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Dataman

But it’s a Kosher frog!

ratings
421
REVIEWS
36
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
273

  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1321)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "What Happened in Your Life?"
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    A signifcant effort by StoryCorp to collect the lives of ordinary people. Something to reflect on during our USA Thanksgiving holiday. A big thanks to Dave Isay and to Audible for offering these segment for free.
    If you found this review helpful, please let me know. Cheers!

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1062)

    "Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

    Janice says: "Change of selection"
    "Outraged!"
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    Apparently the reviews of "Solid Colors" were so bad Audible deleted them and replaced the free short story with this flotsam and deleted the reviews. Consequently, I will NEVER read another Neil Gaiman book. Shocking behavior by Audible. Why not just rate my books for me Audible? OUTRAGED!

    3 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3475)
    Performance
    (3029)
    Story
    (3011)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Mitch Rapp Saves the World Again!"
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    Eureka! I have finally finished all 13 books of the Mitch Rapp series and I loved them all. I actually liked the series better than I did Jack Reacher. Okay, these books are not literary masterpieces but are quite entertaining. In this, the most recent book, Mitch and his team managed to save the world again. If you are just looking for some bubblegum for the mind, I highly recommend this series.

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1035)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Who Cares?"
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    What can I say? I found this book to be rather inane and pointless. It was a struggle to get to the end of it. The plot and the characters just did not grab me. It might be funny to those studying for their bar exam but not for me. Save your credit and pass on this one.

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (606)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Very Bias Interpretation of the CIA"
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    I was very disappointed with this book. The author just cherry-picks the data which supports his opinion and ignores the rest. I cannot recommend it as something worth reading.
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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5563)
    Performance
    (4778)
    Story
    (4789)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "A Classic Holiday Story"
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    This is a classic holiday tale suitable for all members of the family and maybe even a bedtime story. Just follow the goose and enjoy the mystery. Thank you to Audible for providing it this holiday season and Happy Holidays to the Audible family.
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    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Mick Jagger

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Philip Norman has long towered above other rock biographers with his definitive studies of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon - legends whom the world thought it knew, but who came to life as never before through the meticulousness of Norman's research, the sweep of his cultural knowledge, and the brilliance of his writing. Now Norman turns to a rock icon who is the most notorious yet enigmatic of them all.

    qtvxzplr says: "Subpar bio made worse by awful narrator"
    "Tumbling Dice"
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    I rolled the dice and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After attempting to read “Life” purportedly written by Keith Richards, I had given up on Stones books. “Life”, in my opinion, was more-or-less the ravings of a person hoping to rewrite history. Philip Norman presents Mick Jagger in a documentary style; neither extoling nor degrading this icon of music history. The reader was mediocre at best. If you like those big lips and scrawny body, you will like this book.
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    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1803)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "A Scary Tale"
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    At only 12 minutes it goes by in a heartbeat but it is a very nice tale very apropos for Halloween. With the added attractions of being free with a donation to charity, how could you go wrong?
    If this review is helpful, please let me know. Cheers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (579)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "Entertaining Little Freebie"
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    Cute and entertaining. Like Seinfield, it all about nothing. I look forward to the release of his next book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (799)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "John Ceepak: The Polar Opposite of Jack Reacher?"
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    *I’ve been catching up on some rather tardy reviews on my part.*

    This is a generic review of the 7-book (so far) series of police officer John Ceepak as told through the eyes of his side-kick Danny Boyle. From the mythical Jersey Shore town of Sea Haven, each book (this is book one) is a crime occurring in this seedy little town that owes its existence to tourism, the amusement park and the corruption of the Chamber of Commerce.
    A little bit about John Ceepak. He follows the West Point Code and does not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do. No! I mean he NEVER does … not EVER. Even when it is in his best interest; even when it would solve the crime he will not do it. Also, Ceepak sees much of life through the lyrics of his hero Bruce Springsteen. As the series progresses he falls in love, marries and adopts her son … and a dog. Tongue-in-cheek from the beginning, there is no one like John Ceepak.
    Throughout the series we watch Danny Boyle develop as a cop and a person. In book one he is a part-time summer cop that mostly just wants to get laid. As John Ceepak becomes his mentor, he becomes a good cop in his own right. As listeners, we are happy that Danny’s standards are not always as strict as John’s. Danny is the tongue-in-cheek straight man for the series.
    While I admit these books are not literary masterpieces, I gave each of them 5 stars in all three categories. They do some of the things I like in a book; they kept me interested, kept me laughing and allowed me to totally suspend reality as I listened to the plot. From the pen of Chris Grabenstein, please meet John Ceepak and Danny Boyle.
    If this review was helpful, please let me know. Cheers!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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