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Pleasant Grove, UT, United States
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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,665

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Dogs Do talk

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

Reviewed: 02-03-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

A thousand times YES!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dog- he was much smarter than his owner!

Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

ditto

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

YES

Any additional comments?

I have grad school credentials in literary theory and criticism. This book is a warm-hearted, well written diary that never became maudlin.

  • Locked On

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,173

Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • labored, intensive, mostly dull.

  • By Aaron on 08-30-13

special FX were great!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-12

What would have made Locked On better?

A plot instead of a screenplay

What could Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

find the plot

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a great actor and delineated the characters voices really well

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The first chapter

Any additional comments?

I am sick of being duped by this pulp fiction!!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dee is amazing

  • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

Truth and Suffering

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-07

This book was so beautifully painful, so wondrously wrought and read with such revelation that there have been few books in my lifetime of reading that have touched me so intensely that I had to stop listing at times to ponder what I was experiencing. And no other than Ruby Dee could have possibly read this book in the manner of a revelation to the listener. Stories need to be told and this book is such telling at it's highest. Even Toni Morisson could not have achieved more!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Speaking of Faith

  • By: Krista Tippett
  • Narrated by: Krista Tippett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In this illuminating story of her life and conversations, the host of public radio's Speaking of Faith describes her journey of spiritual exploration - a journey shared by countless others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clarity of Faith

  • By Charles on 06-01-07

Clarity of Faith

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-07

Yes I know that my review title could be considered an oxymoron but in the agile articulation of Krista Tippets faith becomes a vibrant challenge to anyone concerned with things spiritual. From the incredible breadth of her knowledge and experience to her pleasing diction I look forward every Thursday to her next show. Her incisive questions never pierce the ear nor heart the callous roughness of the evening news. In a world of 30 second shrill and bombastic journalism she makes you feel that no matter how you approach faith your view of the world is respected as she eagerly chases her guests' thoughts and ideas without guile but with clear sincerity and curiosity. Listening to her read her book is , as all great art, never facile nor superficial but genuine and real and kind. Failing to hear her book is to fail to discover that there are still spiritual beings among us that are questing to become engaged fully and richly in this human experience.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Castle in the Forest

  • A Novel
  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Harris Yulin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

In his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Norman Mailer offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: he has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, takes the young Adolf from birth through his adolescence. En route, reavealing portraits are offered of Hitler's father and mother, sisters, and brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Peter Mangiaracina on 02-04-07

Mailer's Swan Song

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-07

Let us at least hope this is his swan song(think Sebelius' "Swan of Tuonela" floating down the river to death!). I am sure Mr. Mailer realizes that much of his book is vulgar, venal and scatological. The sexual perversity and explicit speech about all bodily functions not only gets old FAST but clearly over states the Freudian trip through all the stages of humanity's dark sides which is so de regeur in our universities these days especially if it also pays obeisance to queer theory. I lasted down to final 2 hours where a vulgar homosexual/pedophlic scene so churned my stomach that I didn't care anymore where the book was going nor what Mailer in Deiter's pedagogy( the devil who is the narrative voice) was so fatuously attempting to illustrate. Gunter Grass(porno-Grass) move over- literature has a new baD boy/expositor of Vapid vulgarity making Grass' work seem like a child's simple storybook. AH! But I forgot- Mailer has a humpbacked person in his story too! Shame on you Mr. Mailer for plagiarizing another great writer's icon in the name of how depraved Nazi Germany became. Or as another demon with erudite slyness gave away yet another secret if their ilk: our best work is done when we can get a man to sit in a cold room starring at a dead fire!

8 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,053

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

How about Jane Error

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-07

I kept trying to plow through to the end BUT I just couldn't do it. Jane Austen may have written this at maybe 10 years old!!! Hence the revised title Jane Error. Oh I recognize that Gothic novels do stumble quite a bit in their plot but this fatuous little piece of writing actually fell into it(the plot that is- alas poor Yorick!)a shame some compassionate soul didn't quickly cover this plot with the grave diggger's dirt!! The characters are stale and static and the plot is required to pick up these poor creatures and move them into the next scene so as not to break the gossamer thread that drags them into a new tableau. Tis a pity that the house and it's inmates did not crumble into a great fire!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Afghan

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhere In Between

  • By Johnnie Walker on 10-29-06

Great Adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-06

This was a fun romp around the world but since I read it around 9/11 it was also very sobering how these terrorist operate. I fould it a really good yarn!!!