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Carmichael, CA, United States

  • 38 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 327 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "A waste of money."

    Except for a couple of King's books (like Dead Zone) if I had my way King would be flipping burgers somewhere. I'm glad it was on sale because I feel cheated out of my money. What drivel, even if well written. He's too weird for me. This will be my last King book. The next time I feel the urge to buy a King story I'll re-listen to a James Lee Burke story, or maybe a Dean Koontz or Craig Johnson book.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "A wonderful read!"

    Boy, oh boy... Do we have some growing up to do. Brash, arrogant, selfish... "Get the hell out of our way! We're Americans, and we're coming through, and heaven help anyone who stands in our way!" Thought provoking and insightful, this book should be read by everyone who considers him/herself a patriot. It's time to wake up, folks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    "Good stuff."

    Worth the money. Worth the money. Worth the money. (How many times do I have to write this?)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Scott Zesch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

    Roy says: "Kidnapped - 10 Year Old Adolpy Korn"
    "Very enjoyable."

    A good read of a tough and embarrassing time in our nation's history. Some soul searching is necessary about ourselves and our relationships in the world.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    shirley K. Bigham says: "straight forward"
    "A good read!"

    President G.W. Bush has yet to be appreciated for his stewardship of The United States, but that will come. This book is the best insight yet into the complexities of being the leader of the world's most powerful nation. His narration is also excellent—even though he still pronounces "nuclear" as if it were "nucular." So what? At least he didn't have a bimbo fellating him from under his desk in the oval office. He even makes fun of his own speech. He did a damned fine job during his eight years in office. He will be missed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Boundary Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler

    Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

    adrienne says: "Another unusual adventure"
    "Not bad."

    This is very similar to Vanishing Act, by Thomas Perry, but is not as good, and since this was published after Vanishing Act it makes one wonder if Krueger read Vanishing Act and said to himself, "I could write a story like that."
    It's an interesting question: Woman with Indian heritage goes into American/Canadian wilderness with bad people after her and wins: Indian lore and beliefs save her from death. Do you believe in coincidence? Something smells fishy in Denmark. This is just a little bit better than a "2", but just barely.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberly Willis Holt
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much, that is, until this summer, which is full of big changes. It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer. And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.

    A User says: "A Great Listen!!"
    "A wonderful surprise!"

    First of all: No one is a better narrator than Will Patton! He is great! Add his talent to a great book and you don't want the story to end! Ms. Holt knows how to wrap a story in beautifully crafted words and dialogue. Wonderful, wonderful! Americana at its best. Poignant, smart, and fun! Don't miss this one; and give a listen to The Water Seeker too, if you haven't heard it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Get-Back Boogie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Released from prison after two years for manslaughter, Iry heads to Montana for a fresh start on a ranch owned by a prison buddy's father. He also hopes to nail down a song he's been working on, unable to get quite right. But soon new troubles bring tragic consequences, and it will take a lot more than a soulful tune to ease the pain.

    Richard says: "A bit lost"
    "Let's get drunk and then fight!"

    Is this what it's like to "be a man" in James Lee Burke's experience? His books are better written than just about anyone's but, God I get tired of the constant boozing and then being sorry for it! Are drunks really this stupid?
    Will Patton is the best! No one reads a story better—as well, maybe (and few can do that)—but not better. He is superb!
    If you've read Burke before then you already know about the drunks who pepper all his stories. The characters of this story may be the worst of all of them. Still, it is a good story. Typical James Lee Burke.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "They don't write like (as?) they used to."

    I haven't finished this one yet; I'm about three-quarters of the way through, and I'm not sure I have the patience to finish! TEDIOUS!
    When I started I thought, "Wow! Faulkner! I'm on hollowed ground!" But now I know why I'd never read him before. There is a reason why "The Classics" aren't read much outside of the demands of some teacher or professor, and it can be summed up in one word: TEDIOUS!!! My God! It just keeps dribbling on and on!
    Books like this, and other "Classics" were written, and enjoyed, by people who had nothing better to think about. If Faulkner were writing today he could say whatever he has to say in half the words—and they would be couched in a more vigorous story.
    Did you see the movie Amadeus? Remember when a Mozart work was criticized for having "too many notes?" Well, that's what is wrong with the old writings: Too many words.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Bible, Volume 27: Letters of Paul, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By American Bible Society
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    Includes Romans, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians, from the Contemporary English Version published by the American Bible Society.

    William says: "It is The Bible, after all!"
    "It is The Bible, after all!"

    It's a good translation, well read. (They tell me I haven't written enough words, but maybe now I have.) What more need be said?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    For a person seeking a single volume to serve as a captivating introduction and a dependable guide through all the maze of battles and issues of the Civil War, this is an audiobook without parallel. Bruce Catton understood the Civil War - its participants and battles - and he unfolds it with skill and simplicity.

    Keith says: "The American Civil War"
    "Get another narrator."

    I've read most of Catton's histories of The War Between the States, and those of Shellby Foots' also. Civil War history is fascinating; but the narrator ruins this one to the point that I probably won't go any further in listening to it, and that has been only a few pages. Too bad. I wasted my money, once again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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