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George

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  • The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Cliff Sloan, David McKean
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state.

    Tim says: "Brings to life the early days of the USA"
    "Ugh"
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    What disappointed you about The Great Decision?

    This book is really boooorrrrriiinng. It purports to tell the story of Marbury v Madison, one of the first US Supreme Court decisions.

    But, it illuminated political activities during the early period of US history, in long, excrucia


    What could Cliff Sloan and David McKean have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Brevity


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (623)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "Evil"
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    The author created a book/novel about pure evil--horror. This one seems to drag a little, but held my interest through many details. Show me another weird Koontz book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1365)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "A Good Read"
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    Good Connelly book...a classic whodunit where the cops/FBI begin to investigate the detective. Interesting premise -- detective sleuth's his heart donor's suspicious death. I like the imagination. This is book one of several; think I'll continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Captains: The Brotherhood of War Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Excellent second book"
    "Movin On"
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    Second in a long series takes our heroes through the Korean Conflict. There is lots of action and they all come out of it --some not unscathed. On to "The Majors"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Generals: Brotherhood of War, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    They were the leaders, the men who made the decisions that change the outcome of battles... and the fate of continents. From the awesome landing at Normandy to the torturous campaigns of the South Pacific, from the frozen hills of Korea to the devastated wastes of Dien Bien Phu, they had earned their stars. Now they led America’s finest against her most relentless enemy deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia. It was a new kind of war, but the Generals led a new kind of army, ready for battle - and glory...

    Cory says: "Soap opera for men"
    "Generals?"
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    Book 6 of the Brotherhood series finds our heroes conducting operations during the Vietnam Conflict. Their characters are further developed and they continue to act in the same way that they always have, except they're older and "wiser."? It isn't much, really, about the generals...rather, continues to develop all the characters. I enjoyed the book and am already on to number 7, "The Aviators;" which seems to write over some of the epilogue from "The Generals".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stars, Like Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (212)

    Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death.

    Scifi says: "Classic 1950's boyhood scifi"
    "OK Book"
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    A slow and clunky read...probably because it was one of the author's first. Contains deep intrigue akin to human interaction, but attributed to non humans. Good story, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rock Rats: Book Two of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Ira Claffey, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead, but his protege, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her, for Randolph's rival, Martin Humphries, still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho, and, most of all, he wants his old flame, Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs's wife.

    Steve Cross says: "A little disappointing"
    "Oh? Now I get it"
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    Another Sci-fi mixed with political intrigue. Don't want to give away the ending, but all the bad guys prospered and the good guys stayed neutral and (mostly) alive. C'mon! Oh, now I get it. There's a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (674)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Yawn...."
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    The battles continue in book 7 of 9. By now, the reader is accustomed to the technology inject and the static fighting between multiple entities as the war plods on for multiple volumes. There are still multiple story lines and one of them keeps popping up at the end of each book: "Gee, where did that come from?" Not much got resolved, the enemies are still the same and the USS Walker crew dwindles. I wonder what will happen next?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1693)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Cracked the Black Box"
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    Harry Bosch at his best, in deep doo-doo with his quirky boss(es) and getting results. There's a little international flare, the victim is European, but this 20 year old unsolved murder is all California based. I listened with interest and completed it in a couple of days. Meanwhile, Harry tries to raise his daughter; I wonder if Harry will get another wife?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent War: Book Three of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Amanda Karr, Christian Noble, cast
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. Fighting escalates and the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom blur. And the keys to victory will include physics, nanotechnology, and cold hard cash.

    L. says: "Excellent Bova"
    "Exciting"
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    Another, and third book, in the Rock Rats series--this one covers corporate war in the asteroid zone. Corporations at war? Hmm, now that's a concept. There's good strategy in this book and just enough fighting to make it fun; too much more and it would be as exciting as reading US revolutionary war stores about battles in the counties of New Jersey (Yawn!). The book is chock full of really bad guys--our heroine tries like mad to kill them off. The crescendo at the end is followed by a bland war's end, which isn't an unrealistic one...just unexciting. On to the next Bova book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "A Good Read"
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    Good read by Cornwell. The characters develop and we begin to wonder if Cornwell is a Scarpetta wannabe? Maybe? It took me 17 books to figure that out and I'm slow? Again, the whodunit is mired in the minutiae of the character's lives and the story drones on until the final exciting conclusion...just like it was designed...and I couldn't put it down. I thought this one was an average work by the author--but now I'm hooked and onto the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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