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Yerby Ray

"Just trying to get by being quite and shy in a world full of pushing and shove." Former forest ranger, non-profit CEO, newspaper editor.

Newton, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (269)

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Whitney says: "A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!"
    "Great story about a real man"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Frontiersmen to be better than the print version?

    Yes I think this is better than the print version as the reader does not have to struggle with the unique native american names which can really slow a person down


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Foley – was your favorite?

    Simon Kenton just for the pure fact that he was a man among men who was larger than life but lived up to that


    Any additional comments?

    It is a long listen but really does move along well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4426)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2146)

    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.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "So you thought you knew Chicago history"
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    What did you love best about The Devil in the White City?

    I liked how the growth of the city was related back and forth with the telling of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was appropriate and tied the book up well.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott does a fine service making each character noteworthy


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How Chicago "filled out" and made itself the Second City


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1089)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "20 Plus hour commercial for GOP Wet Dreams"
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    Story
    What would have made Patriots better?

    See my comments below. I happen to be a


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am going back and re-listening to a Clancy or Grisham as they know how to tell stories that are believable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know if he tried to annoy you with the Chicago accents or if he just has one, but it made listening to the story somewhat difficult. A heavy Chicago accent is worse than a fake southern accent.I stopped listening once the author introduced the character who in the time span of four years joined the marines and took a dozen


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Patriots?

    I would have left off the pointless naming of every piece of equipment. It really takes away from the story t hear that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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