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Myron

Ferguson, MO, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 14 reviews
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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2687)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1269)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "More Thought Provoking than Entertaining"
    Overall

    The premise of an earthling born on Mars, raised by Martians and then returned to earth is wonderful. You get some idea of what that unused part of the human brain might be able to do with a little training.

    Do not expect ray guns or your usual Space Western. This is, in my opinion, a very dogmatic novel. The views expressed can spur you to think about many aspects of politics, religion, culture and the like in different ways if you lean to being introspective. That is the books greatest strength or weakness.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1383)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Solid J. D. Robb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was starting to think she had lost her touch but this lets me kno Eve is back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practice of the Presence of God: Being Conversations and Letters of Nicholas Hermann of Lorraine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Brother Lawrence
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Nicholas Herman (c. 1605-1691) was born in Lorraine, France and served as a cook and shoe repairer at a Carmelite monastery. He was only a lay member of the order, and walked with a limp from injuries incurred as a soldier, yet his private thoughts provide a wellspring of devotional insight and refreshment.

    Myron says: "Alternate Title: How to Pray Continuously"
    "Alternate Title: How to Pray Continuously"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not a story and does not focus on Brother Lawerence's life. It gives numerous excellent examples on how to conscientiously include God in every aspect of your life no matter what you are doing. If that is your goal then this is a book I would recommend.
    At times it is rather dry but what would you expect from notes and letters from a 16th(?) century lay brother living at a monastery? However, it is only about an hour long.
    There are other readers of this title and I listened to all the available excerpts and found this read to be the best of the group. He sounds more conversational and has a pleasant voice. He speaks clearly without sounding institutional.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tales for a Winter's Night

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By William Sutherland
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Tales for a Winter's Night brings together eight Arthur Conan Doyle mystery classics that originally appeared in the Strand magazine between July 1898 and January 1899. When first gathered into one volume in 1908, the book was entitled Round the Fire Stories, since the author recommended that they be read ideally "round the fire" upon a winter's night.

    Timothy says: "Great Stories, Poor Delivery"
    "Old Style Classical Mystery Stories"
    Overall

    If you like the older style classical mystery stories, you will like this book.

    Despite the name of the author, this is not a Sherlock Holmes type of book. Some of the stories are rather slow and seem to plod. It is definitely for a winter’s night and wonderful to get you into a sleepy mood. I would not recommend it if you are bogged down in traffic or any time you need to be awake and alert.

    I found the stories predictable.

    You must also like a “stodgy” British accent.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The March: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E.L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more, a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

    Jim E says: "Uncivil War"
    "Great Book and Great Reader"
    Overall

    This is a most enjoyable book, one of the best I have heard. There are many different voices ranging from the accents of southern, both those born free and the enslaved. There is also the ride range of voices found among the northerners. The reader does an excellent job.

    The character development is wonderful and even though you know how the American Civil War ends, The March keeps you interested in its characters. You want to know what happens to Pearl, the newly freed young slave girl, Miss Emily, the judge’s daughter who looses everything when Sherman comes to town, particular soldiers, troop followers and a host of others affected by General Sherman’s march. You spend some time with Sherman and his officers, and the privates on foot. You meet an army surgeon born in Germany and a British reporter.

    You encounter the brutality of war and still find some humor. The unexpected happens.

    It is a good solid listen and one I look forward to hearing again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The News from Lake Wobegon, 1-Month Subscription

    • ABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown...." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Kristen says: "Response to whole show question"
    "You Either Love It or Hate It"
    Overall

    If you are not familiar with this show, listen to it on NPR before you purchase thins subscription. It is an old-time style of humor that will not appeal to everyone. I enjoy the entire show and wished Audible would offer it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Greenwich, southeast London. The Met's crack murder squad is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies have been found, all young women, all ritualistically murdered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome. When a post-mortem examination reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of the most dangerous offender known to the force: a sexual serial killer.

    Dionne says: "great! get it now!"
    "Above Average but Gory/Would Not Listen to Again"
    Overall

    This book is gory and definitely not for the squeamish! Some parts were very hard for me to get through. It got four stars because it is not your usual run of the mill story.

    The main character is very human and may be too dark and broody for some people. I found him acceptable when I consider his past and his current situation. He has his faults and he comes with a load of baggage.

    Others have commented on the English accent and terms. If you are not a reader or listener of English works, you will find yourself put off by the unfamiliar terms. Some of them are unnecessary. As an example, the author refers to a dog as an Alsatian. That breed is a German shepherd dog in the rest of the world. I think the term went out of vogue even in England some years after WWII. You also have to deal with the dustbin, the WPC, Punters, and others. I think most are resolved by the context. The ones that aren?t do not distract from the story. I would have enjoyed the book more if it used American English. You can also get tired of the endless need to make a cup of tea before doing anything.

    The book itself is well written, but I found it to be more of a police procedural and character study than a true mystery. Toward the end, it gets very predictable.

    I enjoyed the main character enough to get the other book offered by Audible. It also has the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Enjoyable and Average"
    Overall

    There was nothing exceptionally special about this book. While I cannot use words like great and dynamic for this book, I feel I got fair value for my money. It was nicely written and nicely read.

    It was easy to narrow down the list of suspects but I was not sure of the culprit until I was told. It kept me guessing. That is what a mystery is supposed to do.

    I found myself wandering more about the killer in the agents past than the one in his present.

    I can agree with another reviewer that the reader sometimes sounded like Hal from 2001, but I do not hold that against the book. Listening to the reader read lists of numbers could get boring. Thankfully, it did not go on long enough to become seriously annoying.

    Overall, it was a pleasant listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (233)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Enjoyable and Entertaining"
    Overall

    This is a good book. I have read or listened to better written suspense or mystery novels, but I still found this one enjoyable. It is predictable and somewhat staged. The author suspends reality from time to time to move the plot along. She also added a few pages just to increase the volume of pages. It still has an interesting concept.

    The lead female character is a little too brooding for my taste. I am not interested in her or her family.

    The narrator did a decent job but she should not try to do male voices. Her attempts at trying for a deeper male voice just made all the mail characters sound like they had a head cold. It was more funny than distracting.

    Overall, I did enjoy the book. I may even listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (479)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Jerret says: "Combined review"
    "Clancy Likes to Write, and Write, and Write...."
    Overall

    The story is good and very interesting, when you get to it. If you don?t want a history lesson or Clancy?s political observations and viewpoints, fast-forward a few hours.
    I would also not recommend making this the first Clancy book for anyone. While it has its thrilling moments, it is not a ?Thriller.? It is more operational than a thriller. I found it quite interesting to see just how such things are done, at least it the realm of fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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