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Riverman63

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Riverside CA | Member Since 2005

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  • 26 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson muses about his greatest influences and the things that are most important to him, and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blessed his remarkable journey. Willie riffs on everything, from music to poker, Texas to Nashville, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over the course of eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights from family, bandmates, and close friends.

    Tiffany says: "Willie's Ramblings"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This was more a self proclaimed advertisement of Willie's liberal agenda and his views of how a talented song writer subliminally feels guilty to have made so much money using his god given gifts. This may sound harsh but to listen to the "rebel" Willie talk about the evils of sex, drugs and rock and roll, just did not sit right with his life time image of anti establishment. The book was entertaining and had some great plugs for Sirius XM and all of Willies kids.

    I love your music Mr. Nelson, but I'll pass on your books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Erik Prince
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes: "Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or worse."

    Jean says: "The inside story"
    "Amazing"
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    I'm amazed that people still strive to be the best of the best when I read books such as this. Where the power of jealous politicians, lawyers and the general public clearly show that capitalism and success in America is no longer praised but reviled.

    This is a great read/listen and gives some excellent background to what the main stream press never details.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "So far so bad"
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    I'm writing this as i've just finished the first 3 hours of this book and truly -- I strongly considered asking for a return. So far the banal babblings of Blue van Meer are about to make me drive off the road. -- I'll invest another few hours but, really - I do wish she would just get to the point already. -- More later

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2659)
    Performance
    (2290)
    Story
    (2306)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Just too much drama"
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    This is a good book - I guess I'm just overdosed on Scott Brick - his dramatic style of narration is just too much - at least for this book. The reading style had me mentally zoned out and spending way too much time analyzing the story line -- I never really just sat back and enjoyed the story, I was too busy hoping Mr. Brick would speed it up or just stop acting like he was performing some Shakespearean epic. -- I am avoiding any book read by Scott Brick for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (776)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Good in depth look at Mr. J"
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    Halfway through and enjoying this book. It's amazing to learn so much about a guy -- that we learned so much about in school--- but really, we learned very little. Make any sense? Well, I've learned more about Jefferson and the revolution from this book then I remember l
    "learning" in school. So, good read, time well spent. Readers and story get 2 thumbs up from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (529)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "An ok read"
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    Maybe I've just listened to too much Scott Brick but this book was, at best, OK. Brick seems to make every singe sentence and I mean every single word of every single sentence dramatic. The book and the story is dramatic - in places, but not every single word in every single sentence.

    The story had some good twists an a few action scenes but all in all it was ----OK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "A Lesson Learned"
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    Note to Self: First and foremost -- READ the reviews before you spend a credit or hard earned $$. This book is a stinker.

    All the words and time spent preaching religion? What's up with that? There is very little story here and what there is is b o r i n g. I'm continuing to listen because - I spent the credit -

    Lesson learned - Read the reviews and heed them.

    Narration? Terrible - I made better girl voices when I was in High School - Phil, you need to perform on books with NO female voices. I just giggled when I heard your girl voice. Sorry - but you are getting paid to do this - right?

    Next read? - Non Fiction or maybe lay back with a little John Sanford and Virgil Flowers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (93)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Richard Delman says: "Marvelous romp thru colorful LA gangsterland."
    "Not From Around Here?"
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    This would have been a Very Good book IF the editors had taken the time to tell the narrator how to pronounce California / LA street names. It's Ce-Pul-Ved- A, nor Cepel-Veeda. Just one of many gaffs. Too bad as the story was mostly believable/probable but the mispronunciations were just too vast and cut into the enjoyment of the book. I'll try another but this one was a poor showing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (425)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "What The Heck (*&^&)"
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    Not a good book... Maybe I I don't "Get" it but really There was no point, it was boring, and I wish I could get my credit back. Sorry Charlie, we want books that make sense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17066)
    Performance
    (15150)
    Story
    (15107)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Classic King"
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    Classic Stephen King! Excellent delivery by Craig Wasson. The story is great and the characters well developed. This is the King I truly enjoy reading. Good twist on time travel. I enjoyed the whole book AND the authors notes at the end

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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