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  • Lone Star Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

    Brian says: "Texas: From Spanish colony to statehood"
    "ANOTHER Winner"

    H W Brands is fast becoming one of the best writers of history. He will not lose any fans with this book. Texas has always been a source of rich history and as usual Bill Brands tells the story with flair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than β€œan idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Accidental Treasure"
    If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Provocative, Telling, Joyful

    What other book might you compare Wild to and why?

    It truly is like nothing I've read before.

    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Bernadette Dunne was great. The book was written in the first person, so not knowing what Cheryl sounded like the first time I heard this, it was just as if Cheryl Strayed was telling this story as we sat around a camp.

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

    There were too many emotionally wrenching scenes for me to not pause to take it in from time to time.

    Any additional comments?

    For what reason Audible recommended this to me I do not know. Although I love hiking it's really not the kind of book I'd have gone looking for. THAT is why I call it an accidental treasure. Counting reading and listening I've now gone through this book 7 times and it seems fresh every time. In my opinion, if you have not read this book it will not at all be what you expect. Cheryl is open and brash and intimate and tough and girly. To write this review I searched for the book on Audible. The ONLY way to find it here is by it's title or the author's name. Neither of which I'd heard of before the recommendation so it's a little miracle the book ever came into my life. I'm just glad it did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mike Dash
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They called it Satan's Circus, a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the 20th century, murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel.

    Robert says: "New York, N.Y"
    "WELL DONE!"

    A compelling story well read.

    Satan's Circus tells the story of the only police officer ever executed in the USA.

    The moralistic streak that hit this country didn't exist in Satan's Circus and it seems that everyone pretty much knew and let it slide.

    As much political history as true crime story in this book we learn that the complaints of today are the same as it ever was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "HE issued and apology!"

    I suspect that after hearing this you will decide, as I did, that Richard Clark is the ONLY government official involved in defending the homeland since the election of Ronald Reagan that does not owe Americans an apology over 9-11. He IS,however the only one that has apologized.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Book

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein

    In 17 consecutive best selling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has proven himself the master of the psychological thriller. Now, in Kellerman's most compelling novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality - an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival and that of longtime friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis.

    Lynn says: "I liked it"

    It helps to know something of his previous work to enjoy this. It also helps to know that he made Milo gay because the LA Police cheif announced one that that there were NO gay officers in LA. Milo's choice of gender in a partner plays a part here.

    Parts of this are chilling and as always in Delaware stories the past comes back to haunt the present.

    I have read all the Alex Delaware novels. While this is not the best is is still very good and some things in it will haunt you. Just as they haunted the cop that kept "The Murder Book"

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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