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Daniel Juckette

I discovered audio books when my required reading for my profession left me with no time to read for pleasure. Now every chore is a read.

Corrales, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 543 titles in library
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  • Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Einhorn
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    At its most basic level, Allied Capital is the story of Wall Street at its worst. But the story is much bigger than one little-known company. Fooling Some of the People All of the Time is an important call for effective law enforcement, free speech, and fair play.

    James Klein says: "where's the epilogue?"
    "So that's what is happening"
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    Would you listen to Fooling Some of the People All of the Time again? Why?

    Yes. I am very unsophisticated about the financial system. Since the Recession began I have comprehended small bits of what happened and who the players are, but the picture is so big it's overwhelming. There is plenty of blame and finger-pointing to go around. This is essentially the story of one man's attempt to call attention to corporate criminal behavior and hold the felons accountable. However, it gave me a window into the workings of the financial system, its non-regulators, and the how fraud corrupts our political and financial system to threaten our way of life. I also gained insite into the paralysis of government, and why our politicians have become so unrepentant about their corruption.


    What other book might you compare Fooling Some of the People All of the Time to and why?

    The Sociopath Next Door because it explains institutional sociopathy clearly without completely talking down to the reader. Pushing readers out of their intellectual laziness without alienating them, when it's so much easier to take spoon-feedings from those who have the most to gain by fooling them, is a challenge beyond the grasp of most writers.. Most forms of media try to reduce your concentration level, so grabbing your attention and forcing you to work at understanding something complex, requires continually reminding the reader the information is important to them.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    The author/protagonist's matter-of- fact incredulity was refreshing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Roman Empire with computers.


    Any additional comments?

    I was depressed that our problems seem so unfixable, yet the writer's unflagging optimism shines though. Hopefully, enough "smart people" will realize that winning by everyone else losing will ultimately erode the prey base so much they can't survive either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5534)
    Performance
    (3503)
    Story
    (3535)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "" not with a bang, but with a whimper " is scarier"
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    What did you love best about One Second After?

    This was the most probable and grimly realistic of the many Doomsday scenarios kicking around in the collective psyche. The ramifications for fatalities in the first 30 days are explicitly clear. The loss of mass communication will have inconceivable consequences for our culture and our way of life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The " blinders off" description of our first month without electricity and mass communication.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    The Protagonist. I think few communities would have such a person. Fewer still would listen.


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

    Yes. It captured all of my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Completely changed my "Prepper Plan"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (3831)
    Story
    (3831)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I don't do many reviews. This book is an exception"
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    This is a story about a badly damaged man and a badly damaged dog healing one another. I have seen this happen in real life, so it is gratifying to find that it has worked it's way into the action fiction genre.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    I haven't read anything quite like it. Much of the story is told from the dog's perspective.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The right blend of passion and compassion to highlight the small redemptions each character experiences.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What becomes of war dogs when their war is over?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Begins and ends in corruption"
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    Would you listen to Secret of the Seventh Son again? Why?

    Maybe. The story line is so bizare, it might reveal more character development.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The paranoid computer geek, who drives the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to other performances. He breathes life into a plotline that leaps from century to century.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The "reveal" of area 59


    Any additional comments?

    Improbable plot but captivating storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (334)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Corinne says: "GOOD book and good reader"
    "If you've never read Deuterman, a good start"
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    If you could sum up Hunting Season in three words, what would they be?

    Uber-hero seeks vengance


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sardonic humor of the protagonist


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His delivery allows the story to flow naturally.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The improbable rescue by the "redneck militia".


    Any additional comments?

    A nice introduction to Deuterman. It is especially rewarding to discover he doesn't backtrack on his characters, positioning each for a sequel that never comes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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