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rick

PURLEAR, NC, United States

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684
REVIEWS
139
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • No Experience Required: A Summer Rains Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lauren Stewart
    • Narrated By Maya Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When she wished she could get rid of the platinum-selling pop star who was stalking her, she didn't mean 'get rid of' in the permanent sense. But someone did. And being a suspect isn't the kind of attention she wants from the gorgeous-but-entirely-too-condescending detective investigating the case. As if that wasn't bad enough, her only help comes from the man she's been in love with since her hormones kicked in...and his beautiful girlfriend.

    rick says: "The Latest Sit-Com"
    "The Latest Sit-Com"
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    How do 3 and 4 add to 1; I'll tell you how? If any of the caricatures of human beings in this book were anything like real people I must have missed them. If any of them displayed two dimensions, much less three; I guess I missed that as well; which is too bad. There are times when in this audio when the text showed a great deal of wit, humor and talent. The plot was potentially very interesting, and the outline of the book's characters seemed to be unique and promising. Unfortunately the actual writing only delivered the aforementioned one dimension of sit-com caricatures. The author is talented and I would consider other works of hers in the future; however i can't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "Not Much New Ground"
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    As someone who has listened to Jimmy Buffett's music for over forty years I purchased this audio with certain expectations. This collection of stories disguised as a book met those; which I suppose is both a positive or a negative. That is to say that if you're familiar with his songs then you've heard most of these stories. Many of the characters were introduced in Buffetts 1989 CD collection "Off To See The Lizard." Given his proficiency in musical output it isn't all that surprising that these characters as well as their stories seemed pretty familiar. There are some facts about Lighthouse Lens,' Cuban baseball, and tropical sea battles that are new. However once again the attitudes and the back stories of both positive and negative characters are so familiar they're trite. This was a nice summer listen; or winter listen for those who wonder where the summers went.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Courage Between

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Eric Penz
    • Narrated By Sean Schroeder
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Chris is a single parent, widower, who makes a living telling stories of great heroic acts. But for his part, he doesn't truly believe heroism exists any longer, especially not after his wife's death. Until he takes his two young sons on their first backpacking trip on the last August weekend before school starts when they are chased from their tent by a creature of the woods with aberrant behavior. He flees with his sons into the cover of night thinking the threat has passed them by.

    rick says: "Okay"
    "Okay"
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    The ending and the afterward were the best part of this short story. The very long slow buildup to get to that point seems to take forever. Another problem is that the reader relates the story in a quiet, calm, mellifluous voice that doesn't transmit the inherent tension in the situation. It's not awful, but neither is it very good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    DARA says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "Sweet, Sentimental and Very Good"
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    In the last few years due to my daughter's influence I've become the reader/ listener of chick lit. This is one of those girly romance novels that I've been led to and shockingly have come to enjoy. This just happens to be one of the best of those.
    Heiress Cara Winterbrooke's parents die in a small plane crash. Going through the remnants of their papers she finds her adoption papers and suddenly everything she thought she was has changed. So she researches her heredity finds her birth parents and heads to Florida to find, and get to know them.
    A runaway mare arranges the initial meeting with them as well as the man she'll eventually marry. I suppose I should have given a spoiler alert there but is it really necessary; a romance novel is a romance novel when it comes to the basics? The horse that belongs to a local rancher charges across the road causing Cara to wreck her car. She's found by Ben a rancher who helps her dissuade a couple of local wrecker drivers of questionable ethics who want both her car and probably her body.
    As it turns out Ben is the owner of the ranch where her developmentally delayed parents live and work. Ben was also once the Lucadore and Telenovella star known as El Diablo Americana whom Cara had a huge crush on throughout her adolescence. Many tender moments heartwarming exchanges, adventures and romance follow. If not for the author it could have easily been just another cliche loaded romance.
    In this case though the author creates characters that you actually care about either in a positive or negative manner of Billie Letts and Carl Hiaasen. The good hearted people like Karen, Ben, Lilly or Matt wind their way into your heart. The scenes that could easily come off as over the top Hollywood saccharine instead find their way into your heart.
    There are many more plot details that I haven't touched on; I'll leave those to the listeners to discover on their own. If you want to listen to this audio with someone I would recommend that you do it with someone you share a connection with. This was a special experience in connection for myself and my daughter. Our story resembles this one in certain aspects and listening to it was a great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Night: A Raine Stockton Dog Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's Christmas time, and for Raine Stockton and her Search and Rescue dog, Cisco, Hansonville, North Carolina is just like a Norman Rockwell painting - except for the rash of thefts of baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes, an abandoned box of golden retriever puppies that someone leaves beside her mailbox, and a mysterious gift from one of Cisco's a grateful admirers. Raine already has her hands full with her own misbehaving pooches, unexpected house guests, and a complicated new relationship.

