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Samuel Brown

San Diego, CA USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 8 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Playing for Pizza: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (129)

    Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

    David says: "Great Story, but..."
    "Really Funny"
    Overall

    Great story with a central character that rediscovers his love for the game. I wish we all could get back to the ideals that sparked our enthusiasm for life. I was laughing and smiling at the trials and tribulations of the poor down and out football player who had great talent but a few flaws that too many of us have. There were a few twists and turns that I did not see coming, especially what he did on his trip back to the US. There were times in my life when I wish I did what he did. Thrown in with all this is a nice expose to Italian customs and traditions. Really hard to believe that this is a John Grisham novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    Tim says: "A nice road to nowhere"
    "Alexander vs. Genghis Khan"
    Overall

    This is probably something a lot of people have wondered about, two great historical figures facing each other in a jumbled world. I really enjoyed the mixture of people from the various time periods but some things were strange.

    When a cell phone battery went dead no one used solar cells or tried to make a Baghdad battery. Batteries can be made from various items that were on hand in any century. When they were trying to think of a weapon to make no one thought of the trebuchet, which could also be made in any time period.

    Despite these and other things I could not put my audio player down. I went to sleep listening to this. It was very enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (3976)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2457)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "A bit far fetched"
    Overall

    This was a bit out there and it really stretched the imagination. Deep in the jungle a Lost World was found with strange rituals and an even stranger creature. Too many things have to happen for the plot to move to a New York museum. There is also the super agent, brilliant scientist and beautiful girl. At the end the door is opened for a sequel and a plausible explanation is given on how the creature would know how to get to New York. Of course you have to think about the implausibility of humans evolving on this planet to put things in perspective.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "I loved this book"
    Overall

    The main character was a warrior farmer a strong echo of Cincinaticus a hero of the Roman Empire. The plot of book took a lot of swipes at price control, organic farming, female presidents, global warming and even an argument that a military coup might not be so bad. The author has a very strong historical background and made some really good arguments based on historical facts. This is really a great book and it will make the reader stop and think about the current world situation. Of course you must remember that the book is fictional entertainment.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • At All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sam Moses
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In 1942, the island of Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth. Its submarine and air attacks on Axis supply convoys were all that kept Rommel from marching across North Africa. But Malta was out of fuel. Operation Pedestal was Malta's last hope, a giant convoy with more that 50 warships escorting 13 freighters and one life-or-death oil tanker, the SS Ohio. It was bombed, torpedoed, and abandoned, but two American Merchant Mariners boarded the ship and repaired the guns.

    James F. Geary says: "A spellbinding story"
    "Malta annd WWII"
    Overall

    From the description I thought it was a story of two American heroes and it seemed to start out that way but it was actually a story of how important Malta was during WWII. I have read a lot of WWII history but for some reason I never noticed the importance of Malta. Now I notice many references to Malta as I read other histories. The book intermingled common seamen and large historical figures and events. It also impressed on how the people of Malta withstood more bombs than fell on London during the same period of time. This was really an eye opener for me and very enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Karen says: "Quirky Fun, Delightful listen"
    "Fairy Dust, Pixies?"
    Overall

    When I first saw the content, wizards, werewolves, vampires, witches I almost skipped this title but then the genetic destruction of a big chunk of the human race caught my attention. This was really a good read. Though most of the characters are not human all the jealousies, rivalries, emotions and daily petty grievances are still there and magnified by the powers of the survivors. Death is taken “matter of fact” and is not the end but it is still something to be avoided. In the main character, Rachel, you see just a working Joe trying to get by but for some reason way too many forces are out to kill her and she is just a witch, nothing special. Maybe there is more to her and her family but she does not have a clue and may never survive to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Body in the Bath House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Marcus Didius Falco discovers that rank brings problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house. The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a Palace built by the Emperor Vespasian. However, the project is running late, and fatal accidents keep happening. Falco, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

    Lehua says: "The More Things Change..."
    "Baroom Brawl"
    Overall

    If you like far off locations, exotic alluring assassins, everyone and their brother out to kill you, two fisted drinking and barroom brawls, then this book is for you. Many things are recognizable like trying to get reimbursed for your expensed, having shoddy fly by night contractors working on your house, working with family members and avoiding offending people with political pull. It is just too familiar and then suddenly remembering that this all takes place 2000 years ago.

    I am a historical type of guy and I really liked reading/hearing the historical facts interwoven with the every day life of adventurous people. Go get um Falco.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (258)

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

    Peggy says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A wait in your driveway book"
    Overall

    I didn't go into the house as I waited for a section to finish. This just absolutely appealed to me; Dinosaurs, DNA, cryptic code, intrigue, religion, secret ops and a bad guys coming out every which way. I liked it because I didn't see how the good guys were going to pull it off. I learned a lot about museums and the personalities who work there. The interview at the end kept me as enthralled as the book.

    I can't wait to encounter the characters again.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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