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Ewing, NJ, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 834 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw.

    Michael says: "Disappointing"
    "avoid this"

    A wordy, speculative, self aggrandizing, monotonous, hot air balloon.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Nothing wrong with story author-bummer tale"
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Mary Woods?

    A great writer.
    An excellent reader.
    Prophetic tale.

    Rands grasp of human psychology is key; all of the characters resemble someone you know--especially the minor and ancillary. It's a tale of a people's relentless decline to resignation, illness and passivity. Call it reportage, but stuffed in a more attractive romance.

    Depressing story nevertheless, made worse by the knowledge that this happened to millions in Venezuela, Zimbabwe, China, and elsewhere. Still worse, it may happen here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "A waste of good writer."
    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    I might try another book by this writer. If he can manage to publish one outside this hackneyed genre, I'll certainly read it. I understand a guys got to put food on the table, but...

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The characters are cardboard cutouts of cliches. When does this character eat, sleep or empty his bowels-- with all the shooting and ass kicking he has to do to get to the back cover? Superman better keep his distance.

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

    Narrator is over the top with his accents; he should tone it down a little.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    God no.

    Any additional comments?

    Like I say, I'm a fan of both writer and narrator. I do like the accents. I love the insights he reveals about Northern Ireland, the Protest factions and the IRA. I love his humor. But the closest thing he gets to character development is a psycho-diagnostic label. He's capable of a lot more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Clingers, bible-toters, shooters, Oh My!"

    You'd expect, being an enlightened guy and all, that Grisham would abhor stereotypes.


    He enlists any and every PC cliche ever conceived.

    In case you wondered, he's against the death penalty, as well as talk radio, middle class southerners, police, attorneys general, etc,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Shane R Massey says: "What it's really about"

    This book is not about economics. I'm not sure what it's about.

    I gave it one star, but only because I couldn't rate it zero.

    I grieve for the forests decimated to make the paper to print its original release; such a waste.

    'nuff said.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • His Excellency: George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

    Gerard says: "Distracted By Narrator"
    "Another 'Debunker'"

    I could not finish the book, it annoyed me so.

    The author kept launching into critiques on his subject, his motives, the morality behind his motives, his judgement, his likes, dislikes, etc.

    There should be a law against such presumption by historians towards their subjects. Not just because it's unfair, or that it's drearily boring, but because it insults the reader.

    Lesson for aspiring historians: set the narrative based on facts, events,and chronology. Describe the places and things. Avoid speculation about motives, causes, effects. That's the reader's job.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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