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Andrew

Saginaw, MI, USA

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  • Getting Mother's Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Narrated By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Billy Beede, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae's burial is about to be plowed up to make way for a supermarket. As Willa Mae's only daughter, Billy is heiress to her mother's substantial but unconfirmed fortune. Dirt poor, living in a trailer with her Aunt June and Uncle Roosevelt behind a gas station in a tumbleweedy Texas town, and pregnant with an illegitimate child, Billy knows that treasure could mean salvation.

    Andrew says: "Just a warning..."
    "Just a warning..."
    Overall

    Just so you aren't surprised (as I was), the entire book, other than the singing, is narrated in the first person by the author as a variety of poor, southern black folk in the early 1960's. It is humorous, and the diiference in point of view between the older characters and younger characters, particularly as to the evolving racial and social issues of the time, is quite interesting. At first I was somewhat put off by the narrative style, but it grew on me as I came to know the characters' personalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "The narration was great"
    Overall

    J.D. Souther is the perfect narrator for this book, and I don't understand the reviewers who thought otherwise. Try listening to the end of the book, and then Jimmy's postscript or afterword or whatever he called it, which he read himself - it is hard to tell one from the other. It was also great to hear from J.D. Souther again, as he doesn't seem to be releasing any new music. As an early contemporary of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, etc., I think he has known many a Tully Mars in his time, and narrates the book in a wry, knowing manner as if he had been there, and seen that done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (404)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    Janet says: "Believe the reviews!"
    "weak dialogue"
    Overall

    Having taken Jack Ryan, Sr. way beyond the realm of possibility, Clancy needed to come up with new characters, and the tie in to his kid and nephews gives the plot line some context.

    Much of the book is made up of dialogue between the two cousins, who refer to each other alternatively by endearing Italian nicknames (Enzo?) and more often as "Bro" (!). Maybe real life conversations with twenty - something males also leaves something to be desired, but this is really hard to listen to.

    Far fetched plots and unlikely outcomes are commonplace in this genre, and I can listen to some pretty silly stuff, so long as the writing itself is interesting to listen to. Here, the dialogue between the brothers, and Jr.'s references to "Dad" really made me grate my teeth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Blonde: An Amos Walker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Loren Estleman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Who is Gilia Cristobal? On first appearance, Gilia Cristobal seems to be exactly what she claims: a bright, talented, blonde-bombshell Latina singer who has worked hard to rise to the pinnacle of popular acclaim while maintaining her artistic integrity and ideals. Amos Walker ought to know better. There's nobody that perfect and Gilia is just too good to be true. For starters, she's not really Gilia, and that's just the tip of a deadly iceberg of lies that threatens to sink him.

    Andrew says: "Mickey Spillane meets Robert Crais"
    "Mickey Spillane meets Robert Crais"
    Overall

    The narrative and dialogue style of this book is like a classic old Mike Hammer novel, but the content is more like the irreverent modern humor of Elvis Cole, with a shot of Dutch Leonard thrown in with the Detroit setting and Latino characters. The author obiously knows Detroit, and relies upon many recent events, both local and national, in the narrative, which is sardonic, and often funny as hell.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (172)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "tater torts"
    Overall

    Little greasy half-baked ideas, pretending to be a real novel. Extremely lacking in authenticity and detail. For the real deal on a mass tort case gone bad, read "A Civil Action".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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