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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

Member Since 2007

ratings
142
REVIEWS
55
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
82

  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2455)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1086)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Detecting 9 - Action 4"
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    On a scale of 1 to 10, the detective work ranks 9, and the action ranks 4. The hero lacks human character traits and often falls short on the likable and believable scales. The constant references to the lack of coordination within the various government security and or peace keeping forces becomes tiring. Since things are not always what they seem to be, you do get twisted around a few times which adds interest to the tale. But overall, it was forgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    justin says: "How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
    "A Total Waste"
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    Four hours into the book and yet to find a reason to finish. No mystery, no drama, no nothing. Should have learned my lesson when I read "Lightning" by Koontz. Had to push myself to finish that one. But, if a writer can't hook a reader in the first third of the story...not likely it will get better. Also had an issue with the story being told mostly through the eyes of a young boy, and yet the vocabulary was often that of a well educated adult with an extended vocabulary e.g. would you expect a nine year old to use, much less understand, the word "existentialism?" I doubt he would have yet been studying the philosophical views of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

    Save yourself...unless you are very easily entertained, I suggest you steer clear.
    Cheers, Ken

    7 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1472)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Interesting But Not Particularly Useful"
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    Unless you are very involved in this industry...this is irreverent and invanerial. Don't waste your time.
    Cheers, Ken

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "My all time favorite read!!!"
    "Heart Surgeons Dream"
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    If you have a curiosity of heart transplants this is a layman's view of what takes place. The story is very predictable. It was entertaining, but less than magical. The ending is different so stay tuned for surprises. The book is not a sensation. It is not a literary lovely, but I did enjoy the journey.
    Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (759)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "Unfortunately It's Fiction"
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    Clearly the writer was so dissatisfied with how our federal government is being run, he chose to write this provocative story to make his point. Three high ranking congressional persons are killed by unknown assassins just to get people to pay attention to their demands. Even the President is warned that he is well within their reach. If you are one of the many who feel Washington has let us all down with their political arrogance and profligate spending. You will enjoy this book. The bad guys are exposed, and subjected to the potential of a very literal "term limit."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15811)
    Performance
    (14311)
    Story
    (14412)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Provocative, suspenseful and unlikely...hopefully."
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    An unlikely story, but one that kept you interested. The heroin was nicely developed from an average person to a somewhat gifted person who could make substantive changes in a tough system that lacked freedoms. Rooting her on becomes the readers purpose. People are tested and placed in living groups based on their test results. The groups are narrow in focus and interest so living ones life out in one of these groups seems both over controlling and highly unlikely. Accepting this assigned group premise requires a perverseness or an imaginative leap that I either did not have or could not make. Conflicting terms like interesting, weird, possible, unlikely, maybe, wacko... all rush to the tongue tip when I try to describe the read. In any event, if civilization ever comes close to the one described in this book...we will have regressed well beyond the nightmare stage.
    Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1106)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Unheralded But Very Good"
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    Read most of his books, but somehow overlooked this one. You will enjoy the journey as his characters begin to take shape and command your attention. By the time I was half way through the book, I began to manage my time such that I could spend more with the book. When that happens, I'm more than willing to grant the highest ratings.
    Cheers, Ken

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1370)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "An Unworthy Effort"
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    How this book ever got past a publisher's review is beyond me. I realize this is an uncharitable review, but my purpose is to simply spare others. All of the charitable reviews for this book seem to come from women. So it may be a case of male negative bias, but my criticisms do not stem from the gender issues. This writer has taken on way too many characters in this story. I found myself needing a pre printed program of the names and their relationships to the story line. The flashbacks are often awkward, poorly placed and gimmicky. The story line is predictable and juvenile. I could go on, but it...as well as the read...would be a total waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Rain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Luci Christian Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best.

    Dennis says: "A mans story, a love story?"
    "A Good Texas Ranger Story"
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    If you like John Wayne movies, you will love this story. It has a wonderful unique character who tells much of the story from her point of view and in her vernacular. It's a refreshing change when the story telling is handed off to her, and she proceeds to speak to you as she writes in her diary. These folks face more than their fair share of challenges, and how they deal with these provides you the reader with a pretty clear view of their differences in values and character. One of the more likable listening choices I've made, and I trust you will agree. Cheers, Ken

    0 of 0 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
    (369)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (333)

    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"
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    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

    9 of 9 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
    (168)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    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"
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    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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