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Member Since 2012

  • 8 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 338 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Boomsday: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Janeane Garofalo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

    Lloyd says: "Buckley's a winner"
    "Biting satire very well done"

    Another great example of a talented reader performing with excellent material. Buckley is once again incisive, biting, and laugh-out-loud funny as he skewers the boomer generation,the "W" (for "whatever") generation, American politics, and most of all, how our government does (or doesn't) work. Garafalo reads with the perfect intonations and inflections for each character - whatever their age.
    This is one of the few books I'm really tempted to purchase in hard-back to lend to friends.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Awful story of gratuitous violence."

    Take a slightly believable plot and add a huge amount of running around and this is what you get. I'm a big fan of the Mitch Rapp books and this one can't hold a candle to them. The plot races along with a lot of non-surprises ending up with, as Shakespeare said - "A lot of sound of fury signifying nothing". What really got me though was the gratuitous violence graphically described. And remember, I'm a Mitch Rapp fan.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Wonderful. A psychological and dramatic thriller"

    I loved this book. The reading by Robin Sachs perfectly captures the dark atmosphere of Harry Hole and his environment. The book is a "page turner" you won't want to turn off. This was my first Hole adventure and I now plan to listen to the rest of them.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "VERY satisfying"

    This book, and this rendition truly deserve the accolades it has received. I can see (or hear) why it is such a "best seller". It is an extremely well written book with the most intricate details carefully inserted. The story flows beautifully between past and present. Highly believable and very well read. I went from sadness to joy as the scenes changed but most definitely ended up very satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Station: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps.

    wsoxfan2005 says: "Excellent"
    "typpical Wambaugh authenticity"

    Mixes anecdotes about the daily life of a LAPD street cop with a story line to make this an interesting read. As an ex-consultant for the LAPD who rode around in police cars with the troops, I can attest to the authenticity - periods of routine and boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror relieved by the "black humor" of the streets. I liked the read. It's not destined to be a classice but if you like cop stories, you'll like this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Miernik Dossier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles McCarry
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove, Stephen Hoye, Moira Quirk, and others

    The Miernik Dossier is the dazzling first novel, newly reissued, by master spy novelist Charles McCarry. In this riveting, imaginative tale, five international agents embark on a car trip in a Cadillac, traveling from Switzerland to the Sudan.

    Richard says: "McCarry arrives at Audible"
    "Captures the paranoia"

    Well written and very well read. It captures both the naivite and the paranoia of the era quite well. Is he or isn't he a spy/enemy agent? Story told through "official" documents and debriefings is an excellent vehicle for a taut plot. Different from the usual cold-war spy thriller and well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Why God made audio books."

    What a wonderful experience! A delightful book and so expertly read. Listening to this book reminded me of something we used to call "radio". I've listned to many books and in this one each character was expertly rendered and captured.
    And the story itself is captivating. It has humor galore and a bit of suspence as well. I fully agree with the opening narration that the loss of the author is a double tragegy: for his own death and for the world to lose any future books. I'd read more in a flash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Shane Scully and his partner are assigned to the case of "the Fingertip Killer", a serial murderer preying on homeless veterans in Los Angeles. Every two weeks he strikes: he beats his victims, then shoots them in the back of the head. Once they're dead, he cuts off their fingertips, closes their eyes, and tosses them in the river.

    Jerret says: "Above average detective thriller"
    "A bit too formulaic"

    Are there any "normal" people working in the LAPD, or the FBI for that matter,(except for the hero's wife)? And "code 3" means sirens going, not "code 2". Story became a bit tedious as we had to go through the political screeds while waiting for the plot to develop. I've read many LA detective books and this one just doesn't measure up for me. I could pretty well see what, and who, was going to turn up next.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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