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Colleen

Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

Member Since 2001

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  • 25 reviews
  • 143 ratings
  • 610 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rorke Denver
    • Narrated By Rorke Denver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (457)

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

    AXiD says: "Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery"
    "Excellent story, pretty good listen"
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    My husband is a former Navy officer, so we met a few SEALs in our travels. Every one was just as decent, honorable and diligent as you could possibly imagine. Denver's story is typical, in that no SEALs story is the same. Their is not cookie cutter for SEALs. He could be your tattooed, heavy metal loving dive instructor or your kids (often absent) 5.0 Sunday school teacher.
    The description of BUDS was the most comprehensive I have ever heard. In real life you are lucky to get more than a "It was tough" out of one of them. I now get itchy every time I hear the phrase "sugar cookie". I do think one way to expand the program is to open another training school. While Coronado is the one good deal the Navy has to offer, I always thought it odd that while they have East and West coast teams, they only have one training program. If you opened another on the east coast (in VA Beach), you would never have to worry about how hard the program is, the natural competitiveness between the two branches would have them pushing the candidates. Particularly if at the end the big races are between teams from the two programs.
    The book is mostly apolitical, but does address some of the bigger political tensions facing the program. Success does have its drawbacks, and one is the tendency to overuse the successful programs in too many situations. I do think Obama has had such success using the SEALs because he resists the temptation to overuse them. The missions they have been sent on (that we know about) are exactly in the mission intention scope of the SEAL program and that is partly why they have been so successful.
    I saw Act of Valor when it came out and had no idea they were real SEALs! Rats. It was not obvious they were not actors. I had no recollection of the kissing scene he talks about, but the hostage rescue! Yikes! That I remember! I just thought it was true stories, not the true stories by the real people. Cool.
    Now, I like when an author reads his own work. (Still annoyed with you Fahreed!) But his performance is read like a non actor reading his own words. Some mixing issues where you can tell something was added in later, but nothing too bad. I do wish you got to download the quote list and reading suggestions with the audiobook. That is the only thing that would make me recommend getting a physical copy over the audiobook version.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

    Mary says: "If you're considering this book, just don't."
    "Just let men do all the thinking!"
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    I was very disappointed in the ending of this book. I don't want to give any spoilers, but the moral of this story is just to let all the old white men do all the thinking and everything will be better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1830)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Nathan says: "Loved it!"
    "What is the point of an apocalypse with no zombies"
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    So this is an interesting story of a guy trying to get home after "the big one" knocks out all electricity. Author is definitely not an Obama voter, so you will dedicatedly get a whiff of crazy Obama phone conspiracies. No zombies. Not one. Really good narrator because you want these three people to get home to their families.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (869)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Slow start but good ending"
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    Very slow to start! Draggy with lots of superfluous detail but then the story starts to come together and events get heated. Unfortunately, the author decides to add in a big dull digression into Jerusalem. Boring and a bit pointless so I guess it must foundation for a future plot point but yawn. However, once they get back to England the story picks up so now I want to listen to the second in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (379)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Love this series!! Great book even on its own."
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    Was worried this would be Broken Homes part 2 but Aaronovitch took us in a whole different direction. Instead we're out to the countryside for virtually completely unrelated story. Never enough of Dr Walid, but that was my only complaint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Alex Verus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (376)

    With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him-and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped.

    Leanna says: "Thought it would be boring"
    "Just loving this series!"
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    I like the dynamic in this series between the tarnished hero Alex and the rest of the magic community. Adds an extra dimension of intrigue to the Good/Bad framework of most supernatural series. The author makes an interesting cast of characters that cycle in and out of the narrative smoothly
    My only quibble is that I don't really feel like the story is needs to be based in London. If you are reading to feel a vicarious connection then maybe the Peter Grant series would serve you better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (548)

    New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

    John says: "Cheap, but still overpriced!"
    "enjoying these snippets between books!"
    Overall
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    I love the idea of young Reacher and also want to know him in a time when his family was still alive. Not that it makes him any less of a loner. Loved the focus of this story taking place in a NYC black out! Terrifying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Kuhn
    • Narrated By Pete Simonelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

    Douglas says: "started with great expectations, but a huge bust"
    "Very interesting concept, almost perfect execution"
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    Great concept for a novel. Killer Interns! Anyone who has been an intern knows you are routinely exploited, overworked and everywhere- yet also completely invisible! It is this dichotomy that forms the premise of Interns Handbook. From the long lesson on perfect coffee to turning in the work of 12 to get noticed, this book hits on so many levels. Great story with lots of twists, but some were a bit predictable. Would have liked a simpler ending for five stars, but some really wild resolution! Wow,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (316)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "Kept me cleaning just to listen longer!!"
    Overall
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    Very engaging, hang on the edge of your seat, can't stop listening story. Some very good twists and turns with interesting characters. Only gave it four stars because he went one "twist" too far that I felt made the story unbelievable and less interesting. Well worth the credit! Can't wait to listen to a few more of his stories!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18409)
    Performance
    (17079)
    Story
    (17081)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Wow! I LOVED this book!"
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    Not usually a sci fi fan, but I loved this book! This is a book that perfectly showcases the virtues of the audiobook format. The narration was excellent! With the wrong narrator this book could have become a dour snooze fest, luckily Andy Weir makes seem like listening to the fascinating stories of your best friend.
    The book is told almost exclusively through the personal mission log of astronaut Mark Watney. And lucky for us, he is one brilliant and hilarious dude! Exhibiting a very dry and occasionally gallows style humor he fights back as Mars relentlessly tries to kill him. This story also makes me remember just how brilliant, resourceful and dedicated the people of NASA all over again. Wish I could say "Mars or Bust". Makes me want to go get Curiosity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (168)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "I really wanted to like this book!"
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    Plodding, dull, finished like medicine are all phrases I would use to describe this book. I so wanted to like it! I was waiting for the next in the Ben Aaronovich series to come out I saw that this book had a similar topic so I thought it would be just as interesting. Not so. :( I even went on the author's website and he recommended this book as a good starting point in the series, so I can't even blame the lack of interest on jumping into the series midway. It was ok, but I had a hard time finding any of the thousand characters in this book interesting enough to care about what happened to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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