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James

New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Riding Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home.

    Pauline says: "Painful to the ear"
    "Oh Well"
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    This 38 year old woman, loses her job, finds out her husband is leaving her for a 23 year old bombshell and that her 15 year old daughter is about to be expelled from school all in one day. Her response is pretty much, Oh Well, Que sera. It is not until she finds a tattoo on her daughters boob, that she seems to show much emotion.

    In the author's defense, we find out later that she is 1. Rich, 2. Not in love with her husband and 3. Has never disciplined her daughter thus leading to this Que Sera response to these things. In the four hours that I listened we find out that all she cares about is herself and horses.

    After reading Water For Elephants I was eager to read another book by Gruen. This turned out to be her debut novel and not meant for my taste. It is actually well written, but it seems to be written for a different audience. Horse lovers might like it and adult women who have yet to mature. This did not have good reviews when I bought it and I should have know better. I will only listen to more Gruen, if I see she get reviews similar to Water For Elephants.

    The narrator was good.

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  • Flesh and Spirit: Lighthouse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The rebellious son of a long line of pureblood cartographers and diviners, Valen has spent most of his life trying to escape what society - and his family - have ordained for him. His own mother has predicted that he will meet his doom in water, blood, and ice. Her divination seems fulfilled when a comrade abandons Valen in a rainy wilderness half-dead, addicted to an enchantment that converts pain to pleasure, and possessing only a stolen book of maps.

    James says: "FIGHTING TO ADD MORE WORDS TO THIS COLLECTION"
    "FIGHTING TO ADD MORE WORDS TO THIS COLLECTION"
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    ON NONSENSE.
    Buried in the overly descriptive writing and the disjointed happenings, I believe there is possibly a good story here. I am sure there are those who love this style of writing, but since Carol Berg is not a household name, not a whole lot. I think Berg has lots of talent in storytelling and if she quits trying to be so poetic, the story would have a chance to shine.

    I really did not care too much for the narrator. He reads in a sing song fashion and uses a lilt in his voice to show emotion. It reminded me of a junior high kid forced to read a poem in front of class.

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  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2353)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1081)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "BUTTERED BUM"
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    TRUTH IS, HE IS EVIL THROUGH AND THROUGH
    This book is like a mini epic, following a couple of families from childhood to old age, from rags to riches, from riches to rags. If your in a mood for an epic, but don't have the time for three books 20+ hours long a piece, then this may be your answer. It is not great literature, but it kept my attention for 16+ hours. It was predictable, but like a car wreck, I could not quit listening. The evil characters are evil through and through. I like the way they are mostly plotting and conniving. I like how they insult people without making it obvious. I used to work with a woman who would do that all the time. If you called her on it, she would act all innocent, as if she did not know what you where talking about.

    "DO YOU THINK ABOUT FINANCES ALL THE TIME?" NO, HUGH THOUGHT, I THINK ABOUT YOUR BREASTS ALL THE TIME.
    This is only my second novel by Follett, but what I notice is that he does not ignore sex in everyday life. He does not make it the over whelming part or get that explicit, but there is lots of it. Maybe with women it is different, but men think about sex, once every so many seconds (based on age). It is a big part of life and effects a lot of what we do, so to ignore it is to ignore life as it really is. YOU ALWAYS GET PREGNANT FROM ONE F.

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  • Jane's Playmates: A Tarzan and Jane Erotic Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Virginia Wade
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
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    Deep in the heart of Africa, Jane searches for her long lost father, the famous explorer, Author Tennent. Her uptight chaperone, Evelyn, is hiding a dirty secret. She's been administering a "soothing technique" to her young ward for years, and society would be scandalized, if they knew what it was. A rough and tumble Texan by the name of Maxwell Collins heads the expedition. He's unabashedly interested in the lovely Miss Tennent and harbors a rather stiff crush.

    James says: "DIRTY WHORE"
    "DIRTY WHORE"
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    WHAT WAS IT ABOUT ME, THAT MADE PEOPLE WANT TO F ME?
    I really enjoyed Wade's Viking series. I felt they were high quality writing and that Wade could have written the stories with out the erotica and they would still have been good stories. This story is based only on erotica and is full of some things I just don't enjoy. This story could have been good if drawn out a little more. The basic story had some real possibilities, but the whole book felt a bit rushed. I like dirty talk, but it was done so often that it lost it's shock value.

    I WAS HELD TO A BODY OF PLIABLE STEEL
    Tarzan has a couple of bit parts, but is barely in this book. In erotic, tastes vary so widely that I am sure plenty will like this book. Wade has made lots of money writing erotica, but I hope some day she writes longer, more in depth novels, it seems such a waste of talent, to not.

    TELL ME HOW BAD I AM

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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5567)
    Performance
    (5293)
    Story
    (5303)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "LOOK BOOBIES"
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    DAMN IT JIM, I'M A BOTANIST
    Lots and lots of science. Lots and Lots of funny. MacGyver on Mars. I Love Clarke, but even he could not write this well. He would be proud. Who'd Thunk, talking about Night Soil, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and so much more could be so entertaining. Get this book for your teenagers and they will be inspired. Give it to your friends and they will be entertained.

    R.C. Bray just jumped to the top of every bodies favorite narrator list.

    YES, OF COURSE DUCT TAPE WORKS IN A NEAR-VACUUM. DUCT TAPE WORKS ANYWHERE! DUCT TAPE IS MAGIC AND SHOULD BE WORSHIPED!!

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  • Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space.

    Daved Baker says: "One of Ben Bova's best"
    "Bait and Switch"
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    MORALITY DOESN'T COME IN SHADES OF GRAY
    I got this book for two reasons: 1. Bova's book Venus had a scene in it that actually made me feel that I was in the atmosphere of Venus. 2. Mercury seems to be the forgotten planet, few people ever write about it, so I wanted to learn more about it. As it turns out this book is a soap opera and only about 1% of the story takes place on Mercury. Instead it is a story about a space elevator built on Earth. I guess Bova did not believe Clarke (several times), Robinson, Benford, Fortschen, Reynolds, Steele, McDevitt, Niven, Sawyer, Heinlein, Baxter and many others had done a good enough job writing about space elevators, he had to spend the majority of his book, supposedly about Mercury, writing about a space elevator on Earth. He could not even do like Robinson did and build it on the planet in question.

    IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE LUCKY THEM SMART
    To prove this saying, Bova has one of main characters have so many good luck consequences that have to happen to make the soap opera continue happen that it will make your head spin. He follows this up by making another main character be so stupid it is annoying and he has to be stupid for the so called plot to go forth. He gets an anonymous e-mail from someone about an important science discovery and he does not think twice about it be anonymous. He does not even think about why it was sent to him, a fairly unimportant scientist. His wife says she has gotten a lot of love letters from him, which he sent none, he does not question this either. Most Bova book reviews go on about his science credentials, yet he often writes soap operas instead. Usually there are lots of science to go with the poorly written drama. This book does not even do that. There is some science that is inserted like readings from a dictionary.

    ABSENCE OF PROOF IS NOT PROOF OF ABSENCE
    Having said all this, the book is not a total loss. I did listen all the way through. It has some interesting parts, such as the dictionary inserts and the discussions on science and it's consequences. I was also surprised by a small statement he made which is just glanced over. In his future earth, he has Israel eliminated and he says the Middle East is a lot more peaceful because of it. It is quick and he does not dwell on it, but a pretty brave statement. (Not saying I agree, but always happy to see an author take a chance and do the politically incorrect thing.)

    So, if your interested in reading another book on the space elevator being built on Earth, you might enjoy this or if you like really bad soap opera, you will love this.

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  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2162)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Intense"
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    The first 85% of this book is intense. Everything that could go wrong to one guy happens. Starting when he is abandoned by his dad at age four. He is beat up in his foster home and things just never seem to go right. The book keeps your attention and never lets go. After about 85% of the book is over, the mystery is solved. It is not solved slowly, but all at once. Then I felt the book was not as good as it had been, yet it was still entertaining, The book as a whole is five stars, the first 85% could be six stars and the last 15% would be four stars. If you like dark stories, you will enjoy this.

    Scott Brick does an excellent job. He is a little more laid back in his usual over the top drama narration and his high quality voice adds to the intensity and makes the book a better listen then a read.

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  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1009)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    K says: "Giving up; can't take the idiocy."
    "Might is Right"
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    Or Who Cusses The Most
    This book is nothing like the first. First book had a cool concept (The government planned to rebuild society through trained men in bunkers). This book brought no new concepts. In the first book we had people we cared about(the little girl, the little boy, the dog}. No characters of interest in this book. The first book had tense moments, this book was just a shoot-em up.

    I got this book because of the 4.5 rating and I got the third book cause of ratings and it was on sell. I am very disappointed. If you like the same old same old Zombie slaughter stuff, then go ahead. If your are looking for creativity or characters, stop at book one.

    Rummel is great, but he doesn't write them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5775)
    Performance
    (5389)
    Story
    (5410)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "NEVER TRUST A WEAPONS MERCHANT"
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    THEY SELL TO BOTH SIDES
    I am a big Sanderson fan, and I believe he is the hottest author at this time. I like Elantris, Mistborn and The Way of Kings is on my top ten list. This is meant for teens not an old man like me. I should like this, I am not into in superheroes and this is anti-superhero. Doing your homework is stressed throughout the book, as the main character has done a lot of research. I have read plenty of teen books and have enjoyed them. I believe that this has too much discussion. It is talk talk talk and I don't see how anyone could enjoy that. I think after you read this it will be better and better, because you will concentrate on the high points and forget the long boring discussions. I HATE IT WHEN GUNS ARE POINTED AT ME. I guess I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR PREFABRICATED THRILLS.

    I put the narrator on fast forward. Other then the characters sounding like mickey mouse, the speed was more natural.

    I HAD TO STUDY LIKE A HORSE
    KNEES YOU SUCK AT METAPHORS

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17077)
    Performance
    (15160)
    Story
    (15118)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "LIFE TURNS ON A DIME"
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    NOW YOUR COOKING WITH GAS
    Well researched historical fiction, great romance, an old story done in a new way, teasers, small horror, action, but mostly a movie theatre experience is what you get in this long, but short book.
    THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES
    Have you experienced a movie so good, so well done that you feel you are in it? When you walk out of the theatre it takes you a while to get your brain back to reality. This books is so well written and so well narrated, you will lose yourself in it. You will feel you are watching this on an I-max screen in 3D with surround sound. Compared to King most other authors are ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE. I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, to immerse yourself.

    IF YOUR IN LOVE, SMALL POX SCARS ARE AS PRETTY AS DIMPLES.
    At least one reviewer has put down the romance. I am not a fan of romance novels, but I could not help falling in love with the main female character and wishing her all the best. I wanted so much for there to be a happy ending and I will not tell you how it ends. It may have been ROMANCE AT SHORT NOTICE, but when she says HOW WE DANCED, I cried. I am a macho man, so I will deny this, DON'T ASK DON'T TELL. I HAVE POUND CAKE.

    MY OLD MAN DRIVES A SUBMARINE
    The book is thoroughly researched, down to the price of a root beer and the rhyming games of jump roping little girls. I love historical fiction and welcome King to the genre. A BLAST FROM THE PAST, A PLATTER THAT MATTERS.

