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Charles

I hate silly marketing questions designed to reveal.

El Dorado Hills, CA, United States

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  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1575)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Bad Luck and Trouble"
    Overall

    Bad Luck and Trouble sheds a lot of light on Reacher and what drives him. Sometimes he seems almost a two dimensional entity without any clear motivation other than violence, and then you see the almost Taoist clarity with which he sees the world. If there were a grim reaper, Reacher could be his avatar on earth. He takes the admonition "do the right thing" from his mother (Enemy), and does it. The eye for an eye nature of his balancing the books for his brutally murdered comrades is justice at it's simplist. If he were to have a tatoo, it would say "Let God sort it out later", to paraphrase R. Lee Ermey. Great Book!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (415)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    CyndiB says: "A FIVE STAR READ"
    "Hard to categorize in the genre."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an odd book, although a familiar genre. It deals with many of the same subjects as novels by Coes, and Flynn, and others but not from the POV of an necessarily heroic character. Yes, it's about a Navy Seal, but not a Ramboesque muscles bulging superman. It's the first I've read that described them as they really are, efficient, ruthless, focused to an inhuman degree, and rather taciturn about what it is they do. Not a Charlie Sheen fool. The concept of 'the hero' is almost a joke to them, although they do things civilians would label heroic almost as a matter of course, daily.The story has a lot of common elements seen in other 'sniper tales', but related as it might happen. You get a real sense of the sense of dread they have about some things they are asked to do, and yet do anyway. It reveals to me at least, some insight to the behavior, personal discipline and outlook of Seals I've known in civilian life over the years. Remarkable men, but men nonetheless.Spectacular and interesting book, read extremely well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (917)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "A comment on chance and the banality of evil."
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    Would you listen to City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 again? Why?

    I've read several reviews on this book, and I have to admit to some trepidation in listening to something on the subject of child murder, particularly in the evening. But, the author introduces a subject almost as chilling as that, chance events and their misappropriation to the purpose of evil. Most books you read point to a cast of characters as the 'bad guys' ,and they abound in this tale, but the real villain is the coin flip, the unpredictable chance event. From Vietnam, to a lover lost, to a child's murder the role of unpredictable are the focus, so much so, the careful, usually successful, reasoned approach used by Bosch to analyze and solve a crime fail him completely. It's a tour de force on how the narratives we construct to explain our reality can be a pitifully inadequate contrivances to explain the inexplicable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2428)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1331)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "the best"
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    Would you listen to The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 again? Why?

    When I read this it took my breath away. It just sucks you into Bosch's world and mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (516)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "it stays with you"
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    What did you love best about The Righteous Mind?

    Some books are like Chinese food is reputed to be, filling, but not lasting. This book is like the antithesis of that. I read a NYTimes article this morning positing the serious question "should the GOP become an all white party". I've gotten to the place that every time I read what is on the face of it an antediluvian political POV, I think about the comments in this book as a first approximation to opening the door to understanding why someone would say, on the face of it, such a foolish thing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1010)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "adult fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 to be better than the print version?

    There is nothing prurient about this book, but it deals with human being as they are and not as one might find them in typical fiction. If you believe, even if you don't, that the ends justify the means....this book is a tour de force in that thorny issue. If, as a reader, you liked The Last Coyote, you'll love this offering as well. Well done Mr. Connelly, well done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Springs

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Earl Swagger is tough as hell. But even tough guys have their secrets. Plagued by the memory of his abusive father, apprehensive about his own impending parenthood, Earl is a decorated ex-Marine of absolute integrity — and overwhelming melancholy. Now he’s about to face his biggest, bloodiest challenge yet. It is the summer of 1946, organized crime’s garish golden age, when American justice seems to have gone to seed for good.

    Charles says: "I'm a sucker.."
    "I'm a sucker.."
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    Any additional comments?

    ...for a Swaggart. Interesting location and plot line for a location and time we don't usually remember. A study in the Earl Swaggart character and what made Bobby Lee the character he became.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3167)
    Performance
    (2582)
    Story
    (2552)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "A new era"
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    Any additional comments?

    Michael Connelly and I have been 'Audible Friends' for a few years now, and his early work was extremely well crafted. In my opinion, his approach with Bosch as a character peaked with Trunk Music and The Last Coyote, masterpieces of the genera, and has been somewhat formulaic since. With The Drop, I think he's broken new ground with a complex, multifacited plot that let's Bosch mature into a much better character with a lot more texture and substance. Len Caiou's voice, with it's age and gravel, really fit the character now. It's a pleasure to see him grow and expand the character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (443)

    Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    Kyle says: "Utterly Amazing, Mind Expanding"
    "Lost in translation"
    Overall

    I've read several of Bear's works before, such as Darwin's Radio and was intriqued. I'm somewhat perplexed by this effort. It is singularly uninteresting and given it's shortness, bereft of drama. It's the sort of dreamy, trip through narcissism teenagers usually write as opposed to an entertaining novel. I can only assume that Bear wrote it as a contracted for, income producing piece. Not my cup of tea.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (413)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Where is the beef, redux"
    Overall

    I liked Altered Carbon, but I have two bones to pick with Morgan here. First his story tempo and obtuse way of presenting it reminds me of a Kodo Drum recital, loud and forced. Second, I hope he paid Philip K. Dick for channeling the Roy Batty character out of Blade Runner. All this baloney about too graphic sex and anti christian themes leaves me wondering if people were just looking for an excuse. It's just a poor effort by a talented author. I gave up after 7-8 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1029)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "a deep pool"
    Overall

    Connelly's Bosch novels are always good, but this one is in a unique class. From the beginning you can feel something special is about to unwind and it doesn't disappoint you. Bosch is devoted to solving the murder of a young woman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and became the pawn in a conspiracy; not the mythic National Intelligence conspiracy all the guys downtown are drawn to, but the conspiracy of vicious, criminals that killed her. He sieves through mass of misleading and misunderstood clues to reveal the truth and exact the retribution she deserves while bringing peace to a tormented fellow peace officer. The overlay of jazz is particularly poignant and appropriate and adds a Peter Gunn like patina to the story. A minimasterpiece of this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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