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Rodger

Sarasota, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (2400)
    Story
    (2402)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "How to end"
    Overall

    This was a lot like a Stephen King novel: a great beginning, engaging characters, and a decent story but a really unsatisfying conclusion. I really enjoyed ninety percent of this novel but I suggest you skip the last fifty pages as the author just can't end this, and the reader who drags himself to the end will be very disappointed . Drop the lame conclusion and you have a four star novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1215)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "A litte too much Dante"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What really saves this story is the narrator, George Guidall who really becomes Walt Longmire. For some reason Johnson has decided to write a literary trope homage to Dante's Inferno. Walt is the figurative Dante actually lead through a frozen hell by a Virgil in pursuit of a murderer, a clever ghost, who has been released by a Beatrice. It's too much of a "I see dead things" for me. Not quite up to the Longmire tradition. Hopefully Johnson will get back on the right saddle for the next installment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15555)
    Performance
    (9892)
    Story
    (9774)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Chick Lit"
    Overall

    Sorry but I was hoping for a decent historical novel. I like painless history or cultural enlightenment but this is a killer. I like the premise and I have no problem with a female narrator but this harkens back to my youth when during the horse opera matinee I would close my eyes as the cowboy kissed the girl and think, "Yuk, mush." Well there is a lot of Yuk in here; at least for a guy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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