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Steven

SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (672)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "LOVE IT!"
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    This book is right up my alley! I love a story where the hero is also the villain! ... And in this case, a psychopath! A most unusual and entertaining read, written with intelligence and wonderfully narrated!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 299 Days: The Preparation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Glen Tate
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

    Les says: "The most accurate "PREPPER" story ever written!!!"
    "Didn't like it ... but influenced by it."
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    Where does 299 Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Either this guy, (the author) is a nut or a visionary. 'Maybe' you owe it to yourself to hear what he has to say and make your own decision. I want to convince myself that he is a "nut" and that we can just roll along living life, and not need to worry about the government destroying the economy. However, now that I have read this, (and I almost wish I hadn't) I've got this little voice telling me to start stock piling food, guns and gold. DAMN! Try to get past the beer drinking and gun obsessiveness. Honestly, I don't know if this is a "good book." (probably not in the classic sense) but it sure managed to unsettle me. Didn't want to read it, but was compelled to read till the end. Not entertaining, more a compulsion.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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