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KEITH

I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

Canyon Country, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "A good story for those who love Spenser"
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    What made the experience of listening to Robert B. Parker's Lullaby the most enjoyable?

    Though he is a new author for Spenser, he is the same old Spenser. For you old timers,we must suspend our knowledge. He had served in Korea (which makes him about 80, as well as Hawk and Susan). But there is much action and witty remarks. Maybe too many witty comebacks but still very fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Lullaby?

    I like the relationship between the new client and Spenser


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight sceen in the bar


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a number of times


    Any additional comments?

    There was talk of too much swearing and drinking. I liked that they used a part of Boston not known for its manners

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Refugees

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1194)

    He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee’s mission... or his methods.

    Amanda says: "HORRIFYING ZOMBIE BOOK"
    "Gets better with each new Book!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Remaining: Refugees to be better than the print version?

    I do love the Christian Rummel's reading of this book. he does a very good job. But it is definitely D.J. Molles material that makes this series pop. I listened to the first book and before done downloaded the second, third and fourth. I have not listened to another book since I have started this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remaining: Refugees?

    When the antagonist turns against the main group and gets enough others to do it too. It was so very anxiety producing.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    I still love the hero Lee Harding. He is such a believable hero with self doubts and personal foibles. What Molles does it make him a soldier first. As he says, “I am not a super hero. But a soldier and I am good at what I do."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did like when he finds another dog, but this is not an emotional book. The anxiety of working with the different groups led by inferior people is probably the most emotions of the book. the zombies are the least of the problems, it is the other survivors


    Any additional comments?

    I would start at the very first book and go through them one by one. They are all great but it is fun to build upon the foundations of the others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Philip Colletta
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.

    Pip says: "Absorbed it all"
    "You had better love Linguistics to get this series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have listened to The Great Courses for over ten years. But this course was hard to get through. It was not that the Professor was not interesting or did not know the material. He was entertaining and definitely understood his field. It was that the subject was entirely too technical for me. If you are not interested in the interacted details of how language developed this is not for you.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The length of each lecture was great (15 minutes) but I could not get into the material


    Did Professor John Philip Colletta do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a good job by bringing the material into the modern day world


    Did Discovering Your Roots inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, not listen to anything about Linguistics again


    Any additional comments?

    If you like or think you would like the basic of Linguistics then this is a good series to start with

    2 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2019)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "A end of the world book that makes sense"
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    What did you love best about The Remaining?

    The main character is well trained with knowledge and know how. I often wonder, what would I do if found in this situation. That is what the main character does. Not a lot of pounding his chest, just getting an impossible job done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would be Lee, the main character. He is a real person with his own fears and worries, but also the knowledge to help in most situations. He tries to do the right thing but gets mad at frustrating people too.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices are great. So great that a listener can see the character with just the voice he uses. But, not too over the top which was exactly what I was looking for.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh out loud a couple of times as well as swore with frustrations when things went south


    Any additional comments?

    I already downloaded the next in the series and am on it. If you wonder about what would happen if... Then this is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth J. Hammond
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

    Travis Greene says: "A good listen"
    "A long and deep culture"
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    Where does From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the upper part of my list. I have been a teaching company listener for years with over 50 series of lectures. I knew very little of China and now have scratched the surface


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History?

    The Opium Wars compared Britain to a current drug cartel using violence to control the movement of drugs. It is such an interesting and awful mark on the west.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Kenneth J. Hammond – was your favorite?

    I learned a lot about Buddhism and the other religions of China, which I knew next to nothing about


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

    No, it is so good and rich I tried to listen to no more than two lectures at a sitting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1251)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Not since lonesome dove have I been so captivated"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Son the most enjoyable?

    I loved the development of the three main characters. The readers were also excellent.
    The emotional conflict each character has with his/her family and the time in which they live


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli is so interesting. In some ways he is such a cowboy with an individual code of honor that the reader may not agree with. At one point he remembers seeing a 9 year old American Indian and says he is worth 1,000 men of his current time.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All three were very good, probably great


    If you could rename The Son, what would you call it?

    Family is who you love and who you despise


    Any additional comments?

    I'd you are a lover of the Lonesome Dove Books I believe you will be very happy with this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Life in Africa during a war of revolution"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness the most enjoyable?

