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rick

Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.

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  • Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics: Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By Josh Feinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Best-selling sportswriter and Edgar Award winner John Feinstein is back with another sports mystery featuring Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson—this one set at the summer Olympics in London. In this book, Susan Carol isn't a reporter—she's an Olympian, competing as a swimmer at her first Olympic games. Stevie is both proud and envious of her athletic prowess. And he's worried by the agents and sponsors and media all wanting to get up close and personal with Susan Carol.

    Robert Buschkemper says: "OK against Olympics 2012 backdrop"
    "Feinstein does it again."
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    As with everything else written by John Feinstein this was a great listen. The author is still a surperior nonfiction author. However this selection is well worth the investment in both time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Deja Vu

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Polly Iyer
    • Narrated By Fred Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Wealthy architect Reece Daughtry spent 15 years in a Massachusetts prison for a murder he didn't commit. Released on a technicality, he now makes his home in the mountains of North Carolina, building rock fireplaces for a waiting list of clients. His self-imposed solitude is shattered when author Dana Minette asks him to build a fireplace in her new house. Dana becomes more than a client, and for the first time in 20 years, Reece longs to be with someone other than himself.

    Ellis says: "A story you won't forget"
    "Maybe I'm A Stickler But..."
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    Though there are any number of positive aspects to this book; a lack of credibility in the actions of several characters in this story and the results that occur thereto dropped the rating from a solid 4 to a weak 3. In addition one of the principle reasons I purchased this audio was due to the setting; the mountains of western North Carolina. There is practically no action that occurs in that setting that couldn't have occurred in Anywhere, USA. Given the amount of detail contained in this narrative a bit of local color doesn't would been not only reasonable but welcome. Indeed much of this book seems to be rather generic.
    This one is a borderline call for me when it comes a recommendation. If like me, you're fascinated by the implied geography; this one isn't likely to scratch that itch. On the other hand if you just want a nice love story/ mystery you'll probably like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Loop

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Meghan O’Brien
    • Narrated By Eva Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Regan O’Riley has just about given up hope that she will ever find a woman into shy, geeky programmers. She yearns for a connection, but can't seem to make the first move. Mel Raines knows all about making moves. After a childhood under the thumb of her alcoholic father, she avoids intimacy by drowning herself in fiery, fleeting encounters with strangers. When Regan and Mel meet in a straight bar, of all places, their chemistry is unmistakable.

    Joy says: "WORTH EVERY MINUTE"
    "Despite These Problems"
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    This is the third Meghan O'Brien novel I've purchased from Audible; and the weakest. There are far too many long poignant declarations of love. Both of the protagonists prattle on these endless declarations of self deprecation; making statements that proclaim "I'm not worthy; I'm not worthy. Then there the long detailed play-by-play renditions of rather Vanilla sexual encounters that do little to move the story forward. So I hated it right?
    Wait (you just checked my rating) how is I gave this book I hated 4 out of 5 stars? Because Meghan O'Brien did an absolutely great job of creating two likable yet human leading ladies that you have no trouble getting behind and pulling for. The brief snatches of back-story the author supplies are an excellent for providing context into the characters. Their interactions with friends and family likewise offer insight into who Mel and Regan are and how it influences the people they became. The relationship between Regan and her straight friend Adam is a particularly good one.
    So though there are plenty of flaws in this narrative; it is still a good story with plenty of sympathetic likable characters. Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Blunders in History: Kashmir

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By The History Channel
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Right up to the moment when India and Pakistan became independent, the last British viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was undecided as to which country should incorporate Kashmir into its borders. It was decided by the Hindu Maharajah that his largely Muslim state should join India. His decision precipitated a virtual state of war between the two countries and a bitter territorial dispute that persists to this day.

    Master Yoda says: "a shallow introduction to the problem"
    "Timely and Relevant"
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    This is a rendition of the history of the Kashmir region that though it is overwhelmingly Islamic belongs to India; which is predominantly Hindu. It details how the indecisive British viceroy; Lord Mountbatten contributed to the problem by refusing to make a decision, thus leaving it to the two countries to make the decision. Another one of the solid Great Blunders in History from the History Channel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common - the killer.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Quite as good as I was expecting"
    "Never Reaches It's Potential"
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    The raw material was here for a great book. The psychology of the criminals and the crimes worked; there was a nasty cop who derided the efforts of Tempe, Ryan, and Skinny Slidell who gets his due in the end. So why did I end up giving it only three stars? 1) Way too much superfluous detail which did nothing to move the story forward. 2) The lack of astute police work; Tempe seemingly has developed a penchant for stream of consciousness hypothetical questions to which she expects answers. For instance a key piece of information as to how a dead woman's DNA was transferred to a victim's was painfully obvious to anyone actually listening to the audiobook. Tempe had in fact; seen exactly where it came from; yet three hours of the audiobook went by before she managed to regain her memory in the form of a Eureka moment. Then there was the her constant need to have everyone telling her anything to reiterate painfully obvious points that a ten year old should have been able to grasp; never mind an experienced anthropologist and Medical Examiner.
    The Bones series has always been; in the words of Forrest Gump, a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. For me this one possessed the potential to be the best; too bad that it didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grab Them Aghast

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Cameron Esposito
    • Narrated By Cameron Esposito
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Cameron Esposito hasn’t had a Comedy Central special and she doesn’t frequent the hip indie New York City comedy clubs, but this art-house comic has some unique talent that’s made her a favorite among hometown Chicago audiences. Her raspy, excitable delivery is clean and intelligent, and one would imagine her improv performances (her true comedy background) to be enjoyable as well.

    rick says: "Are You Kidding Me"
    "Are You Kidding Me"
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    Completely unfunny with stuttering and long pauses between wannabe jokes; take a chance only if it's free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beard

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Eton
    • Narrated By Tillie Hooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    When tall, pretty Kelly interviews at Washington D.C.’s premier LGBT-centric lobbying firm, she claims she has a girlfriend. Nothing could be further from the truth; she’s never even kissed a girl. Kelly’s hired. However, a suspicious co-worker keeps inquiring about her girlfriend. To keep her lies straight, Kelly bases her fictional partner on Anna, an aggressive, gorgeous lesbian friend of a friend. But when the firm’s annual Christmas party looms, Kelly’s forced to produce her mysterious girlfriend.

    Bonnie says: "Cute story about A LIE"
    "Defiant Mediocrity"
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    This novella contains a weak plot; broad unrealistic caricatures; a totally ridiculous core concept; yet I can't bring myself to dismiss it completely.
    Our main character Kathy interviews for a job with an LGBT lobbying group and despite a myriad of federal regulations that would prohibit such discrimination, she has to be a lesbian to work there.
    Badly needing a job she invents a girlfriend by referencing a friend of a friend that she's never spoken to. There is a nosy know-it-all employee who's sure she's posing and she wastes no opportunity to announce her views to everyone within listening distance. When Kathy's boss tells her that she will be expected to produce said girlfriend at the company Christmas party she knows she has to get creative. Anna is convinced to play the part of her paramour and the resulting events at the party are as over the top teen movie like as they are unlikely. Still there is a likable quality to this story that makes it a worthwhile listening experience..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Michael says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "Out of the Dark"
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    Christian Contemporary DJ Seth Andrews tells the story of his conversion from fundamentalist to going through the motions to atheist. There are some in depth checks on what the bible actually says and parts of the old testament in particular are as bloody and as sick as anything Caligula ever did. The author touches on the depth that right wing politics have touched and changed this country's religions. If this is an issue you've struggled with you found very much new ground being broken but the author is both a good writer and an excellent narrator; with less than five hours of material this is a succinct look at a largely unexplored and ignored movement; a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking My Way Through 14 Online Dating Websites

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Tiffany Peón
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Sick of feeling heartbroken over her most recent breakup and underwhelmed by the rest of her life, Tiffany Peón decided to embark on a social experiment. Over the course of one year, she used 14 different online dating sites including Craigslist, speed dating, and The Atlasphere, a site for fans of Ayn Rand. Through drunken interactions with strangers, she learned the ins and outs of the online dating world and eventually found her way back to the relationship that started it all.

    rick says: "Amusing and Sarcastic"
    "Amusing and Sarcastic"
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    Tiffany Peon's writing is humorous and Mia Chiaromonte uses a droll understated tone to convey the essence of the words. As this genre of book practically mandates a snarky, sarcastic tone there are times when the author's rendition of these dates can come off as unkind; if not cruel. On the other hand her humor is understated and there doesn't seem to be many gratuitous shots taken at the men. Interwoven into this scenario is the author's resumption of her affair with her ex boyfriend Chris. Given the cost this audio is an excellent listening choice if you desire 105 minutes of entertaining escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Frigging Matrimony

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice, and hilarious one-liners. Marriage: The final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the '50s, all the while knowing they’d never make it back. And now another poor rocket is ready to launch. But this isn't just any posh New York wedding. You've seen my friends, you've met our families, you know you're in for a treat.

    BluBumbleB says: "GOTTA LOVE DREW..."
    "Cliched and Predictable"
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    If you were a fan of any of the dramas of nineties on the independent television network's you will be comfortable with the plot of this selection. Even one of Audible's great narrators couldn't rescue this one from abject mediocrity. Take a pass on this one; and if you want a good quick listen choose something from Diane Capri's "Get Jack Reacher" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (877)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Strong Comeback For Bosch"
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    I was less than impressed with The Black Box so it was with relief that when I got into this book and realized that it was one helluva comeback. Harry's new partner Lucia Soto is an excellent addition; the first worthy partner Bosch has had since Kiz Rider. Then there was the juxtaposition of the two cases they worked. As usual the politicians and the police administrators are as much the enemy as the perps; you wonder how the detectives ever solve any crime with that type of nonsupport. The only negative was Titus Welliver; his dreary monotone delivery that made long for the voices of Len Cariou or Dick Hill. Until I became accustomed to listening to it I thought that this Bosch was headed for the reject file; I'm happy I persevered and gave the writing a chance to overcome Welliver's narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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