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Michael

Ruston, La, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Rhino Ranch

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Legendary author Larry McMurtry—who has both a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award to his credit—concludes the story of Duane Moore, who first appeared in the 1966 classic The Last Picture Show.... Fast approaching 70, Duane is adjusting to the loneliness of retirement. Then things get stirred up when a billionaire heiress moves to the area and opens a rhinoceros sanctuary.

    Michael says: "fitting opposite bookend to The Last Picture Show"
    "fitting opposite bookend to The Last Picture Show"
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    Just finished it, and loved it as much as the first book in the series. It captures the essence of aging as well as The Last Picture Show captured coming of age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Seas: An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Glenn Damato
    • Narrated By René Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?" Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

    Michael says: "If it fly's floats or f.... - its cheaper to rent"
    "If it fly's floats or f.... - its cheaper to rent"
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    Loved the audiobook so much that I listened to the entire thing in one sitting (in a back office at work with the volume turned down low - don't tell anyone). It is good on several levels, the story is well told in a manner that makes the mundane interesting, it has a man meets middle age and fights it subplot, its a great sea story, parts of it are really funny and parts of it make you cringe in sympathy with some of the situations the author gets himself into. If you like boats, you'll like the book. If you've ever owned a boat you'll love the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Jane Leavy, John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, she delivers the definitive account of Mantle's life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with an achingly damaged soul.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Exceptional - a real must read for baseball fans"
    "It's the Mick"
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    I grew up a Mickey Mantle fan, this book didn't take any of the Mick's lore away from me and in the end probably added to it. You see the flawed human, true enough but you see what could have been without an outfield drain cover and lifetime of drinking. What he accomplished in spite of those issues makes him all the more remarkable as an athlete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (549)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Oenophile says: "Much improved"
    "Best Bosch book so far"
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    This one goes easier on Bosch being on the verge of being fired or under threat of some other punishment and focuses more on plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (972)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Weakest Bosch book so far"
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    I hated the narrator's Bosch voice, sounded like an old man. The story was more Terry McCaleb than Bosch I thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Knott
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    For years, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have ridden roughshod over rabble-rousers and gun hands in troubled towns like Appaloosa, Resolution, and Brimstone. Now, newly appointed as territorial marshalls, they find themselves traveling by train through the Indian Territories.

    Louanne says: "Ho Hum"
    "Great continuation of the series"
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    This book follows Robert Parker's earlier books in the series so well that I couldn't tell how much, if any of this was Parker's writing. If you liked the other books in the series, you'll like this one. The "Virgil said" "I said" issue that people have had in the other books wasn't nearly as noticeable, or I've gotten used to it and it didn't annoy me at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Brentwood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    For O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop, a brilliant detective, had to be destroyed. That was the cynical strategy of the Simpson defense. But as certainty about Simpson's guilt grew, so did the outrage about the scapegoating of Mark Fuhrman. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning expose.

    Larry says: "Concise Presentation of the Overwhelming Evidence"
    "As a former cop"
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    To the reviewers who felt there was too much whinning in the book - this mans life was ruined because he did no more than his job. He has a right to a little venting, but didn't let it get in the way of a clear recitation of the facts and of his conclusions from those. I totally agree with his conclusions based on the facts presented in this book and in Mike Gilbert's book which I read first. Watching the trial, I bet a guy O.J. Was going to get off because of the prosecuters. Thebook did change my opinion of Furman for the better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1683)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "The book has no ending"
    Overall
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    This is one of a series apparently. Reading this is like picking up a novel and reading a single chapter in the middle of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (737)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "great beach read"
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    Good plot, good pace. A nice weave of history, Native American culture, suspense and adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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