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Brian

Owner of a cabinet company and heating and air company. Love miniature animals. I have a baby pot bellied pig, four pigmy goats, many types of quail & pheasants, ducks & guineas. I love to work and so I listen to books constantly. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is my all time favorite book.

St George, KS, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Now & Then

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (43)

    Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy's aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan's abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job's a job, after all.

    Elaine says: "a good one!"
    "Love the Spencer"
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    A Spencer novel is the ultimate in thuggary. A man among men, this book tows the line. Who wouldn't want to be Spencer? Two thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3879)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3257)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Set em' up - Knock em' down"
    Overall
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    Okay - Great storyline. A little on the far fetched, but then again, this is fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the book until the last part. Once the twists were straightened, I felt slightly disappointed. Probably the worst part was finding out just how calloused the main character actually was. I wanted to like him and try and identify with his plight of injustice, but at the end, I did not feel sorry for him at all. However, that being said, I would recommend the book and will probably listen to it again in a few years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (856)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "He Didn't - I Did"
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    Great premise but the eminent death of the main character just hangs over the who story. There is no hope of reprieve. This alone made it difficult to enjoy the book fully. Nice set up and delivery and overall a decent listen. I imagine the author wanted to instill the hopelessness of having Lou Gehrig's disease. A bit of a bummer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1057)

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Average Listen"
    Overall
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    Brad Thor is a great writer, but this book falls short just a bit. Kinda predictable, but decent action. Worth listening while waiting for the next great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade held up the old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three decades. Now it's up to Spenser to solve her murder.

    Ruth says: "...he's Baa-a-ack!"
    "Superman, Batman, Spencer"
    Overall
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    Classic Parker. Spencer does it again. Mantegna hits the nail on the head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "The new Parker, at his finest"
    Overall
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    Atkins does a wonderful job embracing the spirit of Parker in this book. If you enjoy Spencer, this is a must listen. Joe Mantagna makes these books that much better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6788)
    Performance
    (3834)
    Story
    (3861)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Fast paced, good listen"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this book, through its twists and turns, and would recommend it to my friends. The ending was a set up for a sequel, we will see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
    "Classic you can't go wrong"
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    Treasure Island is a classic book I remember as a child. It has stood the test of time and I will share it with my children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 15 Seconds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Christian Hoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

    Stopped by the police for a minor traffic violation, the situation escalates and he is pulled from his vehicle, handcuffed, and told he is under arrest. Several other police cars arrive and the questioning turns scary, but just as Henry is released and about to move on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is suddenly killed. As the car speeds away, there is only one suspect left behind - Henry.

    goodiebythesea says: "Unforgettable suspense"
    "Good Enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was enjoyable, somewhat predictable, but a decent listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Gross? Why or why not?

    I have heard several and listen to more.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was okay, but felt forced in spots.


    Do you think 15 Seconds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The book finished neatly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Good stuff"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book but after finishing the book, realized that some things really didn't make sense. Overall, I enjoyed the twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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