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MeanStreaks

Helena, Alabama

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  • Pronto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (228)

    The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful.

    Corey says: "It was good"
    "Too many loose ends. Poor story structure. A miss."
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    Would you try another book from Elmore Leonard and/or Alexander Adams?

    I can't tell you the loose ends without giving the book away. They are so obvious and ridiculous that the characters completely lose credibility. The book is just not well structured. You keep hoping for the good stuff to hit, and it just doesn't.

    If you want a book to go with the television series Justified, just leave this entire series alone and forget it. Sadly, this would have been so much better if the guy who read it didn't try to sound Southern, and dumb at every single opportunity. The hero of the book is an idiot? That does not sell books.

    This was read and came out as dry as toast. It could have been so funny if it had been read right. I wouldn't want to know any of the characters in this book on a personal level. There are so many losers it should be a convention. I bought books 2 and 3 (2.5) and they sucked just as badly. I was hoping for it to get better. When read, this could have been such an opportunity to create an unforgettable character. Instead, it's like the guy just read it to get a paycheck. No soul. No heart. No understanding of any of the people depicted in this book. I would love to read this myself to all of you just to prove a badly written book can be made better with some effort from the extemporaneous speaker.

    I don't like this author. I don't like the reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7345)
    Performance
    (6580)
    Story
    (6592)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "That dog makes this series!"
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    Oberon the dog is the funniest character I've read in years. He's developing nicely in this series. The Druid, Atticus is pretty awesome also! love the series! The reader is doing a fabulous job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5777)
    Performance
    (5351)
    Story
    (5371)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Stephen King just gets better over time!"
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    I am now afraid of old people in RV's. This book was a surprise in many ways. It is the sequel to The Shining with the child Danny now as an adult. There are more twists and turns and unexpected joy and sorrow than I've read in a while. Stephen King is a master at the craft of having the evil creatures just keep on coming at you. This is so well done, and so unexpected, you can't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9499)
    Performance
    (8464)
    Story
    (8441)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Laugh out loud funny! Yet, thought compelling."
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    Where does Hounded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite character in the Iron Druid Chronicles series is Oberon. The dog. The author has given Oberon the best one liners. I laughed out loud as I listened to Oberon's commentary to the point my co-workers had to know what I was listening to so they could purchase a copy for themselves. The main character, Atticus, is given the most thought provoking character I've read in a while. He is the Druid you are looking for. Atticus is as level headed, in touch with nature, kind and in control. Atticus is just a cool character in many ways. I highly recommend! I am currently working through the entire series myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (827)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Classic Amy Tan"
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    If you could sum up The Valley of Amazement in three words, what would they be?

    Exotic. Entertaining. Consuming. -- Amy Tan's gift for exposing and explaining human nature burns brightly in this book. As an American, I love reading these books to discover more about Chinese culture. Realizing how much we have in common, and how different our cultures are is always a treat, and an education. Amy's descriptions of even the most minute detail or feeling is artfully crafted with the main character, Violet. I always feel like a fly on the wall and can see the rooms these characters sit in as I glide through each pages. If you've never read an Amy Tan novel, you have truly missed out on a masterwork.


    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1273)

    Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

    CAROLYN says: "AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!"
    "Hysterical Fun"
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    What did you love best about Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet?

    Language is Darynda Jones' favorite toy. This very funny series is the reason all my friends are mad at me. I've gotten them all addicted to Charley Davidson and waiting for the next book to come out is agonizing. We love them. The humor which is peppered throughout, even when the main character isn't quite herself and may be staring death in the face, is refreshingly funny and laughter through tears sometimes is my favorite emotion. The story line is never boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1723)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (736)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Hysterical and Unexpected"
    Overall

    Well, this is the funniest book I have listened to in a while. It is laugh out loud funny. Betsy is the first vampire with excellent taste in shoes, and even dead, comes to get them back from her step-monster. Breaks every vampire rule out there. Ann Rice, move over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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