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Kent Valandra

Kent Sr.

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  • 13 reviews
  • 64 ratings
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  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (504)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Invisible Prey"
    Overall

    Another excellent installment in the Lucas Davenport series. An excellent plot with with some truly odious yuppy villains. Also has some nice subplots abour antiques, and quilts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (664)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Imperial Rome at its Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Imperium in three words, what would they be?

    Terrific historical novel


    Any additional comments?

    The time of Cicero through the eyes of his trusted slave. The seamy politics and dirty tricks almost make Washington appealing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (480)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "A Tough Leap"
    Overall

    The author has a very creative idea about two cities belonging to rival nations. The people are trained not to see what goes on in the "other city" even when it is right in front of them. But after while this gets old and, finally, irritating. I stuck with the entire book and enjoyed it from time to time, but cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1965)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1333)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Another Penny Winner"
    Overall

    OK, I'm male, but I stlll love Louise Penny's books. Her mysteries first develop the characters and I've grown to know everyone in the village. Her pace is, indeed, measured but not slow. She crafts a believable world inhabited by real, interesting people, most of whom have delightfully dry senses of humor. Behind the obvious, she takes us into the inner thoughts and drives of a variety of people you'd like to meet. After too many doses of orgies of gore with super human heros, it's great to find a series that treats the characters as human beings with multi-faceted needs, ambitions and motivations.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (411)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "The Best"
    Overall

    As a Marine, I've read about everything on the Corps in battle. I'm also a history buff with many, many books in my virtual and real library. This is the best first person account you will read of combat generally and the Pacific in particulaar.

    It gives a first hand view of what passes through the minds of men asked to attack into probable deadly enemy fire in the most hostile environment.

    The author died a few years ago and I wish he were still with us so that I could shake his hand. He brings alive the horror of some of the most terrible infantry fighting in history and shows why the Marines are, well, the Marines. It is fitting to read this around Memorial Day and remember what it took to keep our country great.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4472)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2952)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Two Writers Who Master Fantasy & Humor"
    Overall

    Gaiman and Pratchett have any number of best selling humorous books with heroes from gods to dwarfs. They combine here to tell the story of the end of the world with key characters who include and angel and a demon that conspire to keep the world out of the middle of a a real war of good and evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8487)
    Performance
    (4919)
    Story
    (4975)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "A Marvelous Adventure"
    Overall

    First, let me urge you to read "Ender's Choice" by Card before "Speaker". Then, you will be in sync with the background that drives Ender to continue as a Speaker for the Dead. The two books make up a great SciFi treat and if you like that sort of thing, this is for you!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23664)
    Performance
    (10250)
    Story
    (10331)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good Girl!"
    Overall

    Having been in the magazine business for 20 years and enjoying some experience with Swedes and Swedish advertising, I thought this was an outstanding novel. It is fair to say that the first 20 minutes drag a bit, but then it introduces you to the mystery and the Girl. I cannot remember reading a book with a more interesting and sympathetic character. Well presented by the reader and thoroughly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (969)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Dark of the Moon"
    Overall

    Very intriguing side step from he Lucas Davenport series of mysteries. Virgil Flowers is on his own investigating an increasingly deadly series of killings. Virgil is a bit of a nut and an interesting character. If you follow up this book with "Invisible Prey", some the references to Virgil are even funnier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Lucky

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    Janet Evanovich is at it again! This time, Diesel makes an appearance just after Valentine's Day in order to turn Stephanie's world upside down. Filled with all the characters you know and love from the Burg, including Lula, Grandma Mazur, Connie, Ranger, Joe, Tank, Valerie, and Albert Kloughn, Plum Lucky is a can't-miss bestseller for Janet Evanovich's legion of fans.

    S says: "very entertaining"
    "Unlucky to me"
    Overall

    These books are becoming very formulaic and I've felt somewhat cheated by the very predictable response of the characters to each situation. It is still a fairly amusing book but not worth a recommendation from this reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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