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Carter Hooper

Portland, OR
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  • Rosewater

  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry, and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing...and not very entertaining

  • By Julie on 01-11-19

Character driven…right off the cliff

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Don’t get me wrong, interesting story and great character development. But the whole thing is derailed by constant shifts in time until it becomes almost impossible to keep hold of the story thread. Plus, the author introduces too much at the end to set up the series, none of which sounds as interesting as what has agonizingly unfolded in this book. I won’t be following along, although the narrator was superb. There should be a rating for book structure, as I'd give this one 1 star.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Riveting, Heartbreaking and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

When I rate this 5 stars, an "I Love It" box pops up. It should say "I'm 5-Star Horrified by This". Incredibly shocking to think people still have to un-live like this. What a story and what a man. Utmost respect for the author and his family. Read it and weep, though his unwavering hope for a better life is truly inspiring,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reagan

  • An American Journey
  • By: Bob Spitz
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85

More than five years in the making, based on hundreds of interviews and access to previously unavailable documents, and infused with irresistible storytelling charm, Bob Spitz's Reagan stands fair to be the first truly post-partisan biography of our 40th president, and thus a balm for our own bitterly divided times. Absorbing and richly detailed, it is a revelatory chronicle of the full arc of Ronald Reagan's epic life - giving full weight to the Hollywood years, his transition to politics and successful run as California governor, and ultimately, his iconic presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 32 Hours and I Still Want More

  • By Carter Hooper on 12-28-18

32 Hours and I Still Want More

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

One of the best listens ever. Just a magnificent, epic story. Love him or hate him, you've got to admire Ronald Reagan's journey. The author never gets in the way of the story, just presents the facts and the timeline. Staggering all along the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,218

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Nutty but Delicious!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Psychic surgery, reincarnation, analysis, gurus...you name it Alan is into it. Who knew? These servings of nuts are best taken with a shaker full of grains of salt. It's mainly entertaining because it's Alan Arkin believing all this stuff.

  • Beastie Boys Book

  • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
  • Narrated by: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, various
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,294

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, an audiobook as unique as the band itself. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. For more than 30 years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • License to Listen - The Illest Communication

  • By J. Combs on 12-12-18

Who would have thought this would be so great?

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

When this book came out I thought "Who would buy the audiobook?" Once again Beasties did something new and creative and made this hilarious, heartbreaking tale worth it alone. One of the best bios I have ever listened to. Just really, really, really great!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Empress Dowager Cixi

  • The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Jolene Kim
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Important if flawed history of a leader

  • By Heidi on 01-09-14

Great Story, Worst Narration Ever

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

For pete's sake, DON'T let kids narrate an audiobook without telling them to NOT DROP CONSONANTS and sound as if they are 16. Crap like this dates the book and will be even more ridiculous as time passes. The facts and story of Cixi deserve far better than this reading and it doesn't jibe with this narrators voice. In addition to all the "di-ents", "Bri-un", (Britain), "impor-un"s, she pronounces Cixi 20 different ways. which makes you wonder what else she is mispronouncing. You can hear pauses where the page was turned, weird breaks and there are a plethora of re-recorded and re-inserted Chinese pronunciations. Maddening. Takes away from the detailed and engaging story. Ruined it for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of A Glorious Waste of Time

  • By Carole T. on 08-10-18

Soars with Occasional Scream-Inducing Crashes

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

OK, OK, for the most part this is fine and gives us a detailed look into the life of Princess M. But it definitely should have been more like "75 Glimpses" as this thing is padded with some infuriating chapters. Chief of which is notorious Chapter 32, in which the author tells the same, brief story in dozens of different literary styles. Worse, you think the styles are alphabetically but when you get to the one that begins with a later letter like Z (can't remember and not going back to look), he jumps back around the alphabet. I have never screamed out loud in agony over an audiobook like I did at this point. Was going to stop reading but gave it another chance. To come were some cutesy essays about her being married to Salvador Dali and some "what-ifs" that are just pointless and do nothing but put the author front and center instead of telling Margaret's story. Oh yeah and one of the last chapters where he just goes on an on about auction items after her death and the reading of many, many inscriptions. This torture is barely worth it, but what's good is good. Still, just writing about Chapter 32 makes my blood boil.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ball Lightning

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 620

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of a new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silly title, great book

  • By tosbanzai on 08-25-18

Ate it Up With a Spoon...

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I don't know how Cixin Liu does it, but he writes some phenomenal, eye-opening and mind-expanding technical stuff that goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. What an imagination, I swear this could be real. Not since Frank Herbert has a sci-fi author come up with rich, detailed characterizations, plots and ideas. We need more of his stuff translated and I mean RIGHT NOW! Hungry for more....

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,771

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Engaging but Ludicrous

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

It's pretty remarkable that the author makes the main characters appear so educated and smart and then proceeds to have them make every stupid, bad decision possible. I mean EVERY one, to the point you become eager to see them mercifully killed. A twist at the end doesn't really redeem anyone. It did hold my attention though.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sticky Fingers

  • The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine
  • By: Joe Hagan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Lennon. Dylan. Jagger. Belushi. Leibovitz. The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider's trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the 20th century, right up through the digital age: connecting the counterculture of Haight Ashbury to the "straight world".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sex, Drugs and Rolling Stone

  • By tru britty on 11-04-17

Great Book, Repulsive Subject

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

If you could sum up Sticky Fingers in three words, what would they be?

Cancel Rolling Stone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jann Wenner, kept topping himself in the a-hole department. Talk about someone you would never want to meet.

What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

Clean, clear and precise.

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

God no.

Any additional comments?

Will take the shine off of anything good you have ever thought about the magazine. Great research, terrible subject. Yuck.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful