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Tiggi Lit Lee


  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"

    A chatty, witty, detailed, person-centered take on how various countries or states fell victim to their "personal" weaknesses and set "themselves" up for financial failure. More of a personal opinion than a factual report, but it does make sense.

    WAY TOO SHORT!!!!!

    Should have been twice as long. Just when I had collected a lot of ideas and was starting to THINK about them, the book up and ended!!!! I did not like that at all. This demeaned the content. Caused me to reclassify the book as a sitcom or a reality show. I HAD thought I was listening to an entertaining documentary up to that point. Oh well, I guess that's Michael Lewis's product. Really had expected more.

    Excellent narration though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "not for the psychologically sophisticated"
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Heather O'Neill?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    JUST KIDS by Patti Smith.

    What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her great accents make it more real.

    Do you think The Likeness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


    Any additional comments?

    the premise of the story IS impossible. the more you know about people the less you can go along with the premise. you have to suspend disbelief from the beginning and that ruins everything. i won't say more because I don't want to spoil it for those more naive than I. how this book ever got past the first editorial meeting i'll never know.

    the author can write well and i enjoyed the parts where the group of 5 are living in and working on the old mansion in the country. but that's incidental to the main story line.

    this book asks for a large investment of your time. if you have lived quite a bit of your life already, I'm afraid you won't enjoy this book because it will feel like a waste of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "For Fans Only"

    John Sandford is my favorite mystery-thriller author. [Wouldn't mind knowing Virgil Flowers either.] So I enjoyed the book. But it's not up to par with Sandford's other books.

    From start to finish it felt like Sandford was fulfilling a contract commitment and didn't have time to get inspired.

    Note to Publisher: Please don't make him dumb down this series or the one with Lucas just to grind out more books!

    I LIKE the social commentary, don't get me wrong. But I didn't learn anything new.

    Another thing, the main characters use the same sentence structure, which I've noticed before. Breaks the spell. Maybe the next book could include disguising your identity in a sophisticated manner and Sandford could learn about changing sentence structure along the way?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "An Overdose of Gratuitous Violence"

    If you long for an ultra-violent, modern Western in audiobook form, get this book.

    I'm found of JLB's stories set in Louisiana so I wasn't prepared for the continuous, extreme, sadistic violence in this book.

    The average reader is likely to be appalled.

    But if you have a strong desire for vicarious torture, pain, and killing, it would be better to read this book than act it out in real life. That's the only good use I can think of for this horrendous work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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