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Thomas

RICHMOND, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Stein, Stung

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Hal Ackerman
    • Narrated By Andy Pyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Last time it was stolen weed and knockoff designer shampoo. This time it is the seemingly trivial occurrence of a few pilfered honeybee colonies that propel former hippie and merry prankster Harry Stein into the multitrillion-dollar world of the honeybee industry. In the presence of six trillion bees to pollinate millions of acres of almond trees, Stein, who is deathly allergic to bee stings, discovers the natural catastrophe of colony collapse, and a corrupt grab by organized AGROBIZ.

    Thomas says: "Don't bother..."
    "Don't bother..."
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    Sophomoric at best. I could write a better novel. Honestly, the junk that gets published these days is unbelievable. Don't be fooled by the other reviews or at least take a listen before you buy. I reads like a high-school kid wrote it over a week-end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1158)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Not one of his best..."
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    I preordered this having read all the others in the "Prey" series but was kinda bored.
    Missing something, witty banter? character development? Not certain just what is missing. Narration great as always; might be the formula is tired. I did not know enough about the new women cop to generate much interest in the outcome. Davenport's family just one dimensional as were most characters this time.
    Disappointed overall.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nickolas Butler
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

    Janice says: "Thirty-Something angst"
    "Wow, so much hype for so little substance..."
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    I purchased on the strength of New Yorker review and was excited at the prospect of a good story. At about 1/3 of the way in, I thought, this is a good book and I was excited to keep listening. Sadly, the story quickly ran out of substance. All the characters sound the same note, repeating the same thoughts and actions. No one is very likable and that is fine but beyond this fact, they are generally boring and immature to the extreme

    Add to this the fact that nothing happens yet the character(s) acts like his actions have the gravitas of State Department decisions. Too, I don't mind that nothing much happens if the prose in new and interesting but sadly no, the prose is tired and unremarkable. In fairness Butler can turn a good metaphor; is an observant man. This would have been a good short story, but stretched into a novel it is just unremarkable and repetitive.

    Resist the urge...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2021)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1887)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Read before wasting your money..."
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    I love war fiction and non-fiction so I purchased this on the strength of the reviews. What a mistake. The author is intellectually arrested in ninth grade or so and uses this story as his bully-pulpit. What a dolt. If you want to hear some idiot prattle on about killing terrorists, law be damned and in the next paragraph go on about god and Texas then maybe this is the book for you. The guy is like a cheer leader for all that is wrong with our country's approach to 9/11. There had to be smarter ways to wreck havoc and extract penalty. Really, this guy is an idiot. Perhaps that is what is needed in trained killers and that is fine just don't write books and try to make money off the situations if you have nothing intelligent to say.

    Short on action, long on simplistic bullshit. The narrator sounds like a high school kid who consumed too much coffee, which further ruins the experience. Really, take my advice and avoid this book as it is plain stupid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (471)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "I had never read Turow and now I know why..."
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    Yes, Turow has an eye for detail but only the most boring, superficial minutia. Page after page where nothing happens, no plot is advanced, story-lines repeat. And Hermann is a monotoned snooze. Perhaps Hermann should lay off the beta blockers before he reads.
    Don't bother, even if you always wondered about Turow, and you read the glowing reviews you will come away feeling cheated. There is nothing of depth to say as there is no depth to be found in this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6724)
    Performance
    (5114)
    Story
    (5194)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "OMG, wait for the movie, it can't be any stupider"
    Overall
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    Well read but utterly boring and trite. I could not finish listening to this mess. Seriously, it will or could make a good movie if it is not ruined in the process. Takes itself way too seriously. I suppose if vampires and Lincoln are your likes, you will love it. Otherwise don't bother...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (903)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Great book, poor reader..."
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    I have read this great novel numerous times and thought a reading while I bike, run etc would be enjoyable. Unfortunately, this reader plays havoc with Ignatius - our industrious protagonist. He makes Ignatius sound like a community playhouse Southern General. Ruined the whole book for me... Do yourself a favor and read the novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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