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Richard

Norfolk, VA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 211 titles in library
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  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    Thought it was a creative and enjoyable story. Enjoyed listening. Worth it if you're not looking for violence, sex etc.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warning of War: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James Brady
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Late November of 1941. Half the world is at war, and with the other half about to join in, 1,000 U.S. Marines stand sentinel over the last days of an uneasy truce between ourselves and the Imperial Japanese Army in chaotic North China. By November 27, FDR is convinced Japan is about to launch a military action. Washington doesn't know where, and isn't sure precisely when.

    Richard says: "Entertaining listen, but..."
    "Entertaining listen, but..."
    Overall

    The reader did not carry off the Boston accent and the ending didn't satisfy me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tree of Smoke: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.

    MadMadeleine says: "Moby Redux"
    "Smoke less"
    Overall

    Thought that the plot was weak, didn't seem to be going anywhere.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    jack rose says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Slow mover"
    Overall

    Thought the material was interesting, but the way it was developed by different eras was disjointed and left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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