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rick

PURLEAR, NC, United States

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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (708)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Living through the worst of times."
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    Timothy Egan does a complete job in describing what occurs when a confluence of events brings about the worst case scenario for a region. The story; often told in the words of the individuals who lived through the events as children describes the scenes they witnessed. In many cases the children suffered from the disabling illnesses created by breathing in acres of dust. They describe relatives lost in dust storms; siblings or parents lost to lung diseases. They also describe the life changes brought about by the "dust bowl." Of the farms lost; of the parents forever changed by the helplessness of not being able to feed their families. The dramatic high point is the occurrence of "Black Sunday." I'll the leave the definition of this event for the narrator to describe. If the history of the plains states in the 1930's is of any interest to you; this a must read; and or listen. If one or both of them is of interest to you may want to watch the movie documentary "Black Blizzard" as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Small Country

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Patricia Grace King
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fleeing a turbulent Guatemala with her missionary parents, Penny returns to America and is forced to deal with a fresh kind of trauma: summer Bible camp for Mennonite teens. Along with her outspoken and rebellious friend, Gina, Penny struggles to deal with her past, the camp's fierce regulations, and the sexual energy that electrifies the air between the campers, counselors, and even visitors. This coming-of-age story offers an intimate look into a young girl’s attempt to find her place and start figuring out which rules are worth breaking.

    rick says: "Sweet story for middle school girls"
    "Sweet story for middle school girls"
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    Penny is a young Mennonite girl sent to summer camp for a week by her parents. She's convinced her friend Gina to come along with her and it's a huge surprise for them both. No swimming, not even baths, showers, or water to wash clothes. As they deal with the boredom of a religious camp circa 1980; Gina is faced with raging hormones and Penny with the memories of her last day in Guatemala. This story is a sweet look at the a slice of a young girl's life as she tries to deal with culture shock, her memories, and the pain of becoming an adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrious Client

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sandra de Helen
    • Narrated By Jess Reed
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Book Two of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series, The Illustrious Client, shows us the private investigator and her sidekick sharing an office, and introduces their receptionist, Lix. They are hired to influence a young international pop star, Oceane Charles, to pry her away from her older, richer, player of a girlfriend. The cast is made up of people with various ethnicities and backgrounds, and of course the job soon includes solving a murder mystery.

    rick says: "Mediocrity Reigns"
    "Mediocrity Reigns"
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    This is a mediocre work at best. The characters in most cases lack two dimensions; much less three. The narrator doesn't help the effort any with a delivery flatter than Kansas. The lead characters are just as flat and the erstwhile protagonist is a blur. If this selection finds it's way into the sale bin or as a daily deal you might want to take the chance and give it a shot. I found this one a total dud and a work lacking any reason for recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Bad-Ass Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Kate Bailey
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In her first tell-all collection, writer and notorious tell-it-like-it-is sass machine, Kate Bailey regales us with her tales of all things lesbian sex, growing up gay, girls, guys, relationships, and everything else necessary to being a bad-ass bitch.

    rick says: "As Lists Go...."
    "As Lists Go...."
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    There is a great deal of good, solid, caring, sweet, intelligent, informative, deeply personal wisdom in this book of lists. Unfortunately I think that the best format for this information is not audio, but print. Perhaps for those who are either young or fortunate enough to have working memories this audiobook might work for you. If you're a girl from 16 to 25; particularly one with sexual identity issues then you should probably get it if just for the reinforcement it provides. Still I am of the opinion that even with a great memory; lists are better absorbed through the written word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James L Thane
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It’s summer in the Valley of the Sun; the temperature’s rising and so is the body count. One of the city’s most exclusive escorts has lost her little black book - and a brutal killer has turned it into a hit list. One after another, some of Phoenix’s richest and most respectable men are turning up dead. Troubled homicide detective Sean Richardson and his partner, Maggie McClinton, take lead on the hunt for a brutal, methodical killer stalking Phoenix’s elite and meting out a very personal brand of justice. But when so many people share a secret that just might get them killed, the next victim - and the killer - could be anyone.

    rick says: "Set in Phoenix"
    "Set in Phoenix"
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    I use those words as a headline because I lived in the valley for close to a dozen years and treasure the time and relationships I made there; it's a special place. Therefore whenever there is a book set in the valley, or even just in Arizona, whether fiction or non-fiction I give it a shot. Even if I don't purchase it, I give it consideration.
    My opening prelude completed; I approached this book with cautious optimism. It was rewarded with a work of mystery fiction that falls just short of earning five stars. The police officers act like real people; the villains are just human beings who're trying to get by in the world. No Hannibal Lecter's here. The pivotal character in this selection would be easy to blame or dislike; instead she comes across as a vulnerable, caring person who's made a questionable choice in her life.
    A couple of reservations. The first is that The killer is revealed pretty early in this mystery; thus removing much of the mystery. The too quick conclusion by the lead character as to the identity of the killer. I mean he could have at least stated his reasoning as "we're desperate here," or "we don't have any better suspects."
    In short I'm recommending this audio without reservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edwin of the Iron Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    It's Sharon McCone's first case as staff investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. She knows nothing about antiques, yet she has an affection for Salem Street with its charming mix of antique and curio shops. Now elderly dealer Joan Albritton has been found dead, stabbed with an antique dagger. Her neighbors are shocked. Recurring vandalism has them frightened. Ferreting out the facts will take Sharon from the chaotic jumble of the junk dealer's establishment to a museum where San Francisco's most elegant socialites gather.

