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Johnny

Waco, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
  • 28 ratings
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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Dying to Please

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman Sarah has come to respect and love. But her perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes.

    Nyrrocdooh says: "Couldn't Stop Listening."
    "Juvenile Story...Title s/b "Dying to BE Pleased!""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I purchased this book for my wife and me to listen to on a vacation drive. We were both very disappointed with this book. We were expecting more of a murder mystery, but this book seemed to focus more on an unrealistic "everything woman" (beautiful butler/bodyguard, excellent marksman, martial arts specialist; who does housework, buys groceries, and manages a household), and her lust for pleasure with an unrealistic "everything man" (ex-military doctor, who is now a policeman/investigator with a small town police force). At some point, we asked the question, "Hey, did these people forget there was a murder that happened?" Judging from the reviews (I have seen only one other negative review), this book obviously has a lot of appeal to a certain segment of readers. At the risk of coming across as sexist, I will say that my guess is that this book would be more liked by female readers who possibly lack sexual passion in their lives; or by male readers who dream of having a Victoria's Secret model who does his housework in lingerie, goes to the gun range or fishing with him, and allows him to handcuff her and have his way with her whenever he wants.


    What could Linda Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus on and develop the murder mystery story-line more... Be less juvenile sounding in the love (lust) scenes. This book sounded like it was written by a freshman in college!


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

    I don't recall hearing any other Susan Ericksen narrations. With this book, she did a good job, albeit with bad material.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first and last Linda Howard book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (809)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "A Wonderful Story, So Well Told!!!"
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    The author, Adam Makos, did a masterful job interweaving the stories of these two great airmen! This is absolutely one of my favorite books, ever! It's should be especially good for those with an interest in WWII, but also for those who like stories of chivalry and resolution. The ending of this book is just incredibly beautiful. Franz Stigler, the German airman, is one of my all-time favorite characters. Thank you, Adam Makos!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10825)
    Performance
    (6849)
    Story
    (6881)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!!"
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    Such an amazing story, and so well told by Laura Hillenbrand! Such a talented author! I told my wife that Ms. Hillenbrand could make going to the store for a loaf of bread sound spellbinding! And the subject matter of this book is so overwhelming! So many great stories built into one book... It is about so much more than a man being stranded on a raft. An amazing biography of this amazing man, Louie Zamperini! And, as always, Edward Herrmann, did a great job with the narration. A few times, you could hear the heartfelt emotion in his voice. Thanks to all for a wonderful testament to this man's life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5583)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2242)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Bleak Story, But Positive Father-Son Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the interaction between the father and son, and their care and respect for each other. I was pleased that the book was only about 7 hours. I enjoyed the anticipation of how the book would end. Also, in my opinion, Tom Stechschulte is one of the best readers on Audible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, perfect length for a one-sitting listen.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (401)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Painfully Detailed!"
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    What did you like best about Six Days of War? What did you like least?

    Much, much more detailed than I expected! I was expecting more focus on the Six Day War. This book was more about the history of Israel from 1948 up to the 1967 six-day war. It goes into intricate detail. I finally gave up on the book after 10 hours, and it hadn't even gotten into the 1967 war yet!


    Would you recommend Six Days of War to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book, because I felt the title was misleading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    Joshua Jordan’s new weapons defense system will secure America against an array of new enemies, including a nuclear strike on New York City by North Korea. But global forces are mounting and corrupt government leaders will go to any extreme to prevent an impending economic catastrophe. As world events begin setting the stage for the “end of days” foretold in Revelation, Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves.

    Paul says: "Edge of Your Seat"
    "Good start, but then..."
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    What did you like best about Edge of Apocalypse? What did you like least?

    I like reading an action novel without all the typical profanity. The book had a great start, but seemed to get slow and very drawn out, and with too many characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall ? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What aspect of Stefan Rudnicki’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice sometimes sounded a little robotic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (306)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Milton Friedman on Steroids!"
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    Would you listen to No, They Can't again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book, if I had it to do over again. It would probably be good to re-listen to it every couple of years, because the issues raised in this book should be considered, even if you don't agree with everything it says. I wish it were required reading in our schools or colleges, and for members of congress and the President!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Over and over, Stossel raises the point that "intuition says ___________, but reality has shown ___________." This book forces the reader to consider downstream impacts and unintended consequences of governmental controls on society and individuals' personal lives.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A tidbit that stood out most for me was Stossel's statement that 50% of home burglaries in UK and Canada occur when someone is home, verses only 12% in the US.


    Any additional comments?

    My son (a senior in college), was the one who suggested this book to me. He told me this book was "Milton Friedman on Steroids," so I have to give him credit for my review headline. I totally agree! This book just makes a lot of sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1774)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Excellent Story Teller!"
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    If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting... Insightful... Enlightening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bobby Kennedy is likely my favorite character because he seemed to be a good person, faithful to his family, and a great counselor to his brother. I don't think JFK would have had the successes he did without RFK.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill O'Reilly does a superb job telling a story of an event that is already well documented. I enjoyed a fresh narrative of the story, and the personal traits of the characters that he brought out. He did a great job making me feel like a part of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3460)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1673)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Very Disappointing! Unlikable Characters!"
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Scott Brick?

    This was my first David Baldacci book, and will likely be my last! I didn't like the tone of the book or any of the characters.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have liked the book better had it had some likable characters. The hateful & sarcastic attitude of all the characters permeated the book. It was ridiculous, almost to the point of being comical!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I will try to avoid books read by Mr Brick. I think his sarcastic tone in almost every sentence made a bad book even worse.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Listening to this book put me in a bad mood due to the bad attitudes throughout it; and made me angry and sad that I had wasted my time and money on it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Christian witness for the most part"
    "Misleading Title!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would be a good book for someone who is interested in an autobiography of a Christian woman doctor. The title is very misleading, with only a few pages about the author's brief experience in the afterlife.


    What could Mary C. Neal have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know if Ms Neal was at fault, or if it was her publisher, who came up with the misleading title and book description. The book would have been more enjoyable if it had been more about the afterlife.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Christian and believe in the afterlife, and I do not doubt what the author experienced... I'm just disappointed that this book was more about the life of the author, with only about 5-10 minutes about the afterlife. Beware, the book title and publisher summary are misleading!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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