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Spencer

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser since 1971, graduate of University of Oregon, four grandchildren, wonderful wife.

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Bodies Left Behind"
    Overall

    A typically written Deaver novel, lots of twists and turns. A bit predictable but enjoyable read anyway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Narrated By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (258)

    On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

    Michael Moore says: "Very Worthwhile Read!"
    "An Excellent Education"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it paints the story of the most recent recession from the inside. If you want to know the why and how of the economics of crises development and strategies for resolution this book is a must read.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Viewing the development and response from the inside.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy F. Geithner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He is good for a non-professional.


    If you could give Stress Test a new subtitle, what would it be?

    View from the inside.


    Any additional comments?

    A long narrative, sometimes without date markers to remind the listener where in time the narration takes place. Despite being an Obama appointee Geithner is fairly even handed in his treatment of the Bush administration. He is hard on the political process especially "Tea Party" republicans. However, it is well worth reading and a real education in crises management.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (829)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "A good start"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    A good start.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bat?

    The telling of the old tribe stories.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I read the later books first so was used to a different and more entertaining narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When our hero fell off his sobriety.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author has matured with his main character and his story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (404)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Excellent! Another Culture gem."
    Overall
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    Where does The Player of Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Si/Fi stories yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The little drone. Flir Imsol.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, equally well done, love his reading of the Culture series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The good vs evil concept.


    Any additional comments?

    The most creative and innovative authors in his genere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (979)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Great story and telling"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Leopard again? Why?

    Yes, I have read all of Joe's books, he always has a unique way of killing people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, of course! Like all of us, full of issues and troubles.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pronounciations of the characters names.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Harry and Raquel not getting back together earlier.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend anyone start with The Snowman but don't forget to read the Red Breast, it's the most complex of the five I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3571)
    Story
    (3593)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Great story, fair performance"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    The details of the story.


    What other book might you compare Killing Lincoln to and why?

    None I have read


    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    A slower delivery


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    explaining the trajectory of the bullet and the horrible conditions the detainees suffered.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (284)

    Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

    Sarah says: "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    "Surface Detail"
    Overall

    One of the most original works of Science Fiction I have read in many years. The level of detail and originality was extraordinary. Well worth the read. The narrator was also very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1152)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Full Dark. No Stars"
    Overall

    Very dark, very grim. Great storytelling and his usual fantastic writing style. Well worth the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23679)
    Performance
    (10267)
    Story
    (10347)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Sad to hear this author is deceased, he was excellent with both this and The Girl Who Played with Fire. I hope you will carry the final episode in the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4209)
    Performance
    (3139)
    Story
    (3166)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Old Man's War"
    Overall

    An excellent presentation of a new idea in Science Fiction, well worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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