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C. McCoy

FSX Pilot

Viginia Beach, VA USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 16 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 561 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (303)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "Outstanding Book and a Great Read (Listen)"
    Overall

    This was the most fascinating telling of a piece of history that I have ever encounterd! Stanley and Livingston are NOT the persons you heard about in history. They were at once bigger and better as well as contrived and manipultive as any person could ever be! Yet there story, told here is more gripping and moving than any tale I've read with the possible exception of the book, "Shadow Divers" What these men were able to endure pales beyond my wildest imagination. Few persons today could endure or even be willing to endure what these men endured. This is a must read for nearly every man, women and child on the planet!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (608)

    Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

    Jerker says: "Nice idea driven sf"
    "Fun and Intriguing"
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    The author says be believes this second book in the trilogy is the best of the three. I just downloaded the third book so we will see. I will say that Watch was better than Wake because there was more intrigue involved when governments start hunting for the source of internet autonomous intelligence. It is a well used theme in ScFi for governments to see everything they don't understand as a threat, the fun part is that in this case its a benevolent intelligence and that surely would raise the suspicions of any government don't you think? There is no doubt in my mind that these books are well worth the reading, they are light but just thought provoking enough to hold my interest and for me as a retired network engineer, not a bad basic primer on the fundamental workings of the internet. Fun, entertaining and a bit thought provoking - good SciFi to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (281)

    There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

    Glenn says: "Buddhism for the Western World"
    "Excellent explaination of Buddhist Essentials +"
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    Buddhism isn't really a religion nor is it the "pop cult' that began around 1960 in the USA. Ponlop's basic message is the need to strip the cultural trappings and the "Kung Fu" image away from most of the Buddhism practices and dogma currently passing for Buddhism. He makes the best case I've seen so far, for Americanizing (Westernizing) the practice of the Historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gottima's, teachings. He spells out the steps needed in a logical and, for me, compelling way for individual practices. He offers direction for the growth of Buddhism by showing that having an Asian face is not required to be a wise and effective teacher. He shows that Buddhism has always been adapted to the culture of the area in which it practiced. There are different cultural traditions in different regions none of which are essential to the practice of what Buddha taught, but many of which help its adherents understand and relate to Buddha's teachings. Essentially Buddhism is an education system teaching wisdom, ultimate wisdom. It needs to reach its students through the culture they understand and relate to. Thus I think what Dzogchen Ponlop's "Rebel Buddha" means by "The Road to Freedom" is the releasing of people from following cultural trappings in order for them to see the real teachings of the Buddha.

    Its an easy book to read, interesting and thought provoking for me and hits the mark for what I have learned from the Monk who is my guide and teacher - so much so that I recommended the book to him as well. For those who find this book interesting and want to know more I recommend another book, unfortunately not available as an Audio Book, "The Collected Works of Venerable Master Chin Kung" subtitled "The Awakening of Lovingkindness." Its a free book published by The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, in Taiwan. You may find it in your public library.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

    Srinivasa says: "Great book, Good enough narration."
    "Insightful and Informative without being boring"
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    From Gandhi's lips to my ears! Gandhi wrote this account in a manner that revealed some of his short comings and most of his accomplishments. I enjoyed the book but was at times a little lost regarding some of the events because Gandhi recounted them as if the reader were already familiar with them. He has always been one of my heros but here he reveals aspects of himself that were disappointing to me. In the final analysis he, like all heros, had his flaws and short comings as any human being does. He manages to show himself as conflicted at times, yet able to prevail in spite of that. Sometimes he shows himself to be stubborn and arrogant, yet at other times flexible and tollerant - If you have always admired Gandhi, be prepared to see him in the raw at times. Having said that, there were times when I had the feeling he was glossing over or slanting things in his favor. He was far more complex a person than I had imagined and this book shows it. Well worth the listen and a good historical account of the times.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stripped

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are both investigating high-profile murders in Las Vegas. A celebrity is assassinated during a fling with a prostitute, and a young boy is killed in a brutal hit-and-run incident. When the cases converge, Jonathan and Serena find themselves racing the clock against a determined serial killer and searching for a connection to the unsolved murder of a showgirl years earlier.

    Ted says: "Bumbling Geniuses? Hmmmm...."
    "Top Notch Listening"
    Overall

    This is the 3rd book by Brian Freeman and I have read the previous two as well. Each one of them is a terrific listen. Freeman not only spins a great mystery with lots of action and a thrill a minute but also has a great way with words. Its like he carefully considers each word's impact before using it in his story. He has plenty of twists and turns, surprises and convolutions to keep me not only interested but on the edge of my seat. I have had his last two books for 5 days and have listened to them both hardly laying down my player for a moment. I love his main characters, their humor,interaction, friendship and their "lives" are fascinating in themselves. If you like fast action, detective stories, with plenty of action, sex and drama you can do no better than this author and his books. Do not hesitate to get them and listen to them you will not be sorry. My wife who isn't into audio books turned me on to Freeman after she read his first novel and now has read all three of them too and loves them! Whatcha waiting for?

