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Leland

Humble, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "Another great book by Michael Lewis"
    Overall

    I'm not a big reader, just an engineer with a long commute. I purchased the book because I enjoyed reading "Moneyball" when my daughters played softball. The knowledge from the book helped in the coaching of my daughters, but also in the way I worked with others. I hoped "Blind Side" would do the same, while telling a great story about a loving family and a child, who needed a break.
    The "Blind Side" starts with an understanding of how the game of football was changed by players like Lawrence Taylor. Whether you like football or not, this is a great story of how one person affects a system or an industry. LT forced coaches to give greater consideration to their individual offensive linemen, who previously had just been known for being big and heavy. Like "Moneyball", we learn how this simply inequity in the game was discovered and exploited. The change in the game set the stage for a young Memphis kid with a bleak future to become a national prospect.
    The story of Michael Oher could be it's own book (and it is, now that he wrote an autobiography). Inside that wonderful story are great supporting characters, the Tuohy family. The book is far more honest about the intentions of everybody than the movie, and for that; it's worth the time to listen. You'll see how Leigh Anne is the key to Michael Oher in many ways, but the one story as remarkable as Michael is that of Sean Tuohy. That's a story hinted at, but never told in the book. What's for certain is Sean Tuohy truly believes in paying it forward. His willingness to help others is obvious, and I suspect part of the reason of his success. Certainly, it was a major part of Michael Oher's success.
    As they say, the book is better than the movie, but this one is good even after seeing the movie. Perhaps its even better to see the movie first. If you liked the movie, and you read through this review; buy the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1022)

    Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

    Ed says: "Least favorite of all the Reacher novels"
    "Reacher is a hypocrit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story was outrageous compared to the previous series. With the exception of Reacher not given full freedom to run about (SPOILER, but only for the first 15 minutes), the rest of Reacher reacting is pretty much him over reacting. The final nefarious plot is poorly built and requires quit a bit of nonsensical bias and huge suspicion of disbelief to seem rational.


    Has Nothing to Lose turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Because I realize that the Reacher series is about entertainment rather than seriousness. And with one exception, there is very little from one book that spills into another book, which I find disappointing at times (be nice if some of the events in the previous book was used in future books). "Nothing to Lose" is simply a book in the series that could be skipped with no loss.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SPOILER: The company owner stranding Reacher at the Air Force Base. Almost wished the author had some fun with the reader and Reacher, and have Reacher realize he made a major mistake with his over reaction.


    Was Nothing to Lose worth the listening time?

    I get books for my long commute. For that, it was worth a listen. If you wanted a good book just to enjoy some night or weekend, it wouldn't be worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER: This whole book is premised on a city wanting to live in privacy in a manner hardly different than Reacher himself. Sure, they have freedom sucking laws that people would consider to be overbearing to liberty, perhaps illegal in civil rights. But if so, its hardly anymore illegal than Reacher constantly lying to people to hide his true identity and thus have his privacy. I kept wondering when Reacher would realize Despair was a town living the Reacher life without being a drifter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2489)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1606)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Odd title"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Bad Luck and Trouble in three words, what would they be?

    Better than others (in the series)


    What did you like best about this story?

    A bit more history on Reacher. Good questions as to why he remains a loner wanderer that are not really resolved, but at least asked.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Honestly, if not for Dick Hill performing, I probably would have dropped off the series after Reacher was shot in the chest with a .38 within a room, and the round failed to penetrate his skin.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope, and didn't. I listen to books as entertainment on my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book. Worth a credit. One day, I'll try and learn why the author seems to think every law enforcement agency in the US is corrupt, but I got over that by book 4 and just go with the flow. The title just seems to be something to call the book rather than anything really pertinent to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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