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drummin2life

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  • Severe Clear: A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (246)

    Stone Barrington is called to Bel-Air to oversee an exclusive event that will gather the top echelons of the beau monde: Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos, billionaires from overseas. It’s a task in which Stone has a personal stake, and one that is made all the more pleasurable - though somewhat more complicated - with the arrivals of two beautiful women with whom he’s intimately acquainted. But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans....

    drummin2life says: "Less Stone and Dino, more crap about the Wealthy"
    "Less Stone and Dino, more crap about the Wealthy"
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    It seems Stuart Woods is drifting away from Stone Barrington. These books are more and more about peripheral characters and less and less about Stone and Dino. It's not the same and not what I buy the books for. They were never anything but fairly simplistic, but I enjoyed them for their escapist value. Now, with Woods concentrating on everything but Stone, including characters that were formerly the objects of derision (like Herbie Fisher who now has to be called Herb and who Woods has made into a younger version of Stone), I am close to not getting any more of them. If the next one is like this, I'm done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1231)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Good parts / Bad segments"
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    I saw the great reviews of this book and so I downloaded it. I understand how some people might think this is a great book. Whenever an author weaves different characters and different time frames together into a whole that makes you understand it all it can be great. The problem I had with The Son was that some parts were beyond boring. The performances by Will Patton and the other readers were very good.

    I thought the segments about Ely McCullough were interesting and I wanted more. The segments about Peter McCullough and Jeannie McCullough were excruciatingly depressing and boring. I guess I'm a lightweight for not thinking Peter's interminable musings on his depressed condition were tedious. I didn't give a damn about anything that Jeannie said, which is never good in a book filled with her ramblings. t got through the book, but really I don't know why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3488)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Grisham has written one of his best"
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    I've been disappointed by some of Grisham's books. He often starts strong and gets weaker as the book goes on. This was not the case with the Racketeer. It is excellent from start to finish with a plot that gets better and a good end. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4118)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3079)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Interesting concept of the future and good action"
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    I enjoyed the book. It has an interesting viewpoint of the future, different from much that you see in other science fiction and I think more realistic. If we get to the stars it seems likely that there will be other races waiting for us, and survival of the fittest being what it is, they will probably be capable predators or defenders. From that point on the human race will survive or fail by our ability to adapt. This book expresses that viewpoint very clearly. I enjoyed the narrator and thought he did an excellent job.

    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
    (2490)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1387)

    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"
    "Class Bosch"
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    This is a classic Harry Bosch book and it's narrated by my favorite Bosch narrator. I enjoyed it. It had a good plot with the usual Harryisms. I do get tired of him losing control, but you have to accept that with the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1190)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Good story well read"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    First, I always like to hear George Guidall read a book. This is no exception. As to the book itself, I was drawn to the storyline involving the Vatican and the story started out seeming to go there, but then changed quickly. I think it is a book that really centers on the Israeli / Arab conflict with a decidedly strong point of view that is anti-Arab. I don't disagree with the point of view, but I do think it was not the kind of book that I was expecting. Many would love the book, and although I enjoyed it, it just wasn't what I expected.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11326)
    Performance
    (10557)
    Story
    (10565)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Really enjoyed it."
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    This was a science fiction (future sci-fi) book that painted a picture of a world gone awry, not as you would expect. It was well-crafted, and the narrator did a great job. I thought at first that it would be a pretty thin plot line, but if turned out to be really good. With future science fiction, you know the author has done a good job when you start believing in the world the author has created. The author achieved that here and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3808)
    Performance
    (3197)
    Story
    (3221)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Heard before"
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    Like so many books in this genre -- the super-agent who has unbelievable skills in killing people and deducing far-fetched schemes of his enemies -- this book is filled with our super hero achieving everything while caring deeply. We can ignore the incongruity of him being an assassin who coldly kills people and him being a really nice, decent person. The plot was convoluted, but if you like this genre, you will probably like this book. I finished it, so I guess I have to give it 3 stars for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11934)
    Performance
    (10845)
    Story
    (10869)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Interesting writing, great narration."
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Different, interesting, funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interestingly different book with a novel idea. I thought it had some problems toward the end. It always bothers me when I feel like the author is stretching the book out and having the characters do stupid things. But all-in-all I enjoyed the book. The author can write and the narrator was excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2806)
    Performance
    (2373)
    Story
    (2382)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "An excellent story, well-read."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version of this book, nor had I seen the television version of it, so the story was all new to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was an excellent story. To me, the only character that was really developed was Pug Henry. You don't really get to know any of the other characters -- especially the women, who can seem shallow or mere caricatures. Despite this, I enjoyed the book. I found the historical aspects of the book to be very interesting, and I would think that anyone who is not interested in WWII history would not be interested in this book at all.

    The performance was excellent and it was easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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