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Ken

Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family

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  • Tropic of Capricorn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henry Miller
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Banned in America for almost 30 years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller's Tropic of Cancer chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn's ethnic neighborhoods and Miller's outrageous sexual expolits, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.

    Jay says: "There's only one Henry Miller."
    "Disjointed, rambling and painful."
    Overall

    In its time, the book was sexually shocking and provoked attention. But its time is well past. I found it very difficult to retain any appetite for more of the same ... and there is plenty of "more of the same." His glimpses of reality are filled with his personal unhappiness and his proclivity for surviving on the handouts of others. His arrogance and attitudes appear downright depressing and unhealthy. I'm sorry I wasted the time; I found no redeeming qualities.

    9 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "A Literary Lovely"
    Overall
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    Story

    Well written with strong character development. Some mystery well seasoned with tangled twists keeps you tuned in. The exploration of why we read and why some gifted persons write is also worthy of note.
    "Bookies" will love the constant mentions of other books and authors. It pushes you to jot these down since finding other worthwhile authors and reads is a never ending quest for those of us who enjoy reading.
    Cheers, Ken

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List. Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA's top hunter of men....

    Frances says: "Where's The Fire?"
    "Forgettable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Predictable and boring with a medium dose of detail which lends little to the tale. Unless you have a keen interest in Arabic names and places, it leaves little else as a saving grace.
    Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runner: A Sam Dryden Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she's running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal - to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the 11-year-old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn't know much beyond her own name, Rachel.

    Ken says: "High Tech Surveillance at It's Best"
    "High Tech Surveillance at It's Best"
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    Mind altering drugs and high tech surveillance are at the core of the story. It stretches your imagination and makes for a good yarn, but some of the writer's exaggerations especially of the heroes ability to withstand brutal bodily bashes give me cause to pause. And I'm unintentionally reminded...the story is implausible fiction. Cheers, Ken

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (307)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Hard headed man and his family story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters in this man's family are different and well described. Their interactions with the father take them through a roller coaster life of hopes, dreams, a few successes, but mostly failures and disappointments. I hoped along with them and looked forward to better results...but alas, to no avail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spectator Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "killing time before time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before.

    Alan Tripp says: "outstanding narration"
    "Preoccupied With Death...but Well Written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written, but not much excitement or happiness. Descriptions are very well done. Tone is modest and pleasant. I will read everything he has written because he is a very good story teller. Though the telling of the story is very good, the topic is a bit dour. Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Little Live Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Joe Allston and his wife, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has its serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga, and sex, and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherwordly innocence is far more appealing—and far more dangerous.

    B.J. says: "Another winner from Stegner"
    "Depressing, but oh so well written"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This story is told through the eyes of a man whose son died at an early age, and he's not sure what he could have done to prevent it. It also centers on his neighbor lady who is dying of cancer. In spite of these sad circumstances, the book is well worth the read. The prose is so utterly descriptive, it requires you to read on and on. And before you know it you have come to the end longing for more. Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1103)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    David says: "Brilliant but borderline non-fiction!"
    "Story Switching & Weaving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Typical Clancy with tons of detail but with an interesting twist. He tells one story in present tense and another in past tense. They weave together since the history provides answers to why the present story happens as it does. The Russian alphabet organizations are confusing until you get used to them. Of course the Russians are always to blame, but that's what most readers want to hear. Narrator has a habit of taking a quick breath prior to most sentences, and it bugged me until I just managed to ignore it. Net net, OK, but not great. Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5839)
    Performance
    (4208)
    Story
    (4227)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Unusual Style...Depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was drawn in enough to finish the book. But it was not entertaining nor was it informative. The writing style is unusual since everything is viewed through the eyes of a "soul gatherer." This person collects the souls from all the dead bodies. Since this takes place during the 2nd world war in Germany, the gatherer is very busy. He does however take time out to tell the rather sad story of a little girl who learns how to read and has to steal books to feed her passion. If you are fluent in German, it would be much more interesting since many of the passages are in German with translations for those who are not fluent. Narrator is top notch.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (608)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    K. Kennedy says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Heroine's unpleasant attitude is beginning to wear"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    DD Warren is a lady detective who carries this huge chip on her shoulder. After seven books, she's worn me out...makes her hard to cheer for. I'm starting to hope the bad folks get the best of her. Stories are still worth reading, but having trouble putting up with her.
    Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (82)

    Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

    Lelsie says: "Smokey Dalton"
    "Interesting Slice of US History...but Ponderous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This detective is described as being physically intimidating and yet he fails to engage in even the most obvious opportunities to assist. He thinks about saying and doing things but just can't quite bring himself to make it happen. He's black and falls for a nice woman who is white. He's psychologically stuck in his heritage and thus little to nothing actually happens due to these feelings of either hatred or guilt or both. Makes for a boring book.
    Cheers, Ken

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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