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Jeni

Georgetown, TX, United States

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  • Holy Moly

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ben Rehder
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    After taking on both sides of the American firearm debate in Gun Shy, best-selling author Ben Rehder now satirizes the fight between evolutionists and creationists - to hilarious ends. Game Warden John Marlin investigates the murder of a backhoe operator who uncovered a fossil at the construction site of a new megachurch. Fearing unpopular publicity, televangelist Peter Boothe begins covering the whole thing up - and that's just the beginning.

    Karin says: "Great listen!"
    "The fun never stops..."
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    ...and the surprises keep coming. I'm afraid that I am now hooked...if Ben Rehder ever writes a bad book, I'll never know it...I am conditioned to enjoy his work. His characters are so alive, and so real...and so often parallel someone we all know. Tammy Fay comes to mind, in this instance.
    I really like the way he weaves the pieces together, and presents them in just the right order, the right timing. I listened to this book out of order somehow, and it's been a few books back, so I'm getting fuzzy, and don't want to say too much and spoil. I do recall that he was able to create a clever ending without me seeing what's coming, yet he wasn't obvious or tricky. Often the victim is just a victim, and we don't know if s/he was a good guy or a bad guy or what. But, in Blanco county, you can always count on the good guys win, the bad guys get what's coming, and we get a happy ending. At lest a satisfying one.
    I can't say enough, but I'll keep trying, about Jonathan Davis...what a superb reader. As a matter of fact, it was after I listened to another book he narrated, that I went looking for other reads by him...that's when I came upon Ben Rehder.
    If you turn into a Ben Rehder fan, like I have, he will tell you on his web site that he was highly influenced by Carl Hiaassen. I found Ben because I was looking for Jonathan Davis. Now I've listened to a book (The Happiness Hypothesis) narrated by George Wilson, and am looking for more of his work. And guess who he's read...Carl Hiassen.
    Don't that beat all?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4006)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2585)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "So glad I tried something different!"
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    Nonfiction is not usually my choice for drive time, too much focus required. But this book did not require focus, it absolutely consumed me. History I never knew was there. I had no idea the innovator GK was, nor his influence on so many aspects of civilization in general. Jack Weatherford is a superb writer, bringing life and visuals to each moment; Jonathan Davis is exquisite, always one of my preferred readers (or narrators?). Will definitely listen to this one again, and will likely give as gifts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1098)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Excellent!"
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    Sometimes I am concerned about nonfiction in the car, since I often want entertainment, not information, to and from work. However, I found myself listening to this totally arresting book well beyond the car...while doing chores, or cooking, or...whatever!
    Jonathan Haidt presents his Happiness Hypothesis so that even lay people can get it, and benefit. There were many aha moments...I used the bookmark feature on my phone for the first time so I could go back and capture the websites he referenced and other data one cannot highlight with a marker on a soft copy while driving.
    As a matter of fact, I am considering purchasing the hard copy for my second dose of happiness...I am sure that even though I hit rewind a gazillion times, I missed important stuff.
    I even had one spectacular epiphany when he quoted Kahlil Gibran: "Work is love made visible." I will spare you the details, just know that there is surely something here to enhance anyone's understanding of their own situation in life.
    And the narrator...another great find. Now I am looking for more George Wilson reads, just loved his delivery. Since the book is written in the first person, and delivered in the writer's first person, there were a few times when I had to remember, hey, that's not Jonathan talking!
    Not sure if I should say here, but JH has at least one vid on TED talks, give it a look. Even there I took a full page of notes. (Yes I have to take notes...CRS setting in quickly)
    Happy Trails!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (437)

    Deep in the Nevada desert is the most secure compound in the United States: Area 51. The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin there. The president doesn't know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel working for Majestic-12 do, and they are about to make a very big mistake.

    William says: "10 hours of setup for a sequel"
    "A fun listen"
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    I listen for fun, usually on my drive home after work when I need a brain break. This was perfect...lots of 'conspiracy' theories woven together, likeable characters, and a good narrator. Adding the sequel to my ever-expanding wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Dry: A Blanco County Texas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ben Rehder
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When a sexy blonde disrupts the first day of hunting season, it looks like a joke. But when a hunter is murdered, it’s up to Texas game warden John Marlin to find out who is behind the crime. Ben Rehder’s first Blanco County novel, Buck Fever, was a Publishers Weekly Best Mystery of the year, and was nominated for the Edgar Award.

    Jeni says: "Elmore Leonard does the Hill Country"
    "Elmore Leonard does the Hill Country"
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    Where does Bone Dry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A favorite! The characters are so real they jump off the pages, and so zany there are plenty of laughs. Ben's knowledge of his story elements - the idiosyncrasies of Hill Country geography and lifestyles - make everything believable, if not improbable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, just looking forward to the unexpected.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, that is how I found this series, looking for more of his work. I have listened to two non-fiction; he is excellent. Jonathan Davis can give Scott Brick a run for his money any day.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not spoiling...will just say: The unexpected and sometimes gruesome exposure of what humans will do to be right.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe because I am a Texan, and know some of the people Ben presents, and am familiar with the setting...but these are just plain fun and entertaining books; the kind of book that shortens my drive time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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