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Gregory Aurand

Knoxville, TN
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Don't Waste A Credit

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

This was a so-so story with an average performance by the narrator. The story didn't seem to have much depth or character development. I chose it because I wanted to immerse myself in the Italian countryside, but the location descriptions were also very superficial. Perhaps, by consuming the whole series, more could be gleaned, but there wasn't enough in this first book to inspire me to go on.

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Opened the Ocean in My Heart

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller, and this book is no exception. I almost didn't choose this audiobook, because it was much shorter than I like, but, in retrospect, I found the story much richer than most books twice or three times the size! Thank you, Neil, for another wonderful and heart-opening adventure.

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Engaging Murder Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

The unfolding story from the perspective of three characters was a nice change. Paul Hawkins is a great writer and I look forward to her future offerings. The narration was spot on as well, so I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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More Relevant Today Than Ever

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

Not sure what I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. Classic example of political movements and how propaganda and mass surveillance is used to keep a population fearful and subservient.

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If You're Not Outraged...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

Great book! Heartbreaking to learn that the Obama administration has been every bit as responsible as Bush/Cheney for attacks on the rights and liberties of the American people. Also shocking to hear how American foreign policy is provoking and advocating war and terrorism worldwide—all in the name of profit and political power.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narrator spoiled it for me

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

I was really looking forward to getting into the Aurelio Zen series, but after a couple of hours I couldn't stand to listen Michael Kitchen any longer. The reading pace was too fast for me, and there was an arrogant or simply disengaged edge to his reading quality. I'm surprised at all the positive rating for the audiobook. If you aren't irritated by the narration, this seems like an interesting story.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Story That Only A Hipster Could Love!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-12

Awesome book. Maybe the best books I've listened to all year. I was pleasantly surprised at both the quality of the writing and the near-perfect match of a narrator. Choosing this book was a complete shot in the dark, and I feel like I really lucked out.

I found myself completely engrossed in the story and loving all the current-day references to companies and technology woven into the fantasy. I'd love to read more my Robin Sloan - he has a whimsical and engaging style of writing that I found entirely refreshing and fun.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Much Ado About Very Little

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

Reviewed: 12-14-12

What disappointed you about Care of Wooden Floors?

Will Wiles seems like an exceptional writer, if only he had used those skills to write about something of interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Will Wiles again?

I'd love to read a mystery or thriller written by him - something with some content to sink my teeth into.

Did Michael Page do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Michael Page did an excellent job narrating, but it seems like his skills were entirely wasted on this story.

What character would you cut from Care of Wooden Floors?

Not sure I would cut characters, but I would have explored the main characters dark side in my more depth.

Any additional comments?

If I hadn't been traveling and unable to shop for another audiobook, I never would have completed this one. About hal-way through, the book did get a little more interesting, I think that the author could have done a lot more and made this an amazing murder mystery.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Intelligent and Sexy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

This is one of the best books I've read (or heard) in quite a long time. Between the brilliant story-line and Robin Sachs' wonderful narration, this audio book offered an incredibly engaging and sensually rich experience. As soon as I finished the story, I began searching for more books on Audible by Glen Duncan, but, alas, this was the only one. I may have to actually pick up a paperback to get another juicy dose of Glen's writing.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Best Godin Book Ever!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-10

I've been a fan of Seth Godin for a number of years now, and I'd have to say that this is by far his best book yet. I wish everyone would read this book -- especially every person who has anything to do with shaping our education system in this country. Everyone who runs for office, or already holds a government post, should have to read and comment on this book. You want to know why our economy is in the toilet -- and will continue to be so unless we radically change our way of thinking -- READ THIS BOOK!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful