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Milo

Morgans Point, TX, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
    • Narrated By Molly Ivins
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

    Steven E. Richards says: "A little balance please..."
    "Funny, well researched"
    Overall

    This book seems targeted to women. It is not angry, but often funny and well thought out. Ignore the negative reviews as they likely have not even bothered to read the book. The Bush/Enron ties are especially spooky.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    New York Times best-selling author Joe Schreiber pens a funny, action-packed novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and La Femme Nikita. It’s prom night, and Perry is looking forward to playing a gig with his band in New York City. But when his mother makes him take their quiet and geeky Lithuanian exchange student to the dance, he finds himself on a reckless ride through Manhattan—in his dad’s red Jaguar—with a trained assassin.

    Milo says: "A teen novel for older teens (58 in this case)"
    "A teen novel for older teens (58 in this case)"
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    A fairly simple , yet highly entertaining plot. THis novel brings back the 'waking up in a new world everyday' aspect of high school, in a pleasant way.

    Also, soon to me a major motion picture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Schirmer Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post-war Greece.

    Jean says: "Hunting for an heir"
    "My favorite Ambler so far"
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    An excellent post WWII 'coming of age' story for a young American lawyer. More akin to, and perhaps better than, the Bourne novel. A more realistic and simpler story illustrating American hopefulness at stark contrast with European realpolitik.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (710)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert L. Hicks says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Read it a half dozen times- over the last 40 years"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Carter is a great story, excellent plot, draws the reader in, etc.

    Hopefully, the movie version has updated the writing and dialogue. I think it was written in 1912, in a more formal and unusual version of American English.

    Think of a black & white Errol Flynn movie, a swashbuckler with sword fights. All of the characters sound sort of vaguely English. right?

    It takes 5 or 10 minutes to adjust and then you're totally into it.

    I loved the book, it's a good story - even if Science Fiction isn't what you'd normally read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

    Cori says: "So entertaining and surprising!"
    "Something different, something good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Pellecanos' entry into this growing genre - Iraq or Afghanistan vets returning to the US - is excellent. Don Winslow's "Savages" was another example of this type of novel.

    The moral relativism, the tension between the brothers and the unforeseen consequences of one bad decision are themes well explored.

    It is not Jack Reacher, although both protagonists were in the military. If anything it reminds me of the excellent movie "Four Brothers."

    I look forward to the next in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Frazer Gets the Message

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tim Frazer becomes involved in another complex case full of twists and turns.St Bride’s guest house, just outside the town of Melinfforest, was a restful place with glorious views of the Welsh countryside. Tim Frazer, however, had no time for fishing and long country walks. He had been sent there to find out why Miss Thackery, a British intelligence agent, had been brutally murdered and her body dumped in a nearby wood.

    Milo says: "Good followup to an excellent book"
    "Good followup to an excellent book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    "The Life of Tim Frazer" is one of my favorite books. This is a shorter sequel.
    This isn't an intellectual John LeCarre, nor a screenplay like Clive Cussler. It's fun, it's English and delightfully old fashioned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Is Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kathryn Miller Haines
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Kathryn Miller Haines’ debut Iris Anderson mystery received considerable buzz for its stellar 15-year-old heroine and engrossing 1940s period details. With her father back from the war, Iris is eager to help him with his private eye business—especially since his mobility is limited thanks to a missing leg. Now with a case involving a boy she knows from school to investigate, Iris leaps into action and soon finds herself in the middle of a harrowing adventure.

    Milo says: "Young Adult that Appeals to Adults as Well"
    "Young Adult that Appeals to Adults as Well"
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    This is a very entertaining novel set in the post-war period. It's a coming of age story with a young woman protagonist, a missing mother and her wounded PI father.

    The characters are well developed and the mysteries run on several levels. Neither childish nor California Noir, it's a comfortable middle ground and, hopefully, the start of a series.

    It's good to listen to a book that doesn't rely on horrific crime, the latest societal 'hot topics, and doesn't read like an action movie screenplay.

    This one is more of a timeless, old fashioned story, but with greater depth than the actual 'coming of age' mysteries actually written in the 1950s.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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