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John L. Wixon

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  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    rick says: "The slide continues"
    "Very Good story line"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spider Woman's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I am very pleased with the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of characters for he fathers writtings. Very fine use of the old in the new version.


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

    The length of the audible book makes this a fine 2=3 session listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been able to read all of her fathers books and Tony Hillerman would be proud to have this tradition carried on by his daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1638)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    David says: "Brilliant but borderline non-fiction!"
    "Job Completed"
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    If you could sum up Command Authority in three words, what would they be?

    The story is tight and quick action


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Perhaps not so much quick action, somewhat contradicts the above however at thime too much going on for me.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotions and clarity, I really enjoyed his work and will add novels he participates with in the future.


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I notice the trend of dual authors and just do not believe the story quatlity is the same as the older novels. I for one will probably avoid this franchise in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9527)
    Performance
    (8647)
    Story
    (8717)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Fan or not?"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I have decided that I am just not a fan of this author. Therefore not really able to give an unbiased review.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edward Achorn
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Chris Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he risked his life’s savings to found the St. Louis Browns, the franchise that would become the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet the German-born beer garden proprietor would become one of the most important - and funniest - figures in the game’s history.

    Benjamin says: "Entertaining"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I did recommend this book to my son and grandson, both baseball fans. A very enjoyable read. I did enjoy the little talked about facts of the starting of the American and National Leagues.


    What other book might you compare The Summer of Beer and Whiskey to and why?

    The


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn't exactly beautiful, but she'd tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn't know her name. Whoever she is, she didn't deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps. And more blood will spill before it's over.

    rick says: "Not bad; but not Parker."
    "Have to prove"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Brandman and/or James Naughton?

    The author taking over for Robert Parker will have to prove himself. This reading did not do that for me. Will see how other writings are handled.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in My Basement

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Ernie Hudson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles' basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why.

    Ken says: "Well, it's different"
    "Enjoyed"
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    What did you like best about The Man in My Basement? What did you like least?

    the story line was unusual to say the least. The story was tight and on line throughout the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Birds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    "The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

    Buzz says: "Sad and Unforgettable"
    "A very good listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Yellow Birds the most enjoyable?

    The reader was clear and into the story.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion of living the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen for those who feel that the Iraq / Afghanistan wars should continue and what a lost cause this era and wars have been. I am an 81 year listener and find the story very emotional and real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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