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Tammy

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  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2928)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (2016)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Not his best"
    Overall

    This was my third Jack Reacher book. The first two were great especially Killing Floor. It really got me into the Jack Reacher series. I didn't finish this one. If I was supposed to feel sorry for Carmen, I couldn't do it. Jack is a smart guy but he fell her story hook, line and sinker. Not like him in other the other books. He questions every thing. The book should have been over in the first two hours. Jack Reacher I've come to know in other books would have walked away.

    Dick Hill is a great narrator of these stories and I'm glad Lee Child continues to use him. Love him as Reacher, but please never again have a grown man do a six year old girl's voice.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "Too much detail again"
    Overall

    I listened to another John Rain novel, Hard Rain. These books are so tedious. I mean who in their right mind thinks about how their wristwatch was made while waiting for the kidnappers of your best friend to call back?

    I could care less what kind of tomatoes were used to make his lunch. This book, like the other one drones on about the surroundings, describes every detail about the food he's eating, the clothes people are wearing. I couldn't finish this book.

    Next to no action again. I will not listen to another "John Rain" book. They should put these books into a Fashion, Travel, Food category, not mystery thrillers. There is no mystery or thrill about this book.

    Plain boring. Even Scott Brick couldn't bring this one off. I feel sorry he even had to narrate it. He must've found it incredibly boring too.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • On Wings of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Marcia Hyde, Larry Robinson, Ralph Williams, and others
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (207)

    When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared.

    Tammy says: "Was the narrator in a hurry?"
    "Was the narrator in a hurry?"
    Overall

    Did they give this guy a deadline? He spoke so fast if you were distracted for just a few seconds you missed a lot. I slowed the speed down for my iPod, and some chapters were tolerable. Then he used a normal speaking speed, I had to change back. Next chapter he was rushing again. I got tired of dealing with it so I never finished listening for more than a couple of hours. I think this would have been a great book if not for the narration.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    History is to society what memory is to the individual. Without it, we don't know who we are and we can't make wise decisions about our future. But while the nature of memory is constant, the nature of history has changed radically over the past 40 years. Historian Gordon Wood examines the sea change in his field through consideration of some of its most important historians and their works.

    Eric says: "A measured take on history writing"
    "What is his point?"
    Overall

    I listened to over two hours of this book and still have no idea what the author is trying to impart to the reader. He also makes the assumption you have read every history book he cites and know the context of the passage(s) he's citing. He cites many, many books, authors, and passages. He is all over the place, he never gets an idea fully across to the reader.

    I spent most of the two hours listening trying to figure what the point of this book is. I'm not getting any "wonderful insight". The dust jacket is better reading than the book is.

    I've downloaded well over 100 books on Audible and this is one of the worst. I'm sorry I wasted my money. I will not finish this one.

    27 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3178)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (968)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "One of the few"
    Overall

    I must be one of the few who did not like this book. It couldn't seem to capture my attention. I found myself wincing at the swearing every couple of seconds in the book. Although, the person may have been quoting someone, I found it totally distracting. I couldn't listen to even two hours of this book. It seemed to me to be more about womanizing, swearing, backstabbing, drinking parties, etc.

    I have downloaded and listened to more than 60 non-fiction books and by far this one of the worst. If the author would have stuck to the plot more cohesively and left out most of the swearing and how many women the guy(s) slept with, drinking parties, etc, maybe I could've stuck it out.

    I did not like it at all.

    20 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Climb

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong...

    Bob Ellis says: "Counterpoint to"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    The only thing I didn't like about the narration was that the person would say the person's name before quoting them. This was done quite often. Although it makes it obviously clear who is being quoted, it was done way too much in the book. I found myself saying Anatoli throughout the book and it would get stuck in my head like a bad song throughout the day.

    This book is very, very good. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the adventure survival type books. I would've given this book five stars if the narration style was changed. I will listen to it again, regardless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    Any one with a family member with a disability that is neurological in origin will appreciate this book. The author's final chapter says it all. Great narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (240)

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "Best listen ever"
    Overall

    This is the best book I've ever read or listened to. Very inspiring to know there are people out there standing against the system and making a huge difference in people's lives. I know where I plan to donate to charity this year.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on or off? Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

    Maurice says: "An Eye Opener"
    "Junk Science"
    Overall

    Unfortunately there were no reviews on this book before I downloaded it. I wouldn't waste my money on this one. The author has many theories, and contradicts his own theories throughout the only three chapters I was able to listen to. Download Mountains Beyond Mountains, or Demon Under the Microscope. I will listen to those two books again and again.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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