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Carl

West Palm Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

    Lynne says: "Dig this..."
    "Great Story and Great Reader"
    Overall

    A story about the "lost" part of the Love Generation. Great writing, amazing language, and fantasic reader makes for a wonderful experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (865)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Harry is Very Bland and Dry in This One"
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    The Harry Bosch at the best of times can be a bit dry and bland but the better ones pick up speed and have surprise endings. This is one of the least exciting and most disappointing. The story was bland most of the way through and it never really picked up speed. Also the ending seemed very flat. Was looking forward to this one because the last 3 or 4 seemed to be getting better and better. This book is recommended only for the Harry Bosch fans that need to read every one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1072)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Not His Best"
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    This is the first John Grisham book I couldn't finish. I've read and loved them all but I just couldn't get into this one. The message of the book is Important but I didn't like the characters much. The town the story takes place in is very depressing (why would anyone want to live there... or visit their as a reader) Like many other reviewers I wasn't as impressed with the reader. Don't know why he has stopped using Michael Bech which was always the best for his books. Sure I know the main character was a woman but good male readers can handle that or there are loads of other female readers that would have been better suited for this project.
    I wanted to like this book and hope John's next one is back to the style I love so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Baker
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Ralf is a software prodigy. He works in the US government office that updates the software in the population's boosts - networked supercomputers contained in a chip implanted within the brains of 99 percent of the world’s population. Invented by Chinese researchers in 2032, the boost is credited with leading humanity to its most significant cognitive leap since the discovery of fire. Days before a national upgrade, Ralf notices that the update includes an open surveillance gate.

    Carl says: "Imaginative and Funny But a Bit Flat"
    "Imaginative and Funny But a Bit Flat"
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    Great idea for a book but the actually story can be a bit silly and flat. Had fun with it but it didn't hold me like I like from a story. Characters are a bit silly but I can't decide if that was fun or annoying or a bit of both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (597)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Joan says: "Time to Give Baldacci a Break"
    "Not As Much Fun As Last Two"
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    I was disappointed in this 3rd in the John Puller series. First of all the main character is to flat and two dimensional. It was a little cute but not as over done in the earlier books but it balloons in this one. The character has little imagination, has no lustful thoughts, has no interests outside work, has no sense of humor, and his lines are corny and flat. The story wasn't as good and it was too implausible. The female reader, Orlagh Cassidy, also made the corny female dialect seem even stupider and more annoying. It's like the author is writing for a B movie from the fifties. Ending was also a disappointment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (5535)
    Story
    (5552)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Incredible Reader Makes This Fun"
    Overall
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    Fun and hard boiled super hero type story that almost makes you believe with its science fiction twist. Patching it together with a different version of earth history, the roaring 20's, and a bit of steam punk type technology adds to the fun. Great characters that make you care about them. Top that with a incredible reader and you hate to pause in your listening to go to work. Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3054)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Little Lame But Fun"
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    This is a tame version of a Stephen King story. Sweet, a bit innocent, sappy at times, and with a little bit tear jerking at the end. Reminds me of the pulp fiction of the 60's. I usually don't like most Stephen King novels because to me the principal characters are often unlikeable, the language he uses is often excessive to the point of being less realistic instead of more, and and the world's he creates seem to bland more than dark. The good news is that this novel is the opposite of all these things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse Keepers: The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    In this final and most ambitious book in a wonderfully inventive trilogy, veteran interplanetary travelers Jamie and Ramsay must protect their alien friend Wishaway, now living with them on Earth, from the scrutiny of sinister forces on their own planet. In the meantime, Wishaway’s beloved home planet of Altair seems to be hurtling toward doom.

    Karen says: "unexpected suspenseful book"
    "Best of the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Had fun with the series but the first 2 were a bit slow at times. This one was more fun, fast moving, and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Owen - known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B" - has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi - an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy - was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

    Joy says: "Excellent! A must listen!"
    "Cute and Heart Warming But Too Long"
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    Performance
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    Disabled dog meets disabled boy. They find each other and fall in love the first quarter of the book. The rest of the book are the many and continuing medical problems of both which gets tiresome. This story is more suited for a long article in a newspaper and not so much in a book. It is heart warming and can bring tears to your eyes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (457)

    New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

    John says: "Cheap, but still overpriced!"
    "Reacher Just as Dangerous at 16"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This young Reacher short story is even more unbelievable than his usual but still fun. Gave it three stars because what happens to one of the characters at the end just adds to much to the impossible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kind Words Saloon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (43)

    Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas - not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico - we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge - more often with a mean look than a pistol - Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends.

    Carl says: "So So Addition to McMurtry's Western Stories"
    "So So Addition to McMurtry's Western Stories"
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    I've read all Larry McMurtry's Western stories and loved them all starting with his best, Lonesome Dove so I had to have this one. However the story seemed cut out from another that he never threw away. It also seems to be a repeat of many of his cowboy stories with a character from a past one passing through this one. Gave it 3 stars because the humorous dialog he imagines of that time (similar to his other westerns) that also illustrates the casual savagery of The West. He also paints a picture that makes me wonder how any sane person could ever imagine cowboy life as romantic and adventurous but it certainly was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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