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Ron

Asheboro, NC, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 38 reviews
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  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (461)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Jon says: "You're going to like this experience !"
    "Best book in the last year."
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    If you could sum up No Second Chance in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to stop listning.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very easy to feel for Marc Seidman,


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, I'll have to try another of byHarlan Coben.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Quincy Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (283)

    He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president. John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Informative and well written."
    "Very Good"
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    This is an interesting history lesson. One of the presidents that I knew nothing about. Definitely worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

    Michalis Petrou says: "Extremely interesting and revealing"
    "Interesting"
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    If you ever wondered why anyone would sign up to be a terrorist, this book is for you. It was better than I hoped for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (1947)
    Story
    (1944)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Pleasant Surprise"
    "Great story & full of action"
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    Lots of twist and unexpected turns to keep you interested. Just what I was looking for to get away from it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7957)
    Performance
    (5790)
    Story
    (5774)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Another great Jack Reacher book"
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    For those who love Reacher- the ultimate tough guy- like I do, this is the best one I have read so far. It was so fast paced that I could not put it down and it was not at all predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4718)
    Performance
    (3182)
    Story
    (3209)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "History worth knowing."
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    For those who know some world history, but know little about the man who's empire was bigger than all others, this book explains it. Very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (351)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "Great book. Always something happening."
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    This book was full of action and impossible to predict what was going happen next. I finished it in less than one week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4893)
    Performance
    (2278)
    Story
    (2297)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Now, I understand the 2007-08 Financial collapse"
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    This was not only a history lesson, but also like a detailed newspaper article. From the view of those few who saw it coming, it slowly explained how the meltdown was unavoidable since banks were gambling with such poor quality loans. Subprime is an understatement. The book also makes you wonder why the government did not do more break up several of the banking groups who caused the debacle instead of just bailing them out.

    Well worth the time to read if you ever wanted to know what really happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6421)
    Performance
    (3632)
    Story
    (3691)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Interesting, but slow at times"
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    I quit listening a couple of times and considered returning the book. Then I would go back and listen some more. The story was good, but it went off on long tangents too often that did not add to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (728)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Could not wait to finish"
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    I have a love/hate relationship with books that I can't put down. I love to find them, but hate that I don't want to do anything else. This is one of those books. What else matters?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2474)
    Performance
    (2216)
    Story
    (2217)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "History or Fiction? This is a Fantastic Combinati"
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    This story is so plausible and historically accurate that readers can't tell if it is true or not. Highly recommended to either history buffs or fiction readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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