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John Riggs

Fat Johnny

Sebring Florida | Listener Since 2002

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  • 14 reviews
  • 289 ratings
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  • The Summons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    The long-awaited new legal thriller from John Grisham is here. In The Summons, law professor Ray Atlee and his black-sheep brother are called home by their ailing father, the Judge, for a family meeting that never takes place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.

    Michelle says: "Unremarkable"
    "Grisham marches on"
    Overall

    With Michael Beck's charming southern accent and Grisham's wonderful story telling technique, this book was impossible to put down. Fact is, I purchased the audio version, and have listened three times. If you like Grisham and Beck, immediately get your hands on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13600)
    Performance
    (5996)
    Story
    (6077)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Ho Hum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I could not get my brain to rap around this one. Perhaps others may.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sick Puppy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Hiaasen's Best, But Worth A Listen"
    "CARL STRIKES AGAIN"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Carl hit's a home run with this one. He manages to cover all the bases and places in the Florida landscape. This one will be difficult for you to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (478)

    Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend, Katherine, fill his thoughts - until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge.

    Roland C. Hiltscher says: "Best James Patterson Yet!"
    "Brown Scores A Five"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As usual, Sandra Brown has a spell binding story, which jumps our and demands you continue to listen. I rated this one five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Time Radio Shows: With Famous Guest Stars

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nostalgia Ventures
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Golden Age of Radio returns in this classic collection of legendary performances by the greatest stars of broadcasting and the silver screen. You'll thrill to exciting dramas starring such famous guest stars as Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, and Boris Karloff; and laugh along with radio legends including Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Amos 'N Andy, Burns and Allen, Orson Welles, and Lucille Ball.

    John Riggs says: "John-Sebring"
    "John-Sebring"
    Overall

    Fabulous look back to the fifties. Great talent and story lines.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

    A User says: "Band of Brothers"
    "Band of Brothers"
    Overall

    This Ambrose account of this outstanding rifle company is a must read for anyone drawn to WW-I accounts. If you like hero's you're gonna love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2560)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1085)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Lost Light"
    Overall

    Another Harry Bosch thriller. I found it difficult to stop listening, and often continued after arriving at my job! This one is a definate pick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Koren Zailckas
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual". With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at 14, alcohol poisoning at 16, blacked-out sexual experience at 19, and total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at 22.

    John Riggs says: "Smashed"
    "Smashed"
    Overall

    Very slow. I was unable to finish and my wife would not go beyond the ten minute mark! I recommend a pass on this one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (407)

    This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

    Chris says: "Skintight"
    "Skin Tight"
    Overall

    Typical Hiaason, difficult to put down. I can't wait for "Sick Puppy" to arrive in audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Debora says: "Great Read"
    "Grisham in slow motion"
    Overall

    Mr. Grisham continues to weave a tale of wonderment. One has to continue to learn how things turn out, albeit the long and sometimes slowness of this one tends to allow the reader to put the book down for a rest. I'm sure the purist Grisham lovers will disagree with my expose, but Grisham has done much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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