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C. Griffin

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  • The Great Santini

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

    cort says: "an excellent book"
    "Bull: Great Marine, Difficult Father"
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    As a marine, Bull is one of the best. As a father, he is not one of the best. Through the pages of this book, Pat Conroy tells the story of Bull and his family as they make a home in South Carolina during Ben Meecham's senior year in high school. New friends are made, new relationships forged, and old family habits are faced with laughter and heartache. The four Meecham children, their Mid-Western Marine father, and their Southern bred mother come alive within the pages of The Great Santini. They struggle with their undying love for family and the love/hate relationship they have for the lives they have very little control over.

    Pat Conroy has a gift for the written language. His rich Southern heritage permeates every page. With one sentence he can invoke anger, bring you to tears, or make you roar with laughter. His words are eloquent and harsh, stirring and sharp. He is a master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6411)
    Performance
    (4407)
    Story
    (4386)

    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"
    "Southern Murder Mysters"
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    I enjoyed this book very much, but found it a bit predictable. It was still a fun read; I will definitely be reading the next in the series. I did note a few things that only a person from Georgia or the south in particular might notice. The biggest thing was an incident where a character hid in a peanut field. I can't imagine anyone being able to hide in a peanut field during the day. The author mentions the stalks, but there are really no stalks on peanut plants. Another was the way Augusta was pronounced by the narrator. Yep, these are petty and make no difference in the plot or my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diplomatic Immunity: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (553)

    A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. But Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Honeymoon period..."
    "Miles and more Miles!"
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    Miles is at it again! I love this series and cannot get enough of it.

    I'm at the point where it's difficult to give an adequate review without giving away spoilers for those who are not reading the series. I'll just say that Miles and his family are again drawn into a disaster that involves murder, madness, and mayhem. Miles is desperately trying (with a good bit of help) to solve all the problems in order to make it home in time for a special event.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (644)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "I need another Miles book!"
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    Miles is on another adventure. This book left me stunned! I enjoyed it very much and thought everything was settled until the last few pages. Wow, what a twist! Now I'm stuck because there is not another Miles book to jump right into. What ever will I do?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9459)
    Performance
    (6966)
    Story
    (7008)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "You Cannot Run From Who You Are"
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    Diana Bishop is a witch who has spent most of her life trying to avoid using her magic. When she travels to Oxford in order to research original manuscripts of alchemy, Diana discovers that other creatures (vampires and daemons) are as interested in her as she is the old manuscripts. They know more about her than she knows herself. After spending years fighting her magic and denying her rich magical heritage, she must learn to use her magic in order to save her family, herself, and the vampire that stepped into her life.

    The plot of this book was interesting, but moved along at a slow pace. I almost stopped listening a couple of times. I am glad that I stuck it out. While I did enjoy the book overall, it seems to me that the same story could have been told in much fewer pages. The first half rehashed the same themes over and over: vampires and witches do not befriend one another, vampires are dangerous, the three creatures (vampires, witches, and daemons) are not to mix company. As I passed the halfway mark, the plot moved quickly and the previously established rules were broken on every page out of necessity. The more I listened, the more I liked the book and the characters.

    This book has a definite cliffhanger!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (304)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Karen says: "good story and narration"
    "Everlasting Revenge"
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    I hesitate to say that The Woman in Black is a good book, but I can call it a great one. It is a tremendous ghost story full of horror and lasting revenge. I will, no doubt, be thinking about it for a while. Some emotions last more than one life time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1274)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Sawyer is brilliant!"
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    My brain hurts. Robert Sawyer certainly makes you think! Through the characters in the book, Sawyer brings all sorts of controversies to the surface. The issues he touches on are political, religious, and moral. I didn't necessarily question my beliefs; however, I did think a great deal about how my beliefs (political, religious, and moral) all fit into the great scheme of things. I thought it was very interesting that Sawyer chose to use extraterrestrial aliens to make humans take a good look at humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10022)
    Performance
    (4941)
    Story
    (4972)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Classic King!"
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    Wow! This one had me from the first chapter! Scary, sad, tense, emotional, relief, hope, despair. Classic King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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