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  • Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bob Greene
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen, a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes.

    danny lawrence says: "How a small town helped win the war"
    "Long Tale of a Truly Inspiring Short Tale"
    Overall

    Wonderful story and memories. It seemed that Bob Greene was using a lot of "filler" to make a longer book of what should have been a short and sweet compilation of memories of the incredible North Platte Canteen (Nebraska) effort in WWI. These volunteers met EVERY troop train from 1941 on, and gave free food and friendship to MILLIONS of service people.

    I didn't need to know about the airport or the museum. But I did get misty-eyed listening to a few of the "greatest generation's" comments on this unique show of support to the troops.

    As one of the first audible.com subscribers, I was disappointed in the reader. He did not have the crisp delineation of characters that I expect.

    I enjoyed it, but wouldn't suggest it. I think it is a book best read, not listened to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block invites you into the criminally funny world of the most notorious star of mystery fiction: Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day and burglar by night. In this humorous mystery, Bernie's passion for Humphrey Bogart movies leads him to a beautiful damsel in distress, a dangerous international conspiracy, and more than a few incriminating bodies. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.

    WriterGirl says: "Entertaining and funny"
    "Wonderful to hear Frank Muller"
    Overall

    I bought this on the holiday sale (Thank you, Audible) because I had enjoyed "Hit Man" by Lawrence Block many years ago, but mostly because Frank Muller (Rest in Peace, 2008) was narrating. Though I have current favorite narrators, no one tops Frank Muller. What a treat to hear him.

    This was a witty romp which reminded me of Garrison Keillor's "Guy Noir" sketches.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (340)

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

    Suzn F says: "Another delicious book from JLB"
    "Another Good One!"
    Overall

    I had to stop a few times just to savor James Lee Burke's descriptive language. He is still a powerful writer. I was initially disappointed to find that Mark Hammer was not the narrator, but Will Patton proved himself a worthy reader. It was great to revisit some of favorite flawed characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dating Is Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Harley Jane Kozak
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Wollie Shelley is a greeting card artist struggling to keep afloat financially and to pursue, despite a series of recent disasters, the search for the love of her life. She reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on the reality television show Biological Clock. The show's premise: six eligible singles date each other, and the audience votes on which couple would make the best parents.

    Paul says: "Great summer read"
    "Great summer read"
    Overall

    This is Kozak's 2nd book with Wollie Shelley, but the first one on audio. Kozak writes with great wit for her characters. And even though the characters seem outrageous at first, they're real people. It's GREAT to read a crime mystery that doesn't rely on profanity. And she paints Wollie's character as sexual without using gratuituous sex. The mystery is good and it's a fast read. When's the next one?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (570)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Enjoyable!"
    Overall

    What a treat to have this book read to me! I read it years ago but always stumbled over the French words. It was great to have a narrator who handled the text so well.

    I agree that some passages are quite long, but that's the way Hugo wrote it. I look forward to the next two installments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of the Mad Scientists

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Bill Harley
    • Narrated By Bill Harley
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (10)

    A Grammy-nominated recording artist, Bill Harley - songwriter, storyteller, author, playwright - is known as one of the finest family performers in the United States. His unique combination of song and story, silly and serious, has entertained families for 20 years, and led him to be called "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly.

    Robert says: "Laugh Out Loud..."
    "Bill Harley saves the day!"
    Overall

    I subsitute teach in seven rural school districts. Battle of the Mad Scientists is one of my "secret weapons" to reward good behavior. Kindergarten through 8th grade LOVE Bill and all of his stories and songs. My own middle-school child has been a Bill Harley fan for years, and his work is our favorite entertainment on long car rides.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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