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Bongoman

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  • 81 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 231 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mugger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    A beat cop winds up on the trail of a deadly mugger, but when it suddenly gets personal, his own life might be the next thing to be snatched….

    PAR-TEE says: "NYPD BLUE of 1950..."
    "NYPD BLUE of 1950..."
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    The book is an easy, enjoyable read. Nostalgic for those that grew up in the 50's. literary work it is not, a hard core police procedural it is. Characters are multi faceted and being developed further with each novel. Not much to add to all the previous accolades, just sit back and let the stories take you back to a simpler time before CSI forensics, when cops ruled, women wore skirts, and bulls were gods... Dick Hill provides a theatrical narration that brings you back to the days of radio, great job. Enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (650)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Great story..."
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    Life in the USSR under Stalin is the backdrop for this mystery. I really enjoyed the history lesson, story, characters, and narrator. I highly recommend this book and will leave all the accolades to the literary critics. All the positives are right on!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonesome Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert.

    Richard says: "Good Oater"
    "Mediocre at Best.."
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    Too much philosophy not enough action... The story drags on and the constant philosophy lessons take away from the main storyline. Boring, drawn out, just a 500 plus page book that should have been 300 pages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Searchers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Le May
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Alan Le May’s Western novels are widely considered classics in the genre, and the movie adaptation of The Searchers was named AFI’s Greatest Western Movie of All Time. When Martin Pauley and Amos Edwards return to their Texas homestead to find a burning ruin, they set out to find Amos’ missing daughter - and exact revenge on the Comanche responsible for the attack.

    Craig says: "A Mortal (Me) Writes of a Classic"
    "Cardboard characters..."
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    I tried to finish this book but could not get into the characters. I could not relate, empathize, or feel their pain. The characters had no soul, no human quality, they were plastic, superficial... The movie was better!!! do not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious: A Novel of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By David Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Cash McLendon has always had an instinct for self-preservation, one that was honed by an impoverished childhood and life with an alcoholic father barely scraping by on the streets of Saint Louis in 1872. He’s always had a knack for finding and capitalizing on the slightest opportunities, choosing the path of financial security over happiness or real friends. He eventually builds himself up from a Saint Louis street urchin to the son-in-law and heir apparent to industrial mogul Rupert Douglass. Though it lacks passion, his life seems securely set: a wife, a career, property, standing.

    PAR-TEE says: "Disappointed..."
    "Disappointed..."
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    I read this entire novel and enjoyed it immensely, great story, great characters, super narration!!! Then why the 1 star overall rating??? The ending was horrible, leaves you feeling unfulfilled, and leaves you flat!!! Too many unanswered questions, a sequel probably, but I don't appreciate an author who baits you by leaving so many unanswered questions into buying his next book... Sad because this book has great dialogue, and you relate with the characters, good story, but the ending is so bad that I feel I wasted my time... Think twice before you consider this novel...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (855)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "A hot summer Georgia day..."
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    This novel exudes the personality of a small southern Georgia town on a slow, hot, humid, August day. The narrator is fantastic in his portrayal of the characters and adds to the feeling of being a part of this southern town. Characters are interesting and the author did a great job in developing each one. This is just a great "yarn" that made for an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you are not looking for Jack Reacher exploits. It is a Georgia Peach that goes well with a mint julep...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5908)
    Performance
    (5613)
    Story
    (5623)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "You can overdo a good thing!!!"
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    I enjoyed this book and found the characters and exploits interesting and absorbing for two thirds of the book. Then it became repetitious in that it just became one problem after another and just too much wasted info. Skimming became the norm, sad to say. This book just failed to hold my attention. The ending was flat...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

    shelley says: "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
    "Time for Rhyme & Amelia to retire..."
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    With "The Skin Collector" I believe Deaver has "jumped the shark"!!! This book was actually boring. A rehash of an earlier book with different characters. I kept waiting for the Deaver magic to happen, plodding thru page after page; wanting to give up but forcing myself to continue only to regret not abandoning the book. The earlier works of Deaver held you page after page, waiting for the next twist. This book proves to me the author has lost his magic. Can't recommend, a "formulaic" boring story...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.

    Linda says: "Excellent plot"
    "To many "Strasses"for me..."
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    This book had too many "Strasses" and not enough storyline... The writer without a doubt has talent, his characters are interesting, but he overdoes their portrayal. Where is the story, plot, the intrigue??? I found this book overdone in historical fact, to the point of repetitious boredom. I plowed halfway thru and just could not deal with another Strasse... Not my cup of tea... Look hard before you believe the hype...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Robotham is the real deal!"
    "Simply the best!!!!"
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    I truly enjoyed everything about this novel plot, characters, ending, and the narrator was just right in his mood and portrayal of the characters. Not much more to say other than believe all the positives folks are saying about this novel and author. If you enjoy a good thriller/mystery with characters that you can relate to, I highly recommend this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nearest Exit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”. Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence.

    Joanne says: "Elegantly written spy story"
    "Too CONVOLUTED..."
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    I really enjoyed "The Tourist" & "The Cairo Affair" but this book just did not cut it for me. The journey was long and at times tedious; the destination was a BIG LET DOWN!!! As I have said before the measure of a great novel is how long the characters/story stay with you after you have finished the book, I forgot the plot of this book 15 minutes after I finished it. Just did not feel the investment of time to read this book brought me any joy or satisfaction. The plot was convoluted and meaningless at times. I plowed thru it only to fall flat by the ending. I am soooo disappointed I probably wont read "The American Spy". Too much of a good thing can turn sour, unfortunately for "The Nearest Exit" it did. Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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