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Holley

st louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 9 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 766 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (817)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Cannot be as eloquent as the first reviewer,but agree with the conclusion. One of the best ever.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joe Peta
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    An ex-Wall Street trader improved on Moneyball’s famed sabermetrics to place bets that would beat the Vegas odds on Major League Baseball games - with a 41 percent return in his first year. Trading Bases explains how he did it. After the fall of Lehman Brothers, Joe Peta was out of a job. He found a new one but lost that, too, when an ambulance mowed him down. In search of a way to cheer himself up while he recuperated, Peta started watching baseball again. That’s when inspiration hit: Why not apply his outstanding risk-analysis skills to improve on sabermetrics, the method made famous by Moneyball?

    Holley says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Captured from the first chapter. Great baseball insights. I do not gamble but the complexity of the analysis had many applications.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8815)
    Performance
    (8199)
    Story
    (8196)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Don't get it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have never played a video game and am over 60. I really wanted to like this,but could not get past two hours. I have never been less engaged by a book. Must be me.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

    Vidoloff says: "A must "read" in my opinion"
    "surprisingly uninteresting"
    Overall

    A bland repetitive look at what would seem to be an interesting story. Could not finish.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Alan Smithee
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Peter Golenbock's shocking and revealing first novel, Mickey Mantle tells the hidden story of his life as a baseball hero, and asks for forgiveness from his friends and family. If the revelations in Jim Bouton's Ball Four were the first crack in the Mantle legend, then 7 smashes the myth to reveal the human being within.

    Steve says: "A great behind the scenes look into an icon!"
    "Rude, crude,unattractive"
    Overall

    Worse than terrible. The first book I have erased from my library. By the way, I love baseball.

    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
    (9961)
    Performance
    (6038)
    Story
    (6067)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    Along with "Tears of Darkness,"a nuanced yet straight forward look at great American heroes. Not to be missed.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1103)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Bad beyond belief"
    Overall

    Mr. DeMille wrote one third of a book and rambled to an extremely boring conclusion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have delighted in the previous works of this author but.... this book is a snooze. I literally forwarded through half the book or more and missed nothing. Much of the book is a rehash of the narrative of The Gold Coast[a book I thought I loved until I heard it retold]. Having listened to all of Demille's previous books, I was stunned at how bad this was.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4748)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1440)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Must be missing something"
    Overall

    I rely on the point of view of others,but in this case, I am in the minority. I found the first half of the book at least interesting,the rest incomprehensible.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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