    Additionally, Joe Barrett, who narrates these books makes the character and story come to life in a big way. He has distinguishing voices and tones even regional accents for each character. The main character Lt. Stride, was born and raised in Minnesota - he has the "Norwegian flavored" accent down pat for him. The books are made ten times better by this actor! Barrett has assumed the mantel of my favorite narrator from Guidall whom I love very much.

    GET THESE BOOKS!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (322)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Difficult but Intriguing"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It explained a lot and cleared up many questions I had wondered about. But it was very challenging to follow not because of the way it was written but because of the complexity of the subject matter. I occasionally had to fight the urge to Fast Forward to avoid being lost in the details. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in science and the cosmos. Just be prepared to work hard at listening and absorb as much as you can. I probably will have to listen to this at least one more time just to get what I missed the first time. An excellent book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Voyagers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Ben Bova
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Stoner knew. The fiery object hurtling toward the Earth was an alien spacecraft. But the world might never know. He was trapped in an iron cordon of secrecy, for the discovery had shattered the world power balance, setting off a brutal struggle for supremacy that raged from the sacred halls of the Vatican to the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. The forces of fear and treachery would use any weapon at their command, from mind war to sabotage, to keep the world in darkness.

    Noe says: "Not Quite "Rendezvous With Rama""
    "Enjoyable but a little too idealistic"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story and the intrigue. It kept me going and guessing and expecting a surprise end that would leave me breathless. But alas the protagonist's (Mark Stoner) final swan song sounded like a High School Valedictorian's speech. "We must make the world a better place for all mankind, we all must work together" was a bit too corny for me. However, I really liked it that author avoided the perpetual SF theme of governments hiding the existence of aliens from the population. I always felt that such an action was as stupid and it was implausible, in spite of the public reaction Orson Wells's famous radio broadcast. Over all it was a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17457)
    Performance
    (11653)
    Story
    (11546)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Excellent Series"
    Overall

    I have just finished reading the third of the first three books in the Outlander series and I found all three books, (Outlander, Dragon Fly in Amber and Voyager) to be extremely excellent and entertaining. I loved the adventures and as a dyed in the wool romantic, I enjoyed the romance as well. I know these stories are probably considered in the same vein as "Chick Flicks", but I found them exciting as well as informative. Diana Gabaldon's exhaustive and accurate research of Scottish history provides an entertaining as well as an excellent view of and insight into the history of the Highland Scots. They are filled with intrigue, deception, action, and adventure that are unforgettable. They truly unfold an epic saga I would strongly recommend that these books only be read in the order they were published. I can't wait for more of the series to be released in the Unabridged form as I would hate to miss even the smallest details in the lives and further adventures of the characters.

    2 of 5 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
    (13494)
    Performance
    (5897)
    Story
    (5974)

    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!!"
    "Superb Novel"
    Overall

    Undoubtedly the most heart warming story I have read in years. I admittedly am a romantic and love stories that end "and they all lived happily ever after." This novel comes close to that ending and so wins my favor automatically; however, the story itself was so moving - especially Jacob at 90 (or is it 93)and his observations of nursing home living. I relate to it so very much as I spend every day with my mother who is in a nursing home. Jacob tells it like it is and his reactions are certainly typical in every way - I grew to love him deeply as his story unfolds. I empathized with him and his circumstances every step of the way. I also loved Jacob at 23 and the unfolding story of his true love with all the surprises that it holds. His story too brings the romantic out in me even more. DO NOT PASS this book by -- read it and you will enjoy it, I guarantee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

    C. McCoy says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    Overall

    I love history - especially the 19th and 20th century history. This is the first book I have read written by Jeff Shaara. He has done a supreme job telling the story of the beginnings of WWII through the eyes of real characters. The events and campaigns of the Africa and Italian campaigns were depicted through the eyes of not only Heads of State, and Generals, but Colonels, Captains, Sargent's, and the little men made the history come alive for me! The reader, Larry Pine, was great, his Churchill,Montgomery,and Patton impressions were PERFECT! This is a great listen especially for history buffs! The only reason I did not give it 5 Stars is that nothing beats Robert Kurson's "Shadow Divers" for real life drama and fascinating adventure! I highly recommend "The Rising Tide" as a truly great audio book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2096)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (924)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Reader was boring"
    Overall

    This book is undoubtedly engaging tale of tragedy and seems to be historically accurate. However, this audio book is proof if there ever was that authors should not read their own books for distribution. I truly wanted to get through this book, its documentation of the history of moutain climbing alone was most interesting, but I was put to sleep by the author's dull monotone, expressionless voice. Fortunately, the iPod Nano has a fast speed setting for situations like this, I thought. But even on fast play, the reading was just plain boring to death, despite the interesting material. Perhaps with a talented actor reading it I would have been able to enjoy the book. I marvel that others were able to listen to it and rate it so highly. If there were a 1.5 star selection thats as high as I would have rated it because of the dull reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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