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  • Whipping Boy

  • The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully
  • By: Allen Kurzweil
  • Narrated by: Allen Kurzweil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

While tracking down his tormentor, the author encounters an improbable cast of characters that includes an elocution teacher with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of faux-royal swindlers, a crime investigator with "paper in his blood", and a monocled grand master of the Knights of Malta. Yet for all its global exoticism and comic exuberance, Kurzweil's riveting account is, at its core, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative about the "parallel lives" of a victim and his abuser.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Michael on 01-28-15

Slow stroll through a story about a bully

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

It was one of those stories that grab your attention because you identify with the author but he reads it so slowly you try speeding up the playback but his words aren't slow like a Southerner it is the pauses between words that it too slow, so the speedup doesn't help much. I found myself enlightened a bit about bully mentality which was worth the listen but just barely.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Inheritance

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,843

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

  • By Robert on 05-10-12

I Want more...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

It's a good book that ties up things well. I do want to continue on with the story and will be glad when he finishes another book in this series.

  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Jon Bailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628

Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story/horrible narrator

  • By Lobo11 on 08-20-12

Good book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

I would recommend this if you're into SEAL Sniper books. It gave some good examples of training and talks about the progression of sniper training from a pass/fail on your own merits system to a true thinking man's system where tools are developed in the men.

  • The Caine Mutiny

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505

Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than the Movie

  • By James on 06-20-12

Nice long story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

The story isn't magnificent but it is interesting up until the last 1/4 then it seems to have trouble tying all the ends together and finishing cleanly. I purchased the DVD of the Bogart movie made after this book and as usual, you get a much richer view of the story from the audio book than you do from the movie. The scenes are well built and you do not need to know much about the Navy or ships to follow along if you are good at taking queues from the context.

I recommend it if you're into military fiction and WWII

  • Service

  • A Navy SEAL at War
  • By: Marcus Luttrell
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,554

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!

  • By HYoung on 05-18-12

If you're into seal books, listen to this one

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

It holds your attention just like his other book. You learn some pretty interesting things and most people that are into books like this will enjoy it like I did.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Room

  • By: Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Simon Mawer’s The Glass Room brilliantly evokes six decades of Eastern European history, beginning in 1930s Czechoslovakia. Jewish newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer build their dream home, and despite the low hum of the German war machine reverberating through the land, the two look forward to a life of promise. But as war becomes inevitable, their lives are transformed in profound ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By MIchael on 09-04-12

Not a war story.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

I thought this story would be focused on the impact the war had on people but this story was more about the flings that happened between the various men and women that lived in or worked in the glass room. The author pulls you into the story by intricately describing thoughts, emotions, and scenes with flourishing vocabulary. By the last third of the book I found myself listening at more than 1x speed to get through some of the tedium.

There are some parts of the book that had me rewinding and copying a quote to my Facebook status because it was such a noteworthy phrase, like: "When they had first met she was a girl becoming a woman, now she is a woman become a mother. The fulcrum of her life has shifted."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boomerang

  • Travels in the New Third World
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953

The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy intro to the global financial crisis

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-17-12

A walk through the bubble

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

Where do bankers come from? They hatch from Icelandic fishing trawlers apparently, and the whole world stands by and watches them use other people's money to finance the purchase of some of the oldest institutions in Europe.

Greeks lie? They don't want to have to actually pay their govt. credit card off? They cheated the system to get the Euro? Did monks really abuse the Greek government by taking confessions as collateral in a leveraged buyout?

Did an American hedge fund manager predict the meltdown, and make out like a gold barron?

This book is a collection of stories and exploits by the centerpieces to the world's financial meltdown. It touches slightly on the real estate bubble, but it focuses mostly on Iceland and then quickly sails through Europe, Greece, and eventually the US.

The stories are all first hand accounts from government officials that sometimes speak more candidly than one would expect but I found myself at the halfway point wishing the end would come soon so I could move on to the next audiobook on my phone.

The author tends to throw the F word in every now and then for no seeming reason other than to wake the listener/reader up and make them pay attention to his commentary on the quote from the last interviewee. I found that completely unnecessary as I would just pause the book when I started to nod off and pickup again later.

I would only recommend this book if you want to hear some first hand accounts of where so many people fooled the system, themselves, their neighbors, and a couple of times were called out by people who were scorned, ridiculed, and told they would be sued if they didn't quit talking about the risk and improper bond ratings of the schemes that ultimately dealt the world a recession.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,833

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Twists and turns that I didn't expect

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

I was constantly waiting to hear what I expected to be the closing chapter, and it never came. The book took a winding path that wasn't a let down but wasn't a satisfying conclusion either. I did like the twists that hit at mostly expected spots. The course is set for paths I never expected which kept the ears perked and the ideas for where this book could go always on an unexpected path.
This book feels like the second half of the second book rather than a third book that stands on its own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pageturner....you feel like your inside the story

  • By james on 02-06-12

Intricately connected, global reaching inside look

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

Reviewed: 03-26-12

The quick moving book was well written, performed, and built connections between all of the points on the globe in a smooth and interesting way. The imagery was vivid and clear, opening up possible situations that made sense and colored the way I know look at reports on activities involving SEAL teams.

Enough, but not too much, of the political overhead that shaped and continues to shape Special Operations was given to flavor the reasoning for decisions that were rolled downhill.

Brotherly comradery was clearly evident and the feelings they had for each other drew you into their inner circle, making you feel like you were sitting around the campfire with them.

I look forward to seeing the movie after listening to the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Walk

  • The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
  • By: Slavomir Rawicz
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, well read

  • By Roger on 09-13-07

Slow to start but kept my attention

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-11

First: Funny enough, I listened to this just after I took up walking around my neighborhood. I was interested with the telling of the initial scenes up until they seemed to be so detailed that I found myself wishing I had a clearer way to play the audio at x2 speed.

Next scene: Eventually the scenes move to the migration of the prisoners to Siberia, which, even though I hadn't read the book yet, I could have guessed that was where they were going.

Queue the prison: I'm still walking, listening, hoping for the 'good parts to make a cameo' and wondering how long I have to listen to this book before we get to walking this long walk the title hints at like a whistling tea kettle. It is getting a little better, and more interesting as the makings of a plan develop and by the time the plan is hatched, I'm hooked.

Let's run then walk: The break from the prison feels like a penultimate climax, the booms you hear before the finale at a 4th of July fireworks display. I won't give away what happens through the walk, but it is more like navigating a mine filled bay, with low sounding, deep thuds, creating deeper impacts to the story than a flash of sparks in the sky.

Near the end of the book, there is a mention of folklore that I took away from the credibility of the story.

I fully recommend this book if you like semi-true stories of hardship and trekking experiences through Siberia, the Gobi, and mountanous regions. It is a little slow to start but I am (unfairly?) comparing this book to Louis L'Amour's "Last of the Breed" which I read ever 5 years or so just because it is so good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful