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L. Neumar

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LI, NY | Member Since 2006

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Killer Heat

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's professional and personal life. Just as she's claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, beaten and disposed of in exactly same manner, is found off the Belt Parkway, the city's top brass want the killer found fast.

    L. Neumar says: "Disliked"
    "Disliked"
    Overall

    This was a predictable and intrigue-less composition. It was full of unnecessary details that seemed only to reflect the image that the author had in mind - perhaps of what she thought might be cute - i.e. a choice of wardrobe and accessories - who cares? It didn't lend anything to the story. No mystery, no suspense, no - nothing. I gave this 2 stars because this was an attempt to put together something noteworthy. Unfortunately, I did not find anything that was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13643)
    Performance
    (9471)
    Story
    (9532)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Redemption"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was clear and strong sounding, in keeping with the characters of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It had to be Louis Zamperini, about whom this story was written.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I would not hesitate to listen to a story read by him again.


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

    I think when Louis's mother welcomed him home.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was told in a way that revealed how incomprehensibly cruel human beings can be to one another while alternatively highlighting the will of the human spirit to overcome what seems sometimes to be impossible odds and conditions. A little slow in parts of the beginning, but worth the effort to continue turning the pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (501)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Loved It!"
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    If you could sum up Things That Matter in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant; humorous; intelligent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. Mr. Krauthammer has a wonderful ability to communicate. His use of the English language is such that it carries emotion, humor, seriousness - and all when it is appropriate. It is a clever author that can mix politics, private events, and personal insights between the covers of one book and make it flow...but he did it.


    What about Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s performance did you like?

    I wish that Charles had continued to narrate. Mr. Newbern wasn't unpleasant, but he just didn't deliver the way Krauthammer did. That is why I would have given five stars to the entire book, but when Newbern took over the audio, my interest waned...but just a little!


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

    This book had a mix of everything for me. I am not an easy crier...but there was a moment when the author spoke of his dog that was a very sensitive segment. And yes, I did laugh out loud a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me want to hear more from Mr. Krauthammer. And I definitely would rather that he read his own creation. I love his language, his thoughtfulness, and his wit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1751)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Sometimes Amusing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    This book could be reviewed in two parts - "now and before." What made this only a "3" and not a 5 is that it was a little too wordy. However, this old man had quite a life and continued on after he happened on an adventure at the age of 100. The humor kept me reading. Our book club selection this month, it was enjoyed by all. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the wild predicaments. An example was when the detective tried to stop the bus with his car and the bus wouldn't stop... (I'm not going to add a spoiler here as to why).


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    None that I can think of offhand.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He does a nice job with the dramatization, but it is difficult to separate his performance from the written words that sometimes dragged on. He did the best with what he had to work with.


    If you could take any character from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would probably take out the old man. His adventures and "accidental" circumstances that grew into successes that even he didn't realize had happened would be worth the price of a meal any day.


    Any additional comments?

    If some of the dialog was reduced this would probably be a 4 star story. Fun. And the weaving in and out of the past and present of the old man's life experiences was well managed if a bit too wordy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
    • Narrated By Brian Kilmeade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

    Charlene says: "Worst Reader Ever!"
    "Great Historical Review"
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    If you could sum up George Washington's Secret Six in three words, what would they be?

    New surprising information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All 6 were important, but the "unknown" female was intriguing - could have been rich; could have been poor. But was dedicated to the cause.


    What three words best describe uncredited’s performance?

    Great guy, but he mispronounced some words and overlooked some punctuation which serve to define better the meaning of a sentence.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Living on Long Island, it was interesting to discover a lot of history here that was crucial to the success of Washington and the group's success, and having taken place in neighboring villages but not well publicized. I think many residents both young and old will find this quite a revelation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nature of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert W. Stephens
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Rome, 1948. Twenty women are brutally murdered, their throats slit and their faces removed with surgical precision. Then the murders stop as abruptly as they started, and the horrifying crimes and their victims are lost to history. Now over 60 years later, the killings have begun again. This time in America. It's up to homicide detectives Marcus Carter and Angela Darden to stop the murders, but how can they catch a serial killer who leaves no traces of evidence and no apparent motive?

