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Ed

Saint Augustine, FL, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15767)
    Performance
    (12444)
    Story
    (12472)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    Michael says: "Impossible to stop listening"
    "Cold blooded Architectural Digest"
    Overall

    I'm sure people who loved this book will disagree with me but my expectations were far from met after wading through 15 hours of listening. I thought the connection between H.H. Holmes and the Chicago World's Fair was tedious at best. Larson might have done just as well to insert a photo of a scantily clad girl from the gay '90s every 25 pages or so. Of course, that would have proved problematic for Audible customers. If you like "architectural talk" and the behind-the-scences motivations of those involved in the trade, then this is a book for you. That's especially true if you also like a sprinkling of "serial killer story" with your description of building and landscape architecture. This book was well researched and well written, hence the three stars. It just wasn't for me. (The last 50 minutes summarized the first 14 hours and would have sufficed.)

    46 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of U.S. Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Scott A. Huesing
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    From the winter of 2006 through the spring of 2007, 250 marines from Echo Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, fought daily in the dangerous, dense city streets of Ramadi, Iraq, during the Multi-National Forces Surge ordered by President George W. Bush. The marines' mission: to kill or capture anti-Iraqi forces. Their experience: like being in hell. Now Major Scott A. Huesing, the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi, takes listeners back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat.

    Alicia A. Scaglione says: "Touching stories of the lives of our Marines "
    "Couldn't get through it"
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    I admire the brave men who fought for us in Iraq but I wasn't able to get through this book. The individual stories were not stringed together well enough to make for a cohesive listen. When my iPod starting playing because of a malfunction I didn't have the stomach to try to locate where I had actually left off. My best estimate is that I had about two hours left in the listen. This book wasn't for me but might have greater appeal for another listener.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Corey R. Lewandowski, David N. Bossie
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (654)

    Corey R. Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager who launched Trump's historic bid for the White House, teams up with David N. Bossie, the consummate political pro who helped steer the last critical months of the Trump campaign, to offer the first insiders' account of the most historic campaign in modern political history. Starting from the months leading up to Trump's announcement all the way through staff shakeups within the White House, they offer eyewitness accounts of the real stories behind some of the most sensational headlines.

    Susan McGuire says: "RESPECT "
    "Better than expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really did not expect to learn anything new with this listen but was pleasantly surprised. I did not really know there was such bad blood between Corey and Manafort. I also did not know that David was behind Corey's hiring as Trump's campaign manager. Some of the behind-the-scenes stories gave me new perspectives on Trump. I also did not know the president was so superstitious when it came to jinxing himself. I thought the book editors could have done a better job of keeping the narration in the same person. I didn't particularly like the switching back and forth from first to third person. On balance, worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7370)
    Performance
    (6717)
    Story
    (6685)

    Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

    shelley says: "Reacher doing what Reacher does!"
    "A disappointing snoozefest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What has happened to Lee Child? Most of the Reacher books he has authored in the last few years have been nothing like his earlier works. Even the number of times "Reacher said nothing" has nearly disappeared. I honestly would not have known Reacher was the main character in this book if it were not for Dick Hill's narration. Speaking of which, can Dick read any slower? Let me suggest this. Lee, put the Reacher back into Reacher. And Dick, put some energy into your narration. Let's make the next one four or five stars. Or it will be my last one. Oh, Midnight Line; slightly better than the time Reacher spent 20 percent of the book (a few year's back) riding in the back of a car. But not much. If Reacher fans want to get a taste of what Reacher used to be like, turn on the TV series "Taken." The Bryan Mills character, played by Clive Standen, is a 30-something Jack Reacher.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter Swanson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12510)
    Performance
    (11474)
    Story
    (11468)

    On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

    AudioAddict says: "The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting"
    "Did the author die before he finished the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this listen most of the way through. The narrators did a good job and there was plenty of evil to go around. To say the ending was abrupt would be an understatement. Maybe this is (or was) a continuing series. Maybe the author wanted listeners to use our imagination and connect the dots at the end. Not a bad ending but I'm not a big fan of loose ends. The book would have earned four stars otherwise. Proceed at your own risk.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic : A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8040)
    Performance
    (7276)
    Story
    (7273)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Ed says: "Comparable to the first in this series"
    "Comparable to the first in this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I first read The Gray Man I was blown away. I thought I had found a "hero" comparable to Jack Reacher who has been very non-Reacher-like in recent Lee Child novels. Then I listened to the second in the series (On Target) and suspected that Mark Greaney and Child had been colluding to produce mediocrity. Well, Greaney redeemed himself with Ballistic. Enough said.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why it Will Rise Again)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clint Johnson
    • Narrated By Dianna Dorman
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    With its emphasis on traditional values, family, faith, military service, good manners, small government, and independent-minded people, the South should certainly rise again. Far from being the backwater of prejudice and ignorance that the liberal media would have you believe, the South has always been the center of American culture.

