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Victoria

LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3476)
    Performance
    (3039)
    Story
    (3053)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Scared the **** out of me!"
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    Complex story, as usual for Clancy, but I was able to keep up with the plot and the characters. A scary look at the vulnerability of our nation in the internet age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17332)
    Performance
    (15398)
    Story
    (15350)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Better than expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    King does a good job of tackling a subject that's been done before - travelling back in time to stop JFK's assassination. Could you succeed? And if you did, what would be the consequences? But there's lots more to this novel than that. He brought me back to my childhood. I was immersed in the 50's and 60's of my childhood, and the past came alive for me. The cars, stores, interactions, fashion, food, every detail, came over me like a wave, and I rode that wave to another time.

    The narrator is excellent. Outstanding job.

    In some places, the novel dragged a bit for me. But, given the context, it would have been a disservice to leave out this material.

    I loved many of Stephen King's novels, but eventually grew tired of his writing. This book, however, I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 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
    (1644)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1482)

    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."
    "Well, this explains a lot."
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    Michael Lewis explains how, if there are 200,000 shares of XYZ stock offered for sale at $100 per share on the stock market, and you tried to purchase 100,000 of them for that $100, the shares would disappear from the market as soon as you hit the enter key on your computer to buy the shares. You'd get some number of shares, say 8,000, at that price, but the rest of the shares would now be available for no less than $101 per share. He also explains how it all came about - through regulatory efforts to make the stock market fairer, which were designed to eliminate loopholes created by previous regulatory efforts. Funny and enlightening. Good explanation of complex transactions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2489)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Good mix of crime solving and personal life"
    Overall
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    Harry Bosch deals with evidence that makes no sense from a cold case, a politically sensitive current case, and personal issues related to his career, his daughter, and his love life. Another Michael Connelly winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1662)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1503)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Okay story, narrator didn't help"
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    The characters' personalities drove a lot of the story, but they weren't fully developed. The main characters dealt with the same personal issues over and over again. The narrator didn't help, making the main character sound like she was a teenager, not an adult woman. The plot was okay, but not stellar.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (861)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Murder mystery, Southern historical flavor"
    Overall
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    A good look at life in a Southern small town between the 1920s and 1960s. The slow pace of life matched by the pace of the narrator. It was a refreshing change after listening to so many novels read with such urgency and drama. Story centered on a small town, but expanded here and there to a state and national level, which I liked. There are three generational stories that flow well from one to the other, with a dark mystery running through all three. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2078)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Unanswered questions, doubts - until the end"
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    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    investigation, doubt, relationships


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a little disappointed. Would have liked a little better set up for the end.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    The reporter (the protagonist). His personal connection to the case, his entry into the world of the FBI was interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. It was an enjoyable book, kept me interested to find out what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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