    L. Neumar says: "Not My Cup of Tea"
    "Not My Cup of Tea"
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    Would you try another book from Robert W. Stephens and/or Dick Hill?

    No.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I think the end for me was relatively predictable - right from the beginning. This is a "been there - done that" kind of story. I believe that it could even have been classified as a bit confusing at times. I frankly was not overwhelmed by the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although I didn't have a particular favorite, I think the one incident that might have had some emphasis was the conversation regarding the meeting between the father and son which was apparently questionable. This could also be a spoiler and the description is therefore limited.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (702)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Nothing Special"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although it was an easy read, it was somewhat far-fetched - it would have been a little more of a digestible plot if the protagonist had not gone to the lengths that he had just to exact revenge.


    Would you recommend Envy to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would suggest it as a picnic on a blanket read.


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

    The dramatization definitely enhanced the story that to me would perhaps otherwise have been somewhat dull.


    Did Envy inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1439)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Full of Information"
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    Would you listen to Killing Jesus again? Why?

    Although the story is centuries old and never changes, still there is always room for me to learn new things, and so it was with this book. The narrative was credible, based upon footnoted sources. It was an historic account of some of the events and people leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and its aftermath - and it did justice to descriptions and details of the times, the people, and His followers. If I had a criticism, it would be that it was too short!


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    I have read both Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and they were likewise well researched and presented in an organized, smooth flowing account of historical people and events by these authors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This was a horrific event and I didn't find any scene favorable.


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

    The title of the book would be a perfect name for a film that followed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Bill O'Reilly continues to produce and narrate books that are rooted in fact and based on excellent research of prominent individuals and historic events. They don't necessarily have to have a "murder" theme, but I would look forward to the honesty and integrity with which the event was presented - and that I would not challenge coming from this author.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2928)
    Performance
    (2449)
    Story
    (2443)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "A Waste Of Time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that wants to listen to an author that likes to describe things in extreme and unnecessary detail, and includes the technical aspects that he discovered in his research might be glad to pick this selection up. I got the feeling that Baldacci is simply impressed with himself and what appeared as his self aggrandizing "world of knowledge," which I found boring and gratuitous. If I wanted to learn that kind of stuff I would have chosen a research book. If these elements were intrinsic to the story I would have appreciated the information. In my opinion, they weren't. I don't have to know the inner workings of the human mind, the human body, weapons, army regulations, etc. Alternatively, what did the brother do for example, that warranted the charge and conviction? Where information was needed it was absent. Overall the story was absurd and incomplete.


    Has Zero Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in this genre, but certainly by this author.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator did the best he could with what he had, but since I found the story so boring and ridiculous, it was difficult to finish regardless of the performance.


    What character would you cut from Zero Day?

    The main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I obviously will not be choosing another selection by this author.

    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
    (2277)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2031)

    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"
    "Good Recount of Events"
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the non-fiction books that I have read, this serves as an excellent and clear overview of a tragic even in our history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think that this book lends itself to necessarily revealing a "favorite" character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There wasn't one in my opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found that although I believed to be thoroughly familiar with the assassination of President Kennedy, within the pages of this book, I discovered some new facts - both which could be regarded as trivia as well as significant information. That is why I think it was very easy to continue listening to this narrative once it began.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read Killing Lincoln and was anxious to read/listen to Killing Kennedy and I was not disappointed with either work by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (587)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike says: "Excellent Story..."
    "Just OK"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rainmaker the most enjoyable?

    The performance of this book is what actually kept me interested since I didn't find the story necessarily compelling or intriguing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    I might choose another book by this author if I wasn't looking for a rich, involved story if this is representative of the type of story that this author develops. But if I just wanted an easy read while on the beach, I may turn to him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although the story line was somewhat level without an aha moment, I think that I liked the squirming of the defense panel when an unexpected witness was brought into the courtroom.


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

    An unethical insurance company under fire.


    Any additional comments?

    This was just an "ok" story, that would probably be good to listen to while performing a mindless function - maybe painting a room or doing housework for example.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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