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Joe

Alpine, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (539)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "One of my favorite W.E.B. Griffin novels"
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    The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.

    W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.

    The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By David Manis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean’s autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.

    Joe says: "Loved the Movie- and the Short Story is Better!"
    "Loved the Movie- and the Short Story is Better!"
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    The central short story, "A River Runs Through it"- deals with the themes of love, family, obligation, and the huge challenge of what it is that we can and can't do on behalf of those that we love. Of course, fly fishing is also mentioned a time or two. :)

    I loved this and I glad I found it. The themes are timeless and really resonated with me. I can't imagine anybody not thoroughly enjoying these stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

    Joe says: "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
    "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
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    First, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Andy Carpenter series. There is not another series of books that I have had universally positive feedback from recommendations I have made to friends and family. So, if you haven't listened to (or read) any of the other novels in this series, I would strongly recommend that you start with the first one and enjoy the journey!

    You will find the perfect marriage of story and narrator, as Grover Gardner IS Andy Carpenter.

    Now, regarding "Hounded"- this is my favorite Andy Carpenter novel. It delivers all of the usual ingredients that make this series so satisfying. Great narration, humor, wonderful characters, a few good plot twists, and adds to it conclusion that is so satisfying, I listened to the end of it several times. :)

    Thank you Audible, David Rosenfelt and Grover Gardner!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pep Talk

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kevin Elko, Robert L. Shook
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The Pep Talk is a sports story - with solid business applications - about an underdog football team defeating a formidable opponent. Typically, a novelette of this type peaks at the end of the game, but it's in the pep talk where the real story begins.

    Joe says: "Kevin Elko is the best-"
    "Kevin Elko is the best-"
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    I'm a big fan of Kevin Elko. He is one of the best keynote speakers I have heard. As somebody that loves the messages the Kevin shares, I was glad to find this audible. I listened to it and have reflected a lot on the themes of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1348)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Love the series... not nuts about this novel.."
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    I love the series- easily listening, great narration/reader. With that said, this novel seemed to lack some of the charm of the other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (728)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Great book, incredibly performance. Top 5 for me!"
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    A Great book and a performance by Dick Hill that was incredible! I have bought this audible book for a few friends because I just had to share it. It doesn't start quickly (at least IMO), but once the protagonist gets introduced, you are off! The characters are rich, the dialogue is fantastic, and Dick Hill renders all of the different characters in such a way that they come to life.
    Easily in my top 5 Audible books of all time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (317)

    Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "A pleasant surprise..."
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    After having read the reviews I was expecting pleasantly surprised. I didn't think this was the strongest book in the series, but it certainly was worth the credit and the time. The first book in the series was one of my favorites audible books of all time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1329)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Wow. What a great listen!"
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    This was my favorite of the series since "Cold Dish." I don't know that any protagonist is better matched to a reader than Walt Longmire is to George Guidall in this series. I highly recommend the book. If you haven't started the series, start with "Cold Dish" and enjoy the ride!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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