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Kenny Hogan

A prehistoric musician and songwriter from the Boston area. I like "Regular Guy" books. Historical Fiction, Adventure, Detective Noir, etc.

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  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Enjoyable - (minus the politics)"
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    If you could sum up Wild Tales in three words, what would they be?

    Veteran rocker remembers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's honest. He bares his soul. I felt the urge to revisit some of those great old songs now that I have more insight about them.


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

    His ability to remain friends with Crosby, Stills and Young.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed about 90 percent of this book. I could have done without the political rants. I never understood why rock stars feel qualified to push their political beliefs to their fans. It's this simple: Shut up and play your guitar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Maria

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Johnny Shaw
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Somewhere in Arizona’s Chocolate Mountains lie the Big Maria Mine and a wealth of gold lost for 100 years. There’s only one problem: Those mountains are now the home of the US Army Proving Ground, the world’s largest active artillery range. But for Harry, Ricky, and Frank, three down-at-the-heels guys with few dollars but plenty of dreams, the gold offers each of them a chance for a new life. Are scuba diving through an underwater ghost town; facing down a hungry mountain lion; doing the hesitation waltz across a minefield; matching wits with potheads, pit bulls, and bikers; and braving the might of Uncle Sam’s full arsenal worth it?

    Kenny Hogan says: "Crazy Adventure and Crude Humor - GOOD STUFF"
    "Crazy Adventure and Crude Humor - GOOD STUFF"
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    Every now and then I find an author I've never heard of before and it's like hearing a great new song.
    In this case it's Johnny Shaw. This guy has the right combination of crude humor, bad-ass plot, and a certain quirky, slightly crazy, twisted point of view.
    I should say this too: IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY.
    It's more of a guy thing.
    If you're PC, or easily offended, don't buy it.
    If dirty jokes turn you off, go read something on Oprah's list. This is not for prudes.
    It's not the work of a genius of literature.
    If you love a dirty joke and a crazy adventure this is for you.
    It's funny. It's raw. It makes me laugh right out loud even when I'm not feeling very well.
    It's the kind of humor I grew up with when I hung around up the schoolyard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Author Jim Harrison has won international acclaim for his masterful body of work, including over thirty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In his most original work to date, Harrison delivers an enthralling, witty, and expertly crafted novel following one man’s hunt for an elusive cult leader, dubbed the Great Leader.

    Craig says: "Are you an over-thehill guy with one last mission?"
    "Awful."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well, let's see... if the author stopped focusing on the minutia, every tiny detail except the plot...if once in a while SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENED, and if he could go on for two or three paragraphs without the hideous thoughts of a 65 year old man's sexual fantasies, well, then there might be a much better listening experience.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Harrison again?

    Maybe not. I'm amazed that the reviews of this book were full of praise.


    What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    None. I don't blame the narrator.


    What character would you cut from The Great Leader?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this awful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kenneth Abel
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    With some of the most spine-chilling scenes in modern suspense fiction, Bait guarantees the listener a roller coaster ride with a hero not afraid to cross the line. Life for narcotics detective Jack Walsh is one continuous drunken binge - until one blurry night when his car veers into an oncoming car, killing the son of Boston’s premier crime boss. Now Jack must decide if he wants to hide from D’Angelo’s vengeful compatriots or reclaim his life.

    Richard Delman says: "A fantastic story, told by the Master."
    "A good Boston-based cop story"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This was a suspenseful story about cops in Boston. Was it great literature? No. Nothing fancy here, just a good hard-edged cop story, simple as that.
    Yes, there were some cliches, but the dialogue was well constructed, the storyline moved right along and the narration was excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bartender's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

    B.J. says: "If you love a good story ..."
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bartender's Tale the most enjoyable?

    After a string of negative books I found this one - a tale with characters I could care about, root for, and even worry about. Good people in tough situations, rising above the many problems they encounter, this is a tale of fatherhood, a coming of age story, and a lesson in history. It's also a lesson in life. You have to play the hand that you've been dealt.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You have to play the hand that you've been dealt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woe to Live On: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash (foreword)
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, Woe to Live On explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws.

    Kenny Hogan says: "A Different View Of The Civil War"
    "A Different View Of The Civil War"
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    If you could sum up Woe to Live On in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Suspenseful, Unique


    What other book might you compare Woe to Live On to and why?

    Maybe Cold Mountain...


    Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

    All of them. He was great.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not only a well-written tale, it's also action packed historical fiction. I loved it. I'd love to see a movie come out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil All the Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donald Ray Pollock
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.”

    Kathy says: "WOW What a FIND!"
    "It is now 4:33 AM. I could not put this one down."
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    If you could sum up The Devil All the Time in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, stunning, unsettling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I wouldn't say there was a single character in this book who I would ever want to know. A terrifying collection of creeps and killers. But I found myself just wanting to know what was going to happen next, and the writing was dark, but unique and powerful. This is not a happy smiling story. Nobody has a nice day in this tale. This is not a book for the faint of heart or the squeamish. If you mixed Cormac McCarthy with Truman Capote and Stephen King...well, that would be one ugly but fascinating kid. That's what this book is like. This is a book for people who slow down and stare at accidents. I'm stunned by it. It was damned good!


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

    The narration was simply the best. Reading a book is great, but having a good storyteller tell you a story is better. A narrator can make such a huge difference in the enjoyment of a book, and Mark Bramhall did his job on this one. Splendid narration.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Devil All the Time and why?

    The Sheriff.


    Any additional comments?

    It's very good, but I wouldn't recommend it to the timid types, people who scare easily, or most women I know who expect romance and cute endings. This is a hard-edged scary book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2583)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Too damned L O N G."
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    What could Robert McCammon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorten it up and it would be a much better story.


    Did Tom Stechschulte do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think the "bad guys" all sounded the same.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Song?

    Oh, I wouldn't want to be burdened with the amount of editing needed to remove all the unnecessary repetitive scenes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Ollie's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Michael Arkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Murders happen every day in the big bad city. They're not such a big deal, you know. Even when the victim is a city councilman as well-known as Lester Henderson.

    But this is the first time Fat Ollie Weeks of the 88th Precinct has written a novel, ah yes. Called Report to the Commissioner, it follows a cunning detective named Olivia Wesley Watts, who, apart from being female and slim, is rather like Fat Ollie himself. While Ollie's responding to the squeal about the dead councilman, his leather dispatch case is stolen from the back of his car....

    Amazon Customer says: "Funny"
    "Funny As Hell!"
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    Would you listen to Fat Ollie's Book again? Why?

    I might listen to sections of this book again, especially near the end. There are some moments there that made me laugh right out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fat Ollie's Book?

    I think the best part is the unlikely romance between Ollie and another female cop from his precinct.


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

    This narrator has a great way of delivering a punch-line.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver.

    Jen says: "Oh My Word, Oh My Word"
    "My Simple Short Review"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Tilted World the most enjoyable?

    The thing I enjoyed most about this book is that it makes you actually care about and even worry about the characters in the story. With this story the reader gets to gain some historical insight about the south in the year 1927.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them were memorable, but Ted Ingersoll was my kind of guy.


    What about Brian D'Arcy James’s performance did you like?

    Great narration and articulation, various voices.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a good story, memorable characters, and a sense of history during prohibition and what can happen in a natural disaster, this is for you. I think this book would make a great movie. I'd love to see this story on the big screen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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