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Richard

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  • Broken Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

    Ed says: "The usual group of psychopaths"
    "Predictable Thriller - Psychos Galore"
    Overall

    This was my first John Sandford novel, and having read a great deal, this book offers nothing new. The story was good, the pace fine, the characters entertaining. There were some good twists, with some good "CSI" type sequences and action. With the plot twists I didn't feel abused when I actually found out whodunit, there were no interjections of last minute details. I agree with the Audible synopsis which lists as a highlight, one of the character's researching the top 100 rock and roll songs. That should give a little more insight into how original the story was.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4292)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1582)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "A Super Read"
    Overall

    What an introduction I received to a great, witty and insightful author. This book blends incredible humor with true suspense and has you so rooting for the hapless hero that you won't want to pull your ear-buds out. With pervasive supernatural goings on, the main character must learn and adapt to his new "dirty job" with consequences for the entire world. Great characters both good and evil, and a fast paced story deliver the goods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "A Great Primer on corporate governance gone wrong"
    Overall

    By an incredible coincidence of timing, the author was given access to the inner workings of a corporate giant during a time when corporate leadership was unravelling. This is a great text for anyone interested in the evolution and tranformation of Disney, OR, the workings of leadership vs power between a CEO and a company's board, OR a great treatise on why governance rules and regulations have had to change in the last 5 years above and beyond the exploits of Enron. If ALL THREE interest you, this book is a grand slam. This book is almost a novelization of the corporate history of Disney and specifically Eisner, and reads more like a story than a business text. But the lessons are there for all to learn from, if nothing else as a shareholder to consider when making votes in an annual proxy. Good reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Mirron E. Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (94)

    Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone.

    William says: "Not Science Fiction, but fantastic story"
    "Total reliance on fantasy to make the pieces fit"
    Overall

    The story opens up intriguingly, building a nice atmosphere of suspicion that things are not quite right. Some wonderfully colorful characters are introduced and you're on the verge of getting hooked. And bang, enter Shakespeare, the fairies and extremely handy answers and excuses based on "things that are normal in fairy land". Nothing really clever or thought provoking happens after the half-way point, with a total reliance on magic, and not much in the way of writer ingenuity. I'm never disappointed having read a book, but I sometimes feel taken advantage of; this would be a case in point. Be prepared to be swallowed whole by a "giant slug" in his "slug-like" mouth!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security.

    Eric says: "Really neat look at intelligence gathering/secrecy"
    "A Good Listen If you are Curious"
    Overall

    This book gave some great background on the evolution of evesdropping, why its done, who does it, how its done, and how it has been changing over time. That having been said, the book is also sprinkled with many tangents which tend to distract from the main points, but if you enjoy texts about the intelligence community, you'll enjoy this. It is fairly well written, not overly techy and/or dry. Are you listening to me?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Avenger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. In the fog of that horrible place, the killer, too, has vanished. In a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time the CIA must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

    James says: "MASTERFULL"
    "High Level Intrigue and Action"
    Overall

    An exciting fast-paced book, you really root for the good guy in this one. Some good plot twists with some very good background information on why the Avenger IS the Avenger. Some good espionage to boot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By Kit Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In Berlin, a woman vanishes from the city streets. In Paris, a man plunges from the Eiffel Tower. In Denver, a small plane crashes into the mountains. In Manhattan, a body washes ashore from the East River. At first these seem to be random incidents, but the police soon discover that all four of the victims are connected to Kingsley International Group (KIG), the largest think tank in the world.

    Lori A. Wersinger says: "Another good one"
    "An average tale of intrigue"
    Overall

    I'm not a Sheldon fan, but this book had enough elements of mystery and intrigue to keep your attention. All of the seemingly unrelated events which begin the book, take shape and bring focus to the two main characters. I was interested in how they would get through their ordeal, although I felt at the end, that some questions were still left unanswered. The setup is absolutely better than the rest of the book because you want to know what's going on. When you find out, the pace and the mystery seem to bog down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "A DaVinci Code Clone, exciting and fun"
    Overall

    I think that this book was darker than The Da Vinci Code, but just as intriguing, fast-paced and thought provoking. The characters continued to be ones you cared about, and the religious intrigue and suspense made this a real page turner. Consipracy theory abounds, death and destruction are all around us and, of course, a characteristic Dan Brown puzzle exists which the main characters have to solve in time to avoid dire consequences. This book stands on its own and does not require one to have read Da Vinci and vice versa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (414)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Nice Change of Pace, Facts and Trivia"
    Overall

    One can consider that this is a book that rambles a great deal: from the beginning of time, no less. But that rambling has a point and a continuity, and truly traces the development of the scientific thinking surrounding the creation of the universe and a great deal more. The book is sprinkled with great factoids, anecdotes and metaphors, which make the scientific journey memorable and interesting. I read the abridged version, so take that into account. I am not a natural history buff, but do enjoy sci-fi, and this had a nice feel to it which made it read like a novel and not like a college text-book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    Frank Poole died in the year AD 2001 en route to Jupiter's moons. In AD 3001 his perfectly preserved body is retrieved and revived thanks to medical and electro-optical technologies. Thus Frank becomes a telepathic, machine-assisted inhabitant of the first years of the fourth millennium. He's got a lot to learn, and some unfinished business on the moon Europa.

    Kevin Christy says: "Interesting, but not particularly engaging"
    "At Least the Story line has a true ending"
    Overall

    If you are/were a fan of the previous 2001 sequals, you'll enjoy the clever continuity (1000 years later and at least one of the characters is still alive and kicking) and the continuing vision of the future. There are some good side themes, including how someone who missed the last 1000 years of tech innovation adapts to living in a new society. It's been done before, but it's also done well here. The most dissappointing aspect of the story is the true meaning of the monolith and the story line's resolution. Perhaps my expectations were higher and I expected something more "monumental", but in the end, I was glad to have read this book, because I do feel the author brought things to a close.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7611)
    Performance
    (2352)
    Story
    (2344)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Interesting, but no practical deliverables"
    Overall

    I enjoyed reading about some of the scientific basic for decision making and how the sub-concious is trained to make snap decisions. The biggest disappointment is that the book meanders a great deal and discusses intertwined and ancillary concepts to try and prove a point. I would conclude that the book could have been a great deal shorter and the author padded the content to make it a book, rather than an article in a journal.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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