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George

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  • Steve Jobs

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (183)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    David says: "Don't bother with the abridged version"
    "What a Ride!"
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    Isaacson does a good job with one of America's iconic builders. He portrays Steve Jobs as an arrogant cross between an arts lover and a techno geek. That's what makes the character so good. It also describes how a leader can see differently into the product than the team working on it: e.g. why don't Apple products have off/on switches? Because Jobs didn't want them. Jobs focus on product was evident as was his knowledge of competitors and how to pursue his strategy. Good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (629)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "Ohhhh Maaannn!"
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    Two and a half Harry Bosch stories -- two are great and reflect his greatness as reflected through the author. Great whodunits. I was a little peeved that the third read/listen was just the first few chapters of another book. I hate it when they do that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2951)
    Performance
    (2617)
    Story
    (2601)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Great"
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    The final book in the Lincoln Lawyer series,it's great Connally! No plot, but this is the story of a pimp/webmaster. Aren't all web masters sorta pimp-like? Exciting ending kept me on my toes. This is the last of the series, I hope that Connelly writes another Lincoln Lawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, has a mission - but the Pentagon wants him for a mission of their own. As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Without Remorse, he blends the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his trademarks with intricate plotting, knife-edge suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters.

    Billy says: "Not His Best, But Worth The Read"
    "Revenge without Remorse"
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    One of Clancy's first. It's an exciting cop thriller with love, revenge and mystery contained in a suspenseful context. The hero falls i love with a drug addict and seeks revenge for her killer. I can't imagine that kind of life, which is why it 's exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

    Chris says: "Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)"
    "Mine an Asteroid?"
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    Long range mining of the asteroid belt? What an idea. Inside fighting on a corporate board and development of an engine that cuts weeks off the flight make feasible a journey that will save Earth from massive flooding. Exciting right up to the last minute. Where's the next book in the series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1394)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Magnificent"
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    Incredible story of survivial in the Antarctic. I knew the story and knew the ending would be success. But, all the parts in between were magnificent. I was even struck by the logic of he decisions made--some people you just don't want to get out and bother others, for example. The book was well edited and it wasn't too repetitive for what must have been a day-to-day battle with boredom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Called Him Stonewall: A Life of Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Burke Davis
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Stonewall Jackson was a military genius, at once peculiar and perfect, a fearless soldier in battle but a God-fearing man who hesitated to kill on Sunday. He broke the rules of war to win, and yet his tactics are studied in military academies the world over. Burke Davis brings the color, vivid characterization, and immediacy of the best fiction to this fascinating biography.

    Pamkf says: "A Great General"
    "Drones on and on"
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    While this is the definitive book on Stonewall Jackson, I found it a very difficult listen and quit listening after only about 20% as it began to sound like "Charlie Brown's teacher." A student of the Civil War with maps and a desire to "study" could probably wade through the minutiae of counties, roads and battle engagements in Virginia, but I find those things droll and stimulation free. Maybe the book version is a better way to take this on. The casual reader/listener should avoid this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (213)

    A year had passed since little Danny's death - A year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance. But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car...Then she dreamed that Danny was alive. And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - Two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: NOT DEAD.

    Renee says: "Pretty bad"
    "Twisty"
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    I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't put it down. It's a sci-fi thriller wrapped in a whodunit with a touch of mother bear and her cubs. Enjoyable read, one of Dean Koontz's first. However, unlike some Koontz novels, I wouldn't be afraid to listen in the dark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (321)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Alaska Cop"
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    Excellent whodunit...Alaska style. Our newly demoted Alaska cop finds himself in a small town with relationships that have existed for decades. He successfully navigates uniquely Alaskan issues and catches the bad guy. Where is the next book in the series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (769)

    After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

    John M says: "Very enjoyable - could have used more action"
    "Action Packed"
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    Book 4 in the Destroyermen series continues to engage the reader. New characters emerge and a few of the old characters are enhanced. Silva, for example, becomes a central character who impacts events. New alliances and antagonists emerge while the old "Grik" bad guys continue in the background. Can't wait for Book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Currents of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (292)

    High above the planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters. Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed.

    thomas says: "Good Solid Asimov"
    "Ok,,,"
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    Like the first novel I'm the series, a little clunky in the story. Full of innuendo and misunderstanding, the stuff of drama. Our hero, Rik, is clearly the object of bureaucratic preoccupation. Novel demonstrates ruling class obsession with status quo as the single product line appears superior to continued life on the planet. Asimov is one of the most revered SciFi writer, think I'll try another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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