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Eric B.

MO, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 30 reviews
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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "Great Concept poorly Executed"
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    A bunch of disconnected, un-ordered gibberish, never making a solid point, at least not in the first three hours, at which point I turned off the book. The author writes as if he is in love with the sound of his own pen. He jumps all over the place never really making a point. Desperately needed an editor, author sound like he is love the sound of his own writing. Given the book summary I expected at lot more, I expected to laugh as he points out various points that are too obvious and far too true about how media has warped our opinions and brainwashed the masses. I didn’t expect to be enlighten, just entertained and maybe given a few points of view of that I had not thought of, like discussing state of politics with a good friend with whom you share many views, but now all. Instead I felt like I was listening to a lecture by a arrogant professor that is in love with his own voice and loves to show off his intelligence.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Down to the Sea: The Lost Regiment, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In the aftermath of Gettysburg, the 35th Regiment of the Union Army were pulled through a time warp, leaving them stranded in a strange alien world. Now it's time for exploration - and to discover a way to survive.

    Ben says: "A New Generation Gives a Fresh Feel"
    "Series Should of Ended in Book 8"
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    Though the book is well narrated and story is decent, it just did not do the series justice. This was clearly an attempt to breathe new life into the series with the children of beloved characters. However, another book is not likely to follow and the concept has run its course. I loved the series and book 8 provided a great close. Forstchen should have left the series alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1015)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "History is Right: Classic Western"
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    The basis story main be simplistic, but I found I agree with history. This is great book, and would encourage even those who would normally not like westerns to give it chance. The characters are well written. Ladies Mattie Ross is hoot and one strong willed woman, one the best female characters among the books I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (3252)
    Story
    (3247)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Entertaining Sequel and Solid Addition to Series"
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    A solid addition to the world created in "Hard Magic". Quickly paced with excellent narration. I laughed and cheered and look forward to listening to the third book.

    0 of 0 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
    (5193)
    Performance
    (4702)
    Story
    (4713)

    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."
    "Fun Story with Great Characters"
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    Thoroughly entertaining listen. Larry Correia as created some great characters. You know your getting wrapped up in a book when you find yourself cheering out loud in the car in saying yea take that you @%@#. Look forward to the listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (837)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Interesting True Life Account"
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    It was well written account, and even though it was bit slow, it was still enjoyable. I honestly expected it to be slow, but I enjoy nature documentaries and thought I would give this book a shot. I am glad I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5753)
    Performance
    (5367)
    Story
    (5388)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Outstanding Thoroughly Entertaining from Beginning"
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    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    Simply put, it was fun. It grabs you from the start and keeps the pace going. I enjoy a complex story with lots of depth, but occasionally you want something that does not take it self to seriously and is just a fun read. This book fits the bill, perfectly. It may have a few plot holes and even be little predictable at points, with some obvious foreshadowing, but still just plain enjoyable. I like complex books, but after a few stressful weeks at work, this was exactly what I needed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The opening scene of the book. I could mention a another scene but it would be a spoiler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1264)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Very Orginal and enjoyable"
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    I was quickly pulled into to the story by the great narration, and intriguing opening. The story has fast paced with just right amount of humor. Stark is great character, the type of guy you can't help but like though he can be a bit of ass, not someone one you would invite for dinner, but would definitely want on your side if the world was on the brink of ending. I was disappointed in only one aspect of story, or would have given it 5 stars, though I the reason for my disappointment might dwindle depending on where the story goes from here; Kadrey may have reason for the portion of the story that I thought didn't quite fit the world he defined. I look forward to finding out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4314)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1810)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Outstanding Entertainment"
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    This book was just plain entertaining you laugh, maybe cry, be thrilled and just plain have fun. The pace of the book is perfect and all the characters in the book are outstanding . David Aaron Baker is outstanding as the Narrator/Thomas. I am usually not a great fan of ghost stories, but I found myself really liking the the Odd Thomas character.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10315)
    Performance
    (5588)
    Story
    (5619)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Great Story Telling, Imaginative"
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    It was an imaginative well written and superbly narrated story of a fantastic journey of survival and hope. This book will not disappoint those that love a great adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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