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merced, CA, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 349 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Cobb

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Al Stump
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo
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    As a boy in the 1890s he went looking for thrills in a rural Georgia that still burned with humiliation from the Civil War. As an old man in the 1960s he dared death, picked fights, refused to take his medicine, and drove off all his friends and admirers. He went to his deathbed alone, clutching a loaded pistol and a bag containing millions of dollars worth of cash and securities. During the years in between, he became, according to Al Stump, "the most shrewd, inventive, lurid, detested, mysterious, and superb of all baseball players." He was Ty Cobb. In Cobb, Stump tells how he was given a fascinating window into the Georgia Peach's life and times when the dying Cobb hired him in 1960 to ghostwrite his autobiography.

    John says: "What a man -- what a book!"
    "How could anyone rate this Audiobook a 5???"

    First, I am a lifelong baseball fan who enjoys both the game and its history. That being said, this book was a gigantic disappointment. I bought Cobb because I wanted to know much more about the crazy, wild Cobb that I had heard so much about. Instead, I was put to sleep with little more than a recitation of the back of a baseball card. "In 1907, Cobb hit .350 . . . In 1908, Cobb hit .324 . . ."

    While there were some interesting anecdotes about Cobb's personal life, these occurred too seldom to save the book. Even when they were mentioned, it was almost dismissive. Stump spends twenty pages telling me how many doubles Cobb hit in a season, but only one sentence to tell me that Cobb always kept a million dollars in cash and securities on him at all times. What kind of author doesn't realize that the latter is much more compelling?

    To make matters worse, the reader is dreadful. He has a droning, monotonouse voice. In short, do not waste you time with this pile of crap. You're much better off simply scanning the internet for Cobb anecdotes.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
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    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Gush Fest"

    I'm a little surprised by the gush fest for this book. The writing and narration were solid, but the plot was predictable, especially to anybody who has read Jane Austen.

    Also, I take exception with some reviewers referring to the book as a "ghost story" or "mystery". It's neither. On the whole, it doesn't rate more than 3 stars.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
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    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Bad Bad Bad"

    This book is a bad combination of H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space and Clark Ashton Smith's The Seed in the Sepulchre. I really don't know where to begin . . . the plotting and characters were so bad that I'm surprised the book got published. The women characters were especially frustrating, hopelessly irrational and needy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Atlas Shrugged"

    Wonderful book.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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