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rick

PURLEAR, NC, United States

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  • Early Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

    bebe says: "a very good Spencer novel"
    "One of the Best"
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    Spencer is his typical wisecracking, head cracking self in this one. Unlike his usual cases in this one Spencer takes on a neglected child. The time and interaction between the two of them are what the kid needs most after a lifetime of being ignored by both parents. Thankfully the amount of time devoted to Susan Silverman in this book is limited. The over the top affection everyone feels for her for no apparent reason; particularly Spencer, gets tiring. Hawk appears in his similarly one dimensional role that seems to be perfect for the genre; he's the perfect weapon. the climatic showdown scene in which he does what Spencer can't; do what has to be done is prototypical Hawk. If you like Spencer this is one of the best choices

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  • The Broken Promise Land

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Ricky Savage is Sharon McCone's brother-in-law, and the hottest country singer in the business. He's on top professionally, but hitting rock bottom in his personal life. His longtime marriage to Sharon's sister, Charlene, is breaking up, forcing him to question if it was all worth it: the struggle, hard times, and hopes of stardom that finally came true. Even worse, Ricky has been getting anonymous letters threatening not only himself, but also his children.

    N. Casper says: "Not very good"
    "One of the Best"
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    This work focuses more on McCone's assistant Rae Kelleher and her soon to be ex-brother-in-law country music star Ricky Savage. For the first time Ricky and her sister Charlene's children other than Mick are detailed. The war zone atmosphere in the Savage household including Charlene's boyfriend and Ricky's numerous past infidelities are exposed. One of those past infidelities leads to a series of threatening notes and suspicious incidents and accidents. Included in those are a bullet through the window of the Savage house coming quite close to the music star. The tension builds; as does the close relationship between Ricky and Rae. the climatic scene comes as surprising both as to the perpetrator and his actions.

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  • A Savage Place: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering. Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career.

    rick says: "A Different Kind of Spencer"
    "A Different Kind of Spencer"
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    This is one of the more complicated Spenser novels. Spenser cheats on Susan; develops feelings for another woman. The climatic scene was the one of the most complicated in the series. The setting is Los Angeles instead of Boston. There's no Hawk, Quirk, or Belsen. Though there is the requisite amount of humor this is one of the more serious Spenser novels. An excellent short book.

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  • The Wall Street Money Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Jesse Eisinger, Jake Bernstein
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the months before the 2008 financial meltdown, bankers and hedge funds perverted the market to keep their lavish bonuses flowing. Their machinations made the collapse much worse. This Pulitzer Prize-winning series reveals how they did it.

    rick says: "Sub Prime Mortgage Crisis For Dummies?"
    "Sub Prime Mortgage Crisis For Dummies?"
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    Perhaps I've already listened to too many of the Wall Street crash books but this short look at the crisis comes off as simplistic and repetitive. The narrator reads in something close a monotone; as if he was reading to an econ 101 college study group. If you're interested try something more along the lines of The Big Short or Reckless Endangerment.

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  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (887)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "With One Exception"
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    I found this to be a great listen almost all the way through; then one scene has Reacher pulling a move of such colossal ignorance that it briefly ruined the entire lead up to this climatic scene. Though Child attempts to explain the mistake away it still comes off as a highly improbable mistake from a fighting man of Reacher's caliber.
    With that stipulation out of the way I found this to be an excellent listening experience as a good comeback from the dreadful Nothing To Lose. Though the villain and the force behind all the subsequent events come to light halfway through the book there is suspense leading up to the final scene. Given the weakness I've already alluded to leading up to the dramatic ending; it was still quite satisfying to see the ruthless killers get their comeuppance. The look back at the Russians fighting in Afghanistan was interesting; as was the politician hoping to avoid a past mistake coming to light. without that one huge mistake this was easily a five star rating; even with it overall this work is still a five.

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  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1326)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Surprise; a Prequel"
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    After The Persuader, which I considered mediocre; I was ready for a strong bounce back novel. Child definitely delivered with The Enemy which to my surprise was the first non sequential Reacher novel.
    In many ways I felt this was a more natural setting for Child's Jack Reacher character. The character's comfort level in the U S Army setting seemed superior to that in his civilian incarnation. I liked the inclusion of his mother's past as well; it took her out of the French June Cleaver on an army base that appeared through the initial seven books as well as the three Reacher novellas. Furthermore Reacher seemed to work better within a system where he had well qualified subordinates assisting him. In my opinion this was an excellent comeback work for Child.

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  • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.

    Judy says: "A Visit with Old Friends in Mystery Form"
    "Probably Weakest Yet in the Series"
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    As always John Rubinstein did a great job as the voice of Alex Delaware. Unfortunately he didn't have too much to work with here. Kellerman seemed to have have pretty much phoned this one in. A great deal of extraneous detail that failed to move the story ahead; If you're a fan of the series it's worth a credit; if not choose another book in the series. I have a hard time seeing anyone who starts with this one becoming much of fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Lesbian Cops Love to Pull Sexy Women Over

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By R. Galang
    • Narrated By K. Krutz
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mandy swore under her breath as she pulled over. As soon as she stopped, she started pawing desperately through her purse for her license. The bike cop pulled up behind her and dismounted; she didn't need to see the woman's face to know she was a bitch that meant business. It was in her build, her movement, her everything. She was all uniform and boots and helmet; she was not to be messed with.

    rick says: "Worst Reader Ever"
    "Worst Reader Ever"
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    My daughter described the reader as "worse than a high school sophomore reading Shakespeare in class." After perhaps three minutes I agreed; parenthetically a C student.

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  • Injustice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By K. A. Kron, Brenda L. Leffler
    • Narrated By K. Orion Fray
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Mile-High City has its troubles. Fortunately it also has a troubleshooter, Riley Connors, who is more than what she seems: law student, waitress, and flirt. Because Riley has a past and connections that enable her to protect the people around her. She's a nemesis to many.

    rick says: "Good one."
    "Good one."
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    This was a pretty good story. I enjoyed the fact that the protagonist was a person of action. The lesbian angle wasn't overdone and the romantic dance that exists in most books was thankfully absent here. I look forward to subsequent selections in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "The Big Short's Little Brother?"
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    Another great book by Michael Lewis. The reason it received only four stars from me was that I graded it on a Michael Lewis curve. Once again Lewis details the downside of Wall Street in a way that makes you wish you had the power to slap them around a little. The level of dysfunction and legal thievery inherent brings cynicism to new heights. Goldman Sachs snaps their metaphorical fingers and Segei Aleynikov gets an eight year prison sentence for accessing information that he himself created. Information that was nothing extraordinary. Then when his conviction was reversed on appeal and he was released; the police arrested him again on the direction of Goldman Sachs though they didn't know why. The equanimity in which he accepts these events is remarkable.
    Then there was the story of Brad Katsuyama who being from Canada shocks the financial world by discovering a system that will give him a huge advantage in the market. Then instead of taking advantage of his knowledge he informs the world. I suppose as a Canadian he feels he has no choice but to do the right thing. that will eventually conclude with him doing a shocking thing. Creating a trading market aimed at benefiting the investor rather than trading services or big banks. Lewis unfolds the story in his usual manner of slight amazement that such things can actually exist; and for whatever reason are allowed to. I had the sense that Lewis lacked the same warmth and intimacy for this cast of characters that he had for those in his previous Wall Street bestseller The Big Short. I found this to be true for me anyway. In the quality elevator that are Michael Lewis books this one is on a high floor.

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