    rick says: "Christmas Crime"
    "Christmas Crime"
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    Raine Stockton is preparing for Christmas in Hanover County and it isn't exactly a season to be jolly. She can't afford to complete the renovations on her kennel and dog run, she's finally divorced and her ex Buck Lawson has a new love interest. Raine herself is in the process of starting a new relationship; maybe. Miles Young is interested in Raine and she him; maybe. All that was before his ten year old daughter showed up in Hansonville with an attitude and a mouth. Add to that everyone she usually celebrates Christmas with is leaving for the holidays. Not to mention that someone is stealing all the baby Jesus' in town. Oh yes three Golden Retriever puppies are left at her house.
    Then she finds a live baby in the manger at the Christmas Pageant and things become even more serious. Naturally between Buck, Raine and her own Golden Cisco solve all the crimes and Christmas is merry for all.
    The Raine Stockton dog mysteries are a sweet pleasant listening experience that I share with my overgrown kid of a daughter. Her attitudes echo the old south and her feelings about her dogs is touching. A great shared experience for us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Pobi
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A stifling heat wave rolls into New York City, amplifying the already critical level of tension in the fragile concrete ecosystem. The air tastes of electricity - the negative charge of bad things to come - but everyone hopes it’s just the temperature. Then, on the morning homicide detective Alexandra “Hemi” Hemingway finds out she is pregnant, a twisted serial killer makes his debut. And the heat goes up.

    rick says: "I'm Not Sure"
    "I'm Not Sure"
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    Okay; this is a hard one to call. It is certainly a series that shows promise; Allie Hemingway is a formidable, if not exactly a really likable protagonist. There is a lot of action and Hemi's partner Phelps is a strong supporting player.
    On the other hand. Hemingway's boyfriend Daniel is an undeveloped character, Allie's family are shadows and the motivations that drive Hemingway aren't clear.
    The two principal reservations I have with this book is that I found the villain too brilliant to be believable. The second one is that I found too much of the violence in this book to be more gratuitous than was necessary for a book. It actually reminded me more a movie plot; say something in the lines of something in the Hannibal Lecter series. I can't recommend this particular selection but I will keep an eye on future works with this character or by this writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (568)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Same Old Story"
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    I could review this one in depth but it really is the same old story. Chet and Bernie take on a case of a missing kid for a mother. The story of how the kid came to be missing is full of holes; once again it seems that the divorced father of a missing has gotten involved with the wrong people and now owes them money. The bad guys take the child to prove a point and make sure that Papasan cooperates with them. At some point Bernie gets arrested again; Chet gets captured again. Stop me if you've heard this please. In the end Bernie saves the kid and brings him back and apprehends the bad guys. Okay this is obviously the series, and the author isn't planning on stepping outside the comfort zone that they've established so the fans of this series will have to settle for a dog that relates a good story. This one is a solid four and a good time listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Departed: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vicki Delany
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Fifteen years ago, a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to the house of her best friend, Nicky Nowak, for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly after, Mr. Nowak went for a walk.

    rick says: "The Best of the Series"
    "The Best of the Series"
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    A missing boy on Holiday is the impetus for the Trafalgar B.C. police to search the woods where they locate the body of a man missing for fifteen years. It is particularly meaningful for Constable Molly Smith; back when she was 14 year old Moonlight Smith, she was one of the last people to see Brian Nowak alive. In the intervening years 15 years since Brian's disappearance his family has disintegrated. His wife is a practically a recluse; a shadow of herself. The son Kyle is an angry man incapable of forming human relationships, and still lives in the basement of his mother's house. Daughter Nikki; Moonlight's childhood friend ran away at sixteen and is now a prostitute in Vancouver.
    The investigation into what happened to her father brings Nikki back and sets the Nowak family against each other as long buried truths rise from the ground with Brian's corpse.
    Constable Smith's life is further complicated by her boyfriend Adam's desire for a more serious relationship with her and the fact that her boss, Chief Constable Brian Keller and her mother Lucky are being seen together all over Trafalgar.
    A nice solid story well told and well narrated.

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  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (418)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Great"
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    The narrative started a little slow and I had to force myself not to give up on it; boy am I ever glad I didn't. This was one of the better, more touching in a non maudlin way, audio's I've ever listened to. Edward Stanton is a thirty nine year old man with both Asperger's and OCD. The lack of affect in the voice is quite well done by the narrator and the writer's OCD indicators are familiar to those who've worked in the field of mental health. The insights that Edward delivers in riposte to his father and those he states in his daily letters indicate the strength of his sharp, deeply probing mind.
    Edward's life is changed when a single mother with a nine year old son moves into a house across the street from him. Edward finds himself connecting with the boy (Kyle) and with his mother (Donna) in a way that both pleases and troubles him. His life is further thrown off track by his decision to try on line dating. The one date that he does actually attempt doesn't go off well at all. His psychiatrist provides a sounding board and a reality check for him as she guides Edward through his decision making process.
    I won't go any further than that; don't want to spoil the story for anyone; it's too good. This is an unqualified five star listen that I totally recommend to all Audible listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    America's power is in decline, its foreign policy adrift, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past eight years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Daydream Believers combines in-depth reporting and analysis to explain how George W. Bush and his aides got so far off track - and why much of the nation followed.

    rick says: "Repetitive Text; Poor Narration"
    "Repetitive Text; Poor Narration"
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    Perhaps I have just read or listened to too many books about the Iraq War, but too much of the information in this selection is repetitive to me. The reader is well known and has evidently narrated a great many audiobooks but I found that his voice atonal and so deep I wondered if he'd had a cold during this performance.
    If you haven't been inundated by the stories of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld subterfuge in the run up to the war in Iraq and it's failures during the war this work will be beneficial. If you've read or listened to more than two or three audio's on the subject you might want to use your credit differently.

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