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Eddie

Shelbyville, IN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Tye
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

    Eddie says: "A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
    "A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
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    Larry Tye provides insight into not only the original creators of Superman but nearly all the major influences that have defined (or in some cases attempted to re-define) Superman. While Siegel and Shuster are featured prominently throughout the book, he looks at other comic, TV, newspaper comic, and movie writers, directors, producers, and actors who have helped to create the Superman mythos.

    It is a great listen. Scott does a fine job, though admittedly this is not as difficult as an audiobook where multiple characters have to be distinguished audibly. He's clear and engaging. If he's not a fan of the subject matter, he does a good job of sounding as if he is.

    The book does not present a one-sided view of the struggles of the Siegel and Shuster with DC comics over Superman. It fairly evenly presents the history, but is more concerned about the endurance of the character as a cultural icon. It posits some theories about why Superman is so loved, but never descends into a psychological study. It is primarily history, told from the view of someone enamored with his subject. Recommended listening for old and new fans of Superman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1082)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Politics really makes for strange bedfellows"
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    Whether in audio or written form, John Sandford's novels are among my favorites and Silken Prey is one of his better works. Richard Ferrone does another excellent job in reading Silken Prey and listeners will not have a hard time distinguishing characters. The combination, story and reader, make another excellent entry into this series.

    The plot focuses on a US Senate election and on the criminal activity that one side chooses to engage in order to win the election. Davenport is brought in by the Governor to sort through the accusations of child pornography that have been levied against the incumbent Senator without upsetting the political balance. Recognizing that this is the kind of case that could result in people losing jobs, Davenport looks outside his usual supporting cast (early in the book; favorites like Del, Shrake, and Jenkins are back later) which leads to a great fan service for long time Sandford fans. Kidd and LuEllen have fairly significant supporting roles in Silken Prey.

    As with most Prey books, Early chapters switch between what the criminals are doing and what Davenport is doing. This helps provide tension as we see both sides making moves, one to protect their secrets and Davenport attempting to expose them.

    If you've read/listened to other Prey novels and have not enjoyed them, there is little here to change your mind but for fans this is a great entry in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1062)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Trouble around Flowers' Hometown"
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    Mad River is another great story from John Sandford. Virgil Flowers is trying to track down three young adults in rural Minnesota who are on a killing spree. In this case, Virgil has a pretty solid idea from the start who he is looking for, the problem is finding them. They were essentially homeless and largely friendless, so ideas as to where they might go or who might be their next victim are hard for Virgil to discover. This is close to Virgil's hometown as well, so we get to meet his parents and he runs into an old high school flame who has recently returned to the area after a divorce. These pieces all make for a enjoyable read that any fan of Sandford's novel will enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • UR

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

    doG ma says: "BRAVO!"
    "New Works from Your Favorite Authors"
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    Ur is a great short story from Stephen King about a bookworm who decides to give e-readers (Kindle, specifically) a try. Only his Kindle is special delivery from the Twilight Zone. Book are available that authors never wrote, but it's when he realizes he can access more than books that the story turns. If you are a fan of King's work this is definitely worth a listen, especially for fans of The Dark Tower series. The best readers do not call attention to themselves and I can almost forget I'm listening and not reading. Holter Graham does this in reading Ur, so the overall experience is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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