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Colin O Sammons

Just an Excentric Dirt Lawyer

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  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Mignon Fogarty
    • Narrated By Mignon Fogarty
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (55)

    In Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing, Mignon Fogarty, the woman behind the popular Grammar Girl podcast, tackles some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. From "lay vs. lie" and "affect vs. effect" to split infinitives and run-on sentences, the Grammar Girl offers clear explanations and effective memory tricks to help listeners write (or say) it right.

    Colin O Sammons says: "Great podcast gets booked!"
    "Great podcast gets booked!"
    Overall

    This book is assembled from the best of the Grammar Girl podcasts. She is funny and the book is great for high school students to doctors and professors.
    A fun way to either learn from the beginning, or to be reminded.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (679)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "A good port of entry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is generally considered the best starting point for reading the Vorkosigan series. It introduces Miles Vokosigan. It is a very-good novel. It is not the best in the series.

    I highly recommend the series. The people are real and I always anticipate the next book. A few are better than mediocre, most are good to very good, and a few are great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (548)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Wonderful, sad John."
    Overall
    Performance
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    The first installment was great fun. The only criticism is that dialogues are peppered with "***, John said. ***, Jane said.
    When you have a good narrator with great voicing, don't make him tell me who said what on every line. I HEARD who said it.

    I look forward to future episodes. I get the feeling that this was written for television...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26032)
    Performance
    (12687)
    Story
    (12728)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "From a Southern Male Perspective...It's excellent."
    Overall

    Not perfect, just excellent .

    My background is that I was born in '55 and raised in central Florida. My mother spent a year in college with Harper Lee. I was 7 in '62, so I was young in this period. I do remember that, although there were strains over race, it was not the comic-book Good vs. Evil. In both groups there were saints and there were bullies.

    Things are not perfect now, but they are much better. I am a small-town attorney, and my black-female associate from the north has been accepted in the local professional community.

    That said, this book is one of the best I have read in the last decade. It is not "To Kill a Mockingbird", which I consider to the the Century's best, but it is the best in some years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (609)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "good, not great"
    Overall

    I enjoyed going off on another trip with Scott Card, Stephen and Gabrielle. This is a nice tail of strict fantasy. I rate it a 3. Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow rate 5s. Magic Street and the rest of the Shadow series rate 4s. I rate the Worthing Sage lower.

    If you really like Card, and have read the best, this one will provide some pleasure.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lisa Burgett
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Priscilla says: "Everyday details kept me interested"
    "A guy's reveiw of a very feminine book."
    Overall

    This book is by an older woman about women. It was an interesting read. Sort of like having a bug in the powder room at a ball.

    The book is very feminine without being frilly. It is a good chance for men to glimpse the feminine mind. It is fun in a subdued fashion. I recommend it.

    P.S. the narrator is excellent. The voices are strong, distinctive, and memorable, without being intrusive. An excellent performance.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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