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Orange County, CA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 11 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Hatchet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (276)

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    A User says: "the whole family loved it!!!"
    "Audio quit 40 minutes into the book"
    Overall

    The book went silent 40 minutes into the recording. What a disapppointment for our road trip.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "Wonderfully mind-bending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love this book and am haunted by its implications. This is a hell that seems real and is motivating. An eternity of monotony, limitations and a death of expectation would indeed be hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8010)
    Performance
    (7220)
    Story
    (7216)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great narration. Pretty Good Grisham"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved Time to Kill, and thought it was one of the author's best works. This book was not as enjoyable maybe for a couple of reasons. The lawyering by the protagonist was not great in this book and the ending was predictable, but as Grisham endings go, this was far less choppy. Michael Beck's narration was brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1091)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "One of the finest audio productions in the library"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to the original recording and seen the movie. I wondered if I would be bored by the audio play but the free chapters convinced me. I am now officially a huge fan of the audio play. Card wrote a great script and the performers were just outstanding. My only complaint is that I got very little work done until this recording was finished.

    Bravo! Encore!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10589)
    Performance
    (9610)
    Story
    (9630)

    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!!"
    "Meh"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about 14?

    The book stretched the willful suspension of disbelief beyond the bounds set within the parameters of the book. I also disliked the unnecessary profanity that didn't advance the plot or help to understand the characters. When a writer's expressive capacity is limited to monosylabic junior high language it says something either about the quality of the writer or about the writer's estimation of just how low the readers' vocabulary capacity is.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (652)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "It turned into more of a soap opera"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Was The Sins of the Father worth the listening time?

    No. I stopped at the second book in the series and wish I hadn't invested the time in the first place. A coming of age became a soap opera and just didn't hold my interest. The reading performance was superb, but couldn't fix the fact that I was in the wrong genre.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1082)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Rick says: "Very rough recording"
    "Great book. Worst narrator imaginable"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

    Anyone. Anyone at all. Even Kevin Costner could have done better accents. This narrator has a great voice, but his accents are just awful. Sometimes his awful southern accent merges with his equally laughable British accent. The result is unholy. Please, please, please Audible, re-record.


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

    Cringed.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, but the delivery was just overpowering. Like Listening to Roseanne Barr's national anthem.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3016)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2512)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ann Patchett and/or Ann Patchett?

    I have tried a couple of her other books and did not enjoy them. The price on this one was free, and so I bit.


    Has This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    She wasn't bad as a reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure this narrative has its place, just like the movies in the bargain basement bin at Wal-mart, but I got the feeling that Audible agreed to publish this before they heard it, hence the free download.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "Lacked finesse"
    Overall

    I love Baldacci's works and thoroughly enjoyed his other non-traditional book--Wish You Well. But this was a ham handed attempt to play the violin. His inspiration was right--it was a story that had great potential, but the execution was clumsy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of Earth: Homecoming: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (263)

    For millennia, the planet Harmony has been protected by the Oversoul, an artificial intelligence programmed to prevent thoughts of war and conquest from threatening the fragile remnant of Earth's peoples. But as the Oversoul's systems have begun to fail, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans.

    just me says: "The recording issues must have been fixed"
    "The recording issues must have been fixed"
    Overall

    Card delivers again. I felt so thoroughly warned by the other reviewers who mentioned that the recording was terrible and apparently unedited, that I almost didn't order the book. I heard none of the coughing, errors, repetitions or personal comments that any of the other reviewers mentioned. Perhaps Audible has since edited this work. On to the book. I think what I like most about Card's work is what he teaches me about human nature, my own nature. I always walk away feeling a little better capable of understanding myself and others through his contemplative observations of his characters. Well done. Please keep them coming.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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