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W. Lawliss

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  • Irons in the Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee. His peerless writing, punctuated with a sharp sense of humor and fascinating detail, has earned him legions of fans across the country.

    Richard says: "Great Entertainment In Classic McPhee Style."
    "Interesting, but definitely not Humor"
    Overall

    While the essays are interesting, the book certainly is not "punctuated with a sharp sense of humor" as the summary states. There is no attempt at humor be it sharp, wry, witty, sarcastic or any other kind. It deliveres on trivia, but the note on humor must be a typo.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (918)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Obnoxious, no ending, don't waste your credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is like listening to a stranger next to you on an airplane drone on about his glory days. Abagnale talks endlessly of how popular he was with the ladies, and how amazing he was at evading authorities. While some of his escapades are intriguing, they don't make up for the downfalls in the book. The most offensive part is that there is no ending. After hearing about the ongoing efforts of a particular FBI agent to catch him, I wanted to hear how things finally turned out and how Abagnale was caught. But the book ends with him evading to policemen in a hotel parking lot, climbing a fence, and walking off into the dark. I thought there must be a part two, but no, the most interesting part of his story is not even a part of the book. Don't waste your time or money with this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (686)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Not worth the credit"
    Overall

    The story line is not very well developed and the narrator's accent is fake and rather grating.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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