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Daddy Shawn

Writer & daddy.

La Verne, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (821)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert L. Hicks says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Didn't feel outdated in the least. Great narratio"
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    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Action adventure that's both fun and exciting.


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

    I can't remember if I'd heard Scott before, but his narration on A Princess of Mars is spot on. Perfect for this book. I hope to get the entire series with him reading. Definitely recommend this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Matt Bondurant
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

    Rich says: "Just outstanding!"
    "A tale worth telling."
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    If you could sum up The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless in three words, what would they be?

    The reader does a remarkable job telling this brutal tale. I was pulled back to that time and felt as if I was viewing the poverty, the greed, and the tragedy first hand. Well worth taking the time to read/listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3238)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2019)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "I liked it, but the story loses it's magic."
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    The writing is excellent, the story gripping, and the locale very interesting. But the ending of Neon Rain was a let down for me. It's not bad, just not great. 3/4 of Neon Rain was excellent but the last 1/4 was just okay. I will definitely read more of James Lee Burke as I have a feeling that it only gets better from here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (513)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Loved the book."
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    Loved it. Similar to Richard Stark's Parker books. Appropriate reading that really enhanced the story. Recommend, especially to Donald E. Westlake fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars: Barsoom Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    Soldier and adventurer John Carter tells the story of how he returns to the planet Mars to be reunited with his love, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris. With his great friend Tars Tarkas, mighty Jeddak of Thark, Carter sets out in search of his princess. But Dejah Thoris has vanished. And Carter becomes trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars, from which none has ever escaped alive.

    Carol says: "Scott Brick Takes On a Classic Adventure"
    "Considering the age, surprised it's not more dated"
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    Took me a chapter to get into this story but once I did I was in for the entire ride. Great action adventure. A bit predictable today, but that's because so many of the concepts have been used since.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Parade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    The New York Times best-selling author and master of the modern mystery returns with a fierce and poignant new novel featuring his acclaimed killer-for-hire, Keller. John Keller is everyone's favorite hit man. He's cool. Reliable. A real pro: the hit man's hit man. The inconvenient wife, the business partner, the retiree with a substantial legacy. He's taken care of them all, quietly and efficiently.

    Mark says: "Not as good as the original"
    "Block's "Hit Parade" is another hit!"
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    Another great collection from a master. A series of short stories that read like a journal of sorts from the kindest hitman you could ever meet. He's got a heart but never lets that get in the way of the job. The body count piles up in Hit Parade, as do some surprising twists. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up dead.

    William says: "Good start to a great series!"
    "Slightly dated, doesn't hurt the great reading."
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    Great start to the series. Hippy dialogue seems dated now but it is only sprinkled throughout the early chapters. Looking forward to next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (541)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "Miss the TV series? Books are even better."
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    The second book in Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues the great story from book 1. And he expands the characters and (unlike many mystery novels) they continue to grow. I cannot wait until I start book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (478)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "A great start to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series"
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    I really loved the Australian background and it's interesting to read about Harry Hole's introduction to the area. We readers learn as Harry himself learns about the underbelly of the Australian landscape. I had heard from others that this book wasn't the best in the series, but I see that as a great thing. If the series gets better from here then I'm definitely hooked. Those who have already read the later books probably need to read The Bat with that in mind. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

    I'll be reading the next book in the series as soon as I finish a couple others in my pile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (606)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Great novel. Excellent reading."
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    I had seen this on TV and film so much that the plot was already known to me, but I still enjoyed the novel. I would have loved to read this book blind. Poirot is at the top of his game in this famous murder on the train.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Detective: Nathan Heller Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    When Mayor Cermak’s “Hoodlum Squad” brings Heller along on a raid with no instructions but to keep his mouth shut and his gun handy, he becomes an unwitting, unwilling part of a hit on Al Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti. As a result, Heller quits the force to become a private eye. His first job: head off a nation-shaking political assassination in Miami Beach. With the Chicago World’s Fair as a backdrop, Heller encounters a ragtag array of crooks and clients, including Al Capone, George Raft, “Dutch” Reagan, and FDR himself.

    Linda Lou says: "THE "FORREST GUMP" OF FILM NOIR NOVELS"
    "A great start to the series."
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    True Detective did lag in a couple chapters but always picked right back up in the next. Max Allan Collins' historical fiction is really well written and a gripping story. It's a side-note in history but compelling when all the characters are fleshed out. I really enjoyed Nathan Heller and will add the next book to my "to-read" pile very shortly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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