    YOU AIN'T FROM AROUND HERE.
    In this 30 hours plus story that goes by too quickly, King also touches on several themes that are near and dear to my heart. He talks about cities or towns with personalities. I moved around a lot as a child of a military family. It is something I noticed even as a kid. Today I deliver to several grocery stories and I find they have personalities all their own, even chain stories. I find empathy varies greatly in different people and charm can go a long way in a persons career. Lots of times it is not how smart you are, it is how charming you are that gets you ahead in life. IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH.

    TOUGH TITTIES
    I did have a few issues, most of them minor. The book had a few teasers, I found annoying. This story is way over done. Grimwood has a great book called Replay, written in the 70's about when King was thinking about writing this story, that is pretty damn good. A lot of time travel books have been written and those written by authors of King's generation love to go back and try and save Kennedy. They seem to think that had he lived, life would be so much greater now. I also think that King took the 5th on this and did not answer the question. It seems to be the main question of the entire book and after thirty hours he does not answer it. I did not care for THE PAST HARMONIZES, aspect of the book and felt it detracted from the story. I also worry about glorifying the past. I remember when people in customer service type jobs totally sucked. I remember dreading going to the Dept. of Rev. cause of the mean hateful old ladies that worked there. You would stand in line for hours and when you got to the head of the line they would tell you, you needed to go to another line. When you walked into a hamburger joint the teenager behind the counter, would usually make it plain she rather be anywhere else then taking your order. Companies today have trained their people to be better in customer service and most seem to be happy to help. I remember bias ply tires and cars that broke down after 100,000 miles. In my day you better know how to change a tire. I have shopped at Western Auto stores, I much prefer Lowe's. I won't even go into civil rights, Women's rights, less freedom of speech and the cast system that was much more pronounced in the old days. We are better today then we were in the 60's. ASK ME NO QUESTIONS AND I'LL TELL YOU NO LIES.

    YOU NEED TO DIG OUT YOUR EARS.
    This narrator is excellent and I loved the secret voices he added. Listen carefully and tell me if you don't hear, Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and John Houseman. Oh, they may not be perfect, but I liked them.
    PUDDIN' TANE, ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.




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  • The Golden Queen: The Golden Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Farland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (56)
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    (57)

    Insectoid Dronons have slain the queen Semarritte, throwing into chaos the ten thousand worlds over which she reigned. Desperate to save mankind, Lord Veriasse, Semarritte's near-immortal consort, has created a new queen: Everynne, cloned from her dead mother. Born to rule, Everynne instead is on the run, often only one planet ahead of advancing forces of the invaders, who recognize that Everynne is a powerful rallying point for threatened humanity.

    Brad Swift says: "Captivating Story"
    "KISS ME QUICK BIRDS"
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    HIS EYES WERE AS HUGE AS A STALLIONS TESTICLES
    BEARS NEED THE WOODS LIKE BIRDS NEED THE SKY
    THE MAN IS SO CLEAN, IF YOU TOOK A BATH WITH HIM, YOU COULD USE HIM FOR SOAP.
    IF SOMEONE LOOPED OFF YOUR HEAD, IT WOULD BE NO LOSS, YOUR GONADS WOULD DO ALL THE THINKING.
    When this story starts out it, sounds like an amusing fantasy. It is funny and you meet some interesting characters, but before you get a chance to explore what seems to be an interesting world, we change worlds. The book goes from fantasy to Sci-Fi. The Science has lots of genetics, human sized insects, mind control, robots, etc..
    Farland who wrote this book originally under the name Wolverton does not write Science Fiction as well as he writes fantasy. Though he has lots of gadgets and he explains them, it just does not come off as believable. He should have stuck to fantasy and explored the first world more completely before changing gears. It was an early novel and it reads like an early novel. Under the name Farland, he seems to write only fantasy and he sells more books. He is creative and has talent in writing fantasy. He also has plenty of cool one liners, as witness above.

    The narrator does not help, his voice is too sweet and sounds like he is reading Dr. Seuss.

    GOD, BE WITH YOU, FOR I SHALL NOT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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