    Linda says: "Just couldn't hang in there"
    "The Beginning of a Long Run"
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    This is the first of over thirty Sharon McCone mysteries and was a pretty good first novel. The story unfolds quickly and in such a way that doesn't leave you shaking your head and cursing the author for presuming that you're so dim you'll suspend your belief that far from reality. There are some large holes in the narrative and McCone falling for the detective Greg Marcus seems a long shot; there is very little about him that seems at all likable. If it's your goal to have the entire series this is a good place to start. If you want to ascertain if the works of Marcia Muller are for you; the best of the McCone mysteries start further along in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supreme Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    FBI agent Patti Rogers finds herself paired with the unpopular former agent on a task force investigating the killing of Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter. Reeder - nicknamed "Peep" for his unparalleled skills at reading body language - makes a startling discovery while reviewing a security tape: the shooting was premeditated, not a botched robbery. Even more chilling, the controversial Venter may not be the only justice targeted for death.

    rick says: "Future World?"
    "Future World?"
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    It's somewhere between 2020 and 2030; the first and fourth amendments have been shredded by neo-con supreme justices and Roe vs. Wade overturned. Then a conservative Supreme Court Justice is murdered in what appears to be a botched robbery. The FBI's special agent in charge brings in his old friend Joe Reeder who has already discerned this wasn't a robbery gone wrong; it was an assassination. Then another justice is brought down and suspicion falls on Reeder.
    This is a nice little story and if there weren't so many implausibility's it would be a good buy. Unfortunately there is only so much suspension of belief possible before it becomes too jarring and ruins the narrative. If they'd dialed it back just a bit It might've been a four star work. Maybe it's just me but I can't give more than two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Day of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carolyn Nash
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    To impress her boss, Linda Rogers eagerly volunteers to take in a foster child for the holiday season. She's well-organized in and outside the office; the addition of a child? A simple matter of blocking out the hours in her day planner and laying in a few supplies. Never mind that she's single. Never mind that she's never cared to have a lasting relationship or build a family. Housing seven-year-old Lucy Green for Christmas is simply to boost Linda up the next career step, nothing more.

    rick says: "No Matter How Hard You Push it; it Doesn't Stay Do"
    "No Matter How Hard You Push it; it Doesn't Stay Do"
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    Linda runs cold and that's the way she likes it; so when her boss asks for volunteers to foster a child during the holidays. Telling herself it's to impress her boss she volunteers to take a child. The child turns out to be a girl named Lucy who has survived more trauma and pain than anyone should have to know in a lifetime; much less seven years. As Linda grows closer to the child she grows closer to the feelings she was forced to hide as a child. Traumatized herself at age twelve she was forced to deny those feelings by her mother. The trauma of that night has adversely affected both her and her brother since that night. This is the story of a woman who in helping a girl get past the horror of the abuse she's suffered in her short life may just be able to able to get past her own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Deafening Whisper

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Pamela Lorence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mia has lived a life full of harassment, for an affliction not many understand. She thought college would be different, her escape, after all, people there are more mature, right? She was wrong. A rebellious girl, Vee, saves her from a bad situation and teaches her that every single day is a gift. A romance blooms between them that not even time can erase. This is the second book in the Music of the Soul series, all books are stand-alone novels.

    rick says: "It Bites Deep"
    "It Bites Deep"
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    I'd read the reviews when I chose this book and I realized that I was gonna be crying. Of course I've cried when a family got their house repaired on a DIY show. Sure enough I was puddling up thirty minutes into the audiobook. This was a heartbreaking, heart opening story. Though at one point I considered dropping the rating to a four due to the over the top sentimentality that is the epitome of lesbian romance novels. Then the inevitable ending that the book had been building towards since the halfway point and I knew that this was a five in spite of the flaws. The sentimentality was past over the top but I'm told by a reliable source that 18 year old girls can get that way from time to time. When we finished the story and finished crying, we agreed that they're times when a little over the top sentimentality is just what you need. I related to her stories about two movies; Brian's Song and Field of Dreams that always got to me. Sometimes it's important just to share a good cry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (222)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Maybe it's me"
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    I read the reviews and was encouraged to give this one a try. The mental health hook is always a pull for me and the lead character being schizophrenic piqued my interest in this book. Unfortunately I found the five chapters I was able to get through before I gave up slow and extremely tedious. I realize that I have a short span of attention and when I start a book whether to read or to listen to I have a difficult time staying with it if it begins too slowly. This one did just that and I bailed; if you are more patient listener you may be able to wait for it; I couldn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wicked Slice: A Lee Ofsted Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Aaron Elkins, Charlotte Elkins
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Aaron Elkins, the author of the Edgar-winning Old Bones, teamed up with his wife, Charlotte, to fashion this lighthearted mystery - a fictional look at the less glamorous side of a golf tour. In this first Lee Ofsted mystery, Lee is a "rabbit" golfer in the Pacific-Western Women's Pro-Am. She made it into the tournament by the skin of her teeth and suddenly she can't keep her long drives from slicing - veering sharply to the right. She is hitting the ball perfectly and it simply isn't going where it is supposed to.

    rick says: "UGH..."
    "UGH..."
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    illogical, unrealistic, cliched, and one of Julie Farhat's worst performances using a whiny nasal twang that was insufferable. Only the subject matter kept me listening to the halfway point and got this selection rated at two stars; don't waste the credit or the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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