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Tom

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  • Unintended Consequences: A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes - as an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he’s seen more than his share. But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of a mystery that is, even by his standards, most peculiar.

    kfm says: "I love all things Stone ....but"
    "Sophisticated sci-fi"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I seem to remember liking Stuart Woods. I guess I am getting tired of everyone surviving one impossible situation after another.


    What could Stuart Woods have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some sort of a realistic ending


    What three words best describe Tony Roberts’s performance?

    Very good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Unintended Consequences?

    Most of the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a writer and I am sure he knows much better than I and I am sure he has an audience that dies for his style. Don't know if I will try another. Hmmm. Wonder how many of his I have already listened to?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    In his latest work, former senior computer systems designer and bestselling author Gregg Braden merges these ancient and modern world views into a powerful new model of time. Marrying the modern laws of fractal patterns to the ancient concept of cycles, he demonstrates how everything from the war and peace between nations to our most joyous relationships and personal crises are the returning patterns of our past.

    Roy says: "Food for Thought"
    "Believable?"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Not sure I can buy into the suppositions.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    No spoiler.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Uh, o k


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yeah right.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
    "defines the five star rating"
    Overall

    Now I know what a five star rating really is. Before this I gave some 5 ratings. Doubt I will ever give another. This book will let you feel the fear of war. If hou have anything but ice water in your veins it will, you will fall in love with our servicemen and their families and not only those with wounds showing. And most of all it will define your cowardice. You will probably want to go to BAMC or Walter Reed to put your arms around our men and women to show your love, but fnd you, like me, don't have the courage.

    At the end you will forget about the idiots that garner all the press, our politicians, and have new members in you mental family of those caught in between who had no ability to make decisions but to follow orders. As a past soldier who sever during Vietnam, but not in that theater, only now do I understand war. I am not sure I like what I found via this book. The reality for there men and women sucked. The reality of my cowardice while living less than 100 miles from BAMC is something I must overcome. We must go put our arms around our warriors and the families or those who came back whole, came back wounded or didn't. Come back.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rick Shenkman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Americans of all political stripes are heading into the 2008 election with the sense that something has gone terribly wrong with American politics. But what exactly? The only thing everyone seems to agree on, in fact, is that the American people are entirely blameless. InJust How Stupid Are We?, best-selling historian and renowned myth-buster Rick Shenkman takes aim at our great national piety: the wisdom of the American people.

    John says: "Cynical but accurate"
    "Why isn't there a no star rating."
    Overall

    I think 5th grade was the last time I was talked down to like in this book by this elitist. What the heck was I thinking. I know it is important to listen to other points of view, but this guy will win no one over and I am sure he will alienate some of his side. I lasted two chapters and then moved it to an old iPod, so I could get the pleasure of destroying this drive with a hammer. Someone be sure to let me know if I missed something in the latter part of the book. Don't bother to tell me how uneducated I am, because I got all of that I needed in the those two chapters.

    41 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2229)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (861)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    Both the writer and the reader. I haven't enjoyed a story as much since I started the Reaubeausheau, James Lee Burke and McKinty books. I know that isn't right, but it looks closer than Robosho. Another example of a very good book with a very good reader. Looking forward to more Berenson

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (31)

    President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancie, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington - the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA).

    A. Wright says: "Same as the last book only not as good"
    "Tough to follow"
    Overall

    The reader only had one note. Made it hard to keep up with who was who. The story also, while something I thought I ought to understand better, was way too long for my feeble brain. This is one I should have considered in the Abridged form.
    The whole presentation became more of a text book than a story and I don't think all the blame can be put on the reader. It was about as riveting as .....uh.....Aw shucks I am even bored writing a review on it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (333)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Absolute drivel."
    Overall

    Don't spend any money, even at the discounted price. Total nonsense. Reminds me of the musings of my two year old daughter, except she made more sence. And it upsets me that I had to give it one star just to post a review. Should be zero.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (346)

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "Reviews"
    Overall

    It is always interesting to see the reviews and what turns ones crank and turns off another. In the past, I have found myself looking at the negative reviews too much. This book was impossible to put down. It totally sucked in my attention. Riveting. Doesn't leave the ghosts of Up Country, but the action is always at hand and never overly drawn out. Worth every penny. We need more Demille books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (600)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Top Shelf"
    Overall

    One of the best I have had so far. A tour of the country and a tour of very complex situations. Some of the plot is transparent. A person could make some guesses to get close, but if you want a tour of Vietnam past and present, then you will find this very, very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4484)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1781)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Nothing more to be said..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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