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  • John Rocket: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Conner
    • Narrated By Thom Devine
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Welcome to 1953, where "superheroes" are treated as vigilantes, P.I.s, bail bondsmen, and bounty hunters as a means to supplement law enforcement. Though not completely accepted by the populace, their presence is welcomed when law enforcement is overwhelmed, or when law enforcement itself is the problem. John Rocket takes you through the lives of Clarence Fairbanks, his wife Shirley, and his niece Mildred, as you explore an alternate reality of superheroes and science fantasy set in Colorado's past.

    Sean Dustman says: "Great Super Hero story but..."
    "Just bad"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was going to say that this book must have been written by a middle school student that had the money to get it published/audioed.....but that would be an insult to middle school students everywhere...so bad...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (292)

    From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

    Lanlady says: "fantastic book -- and disturbing"
    "How to read this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Here is how to read this book. Start with the premise that that author is a sociopathic pacifist that makes Neville Chamberlain look like a war monger.....but remember, the man can write!
    All one must do is the following:
    (paraphrasing his favorite terrorist)
    1. When he concludes an action is "wrong"....substitute the word "right"
    2. When he concludes "innocent civilian casualties"....substitute "terrorists hiding behind women and children"
    3 Etc..etc....etc....

    Allowing for these "minor" misconceptions in his conclusions, this book has given me hope that our leaders are actually doing some constructive work in the war against terror in our country.
    Talk about reverse credibility!....ok I expected the rants against the Bush administration....but the way he goes after Obama has made me feel more secure about the American presidency than I have in years!
    So Jeremy Scahill can keep my 11 bucks.....and Tom W. did a great narration.
    Every conservitive in America should read this book (according to the above rules)
    It will restore hope in our survival as a nation.

    11 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1035)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "not his best... but soo good!"
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    What other book might you compare Sacre Bleu to and why?

    All of moore's books are worth reading


    Any additional comments?

    A bit of a departure for chris....but listen it through...its charming

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Exogene: The Subterrene Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. McCarthy
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Catherine is a soldier. Fast, strong, and lethal, she is the ultimate in military technology. She’s a monster in the body of an 18-year-old girl. Bred by scientists, grown in vats, indoctrinated by the government, she and her sisters will win this war—no matter the cost.

    Andrew says: "Beware of planted review...."
    "Beware of planted review...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from T. C. McCarthy and/or Bahni Turpin?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by T. C. McCarthy again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Bahni Turpin’s performance?

    It would have been a fine performance if I wanted to read Danielle Steel


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exogene?

    The Genre...it is not SF, it is a romance novel


    Any additional comments?

    I read the authors first book in this series, it was not bad, and I bought the follow-up based on the first review in this list. This review is a plant, designed to suggest a similarity to a book written by Weber, Flint or Ringo.

    What it is in truth, is a Chick Flick.
    Woman love, peolpe hatred (especially men), LAME descriptions of future tech......and of all the wierd things...religious overtones.
    You have been warned :)

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The marvel of this timeless tale of adventure and utiltity verges on the inexpressible. The book begins with the restless longings of young Robinson Crusoe for travel and adventure and climaxes with the ultimate fusion of man's resourcefulness with the agents of nature. The remarkably realistic account of the marooned Crusoe's ability to make himself an endurable existence in his solitude bespeaks Defoe's genius for life-like fiction. Its message argues a strong case for the concept of individualism.

    Andrew says: "No, its not"
    "No, its not"
    Overall

    It's a classic, and it's writtten in old english, and yes, you have to concentrate a bit; but as with the Patrick O'brian series, there is no better way to read this book than on voice.
    So if you consider "Survivor" to be great TV...dont bother, but if you love Historical Fiction, and have more than a 40 minute attention span, this one should not be missed.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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