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Pleasant Hill, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 12 reviews
  • 330 ratings
  • 291 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "A 2 lane highway in the hills"

    This book is like a 2 lane country highway through the hills, you can't go fast, but whenever you get tired of the pace, a hill appears and you have to know what's on the other side.
    The narrator does a very nice job - reminds me of George G.

    I'm sure if I'd read this in hard copy I would have "cheated" and skipped ahead to see if the fox gets his ears pinned.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher P. says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "A good series benefits from a great narrator "

    Nothing new in the plot, the villains are scary and overwhelming right up till the moment the underdog hero/s pulls off a last minute victory. Yet the characters and story remain enjoyable. Kate Reading is a pleasure to listen to.
    If you like a series in the style of Tolkien, Jordon and Sanderson, you will enjoy this series - just don't expect the depth of character or complexity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Holland Suggestions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett

    In The Holland Suggestions, contractor Jim Ryan knows there is a chapter missing from his life. His dreams show places that are absolutely familiar, yet he can't name. One day, he receives an anonymous photograph of a mountain cave - one that may hold the key to his past. Now he is headed up into the Colorado Rockies, hoping to find this landmark that has etched itself so clearly into his mind.

    Kate+Mitchell Powell says: "An early Dunning"
    "I'm not going to make it through this book"

    I've tried to listen to this book twice on long commutes, shut it off or fast forwarded both times. I'm hoping it gets better - can't sell my audio copy in a garage sale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "Disappointing after Agincourt"

    Agincourt was so much better than this book. I think Tom Sellwood tried his best, but an "older" voice would have helped this book, and it needed the help of a great narrator. I've got another BC book in my library already so I'm hoping this was a fluke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Probably better to read, easier skim the filler"

    There was a lot of extras in here that should have landed on the cutting room floor to borrow from the film medium.
    It was good when it was good and then there were stretches of filler that are harder to skip in audio than in paper form.
    John Lee did a nice job narrating - I'll look for other books he has done before I look at another Follett book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "Good primer for understanding anti-west sentiments"

    As a die hard supporter of secular governments I find myself alarmed at the current interpretations of the Islamic faith based states. It may not matter if the motivation is true faith, greed, anger,jealous, ignorance or a combination - the results will be the same - generations of hate, violence and death. I wonder, would a shift in world fuel from Oil to something else not found in the Holy Lands and Middle East be enough of a catalyst to change the dynamics??? I'd like to read more about the economics involved ... follow the money so to speak.
    And I will proudly set aside my religious beliefs in honor of your secular rights and expect the same in return.

    I did not rate this book higher because the book/author/narrator were hard to follow sometimes and the book would have benefited from better organization and editing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "You will sit in your car"

    Very enjoyable - good color and depth - action and plot. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book and the narrator did a nice job. Excellent introduction to the man and events, leaves you wanting to know more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Masks: A Cree Black Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daniel Hecht has created a plausible, heart-stopping ghost thriller. Relying on the science of parapsychology to spine-tingling effect, he brings to life a remarkably compelling character in Cree Black, as well as the ghosts she confronts.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Unusual thriller"
    "Nice twist on a well worn genre"

    This is a good listen, no real intrigue or depth but interesting enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One God, Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By F.E. Peters
    • Narrated By F.E. Peters

    The covenant that God made with the patriarch Abraham forms the basis of the three religions that today enjoy the largest followings in the world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Despite the many common bonds among them, however, the Abrahamic religions have had an extremely complicated relationship, frequently defined by conflict, over the course of millennia of coexistence.

    David says: "No Faith Needed"
    "A great starting place"

    How do you analysis and educate with out stirring up ill feelings among the members of the communities being discussed - very carefully. I think Mr. Peters does a good job, he does not takes sides and he sets aside the "contents" of the religion to help achieve the objective - an understanding of where the religons came from and a very brief description of some structural/governing aspects of the religions.
    I wish they had his other books on line so I could continue listening,
    I also wish more people would pusue an understanding of the 3 religons - a little more understanding of motives and beliefs will help us all

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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