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Maggie

Pine Bush, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 120 titles in library
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  • The Stone Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Eisner
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    After 22 years with the same company, George Breal is out of work for the first time in his life. He must confront the unpleasant task of reinventing his career at an age when many are winding down their ambitions and looking forward to retirement. A skilled manager, he finally finds work at the slowly failing Electronic Technologies (ETI), which has come face-to-face with a modern German competitor. ETI is owned by the cantankerous, obsessive, and dictatorial entrepreneur John Lowell, who is starting to realize, as he closes out his 70s, that his shortcomings are a direct result of his misguided actions from the past.

    Howard says: "An interesting piece of fiction"
    "Very good story, keeps you interested"
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    Where does The Stone Lion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 10 or so. I usually dont listen to Fiction, but this was such a good story with many ties to our current economy.


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

    He is an amazing voice-talent. Brings the characters to life.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen, enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "New to JL Burke"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a terrific departure from what I usually listen to. This is going to sound rough, but I have been reading a lot of Stephen King lately, and this makes him look almost amateurish. They are different writers for sure, but I just loved this book and style. It's due in NO small part to the genius narration. I mean, genius.

    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
    (3169)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2931)

    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!"
    "Just Ok for King"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a short book, especially for King. The story is well told but it is a little light on substance. For me, reading longer books like 11/22/63 was much more satisfying. Plus, this story didn't have very much depth. Not a bad book, just a little light for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4992)
    Performance
    (4667)
    Story
    (4677)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Great"
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    Any additional comments?

    No paranormal spooks or vampires, just a good crime story, The characters are developed well, the writing is classic King. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thurston Clarke
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Fifty years after his death, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been. As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, JFK’s Last Hundred Days reexamines the last months of the president’s life to show a man in the midst of great change, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise.

    Maggie says: "Truly enjoyed this book"
    "Truly enjoyed this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed the book, a lot of new information about JFK, at least for me. Narration is great too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (734)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Really enjoyed this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    You really have to love history. The book is very detailed and based mostly off of personal letters written between Teddy and Taft. It can get a little long-winded at times, but that being said, I don't know what I would remove from book if asked to shorten it.

    I really loved learning more about Taft, a little-known character in history. He was truly a great man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (244)

    Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

    Jerry says: "Indisputable."
    "I expected more, a bit fluffy"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was a little fluffy, I wish he had expanded on some of his points. He did make good points, however, and was entertaining. His jokes got a bit old too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Never List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Koethi Zan
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the "Never List" - a list of actions to be avoided. But one night, against their instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. 10 years later, at 31, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn't make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Excellent Shorter Suspense Novel"
    "Not that gripping"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that a lot of people said this was highly suspenseful and gripping. I didn't think so at all. I thought the story was a bit boring. The subject matter was dark and disturbing, but there was a lack of detail that sort of diluted all of that. Not that I really need a lot of detail to understand what's happening, but the lack of detail made the whole thing hard to believe and get into.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (337)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Good story, very disturbing and graphic."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The narration was very good. The story was pretty disturbing, a bit drawn out, but a good listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wal-Mart Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charles Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of staggering data�including facts such as this: Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, this text is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping the American economy.

    Michael says: "Excellent, Balanced View"
    "Good book, not totally balanced"
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    If you could sum up The Wal-Mart Effect in three words, what would they be?

    The book starts off very fair and balanced. But towards the end it seems the author just hates walmart (with good reason) and becomes less objective.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    Alan Sklar is one of the best book narrators out there. I have listened to many of his books just for his narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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