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John

Madeira Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 184 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents. But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves - they bite).

    Susan says: "I Don't Know about Joyous but Nutbars REALLY Fits!"
    "A Serge Storms treat for the Holidays!"
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    Serge and Coleman are back for a special little holiday treat! What else is there to say? It's psychopathic vigilante Serge Storms and substance abuse sidekick Coleman putting their particular brand of bizarre spin on the season. Followers of Tim Dorsey's tales will remember Jim and Martha Davenport from Triggerfish Twist and Atomic Lobster. Alas, the poor couple are (again) thrown in the middle of a not-so-fictional modern day economic mess. Serge to the rescue, along with help from the G-Unit Grannies, to sort it all out, eliminate bad guys as only Serge can, and triumph for a Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3488)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "What Racketeer?"
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    I could make this review really short and simply say this Grisham story went around and around, up and down, but ended up nowhere in particular. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what was the "Racketeer" part of the title. Oh, the story had action going for it. Murder, intrigue, however implausible. I got the feeling that he sort of made up the plot as he went along. Not one of Grisham's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (1975)
    Story
    (1982)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Bill Reports the Facts!"
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    Much like his Killing Lincoln book, Bill O'Reilly reports the facts and interesting details on not only the assassination, but also a look at the JFK era. An interesting read and factual type perspective filled with with concise detail for those who have followed the Kennedy saga.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1404)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "A Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On!"
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    As usual, James Lee Burke is the ultimate master of descriptive prose in this new Dave Robicheaux novel. Will Patton's reading of Burke novels is of course 5-star. Great characters abound in this new one with sidekick Clete Purcel leading the way, but the storyline seemed to travel to and around so many topics, from the oil spill to nazi war criminals that one tended to give up on where it was all going, and just enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

    Ryan says: "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
    "Hollywood Division Rides Again!"
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    The guys and gals of Hollywood Division are back and then some! Like the others in this series, Harbor Nocturne does not disappoint. Wambaugh's crazy characters abound as usual, but this installment has a good strong storyline, as well. Plenty of humor, action, tragedy, and even love. Well worth your time, but just be careful where you're listening, people might wonder what your constantly changing facial expressions are all about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1665)
    Story
    (1672)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Not too Close"
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    Lot a hoopla about this one, but I have no idea why. Even Scott Brick couldn't save this story. It wandered around, to and fro, this and that, to the point one no one longer cared. Not really. Enjoyed Scott's reading, but not too much else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (931)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Hackberry hits again!"
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    James Lee Burke has definitely got something going here. This second Hackberry Holland novel matches the previous and then some. Deputy Pam, Preacher Jack Collins and others are fleshed out a bit more and deep. Will Patton, of course, as reader, is a necessity in this series. I cannot think of anyone else doing JLB. Both Rain Gods and Feast Day of Fools are both in audio and hardback in my library. JLB delivers again, as expected. Download both, if you can. You will not be dissapointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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