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John P.

Retired RN with 28 years in the operating room. An nurse educator specialized in surgical lasers and high risk equipment. Married for 36 years to my wonderful wife and mother of 3 men. Still waiting on the grand babies! While waiting, love to read & listen to books. I am a HUGE FAN OF AUDIBLE. COM!

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  • Two Bagger

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Baseball! Suspense! Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. He has written 17 books, including 12 featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. "Two Bagger" was his first short story, originally published in 2001 in the anthology Murderer's Row>.

    Daniel says: "Nice Little Short Story"
    "2 short stories equals 1 hour of GREAT Listening!"
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    What did you love best about Two Bagger?

    Both are based around good ol' american baseball! However, you don't have to know or love the game to enjoy these 2 short stories


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the 2nd story I loved the way the old underdog comes out on top!


    Which character – as performed by Lee Horsley – was your favorite?

    Charlie in the 2nd story. A older mostly B class baseball star (retired).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh! In the 2nd story, Charlie, always has the good come-back line.


    Any additional comments?

    Both of these stories are really well written. Buy the time they are finished, you really wish that each one was a full novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2441)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1835)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "Absolute genius - AGAIN!"
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    Craig Johnson is quickly becoming my 2nd favorite author in this genre, the 1st being Michael Connelly. With his witty style and dramatic prose, he captures the essence, of all of his characters, with amazing realism. This is the 3rd book I have listened to and can't wait for the 4th! Craig, you are fantastic! I only wish the television show's main characters were more closely matched to their written counterparts. I guess I just want my cake and eat it, too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3686)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1860)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Great start for a very good series!"
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    This is an exciting debut to a very good series. I have read 2 others and they are par with this first instalment. The two lead characters are very different in every way imaginable. However, when working together, they are like a well oiled machine. A fun and exciting read performed by Scott Brick, my favorite narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Andrew Morton
    • Narrated By John Hinch
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Tom Cruise as the most powerful celebrity in the world. With three Golden Globe awards, three Academy Award nominations, and 27 films with an average box office gross of nearly $100 million, People magazine's choice for the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990 is unquestionably one of the biggest movie stars of our time.

    Crusader says: "An In-depth Analysis of Tom Cruise & Scientology!"
    "You learn a lot about the younger Tom, but......"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am on the fence here. If the friend is a real fan of Cruise, then I would recommend it with a caveat that the book leaves much detail out. I would not recommend this book to someone who really doesn't care to know more about the actor.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Morton? Why or why not?

    No, not really. This book was mediocre, at best.


    What does John Hinch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is pretty amazing how sometimes you actually think you are listening to Tom Cruise, himself!


    Could you see Tom Cruise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, because the media has already covered this subject to the maximum!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very heavily weighted on Tom Cruise's childhood and upbringing. You don't learn that much about what is happening with him today, after his divorce to Kate Holmes. His current stature, other than generalities, in his church or cult, depending on your point of view. The book would have been much better if it had been a "authorized biography." But, it's not, and that's that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (390)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Hey, this guy wrote those Harry Bosch novels, too!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Dime the most enjoyable?

    What? Where? Who? Huh? My point is, the fun part of this book is paying very close attention and trying to keep tabs on every little and big thing(s) that is going on. Be careful or you may find yourself doing some rereading!


    What other book might you compare Chasing the Dime to and why?

    The Scarecrow by the same author is my choice, because basically, the world of high technology plays heavily in both books.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, all great narrator's like Jonathon, bring depth to the storyline or plot by accentuating each of the character's persona. They also provide a stage or movie like thrill or excitement by using their voices to help the listener paint that exciting, vivid picture in your mind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite Michael Connelly novels!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5697)
    Performance
    (3633)
    Story
    (3661)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "A must listen! 60+ hours of great storytelling!"
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    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, Plausible, Beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    The beautiful way the author descibes even the minutiae to the gigantic.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, Scott Brick is my favorite. Nothing else to say.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did both, but mostly cry out for all of humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most beautifully written books I have listened to. The 5 star rating is very deserved!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Entertaining Listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Butcher's Boy to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare The Butcher's Boy to and why?

    This book is simular to just about every book that I have read by Michael Connelly, mostly the ones in the LAPD Detective Harry Bosch series because of the writing style of Connelly is very similar to this author's work.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The lead character, of course. However, Kramer does a great job with all, even with female characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, not really. The entire books is full twists and turns to keep the reader/listener off balance and entertained.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book and am anxious to listen to another by Perry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (556)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Romantic, Funny, Clever & Heart-pounding Action!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Three Fates to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! In most cases audio books are better because of the voices put to the characters and if the narrator is really good, like this one, can also give the read a certain pace of excitement to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! What a great listen! I was particularly interested in the way the author used the factful sinking of a ship and family ties to weave an extraordinary story that keeps your attention to the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is tough to answer, but probably the ending was the best.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Romantic and packed with action! Or, Who will win and who will lose?


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't written many reviews, but I was compelled to write one for this really fun and exciting book! Three Fates is one of the best of many, many books I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3683)
    Performance
    (3283)
    Story
    (3294)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Good read, but sometimes boring!"
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    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper 33 percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While one would expect the author to be, since this is basically an autobiography, I actually liked the FBI agents and other dumbfounded authorities to be my favorite character(s). This story is likened to the Keystone Cops! But in fairness to the authorities, phone freaking and computer hacking was fairly new on the scene and difficult to understand.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was able to envision him as actually being the lead character. He was very good at portraying levels of panic in his voice, for example.


    If you could give Ghost in the Wires a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The story of how I did it right down to all the technical details for which most of you won't understand.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story except for the technical minutiae. All the gobbledygook of how this switch worked or how placing a "back door" here or there. I mean, come one! I understand that many readers who are geeks or hacker types would understand that stuff and would find it fascinating, but for the average reader like myself, it was boring. Perhaps the author/editor could have used foot noting for this! Instead he sometimes warned, "for the technical reader, bla, bla, bla..... " The other thing that struck me was how many times the author apologizes to his mother and grandmother for putting them through hell, over and over. But he never apologizes to the companies or others whose lives he disrupted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1031)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Read This Book and WAKE UP! For National Security!"
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    Would you listen to Area 51 again? Why?

    Yes, because there is so much information in this book that needs further processing in my mind. The first time I read it, I was shell-shocked and didn't get close to absorbing what needs to be really assimilated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Area 51?

    One of the most memorable moments was when the author mentions that seventy thousand nuclear bombs have been produced by our country alone.


    What does Annie Jacobsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She reads the book with the passion that an author should when they read their own work. It is obvious from the start that this narrator/author really wants to convey her message in a real personal way so that the reader "gets it."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Because of the subject matter, it was amazing that the author was able to inject some humor, here and there. But, for the most part, I would have to honestly say, that the book made me very angry and extremely sad.


    Any additional comments?

    People will read this for many different reasons. I believe that it should be read in the interest of national security and to what lengths our government (and others) will go to in the name of secrecy, security, "a need to know" and global superiority. I believe that the author's research must have been exhaustive. To think that the information provided in this book is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, is astounding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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