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DECLO 68

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  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (265)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    DECLO 68 says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "FANTASTIC!"
    Overall

    I have to say that this is one of the best books I have listened to. The story is easy to follow and all of the characters are vivid. The reading is well done, easy to understand and yet maintains the flavor of Irish.

    I wanted a book to help me see an over view of Irish history and this was perfect! The best part is the writer didn't drag you through graphic episodes of sex or violence. You were aware that these things were happening in Irish history, but the reader didn't have to smeared with it.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "LOVE THE STORY AND DOG, HATE THE PROFANITY"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Paw and Order to be better than the print version?

    Here is the best dog story you can ever read. Please cut the profanity! Not needed and very distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Point

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Sean Woods and Tony Vialli are F-14 pilots stationed aboard the USS George Washington in the Mediterranean. During a port call in Naples, Vialli falls for a beautiful woman he meets on a train who tells him she's Italian. She finally reveals she isn't Italian at all, and lures him out of the country to visit her. Vialli submits false leave papers, swears Woods to secrecy, and flies off to see her.

    BRUCE says: "Liked this book"
    "ANOTHER FANTASTIC PAGE TURNER! AND ITS CLEAN."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love Huston's style. I can listen to it in the car with my grandkids and not be embarrassed by the gratuitous profanity and sex. A solid story that pulls you in and keeps you in the car after you arrive home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (381)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "GRIPPING, FAST MOVING, EXCELLENT WRITING, CLEAN"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my first James W. Huston book and I loved it. It is so hard to find a good gripping book without having to wade through gratuitous sex, violence and profanity. Huston is like Clive Cussler...clean, gripping, exciting and fun to listen to. I'll listen to all of his book now and recommend them to my grand kids.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert O’Brien
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (69)

    This delightfully imaginative tale is always a popular favorite among children. Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse who lives in a garden, must move her family before the farmer begins plowing. Will the rats of NIMH - a group of highly intelligent laboratory rats - help her find a solution to her dilemma?

    DECLO 68 says: "FANTASTIC STORY, FUN AND ENTERTAINING."
    "FANTASTIC STORY, FUN AND ENTERTAINING."
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    If you could sum up Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH in three words, what would they be?

    I loved this book almost as much as Watership Down. Well written and excellent performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1751)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Delightful story with gratuitous profanity"
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    Would you try another book from Jonas Jonasson and/or Steven Crossley?

    I wish this writer would not have fallen into the trap of "profanity makes your book better."
    This is a delightful story, cleverly written but the F-bombs and profanity ruined it for me. I finally had to turn it off. TOO BAD!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (387)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Ryan says: "Good, could have been great."
    "Makes the Afghan War Real &Exposes Brass Stupidity"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Outpost the most enjoyable?

    I can see why a nation needs to pay for the wars they fight and not charge it to the next generation. If we were feeling the financial cost of this war we would be more focused on the real cost and tragedy of losing so many great young men and women. I hope our President and the congress read this book!


    Any additional comments?

    Profanity and violence are abundant but they are appropriate considering the situation and dialogue.I felt Trapper revealed a little too much prejudice against religions and the powerful influence for good they are in the military. I especially take issue with his inaccurate portrayal of the LDS Church's stand on war and the military.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2775)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1902)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Good Stories and Old Bigotry!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    Sir Arthur Doyle is the Shakespeare of detective writing. He is amazing and brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    One thing disappointing me was the jarring bigotry of his writing about the Mormons. I know at the time of his writing there was a lot of misunderstanding and wildly inaccurate stories going around about the Mormons in Utah. So I will cut him some slack on that issue. These outrageous stories have been disputed and long ago put to rest by historians. Still it was troubling to see them once again showcased in print.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4188)
    Performance
    (3531)
    Story
    (3525)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Typical Grisham"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Good story, a lot of the old John Grisham pag turner, low profanity, no graphic sex. One reason i enjoy reading his books.

    I do weary of Grisham's continual haranguing of law enforcement. I am not sure what his beef is with law enforcement in general and our prison system in particular. As a retired law enforcement officer i know he is way over the top on his descriptions of the ineptitude and conniving of the cops. There are some bad eggs but they bug the regular honest dedicated officers far more than they bother the public. I just wish he would just give it a rest!


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    All of his really great early classics


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3567)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1298)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Good Liberal Perspective"
    Overall

    John Grisham again delivers an intense novel. If you can look past the liberal ranting against the death penalty and his continual ripping against conservative values you will enjoy the book. Mr. Grisham is a passionate activist for the causes he believes, and I cannot fault him for that. His writing style is engaging and I like it. He uses very little profanity and no gratuitous sex references. I do tire of his bashing of law enforcement officials and clergy leadership. He tends to take outrageous stereotypes and serve them up as the general rule not the exception. If you believe his perspective, all churches are hypocrites, all cops corrupt, all whites are shallow and bigoted and all blacks oppressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (652)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "What Happened to the ENDING?"
    Overall

    Joel Rosenberg is a very refreshing and exciting author. I enjoyed all of his books! It is wonderful to read a truly exciting and intriguing book without all of the garbage profane language and graphic sex. And i was not disappointed with this story until the last 30 seconds. Joel, were you under pressure by your editors to wrap it up or did you just run out of gas at the end. i haven't seen a more disappointing ending since the 9th grade when a student finished a short story with, "...and then I woke up!" Is there a book 2? I hate to be left hanging on so many points. Come on, buddy, finish the story. A guy of your talent can surely wrap up the lose ends.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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