    Dr.Bonnie Serrett says: "Real History"
    "Tubby Bearded Guy reference earned an extra star"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to be careful when writing this review because Clint Johnson was a friend and classmate of mine at the University of Florida. As a fan of mystery/thrillers I found this book a little hard to get through at times. But I did learn some interesting stuff. I didn't know Lincoln tried to recolonize slaves to other countries after the war. I didn't know the Emancipation Proclamation primarily freed slaves only in Confederate States. I learned I can now refer to Clint as a TBG (Tubby Bearded Guy) because he participates in Civil War reenactments. At times the book seemed somewhat anecdotal but knowing how tediously Clint researches his material I feel confident that it is fact based. I got somewhat of an eerie feeling knowing that the ultra left has kicked up its attempt to rewrite history since this book was written a decade ago. Clint was very prescient in having a feel of what was to come in this area. I could have done without the two or three seemingly interminable listings of colleges and universities that were ranked highly and located in the South. Lists generally do not were well in audio books. I also grew a bit weary of hearing about books and movies I'm not supposed to read or watch without really knowing why. Presumably they cast the South in a more positive light that you might expect (or the North in a less positive one). If I was a Southern history buff, this book would have generated five stars. One final caution. A book you're not supposed to read: "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why it Will Rise Again), written by Clint Johnson, release date:01-11-07, Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (3317)
    Performance
    (2988)
    Story
    (2979)

    After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation - no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend, the governor, is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. "Should be fun!" he says, and it kind of is - until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor...and anyone who gets in the way.

    Joy says: "Boring"
    "Acceptable, but far from Sandford's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book wasn't as bad as some of the reviewers suggested. On the other hand, it wasn't close to being five stars. There was little excitement and few twists. The character development was average and there were no truly despicable characters (a trademark of many in the Davenport series). I've listened to most Davenport and Flowers novels and likely would have been dissuaded to continue if this book had been my introduction to Sandford. Acceptable, but far from Sandford's best.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8508)
    Performance
    (7540)
    Story
    (7529)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Good, but not as good as the first one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    When I reviewed the first book in The Gray Man series I was delighted to report that I had found a character who was more "Jack Reacher" than Reacher had become in recent books. In On Target Gentry has walked backwards to the latter day Jack Reacher. He's no longer a superhero but a somewhat fragile human being just like the rest of us. He has a drug dependency, is somewhat unfocused and ambivalent and let's himself nearly get killed by a teenage boy. With that said, I still enjoyed this listen because this story had the usual cadre of bad guys, several of which suffered their comeuppance by the conclusion of the novel's epilogue. As a matter of fact it was hard to find many good guys in this story with the possible exception of his Gentry's former British handler and the adventure-seeking female who aggravated Gentry's plight in this story. Suspend your sense of what is believable and enjoy this foray into the world of a sometimes conflicted international hitman who may be human after all. Hoping the next installment brings back Gentry's super powers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Find Her

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8474)
    Performance
    (7710)
    Story
    (7678)

    Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

    Christine says: "Wow, so damn good."
    "Good story but jumps around too much"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this listen but often had trouble keeping track of where in time the action was occurring. After several minutes the context made it clear but the author could have helped by stating the date when these jumps were made. I also didn't realize that this book was a series until I returned to the Audible website to write this review. D.D. Warren seemed like just another character. This novel also requires a suspension of the listener's disbelief for much of what happened, but that's OK for fiction so long as the listener keeps on listening. Despite these minor criticisms I remained engaged throughout the listen. A solid four stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye: Harry Bosch, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13086)
    Performance
    (11962)
    Story
    (11899)

    Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Connelly Delivers Everytime"
    "Entertaining with some very good twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Connelly is a good writer and he lived up to expectations with this contribution to the Bosch series. There were twists aplenty and most were somewhere in-between predictable and coming-out-of-left-field. And that's the way it should be in a good novel. This story had the added bonus of reprising the Lincoln Lawyer. Reminded me of the way John Sandford includes Virgil Flowers in his Lucas Davenport series, and vice-versa. All in all, a good story that will not disappoint Bosch fans.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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