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Riverman63

Drudge

Riverside CA | Member Since 2005

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  • 30 reviews
  • 319 ratings
  • 692 titles in library
  • 68 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
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    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
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (205)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Just a little too High Brow for me"
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    Interesting and very factual book - I'm sure, however it was just to cerebral for a listen - probably a better reference book than one to listen to --- I'm just sayin....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (521)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Might be better to read it in print"
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    Great story - as expected from a superb author. I will comment on what others also have, the reader. Terrible is a polite word - How the author, assuming he had veto power, could ever have approved this guy as a reader of his hard earned work, will remain a mystery to me to my grave. The editors as well... How could you do this? This guy is abominable, and I might add totally unfamiliar with the landscape of the book.

    Mispronounced words that to any resident of California would be familiar, just add to the fingernail scraping the blackboard effect of the narration. FYI - Castaic is pronounced Cast- stay-ick, not Cas-steak. - at least where I live.
    There are too many others to even mention here.

    My advice? -- buy the book - and read it - this is a terrible listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1231)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Disappointing"
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    Not sure how the "Overall" rating got to 4 stars. This was one very disappointing book. . I've been a big Lee Child and Dick Hill fan for many years but "Personal" a personal let down. Mr. Child tried to bring it all back together in the ending but -- really, this was a slow, "phoned In" book.

    When a guy way under 6' (As one reviewer accurately described as a midget) was cast as Jack Reacher for the last Reacher movie - I thought it could not get more disappointing - I was way wrong

    Maybe next time?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cut and Thrust: Stone Barrington, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Stone Barrington has traveled to Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention and finds that the political scene has been shaken up. First Lady Katherine Rule Lee is running for the party nomination, a loyal senator has died and left her seat vacant, and the Secret Service has received a credible threat toward Kate. It will take all of Stone's discretion and powers of persuasion to help arrange things for a desirable outcome.

    Miriam says: "not a mystery, but a political statement"
    "Fantasy Land"
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    Mr. Woods always does a good job with his wealthy characters but this time it's just too much. Too Political, too unbelievable, too bizarre. I'm a Stuart Woods fan but this time it appears he is no fan of his readers. Save your money and your credit.

    3 of 3 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
    (204)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    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."

    Jesus says: "Great book!"
    "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.

    6 of 9 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
    (612)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (242)

    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
    (3019)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2622)

    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....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "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
    (1066)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (907)

    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
    (684)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (575)

    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

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