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Lawrence

jacksonville, FL, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (227)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "Lets you decide"
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    Story

    Having lived through this period of history and finding most of the books written about the time to be either too far right, or too far left, this biography presented a very complete view of Che from beginning to end, without casting him as either hero or villain.

    At the same time, it gives brief glimpses into the historical and personal people in his life, without losing focus on the main character.

    Having stopped listening to “Historical” or “Biographical” materials, finding them too agenda driven, I am very glad I took the time to listen and enjoy this book. I hope this trend continues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3235)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2662)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A bit of a slow start, but it takes off quickly. The narrator does an excellent job bringing a different voice and tone to the characters. The 3rd book continues the drama from the earlier 2, and leaves off with a pretty interesting plot line for.the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "More a Romance Novel Than a Crime Mystery."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My main reason for not being able to recommend this book to anyone, is it's failing to engage any emotional connection to the victims of the crime.

    I don't mind having figured the who done it early, but not being able to easily remember the names of the victims as the story wraps, shows the focus is more on the relationship of the two protagonists then on the crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2751)
    Performance
    (2433)
    Story
    (2437)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Not his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although an interesting listen, I didn't feel I connected with any of the characters.

    I got the feeling at the end this was a book to introduce a new character series, as it lacks any closure. If it is, I will give the second book a shot.

    Overall, I would recommend this to a friend with the above caveat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (428)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Above average and well balanced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a well written book about a time when Americans awoke to find the skies had changed.

    Bringing together both the technology and political situations of the time, with information from the Soviet side, it tells the story not only of the first satellite, but how personalities played a role in it's launch. It also points to the problems the post war American build up enhanced the Soviet's seeking to display an ability not yet possessed by the Americans.

    The often times demeaning attitudes held by political leaders playing a large part in Nikita Khrushchev's desire, to proceed with a program which would focus the worlds attention towards the heavens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (2295)
    Story
    (2300)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Not for the casual or distracted listener."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most of the time, I listen to books when performing mindless functions such as mowing the lawn, or working around the house. Often I listen while commuting, and there’s the rub. Too many people named Jack.

    Add to this, the “30 years ago” shifts, and if you are not prepared to activly listen, then it becomes easy to become lost in the three incarnations of Jack.

    However, if you have the ability to dedicate time to the listening, it is one of the better books to come out of the series in the last couple of offerings.

    Lou Diamond Phillips does his usuall quality job of the read, and has become one of my favorites.

    Respectfully submitted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4142)
    Performance
    (3687)
    Story
    (3716)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Much better than I thought it would be."
    Overall
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    After hearing and reading some of the stories regarding the author spilling secrets, and violating his secrecy agreement, I was pleasantly surprised it did none of that. If you changed Osama’s name, and set it in a different country the story would not have been as good, but anyone looking for secrets will not find them here.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Humanoids and With Folded Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Williamson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    On the far planet Wing IV, a brilliant scientist creates the humanoids, sleek black androids programmed to serve humanity.

    Lawrence says: "A very good story"
    "A very good story"
    Overall

    A good, old fashioned, Sci Fi work.

    The characters are varied in scope, and believable in nature. The science, although not expressed in contemporary terms, is based enough in what is accepted today. The future advances in these sciences are on the whole plausible.

    The two stories, the shorter one first, are logical progressions in the overall story line. In the first story, you meet the antagonists, a "race" of robots whose prime directive is to serve and protect mankind. They arrive unannounced, and take their prime directive seriously. The plot deals with one man's reaction to this event, and how it affects his life.

    The second part takes place on a different planet, at an unspecified future time. This story is more flush with characters, and more detail is given to their personalities. The plot line is similarly fleshed out. This story deals more with the science of the events without being too off the wall. There is no Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon feel to this story.

    For an older work, it still holds interest and is believable. In addition it is an excellent combination of believable science and more importantly good fiction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Beach House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
    • Narrated By Gil Bellows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (202)

    Patterson's latest is "a slick, vastly enjoyable thriller." Jack Mullen's relentless crusade to discover the truth behind his younger brother's death puts him into a head-on collision with one of the most powerful and ruthless men in New York. As it unfolds that his brother was involved with some of the richest women and men in America - in ways Jack never imagined - his dream of justice fades. Only if he can somehow beat the rich at their own game will he be able to avenge his brother.

    B. Estes says: "Adventure and excitment"
    "irritating"
    Overall

    Normaly a bad book just puts me to sleep, this one just makes me sick.

    The main character is at both so bubbly and whining that I would find it difficult to reccomend to my dentist as a payback for the drilling on my last visit.

    Forget about this book, forget you ever thought about this book. Go out and get a good root canal, you'll be better off.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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