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Joe

Sunnyvale, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (241)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Richard Delman says: "Lehane shows off his skills."
    "10 extra minutes in the driveway every night"
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    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare Live by Night to and why?

    I think "The Given Day" and this book, in sequence with Ken Follett's first two books of his Century trilogy, make for a great fictional picture of the first half of the 20th century. I'm really look forward to the next book in each sequence. Follett's books are more about the Wars and these really more about the social development of the US,


    Any additional comments?

    I mostly listen in my car, but this is one of those books where you listen for a few extra minutes every time you can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1706)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Whine, whine, whine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually like DeMille's books, but this one just seem to drone on about how horrible the FBI, the CIA, the State Department, and Yemen. I almost gave up...

    If are looking for a good listen, look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (422)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "Should not have been released yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Luke Daniels?

    maybe, once they finish the story.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book just stops abruptly and tells us that it is the end of Book 1.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The tale might be worth a listen. It seems to be a good start. But this is not a complete "Book".


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Better towards the end"
    Overall

    This book is pretty short, but the first couple hours were repetitive and seemed to go on forever. That part can be can be summarized as: 1.) Middle aged people misplace their keys and forget why they went to the basement; 2.) Middle age people have experience and patience, so they are really valuable; and 3.) All the author's friends and associates are professionals and have graduate degrees. I guess that makes them even more valuable in spite of losing their keys and forgetting why they went to the basement.


    A couple hours in, she gets into a substantive review of some pretty interesting science around brains, dementia, and the care and feeding of our brains. The last three or four hours make up for the first couple.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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