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Cockeysville, MD, USA

  • 18 reviews
  • 117 ratings
  • 749 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • The Beginner's Guide to Feng Shui

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Cohen
    • Narrated By Ken Cohen

    Feng Shui - the Chinese art that uses geography, design, and beauty to promote success, happiness, and health - is quickly becoming a custom in homes and businesses. The Beginner's Guide to Feng Shui teaches you the simplest and most powerful form of this ancient tradition: xing shi, the school best known throughout China.

    Atl Chris says: "impractical for beginners"
    "Skeletal Outline of Feng Shui"

    My wish was that it lasted longer. I have read and studied feng shui as a beginner on and off for 5 years. This book presents the clearest idea of what feng shui is--and isn't. As a Catholic, I want no dragons (ok, a nice dragon, perhaps one), and the 3-legged toad with a coin in its mouth makes me smile. But I have St Joseph guarding my front entrance and Our Lady reigns over the garden. The concepts are similar. The best is I better understand Qi, and how the chinese came to understand this concept, and then Yin and Yang, simply the balance of the Male/Female, Dark/Light in our lives. Due to this book, I finally grasp some of the basic foundations of this interesting technique for harmony. The book invites westerners to use their own thought processes in understanding the concept of feng shui, and to come to a realistic idea of what is and isn't achievable through this method.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Love Jack Reacher!"

    I think Lee Child has created a wonderful, cozy character in Jack Reacher. I have read several of his books, and while I would not rate them as top notch, "human condition" literature, I would rate them as top-notch detective fiction. I like Jack Reacher and am happy to have him as a companion now and then, especially as read by the fabulous Dick Hill.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ben Addison, fresh from Yale Law, is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat. Big time. He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and his housemates, Nathan, Eric, and Ober, for help.

    Sally says: "Better than anticipated"
    "Better than anticipated"

    This book is a good read. I didn't expect as much depth as there is. The characters are developed, the plot is interesting, and the reader is outstanding. What could have been a bland story about four friends (plus one) is thoughtful and engaging. Recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Tenet
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad.

    Karen says: "Brilliant!"
    "Well Worth the Read"

    I was thoroughly interested in hearing the perspective of this participant in the goings-on before and after 9/11. It's sometimes difficult to find one's own opinion amidst the sound-bites, slants, takes, and, imo, downright lies. Mr. Tenet, as well, has his "slant"; but it's an honest one and can be deciphered without the difficulty of much confusion and muddle. Thank you, Mr. Tenet!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Great Bargain!"

    An entertaining story, with a bit of philosophy and wit, nicely written and even funny at times. Other times, it's deadly serious. You are reminded that what this man (The Hit Man) does for a living is dreadful, but can't help but empathize with him, especially since he is a careful, not cold, but thoughtful character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William P. McGivern
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane

    It started almost innocently when a cop committed suicide. It was worry over ill health, said his wife. Detective Dave Bannion wasn't so sure, but when he started digging, he was told to lay off┬┐fast! Instead, he turned in his badge and started stalking the city streets and bars in search of the truth where he uncovers a red-hot story of murder and corruption that would blow Philadelphia's underworld sky high.

    Jennifer says: "enjoyable"
    "Good 1950's Cops and Thugs Story"

    This was a wonderful read! Fun cops and thugs 1950's affair, very fifties, decent plot. I enjoyed noting the differences in our society between then and now. All "PC" (political correctness) is out the window; anyone of "color" is not referred to by his name but a "negro" or "colored person". Women are made to believe they haven't a brain in their head. But taken in its venue, it's just a hardy good against evil, cops and robbers suspense story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Job

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell (Translated by)
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kirill says: "Phenominal !!!"

    I really enjoyed the experience of hearing Job, as dramatized in this narrative. Hearing the words as presented here adds power to the awesomeness of G*d, as this book always portrays.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Whalen
    • Narrated By Richard Whalen

    Boldly original and fully documented, this unauthorized yet definitive biography tells the almost incredible story of Joseph P. Kennedy, grandson of a poor Irish immigrant, controversial founder of a great American fortune, and father of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

    Boston Harbor says: "Read the book, don't listen to it."
    "Extraordinary Story"

    Provides an intimate portrayal of a complex man who fathered a dynasty of American politicians. In addition, the activities of Joe Kennedy, and the background from whence he came are finely yet enthrallingly revealed. I learned much more depth about this period of American history, from the treatment of the Irish immigrants, to the stock market, to his inside experience in England, to the nurturing and care of his 9 children. Stimulating and engrossing read. Highly recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Good time with Alex Cross, story not worth it."

    I really like the Alex Cross character that Jonathan Kellerman has developed and, in fact, he's at his very best in this novel. But the story is just brutality and one act of banal evil after another. Turns the stomach. Too much acting out of just sheer torment, not so much that it's graphic, just that it IS. Nobody wins. That may be realistic (?) but I prefer a bit of redeeming happiness, joy or triumph in my reads. There is some effort made towards that end in this book, but then even that is spoiled. Sorry, but this is no heart-warming, victory-laden story. Not at all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible: The New Testament: The King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Phoenix Audio
    • Narrated By Gregory Peck

    The parables and lessons of the New Testament resonate through much of our religious, literary, and cultural history. Written by the disciples and contemporaries of Jesus Christ, this work is a source of wisdom and solace for millions around the world. It includes the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which record the life and teachings of Christ, as well as the Book of Acts, Revelation, and other fundamental biblical writings.

    R. says: "Well Worth The Purchase"
    "Best reading of the Bible I've heard"

    Just voice. The word stands alone. No music or artistic to-do needed. And what a voice! Gregory Peck is wonderful in his reading. I would love to hear James Earl Jones read the New Testament and was thrilled to see it was available until I read in the reviews there was piano music in the background. I don't want that. One thing, I can't read this all the way through in one time period. I've been listening over about 6 months, and may listen again. Recommended!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Loved this book!"

    I learned about Pompeii in 7th grade, and I thought it was that nobody knew from one moment to the next that the volcano was going to blow. They somehow all froze in time, baking bread, leading horses, and it came on so suddenly that the whole city was flash-frozen for historians to study. Here is presented a personal and up-close look at the goings-on prior to the "big blast". There were signs and symptoms, which provided "mystery" to the book. There are people that are developed well enough for you to care about them or despise them, or at least to wonder what makes them tick. This was a good intro to volcanology, signs and symptoms prior to a volcano, and a sweet love story as well. Kept my interest throughout.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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