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Richard

Pembroke Pines, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11623)
    Performance
    (7594)
    Story
    (7628)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Epic war saga"
    Overall

    This is a good book about WW2 and some of the experiences of downed pilots and POW's of the Japanese. It is well told and I put it right there with Bridge over the river Kwai. Can be depressing at times as it deals with POW's and brutality to them. Worth a credit though if you have an interest in this genre.

    45 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Disastrous Voyage of the Santa Margarita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Woodman
    • Narrated By Terry Wale
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Among the coral outcrops of the island of Rota in the Marianas Island, off the Philippines, lies the wreck of a Spanish galleon, the Santa Margarita. Here we are told a tale of the disastrous last voyage, beset by an extraordinary sequence of typhoons and storms, of the Santa Margarita on her way to Acapulco in the spring of 1601.

    Richard says: "A tale of when men were iron and ships were wood"
    "A tale of when men were iron and ships were wood"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A pretty good tale of old times when the church had so much power and was so evil. I am so glad we have freedom from religion in America. This is a sea tragedy, and tragic it is. Hurricanes, Typhoons, Gales, Storms and Gusts batter the Grand Spanish Galleon across the wide Pacific. All the while humans try to weather the weather and their prejudices. And their prejudices may be the worst part of the journey. There is disease, and accidents, and death comes in many ways. The worst way is human treachery, which is a constant even today. I did have trouble with some of the Spanish names and could not keep track of who was who because of the strangeness of them. And lastly the end could have been better, therefore a four star review instead of five.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shavetail

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thomas Cobb
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    With Shavetail, Cobb delivers a masterly tale of a young man’s initiation into the brutality of conflict. When 17-year-old runaway Ned Thorne joins Captain Robert Franklin at the Camp Grant outpost, located at the edge of Arizona’s Chiricahua mountains, he enters into a world of blood and redemption. Franklin, still reeling from a failed campaign, seizes on the chance to make amends when a nearby farmhouse is raided—and a woman kidnapped—by renegade Apaches.

    Richard says: "No Oater here!"
    "No Oater here!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a story of a young lad that has joined the Army in 1871. It is set in the west but no ordinary western. First Tom Stechschulte is doing the tell and he is magnificent. He will be best remembered for relating The Road, but he does just as well in this novel. I can tell which character he is doing without the he said or she said, and he does not over emote, just tiny inflections of difference. The story itself is no shoot em up page turner although there is action and death, and deceit. It is more like a saga, similar to Red Badge of Courage. You go through the pain this young lad does in his rough life in the army. Believe me, all does not go well, and I think I would have preferred it turn out better. The ending is abrupt and does leave something to the imagination, but you can figure it out and I think mostly I just did not want it to end at all. Bravo to the author for he has penned a tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (725)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Bloody wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The world through a childs eyes is a much more interesting place. The narrator Kathrine Kellgren, is perfect for this book, and reminds me of the girl that did the tell, in Thunderdome. I enjoyed the accent both displayed. The book is written for young people, maybe teens or tweens, but I am seventy one and I enjoyed it. It is a fiction that only a young imagination could dream up. But just suspend your disbelief and enjoy it. I have already downloaded the second in the series, Curse of the Blue Tattoo.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (825)

    In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

    L.W. says: "Horribly depressing"
    "Soap Opera"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is a combination Days of our Lives, and Family Feud. I don't know how I got it as I was looking in Mysteries and Thrillers. This is no page turner, and is very touchy feely. The ending is very hokey and I knew the ending long before it came. That said it is not a bad book, and is easy listening for an unrequited love story. There is some action, the family feud part, and a hint of ghosts, but not scary ones. Not my type of book, but if you like soaps, go for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (914)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "The dynamic duo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Feast Day of Fools?

    I just love listening to James Lee Burke's prose. It is poetry to me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I can't decide which I like better, Hackberry Holland or Robicheaux although I can't help but think Huckleberry every time I hear Hackberrys first name. I think it is Burke's characters that keep you on the edge of your seat. There are always some nut jobs in his books along with some purely evil people. I can't wait to hear what they will do next.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton always teams with James Lee Burke to give steller performances. Patten is a good actor and unlike some other popular readers, he does not chew the scenery or over emote. He could recite McGuffey's reader and I would listen until he finished.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    In a word YES. But I did not just want to, I listened all night long without sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I you like film noir books, then get this one. If you like Mysteries and Thrillers, then get this one. If you like Adventure stories, then get this one. If you liked Psycho, the movie, then get this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12140)
    Performance
    (10599)
    Story
    (10640)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A saga you should not miss"
    Overall

    George R. R. Martin is a wordsmith and storyteller that has few equals now or in history. His Iron throne kingdom is an empire full of unusual, deceitful, traitorous, hateful, cruel, loving, kind, intelligent, stupid people. By now you get the idea, it is kind of like today, but a long time ago. I had really hoped that book five would wrap up so many stories like Aria Stark, the kingslayer, the dwarf, Circe and finally John Snow the bastard, and while some met there end most are waiting on another book, so I will too. Regretfully another couple of years methinks.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (421)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Could not figure this one out"
    Overall

    This is a good mystery about a very brave 13 year old boy and his missing sister. He continues to look for her throughout the book but you know there is little chance she is not dead already. This book takes more twists and turns than that funny street in San Francisco, and that is the difference. It is well written and why anyone would complain about the narrator, I will never know. Worth a credit if you like mysteries. I sure wish all my downloads were this good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonesome Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert.

    Richard says: "Good Oater"
    "Good Oater"
    Overall

    I like a good western novel and I like a lifetime saga. While this book only spans 20 years or so, it is still a saga of a five year old boy going west, and trying to remain alive. He has an evil grandfather that wants him dead and leaves him to die in the Mojave desert. There are interesting characters and L'Amour knows how to write a book. This is the western genre though so if you do not like stories like Lonesome Dove, then this is not for you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (721)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Mysterious"
    Overall

    Books like this are why I am an audible customer. It took a little time to get into the book because it does jump around a bit. I even had to rewind a bit and go back to reconnect to the story, but it was late and I was drowsy too. Unexpected twists and turns kept my attention from then on. Well written book by a wordsmith that knows how to turn a phrase. Well narrated too. Five stars for mystery lovers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (88)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Realistic"
    Overall

    I thought the book was just ok. Things could have happened the way the book tells it, but Pantoliano kind of messed it up for me with his whispering garbled style. Some I couldn't understand at all and I am not sure what effect he was going for. Maybe Don Corleone with a mouthful of cotton but it ruined the book for me. He is a good actor and should stick to that.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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