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Daniel Alderman

Spokane, WA USA
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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,236

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

Great storytelling and an interesting premise.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Very much enjoyed the story. Great concept with a lot of expansion possibility. I have to say that the author has a gift for expressing an emotion by describing actions. It goes beyond letting me know what the character is feeling. By thinking of performing that action myself I get the emotion on a much more visceral level. Well done. The reader does a great job with accents. It was a pleasure to hear some of the different accents from around Great Britain. Would recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,896

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Would make a great movie or TV show

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

The concept is compelling and unique. The idea of a "robot" animated by a human, with human mannerisms, inflections, feelings, etc., makes me want to see it. People interacting with metal casings and expressionless faces, and knowing that the intelligence behind it isn't alien, is a wholly new concept. At least to me. A robot with a real personality who isn't an android or artificial intelligence. Who isn't invulnerable. Cool. Plus Wil Wheaton is always a great reader.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,861

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16

Kept me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 12-26-12

Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say it ranks about top 20.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

This is such a spoiler question. I'll avoid it.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ray Porter is a master storyteller. Perfect accents and touches to differentiate the voices. You could completely tell a character's personality by their voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly. The book was interesting, it didn't really seem to be going for "moving".

Any additional comments?

The narrator is great, the story is top notch and interesting. If I had to find a negative spot is that they have a great story all by itself, and they tack on a connection to an old horror fantasy cliche. It was unnecessary and cheapened a pretty good story.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

  • By: Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical tips for ADD minds

  • By L. Dakin on 06-07-13

Helpful book, good reader

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

Reviewed: 12-26-12

I have gained a lot of insight from reading this book. I struggle with organization on a daily basis. This book discusses organizing strategies with an ADHD brain in mind. This is very useful. In my life, I have set up about a gazillion organizing systems which fail almost immediately because they're too complicated to keep up with, or they require me to constantly be mindful of my system. This is, I'll admit it, impossible for me. The techniques in this book seem far more doable and I will be experimenting with them.

On another note: The reader, Lisa Renee Pitts, is very good. The review mentioning ebonics is completely untrue. Pitts speaks with excellent diction. I don't know what the agenda of that reviewer was, but in my opinion these statements are not only invalid and unfair, they're inappropriate.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,223

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Amazing story from a master storyteller!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

You can tell that Steven King has been doing this a while. He's managed acheive being both prolific and consistently excellent.

I picked this up thinking that I might like it. Might pass the time. I mean, it's an old story.

JFK - Heard it. Time Travel - Heard it.

But if you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back and live in a different time, this book scratches that itch. The main character is very easy to embody. You can really understand what it would be like to be this guy. So you get to have this experience. King predicts with great accuracy the questions that you might have if you were on this journey and takes care to address as many as possible in the narrative.

It's a great ride filled with realistic imagery, moral exploration and fascinating discovery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,984

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Finally!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-09

I've been looking for a good fantasy book for years. Last I read that I thought was good was George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. Since then I've been confronted with so much cliche and inanity that I've almost stopped reading fantasy. Then along comes The Final Empire: Mistborn. This was a good book. Very interesting. Cool and unique magic laws. Intelligent characters. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,364

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

All for naught

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-09

I read a few reviews that said that this book was terrible, but I didn't think it was too bad...at first. It's basically several short stories tied together by a really slipshod and poorly executed attempt at a framework. The short stories themselves are pretty good, one even brought tears. The setup for the stort stories is pretty weak, however. Everybody is on a pilgrimage together and they explain a part of their reason for going on the pilgrimage. We really get into their stories, which, it seems, will be resolved at the conclusion of the novel. This resolution never happens, not one of the stories is ever fully resolved. Then the author tacks on the very worst ending that I have ever read in my whole life. I hate authors that do that to me, and i will never read another book by this one again.

11 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,801

About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Finally Did It

  • By DCinMI on 08-19-13

Generational Differences

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-08

I'm a vampire fiction fan. I have really enjoyed the Rice books, and some other really great stuff. This is not great stuff. This is boring stuff. I don't see how anyone could read this and become obsessed with it, unless I'm missing something. Young people, mostly, but not limited to girls, are completely in love with this book. I can only chalk it up to differences in maturity. My theory is that this is what love looks like to a 14 year old, but it's not as amazing as how love actually feels. So those of us who have experienced it find that this book's representation of love falls flat and is incredibly shallow. There is very little action in this. Mostly it's a girl obsessing over a guy who treats her badly, though we're supposed to find that attractive. Not recommended for mature readers.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield]

  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Might be difficult for true beginners...

  • By Anna on 07-13-09

This is the one...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-08

I almost didn't get this book because of the reviews about Jack Kornfield's speaking voice. I'm glad I didn't make that huge mistake.

If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, then this is the book. This is the guy to explain it to you. His voice is perfect for what he's explaining. He's not reading the pages into a microphone in a studio somewhere, he's speaking from his heart with genuine compassion.

This is a good quality recording of a series of informative speeches given to a small audience. The speaker is a Buddhism master, and I think he's enlightened and is passing the Buddha's wisdom as well as his own down to students who wish to learn. I am just beginning my studies of Buddhism and I feel like this was the perfect introduction.

If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, get this. You won't be sorry.

81 of 84 people found this review helpful

A Feast for Crows audiobook cover art
  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Where's Roy?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-06

I like the book. I have loved the first 3 books more than anything I have ever read in my entire life. A great part of that love was the reading stylings of Roy Dotrice. This narrator is good, don't get me wrong, but Roy Dotrice is a master. Specifically, with Dotrice the difference between speaking characters was easy to tell, as were the differences between when the character is thinking to himself or speaking to another person. I really loved Tyrien Lanister's voice. I haven't heard it yet in this novel, but I don't think I can bear not hearing Dotrice read it. It's really killing the book for me. What on God's green earth made them change narrators?

3 of 5 people found this review helpful