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Christian

Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."

Lavergne, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 35 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 542 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1992)
    Story
    (1982)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Nice listen...it's nice to go back to the first John Correy book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a nice, long listen.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (916)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Good for what it is...but not "good""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not terribly entertaining...but educational. If you're wanting to be swept away and escape..avoid this book. If you enjoy peeking behind the curtain to see the actual lives of mass murderers, and if there was a telling psychopathology or ANYTHING to use as a warning...then this is your book. I have a BA and MA in psychology so i found this educational and engaging...but it wasn't fun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1013)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Contrived"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's good and probably a game changer when it was written - but let's keep this in perspective. It's mediocre compared to today's writers. It's literature which should be talked about in Sociology or possibly even Poli-Sci classrooms - but it's flat for entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Law: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    At last recovered from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at work. But instead of returning to his old job as chief of homicide detail, he's assigned a desk job in the payroll department, where he has no business investigating murders -until his father's closest friend is shot dead in a downtown pawn shop.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Good book + horrible performance = waste of money"
    "Great Story - horrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Pre-Colacci (the current narrator who has gone back and done a few of the early books for us)...I'm really glad this wasn't the first book I picked up of John's - because I probably wouldn't have kept coming back. Listen to this book later - and you'll enjoy the story...but the narrator is really bad...I mean it...really.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 13th Juror: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (99)

    In The 13th Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims. Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe.

    Jane says: "Another first rate author-reader collaboration"
    "Good - with a GREAT narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    David Colacci could read me a technical manual and I'd keep pressing play. But Lescroart is solid if not spectacular at times. This book does not disappoint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia B McConnell
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

    L. Adams says: "needs photos"
    "Not brain candy - but very educational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This isn't a "fun" read...but it's almost essential for any fellow dog lover. I had to buy it on my Nook (don't tell Amazon I use a Nook) - to keep up with the pictures and stuff. But it's stuck with me (particularly since I have a few Psychology degrees and she uses behaviorism and social psychology a lot in her training...)

    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
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2619)

    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"
    "Typical Connelly - Solid Solid Solid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been reslistening to the old Harry Bosch books when Dick Hill was the narrator - so it's not fair to compare Len Cariou to him...but Harry and Jack Reacher both have the same voice to me...

    Otherwise this is a great book - engaging early and doesn't feel forced (which is amazing considering how many Bosch books are out there now). But anything Connelly does is an instant classic for me...and this one doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1301)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Steven Weber is AWESOME...the story is a bit flat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wanted to like this more than I did. The characters were "too perfect". I am a Navy vet and I am 100% behind our boys - but give me a real story. Great movie...but the book felt forced.

    But anything Steven Weber narrates is well worth a credit!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7081)
    Performance
    (6283)
    Story
    (6347)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Classic..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to be honest - I started this book and didn't think I would keep going...slow and tedious (after the preface grabbed me). But it grew on me - so much that even halfway through (if you had asked me) I would've told you that I didn't like the book. But I couldn't stop thinking about it - the characters and how everything would intersect. When they did...it was off to the races. The narrator was truly annoying to start with (and this is after Stephen King pulled some ace narrators recently) - but he grew on me too. So much so that this (along with 11-22-63, Odd Thomas, and The Lion's Game), will be bought in hard cover and put on the shelf to be read).

    Give it time - all of the storylines come together - I promise it's worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1684)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (923)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "I wanted to want to listen...but"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book drags badly in several spots, and I just couldn't like the characters. As much as I wanted to...I couldn't. After the story got going, it was a fine listen. But I really didn't feel this was one of his better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3958)
    Performance
    (3236)
    Story
    (3204)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Solid read, fun and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost didn't get this book after the soapbox comic book scenarios his last book used. But I was pleasantly surprised that Grisham went back to telling an entertaining story. The characters were real, and the scenarios were plausible. I really enjoyed the book, and best of all he stays away from politics (pet peeve of mine, regardless if I agree or not).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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