ~9 years old and up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (991)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Great all-family listen"
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    Would you listen to Leviathan again? Why?

    I'm not a re-listener, but my children have listened to it again more than once.


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

    Alan Cumming is absolutely amazing in this experience. His pan-european accents were enjoyed by myself and my children. They have insisted for me to get more audiobooks that he has narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though we have gone through many other audiobooks together, this series stands out with my children and me. We still repeat quotes to each other from this book from time to time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1814)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "smartassed & surrealist humor"
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    What did you like best about John Dies at the End? What did you like least?

    The book was funny... "Your dead boyfriend's ghost *hits* you? What a dick."
    But after too much over-sarcasm, I realized that the writing style still works as a novel, but works much better as Wong's shorter, cracked online editorial rants.

    At some points the book had a similar surrealist humor to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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