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OKlahoma City, OK, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew Lycett
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007.

    Melissa says: "Great book, unlistenable audiobook"
    "Makes Even Biography Exciting"

    A friendly but critical and complete account of Ian's life. The Author treats all incongruities and intimate details with full disclosure, but without sensationalism. Ian Fleming turns out to be quite an interesting charachter, especially when his life is described in the settings of history, interesting personalities like Winston Churchhill. If you enjoyed reading the Bond series, you might find this biography well the worth the time it takes to listen to it. Insights into British history, and the forming personalities that surrounded Ian complete the journey, and it seems, you might just be reading the history of "James Bond". Reality is always more interesting than fiction. It was interesting to discover that many of the names and scenes he uses in his books came from his own flamboyant life. The Goldeneye project in which Ian was actually an actor is interesting to read as well. Dig in, and enjoy this book over a holiday or several days commute. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valley of Bones

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes, Jonathan Davis

    The setting is Miami. Rookie cop Tito Morales arrives at the Trianon hotel to investigate a routine disturbance call and, to his shock and horror, watches as a wealthy oil man plunges ten stories and impales himself on a nearby fence. Soon Morales is joined by detective Jimmy Paz, famous throughout the city for solving, or at least providing a plausible solution to, the so-called Voodoo Murders that left Miami burning months earlier.

    Timothy says: "Spies Thugs in a World of Intrigue, Mystery"
    "Spies Thugs in a World of Intrigue, Mystery"

    Audible books are different than reading the novel. SO it is important that the ingredients of the story, narration and abridgment mesh to not frustrate a dedicated or casual "reader". Listening to or even creating abridged versions can be risky -- I never buy one unless it is the only version available. This abridged version frustrated me sometimes, but even though there are times this abridged version obviously skips over material and facts -- this abridged version even refers back to sections that were omitted -- I enjoyed this novel. The key to this one's success is the narration. The narrators are great in their inflections and emotion. It helps too, that Gruber's book is peopled with interesting and even weird personalities who feel real. It has something to do with his descriptions and the fact that even in their imperfections, the author likes people. I found the story really enjoyable, and the fact that Gruber had no fear of approaching spiritual issues in a murder/spy mystery novel shows he doesn't want to run away from any issue that may affect a man or woman in their endeavor to solve problems. Ok, so this is a lot about the sytle and not the plot... you can read the plot summary, but I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be entertained AND challenged to explore new worlds. Reads better than a Bond movie, and more depth than an action picture, and has just the right amount of romance to keep the focus on the story and the mystery.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost World of the Kalahari

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laurens van der Post
    • Narrated By John Nettleton

    From childhood, Sir Laurens van der Post was fascinated by stories of the Bushmen - a people without violence, who were even then rapidly becoming extinct. Here is the story of van der Post's 1957 expedition to the Kalahari desert to find the remnants of this unique people. It's a grand adventure, but it is also an affectionate and vivid portrayal of Bushman culture.

    Timothy says: "Science becomes stunningly entertaining"
    "Science becomes stunningly entertaining"

    From Courtship rituals of the flirting bushman using the cupid-like arrow shot from a tiny bow into the rear of the female -- to the recount of the psychology and drive leading the author to study these people, there is no dull moment. Do yourself a favor and buy this book and listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Adventure Story with a Purpose"

    Pirsig began the genre of travelogue that presents timely philosophy. I read this book in college on a whim, but was swept away and actually finished the book in just a few days. As Pirsig journeys with his son, he begans to weave a story that draws the reader into his or her own journey of values examination. AS the story delves into the curious mystery of why Pirsig takes this journey, the reader gets hooked to read to the very end. This book truly is a classic. So well written, that after experiencing this book, I never thought of philosophy as a subject as boring again. Philosophy can be boringly presented, but the why's and values of life, when told through a story, makes this read like a novel. Buy it, listen and be enthralled--- I was even though this is my third time through since its first publication. It is nice to be able to listen to this book.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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