    I love the truth and relationship between the family members. For the main character to have the nickname of a monkey is just the beginning of the joy, not fun, buy heartfelt joy of reading this book. The narator did a fantastic job and made the book even more enjoyable. I remember as a kid hearing of the wars in Africa between the ruling whites and the majority blacks, but this book gives you a feeling of life in that world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the Mom. She is both as trong character and so fragile psychologically. I love that she tries to make a family of artist during the trying time of war


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book would not be nearly as interest without Biance. I found that her reading made the book for me. Out of my hundreds of audio books I have listened to she is probably the finest reader I have heard.


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

    Yes. I could not stop. I listened to it while driving to work, at the gym or even sitting in my driveway before going in for the night. I could not put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not listened to Ms. Fuller works before but now have all her audible works on my wish list which I will buy each month. She is like great candy and I will pace myself to enjoy her over the longest time possible. I strogly suggest this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "If you liked Lonesome Dove Read this book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead Man's Walk the most enjoyable?

    Gus and Cal come alive in this book. One learns what drives them internally when they grow up. The ways that they care for each other, though neither ever says a word about their committment to each other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I grew to like the Spanish Captain very much. How one hates him so much at the beginning and comes to empathize with him by the end of their journey. He knows that he is in a bad situation that will not turn out well for him and that he will be misunderstood. But his honor and pride of the obediance of the orders has him carry on even though he knows the results will be unfair to him


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Patton did a great job and made it a joy to listen to this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The inter actions between Gus and Cal often made me smile. The fruitlessness of the entire plan and the destruction of so many people made me sad.


    Any additional comments?

    One gets a feel of the abilities of the Camanches. I contacted the Texas ranger historical site after this book. He confirmed that the Camanches were probably the finest mounted calvary on the planet at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3045)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "A audible book I could not put down"
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    What did you love best about Joyland?

    I thinkwe can all relate to the main character who is in love with a person who does not feel the same. There is very little suppernatural about his book but I believe it is one of Mr. King's best novels (I have read/heard every novel he has written). I brought it everywhere I went and was sad that it was over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the young boy and his candor about his situation. The extra site was also fun to find what insites he may have.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    I liked the owner of the park. It was interesting to hear the extra language of Carney people and terms that they use.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    the summer I grew up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Enemy: Book XV of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    A band of renegades led by Sharpe's vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon's Grande Armie seeks to smash through and crash the British army in Portugal. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.

    Amazon Customer says: "All around terrific"
    "Great hero and great Bad guy"
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    Would you listen to Sharpe's Enemy again? Why?

    This is the third time I have read this book and still could not put it down. One loves to hate the main bad guy; but also the ability to bring in battles with the French. I also rally liked the bringing in the rocket brigade and how they worked against troops.

    Mr. Corwell's ability to describe a battle scene and the chaos is awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Enemy?

    Though it was small part of the story, when Sharpe gives the English officer (who thought he knew it all about battle) the true reality I just smiled and enjoyed it.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davidson is one of the finest of Sharpe's readers. This book seems to have more action than a traditional Sharpe book which was exciting.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sharpe's Enemy and why?

    I did love the general Nann. He is supportive and a curmudgeon at the same time. One gets the sence that if more officers were like him England could have ruled the world.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be helpful to have read the first book to introduce Hixwell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ayesha: The Return of She

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Leo Vincey is haunted by a goddess. In a nighttime vision, she appears to him, revealing her location deep in the mountains of Central Asia. Determined to discover his lost love, he searches for 16 years, finally discovering a lost civilization, ruled by an ambitious queen of unearthly beauty. Could this be his Ayesha reborn? And if so, will the secret of immortality bind them together for eternity?

    KEITH says: "What a difference a hundred years makes"
    "What a difference a hundred years makes"
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    What disappointed you about Ayesha?

    The writing style of the Victorian years vs. today makes it tough to keep interested in. I think if the same story was updated by an exciting type author that would be great.


    What could H. Rider Haggard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He did a good job with the material he had to work with


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Because of the English Victorian writing it seems like the reader is a bit ahead of the start waiting for it to catch up. The writing takes so long to get to the point.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It iS exciting to realize that this author and authors like him built the English empire and gave boys the inspiration to go to foreign lands of the empire.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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