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Lawrence

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Wings of the Sphinx

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and - acutely aware of his age - he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls - all victims of the underworld sex trade.

    Lawrence says: "This one review does it all for me."
    "This one review does it all for me."
    Overall

    Camilleri is wonderful, so understated, such humor, such a fun introduction to Sicily. Buy this, buy all of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative.

    C. Telfair says: "Incivility in Politics - A Real Shocker!"
    "History As It Should Be Presented"
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    I've been reading the last of the Manchester Biography of Winston Churchill, which of course, deals primarily about WWII and the peril Briton faced before US involvement. Those Angry days works in perfect tandem,showing the period from our side of the Atlantic. Olson's work is well researched, balanced and well presented. A joy. I can only hope that it reaches a wide audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (622)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Caro Is The Best"
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    Biography as every author ought to read. History as well as art. All of this series is essential if one wants to know what Johnson was.

    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
    (255)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    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

    kevin says: "Great Read"
    "What a shame"
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    The author should have had enough sense to let a professional read the book. The delivery distracts so badly it nearly ruins what otherwise is a fascinating part of the Revoluniary War. The writing is mediocre and the imagined aspects are clumsy, but I had not known anything about this group of spies and the history seems well researched.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wade
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (229)

    Just in the last three years a flood of new scientific findings, driven by revelations discovered in the human genome, has provided compelling new answers to many long-standing mysteries about our most ancient ancestors, the people who first evolved in Africa and then went on to colonize the whole world. Nicholas Wade weaves this host of news-making findings together for the first time into an intriguing new history of the human story before the dawn of civilization.

    Albert says: "Amazing information"
    "Much to much detail"
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    This, like so many scholarly books, was too much detail for me (including citations to authorities) and there was a great deal of repetition. That said, it's really informative. It's unfortunate, but those who deny evolution will never read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (257)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "An Education"
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    This is not for the fundamentalist, but essential to those who have an open mind and want an intellectual inquiry into development of religion. I'd give it five stars all around except for repetition. The author clearly knows his stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself?

    Curt says: "Slow boil"
    "Almost a Five Star"
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    Kanon is a favorite. His books make many another look like Ned and The Reader. He has captured the period and dialogue to a "T." As with almost I've read, the denouement is a stretch and let down. Otherwise, it's a clear five.

    The narration is superb! I cannot believe it's only one person. He brings Kanon's dialogue to absolute life. The Jewish manner and speech patterns are perfectly captured.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Doubt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    One night, Inspector Montalbano dreams of a stormy sea, which he knows represents unease and loss of control. The next day, a boat is found in the port of Vigàta and within it, the body of a disfigured corpse. The waterfront has also drawn in an 85-foot luxury boat passengered by 50 carefree souls and a somewhat shadowy crew. They will have to stay in Vigàta until the investigation is over: the man, it seems, was poisoned. However, right now, it is the yacht’s owner and sailors Montalbano is focused on.

    Lawrence says: "Another Wonderful Camilleri Book"
    "Another Wonderful Camilleri Book"
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    I do not give 5 stars in any category except his books and the terrific performance (as always) by Grover Gardner. The humor is unbeatable, and the detective story is whipped cream on the top. I save Camilleri for times when I need a lift, and he never fails. You've got a treat in store, but go back to the first in the series and you'll see what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (644)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Watch Out"
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    I stayed with this through part 1. I did so out of fascination. I wondered all along if there could be a redeeming facet in the story. Maybe there is, but I could not stomach any more of it. It is fit for only those with an insatiable appetite for unbearable cruelty. The author clearly knows how to write and knows the land of Mexico and Texas, but that is as far as I could go. Don't blame this on the reader. He's fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3952)
    Performance
    (2960)
    Story
    (2939)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "A good read for a 12 year old if"
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    you'd take out the cuss words. The plot is so weak and the story so unrealistic, only a 12 year old boy could enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3119)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2515)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "One of Harry's Best"
    Overall
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    Sometimes, Connelly get carried away with too much gunplay, but this one is a good deal more credible. The final scene is well done and requires some thought on the reader's part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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