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  • The Gun Seller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hugh Laurie
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

    connie says: "May he write on!"
    "He's a better actor than author."
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    Laurie is a much better actor than author- I'd prefer if he would read books- he has a great voice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    KP says: "Not as good as the others...."
    "My first and last Nesbo"
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    What an absurd conclusion- *Plot Warning* The main character (cop) sends his *girlfriend* into a "sting" operation with a serial killer and rapist... Oh, and the police chief authorizes the operation? I don’t think so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2906)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2758)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Technical survival manual - No Fun!"
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    This book is great if you are into the technical aspects of survival - how many square feet of soil is necessary to grow a potato... How many liters of liquid oxygen to stay alive for X length of time... All the calculations when something goes wrong. There is very little story and lots of technical detail- No fun!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • High Country

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Willard Wyman
    • Narrated By Ken Marks
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A wrangler for some 40 years, Willard Wyman landed two Spur Awards for High Country as Best Novel of the West and Best First Novel. Little more than a boy, Ty Hardin is apprenticed to a legendary packer even as the Great Depression takes its toll on American families. >High Country follows Ty through his packing apprenticeship and into World War II.

    John says: "A very enjoyable listen! One of my favorites."
    "The Last Great Mountain Man"
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    Ken Marks is perfect for the narration- the way he carefully pronounces "t" when it is at the end of a word- has the sound of one of the Westerners of whom he speaks.

    You have to fall, at least a little, in love with Ty Hardin. His country, his mules and his life.

    This is a great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relation of My Imprisonment: A Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of fait all true believers must endure.

    Laura says: "Russell Banks Rocks!"
    "Russell Banks Rocks!"
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    Ah, the surety of the religiously devout! Banks nails this story and concludes with hilarity. One of the greatest modern writers here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (406)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    Eric says: "Political schizophrenia and engrossing story"
    "BORING!"
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    This book is slow and dull- the author tells us whats going on then again then again, then explains it again- I couldn't get through it- made it to the second half and was still facing ~ 6 more hours!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (637)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Dennis says: "Dared to let the kids listen and they loved it..."
    "GREAT!"
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    This one's a winner- a bit fantastic but so much fun! Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (652)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Not so good"
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    The sound is irritating- there is a 'talking through a tube' quality to the reader's voice- it's great for the voices over the phone but not for the reading.

    The story is predictable and plods on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (543)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "This one holds up through time"
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    This is a very old Sci Fi novel that does not sound dated. The terminology is surprisingly relevant with only one mention of the 19th and 20th centuries.

    It is well written, read and very optimistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Memory of Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

    Ellen says: "Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America"
    "This is a great read"
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    The story line follows characters on the fringe of American life; the outcasts. Some of these people deserve to be where they are and some, not so much. It's an interesting dilemma in our society that we tend to shelve and ignore. This book is very well written, read and has much to ponder.

    This book is not "heavy" or difficult to read in spite of its topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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