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Carlo Hagemann

the Netherlands
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Beatlemania rules

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-19

A great book, a great listen, but why has it been abridged, and why is the stress laid on beatlemania instead of on the later years, when the music became much more something to read about?

Nevertheless, a great, and insightful story.

Hey, the Boss himself!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-17

That Bruce Springsteen has granted us a peek view in his mind is nice, I think the book might be worth reading. But what is heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking, viagra-taking, love-making, testifying, death-defying, legendary, is that he has told it all himself in my own ears. The boss has taken a couple of hours to tell me this in person! Thank you audible.
And my favorite parts: the transition of chapter 11 to chapter 12, and of course Garage Land in about chapter 75.

I like fiction, I like some thrillers, but this was my best Audible experience so far, and I gave this book as an Audible present to a friend who is even more crazy about Springsteen than I am. Great!

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Don't be fooled by the voice of the narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-16

What made the experience of listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the most enjoyable?

Sherman Alexie reads his own book. And Sherman Alexie is not a professional actor. So after a couple of weeks, I restarted my smartphone... and was committed to getting accustomed to his somewhat rough voice. It was definitely worthwhile. A very nice coming of age story of a group that is very well known to us, but from another perspective. This is not a John-Wayne-versus-the-Apaches-story, but a story more from within. Sometimes it's really funny, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's glorious, but most of all it is gripping. and Sherman Alexie's voice gives this story an extra dimension...

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A murder in France

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-16

It was a nice kisten to this police thriller. All the expected ingredients are there: a clever but rough policeman, some strange people, and some nice twists in the plot.
The narrator takes his time, which for me leads to more ease in following the story. A small minus: the narrator has put so much effort in the French pronunciation that he sometimes overdoes it. French don't have this broad way of saying Pwa-tee-yai. They keep their mouth almost shut: Poitiers...

Not my style, but nevertheless

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-15

I don't like fantasy. But I like stories about trash, whatever color. This story is about zombies, but it keeps both feet on the ground. I found it a great choice for my audible menu since the story is not too complicated but gripping at moments. So, fantasy is still not my thing, but a down to earth zombie has recently put the door ajar.

Easy to listen to, too easy to enjoy completely

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-14

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I have listened to this book from Audible, and I enjoyed that. For listening to be enjoyable the book should not be too hard to follow. The Corcle has a quite easy, straightforward plot and a limited number of straightforward characters. An easy listening experience, but at the same time a disappointment. The character, especially the protagonist Mae is flat and overly naive in her belief in a brave new world. What bothers me the most in this book however are the 'Zings'. Eggers makes them in an applause machine, always supporting Mae. As on short view in social media discussions show, Zings are not filled with applause but with abusive language. Eggers has a point to make and the plot and characters fully corroborate this point, even if they are unrealistic. His plot and characters are caught within Eggers' book/argument just like they are caught within the circle... No way out.

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Opposing voice

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-13

Any additional comments?

I like to hear political views that are not mine. However, Ann Coulter is not so much giving arguments for her position as she is being witty and selling herself. Her favorite line is: I rest my case.
And, I'm afraid I don't like her voice.
So, despite the sometime hilarious parts, not my cup of tea.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Too long?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-13

Any additional comments?

This classic seems a bit too long for me. Read it, listened to it, seen the film, but it still isn't my book. Sorry Moby, maybe I'm too little of an American.
On the positive side. I liked part one better than part two.

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Submerged

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-13

Any additional comments?

This classic seems a bit too long for me. Read it, listened to it, seen the film, but it still isn't my book. Sorry Moby, maybe I'm too little of an American

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First 'listening' experience was long and funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-13

Any additional comments?

Performance of Stephen Fry stands out! Since I've read the book before Zaphod Beeblebrox III, and their companions were no strangers to me. However, switching from planet to planet in a seriously made up world but my imagination to the test. Maybe I should listen again, with more listening experience built up.