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Alpine, CA, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Cobb

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Al Stump
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As a boy in the 1890s he went looking for thrills in a rural Georgia that still burned with humiliation from the Civil War. As an old man in the 1960s he dared death, picked fights, refused to take his medicine, and drove off all his friends and admirers. He went to his deathbed alone, clutching a loaded pistol and a bag containing millions of dollars worth of cash and securities. During the years in between, he became, according to Al Stump, "the most shrewd, inventive, lurid, detested, mysterious, and superb of all baseball players." He was Ty Cobb. In Cobb, Stump tells how he was given a fascinating window into the Georgia Peach's life and times when the dying Cobb hired him in 1960 to ghostwrite his autobiography.

    John says: "What a man -- what a book!"
    "What a man -- what a book!"

    This is a glorious book about one of the strangest and most talented sportsmen who ever played. While there is plenty of baseball action and history, you don't have to know a bean ball from a foul ball to enjoy this book. Ty Cobb was such a unique character, on and off the field, that his story is worth listening to. You may finish by hating this man, pitying him, or admiring the qualities that made him the greatest baseball player who ever lived. The writing is as compelling as the story, and the author's relationship with the subject is an interesting sideline.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Don't confuse political and literary opinion"

    First of all, I am a registered Republican and consider myself more-or-less conservative. I can't say that I agree with all the political sentiments presented in this book. However, as the old saying goes, "if you completely agree with another person, then only one of you is doing the thinking." And I believe the point of this book is to make you think and make you question the accuracy (and verity) of politicians and the media.

    Al Franken does this very well; in an entertaining, humorous, and gleefully acerbic manner. I can't say that he changed my mind or changed my politics, but he did change the way that I look at political commentary and the people who make it.

    I don't think the point of this book was to turn you into a zombie-like liberal Democrat. To me, the point was that you can't believe anything you read or hear unless you check the facts. Liars do lie.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Not Patterson's best . . ."

    Writing a good historical novel is a delicate balancing act. The author must build a world that existed in the past while presenting it in a manner that a modern reader will relate to. Unfortunately, Patterson did not achieve this. The book is filled with characters and actions that are totally unbelievable in the context of the middle ages. The plot was weak and strictly formula. The protagonist found himself if a life-threatening situation and miraculously escaped -- time after time after time. I have enjoyed many books by Patterson, but this was definitely not one of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mac Audible News, 1-Month Subscription

    • By Shawn King

    For nearly two decades, Mac Publishing's Macworld magazine has provided award-winning coverage of the most innovative products developed for the Macintosh platform. Now, the Mac product experts at Mac Publishing and bring you Mac Audible News, a weekly summary of key news stories, exclusive interviews, and compelling product information from all over the Macintosh industry.

    John says: "Good, but not good enough . . ."
    "Good, but not good enough . . ."

    It's not that there is really anything wrong with Macworld Audible News. The stories are current and the reporting is thorough. However, at 15 minutes a week, it is just not a good value.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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