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greg

sarasota, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Buddhism for Busy People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Michie
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (258)

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Dipping your toe into meditation? Buy this..."
    "Thinking seem to be the problem"
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    I keep looking for a way to think my way into a higher consciousness. I love the basic premise of Buddhist thought but stilling the mind through meditation still just escapes me.

    Decent enough book, just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (432)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Simple minded, Fun Antihero escapism"
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    The book is a fun read if you don't mind the over the top profanity. Interesting idea to have a former mafia/russian mob hitman enter witness protection and become a physician. Enjoyed some of the information imparted from the good doctor but IMHO this is not worth your credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Fun, Profane, Politically Opinionated"
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    Simple escapism with an antihero. Can't recommend it unless your into that mind set at the moment. This is the second book I downloaded by Bazell so I was in the mood...I'm out of it now:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (527)

    Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims....

    Jennifer says: "ALEX DELAWARE IS BACK & IN FINE FORM!!!!!"
    "Alex and Milo ride again"
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    You can't miss with Kellermans duo. Always well written dialoge and a fun romp.

    Recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Margo says: "My Favorite Grisham to Date"
    "Predictable Monotonous Noir"
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    Slow, plodding and completely predictable. And if that wasn't bad enough Grisham presented only unlikable, morally despicable characters, not an admirable protagonist in the bunch.

    This novel was a waste of my time and left me feeling blah. Muller's droning narration seemed to mimic my overall take on the story. I'll think twice before investing in another Grisham offering

    Can't recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (339)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Grisham & Beck have created a Gem"
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    I tried a Grisham novel in The Litigators and found it weak, the characters unappealing and generally not very well developed.

    What a difference! This book was a pleasure to experience. Ford County's new newspaper editor was easy to like and the cast of characters he encountered were well developed and likable as well. I especially liked the way Grisham handled the antagonist by never developing his character at all. I know the usual is to keep telling the audience what the bad guy is up to but this was refreshing. Michael Beck's narration was superb with just the right amount of Mississippi tone.

    Highly Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabbath's Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey Sabbath at 64 is an aging, raging powerhouse, defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his longtime mistress, Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past.

    Joshua says: "A great book by a great writer"
    "Not Roth's finest work"
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    Philip Roth is one of my favorite writers but I guess you can't win them all.

    I found Sabbath to be a boorish, unredemtive and ultimately an uninteresting character. I think that perhaps Philip was in a sexual slump in his life and took out his frustrations on poor Mickey. Perhaps Sabbath's mother's suggestions of an early termination should have been given more consideration early on.

    Can't recommend this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (967)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Comparable to Franzen"
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    Interesting mix of baseball, philosophy and character studies. Much like my favorite contemporary writer Jonathan Franzen, Harbach has woven an engaging study of several diverse personalities into a life affirming experience. If you have enjoyed any of Franzen's novels you will not be disappointed. Holter Graham's narration was on perfect pitch for this wonderful addition to my library.

    Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rizzo's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lou Manfredo
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Rizzo's War, Lou Manfredo's stunningly authentic debut, partners a rookie detective with a seasoned veteran on his way to retirement in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn."There's no wrong, there's no right, there just is." This is the refrain of Joe Rizzo, a decades-long veteran of the NYPD, as he passes on the knowledge of his years of experience to his ambitious new partner, Mike McQueen, over a year of riding together as detectives in the Sixty-second Precinct in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

    Kathleen M. Crawford says: "Excellent Author, Excellent Narrator"
    "Mildly entertaining"
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    Only thing that saved this book from a one star rating was Cannavale's narration. The story line was rather simplistic and the characters were weakly dressed out. Okay for a light weekend read but there are better ways to spend your time and credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

    Gretel says: "Better than I expected..."
    "Meet James Lee Burke's Better"
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    I've long been a fan of every one of James Lee Burke and Will Patton collaboration but this one is better. Woodrell's trilogy has just become one of my favorite audio books. Pinchot's interpretation was on target with the vocal inflections that I've encountered in the bayou country. Wonderful, colorful, literary slice of the downside of bayou life. I do hope there is more to come from Woodrell & Pinchot.

    Highly Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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