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samuel

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  • Savages: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (348)

    Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

    Theodore says: "I loved it"
    "great"
    Overall

    good stuff in a pulp fiction kind of way. reminds me of elmore leonard but a little lighter.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1001)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "bizarre rage violence brutality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Light of the World in three words, what would they be?

    i love the dave robicheaux series. dave and cleet - or are they just one???? continue into an ever more surreal vortex of violence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    hands down the best narrated novels ever done. will patton channels james lee burke like no other narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    cleet


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

    darkness, violence, fury and the shallowness of greed


    Any additional comments?

    if you are new to james lee burke, this is definitely not the book to start with. this series gets weirder and weirder. great but not for JLB newbies or the squeemish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Friend the Mercenary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Brabazon
    • Narrated By James Brabazon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence and political intrigue.He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

    Phil says: "Gripping"
    "a big "but...""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    this book is entertaining enough that you will likely finish it. however, it is a tale of greed and moral corruption, including the authors. brabazon is not really a journalist, at least not in the sense that he is an objective reporter of the truth. instead, he is a journalist only in that he carried a camera and filmed some war footage. brabazon is really a thrill seeker easily influenced by those around him. this book is essentially his justification for agreeing to participate in a coup d' etat motivated solely by greed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4973)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2375)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "best narrated book in the history of book audio"
    Overall

    i find it surprising that this book does not have a 5 star average. yes 4.4 is very good but this is a near perfect audio book. this is without a doubt the best narrated audio book i've listened to. additionally its a great great story. cant imagine anyone would be disappointed with this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27520)
    Performance
    (14121)
    Story
    (14171)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "3.5 stars"
    Overall

    this is not a 5 star book. aspects of the writing are great, the dialogue between the help is very very good. however, this book suffers from a flaw: that a smart, sensitive, insightful person is also unbelievably naive. also, as some have mentioned, the change in the narrator in part 3 is pretty off putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12977)
    Performance
    (8849)
    Story
    (8898)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "pretty inspiring"
    Overall

    wow, what a story! great listen! went thru this book pretty quickly... its a study of fortitude and the human spirit. the torrence tornado has had an amazing life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (388)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "good but not great"
    Overall

    story-wise there are a few too many leaps of faith. well narrated. decent listen but not a great listen. 3.5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    an outstanding epic surrounding the war on drugs. well narrated, great story, believable characters - highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (965)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "narration"
    Overall

    this might be the worst narration i've heard. its actually a fairly decent book and an interesting topic but i cant tolerate the narration. please take a sample listen before you purchase this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2682)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1401)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "bryson's dud"
    Overall

    for the record: i really like bill bryson, he's one of the few novelists thats made me laugh out loud. however, this is his least entertaining effort. it was just okay enough to keep me listening on long drives but for me, utterly forgettable. a lot of trivia, dreary england, bad people and little inspiration.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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