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Peoria AZ | Member Since 2001

  • 8 reviews
  • 416 ratings
  • 609 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Terri says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "A Great Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    The book very nicely walks you thru a family's day to day life, in New Mexico from late 1800's to early 1900s. The characters were developed well and very real.
    I really enjoyed sharing part of their life on their small cattle and horse ranch and in the small towns, feeling their joys and sorrows.

    I have been audible member for almost 10 years and this book is in my top 10 list, up there with Painted House. I was very disappointed when it ended.
    I am going to pick up another one from this author this month.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "V is for another Victory"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, I have read/listened to these for seems like 20 years, since A is for alibi...
    I look forward to each and Judy is Kinsey. I hope there are dozens more of these and that Judy continues to be Kinsey.
    The character Kinsey is developed so well, she is a good friend. In each book Kinsey who is a private detective, solves a hard care, sharing her life as she does.
    You have to try one of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "I really liked it."

    I too listened to broken arrow and altered carbon. I enjoyed this one a little more.

    The theme of the first two seemed to be sleeves, which really interesting got old after a while.

    This book exposed many more cyber punk ideas, plus religion, goverment, martians, family and the characters were developed a little more.

    I didnt notice the narrator mispronunciation of Kovacs and thought he was a believable Kovacs.

    The echo only happened once an hour and only bothered me when it was long.

    I can't wait for his next novel. I hope sleeve's are just a smaller part of the next one and he blows my socks off with more cyberpunk.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whale Season

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By N.M. Kelby
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One Christmas Eve, Whale Harbor is visited by a man who thinks he's Jesus and claims to be looking for a game of poker. But, as usual, things are not quite what they seem. Having some version of the Lord in town for his birthday creates a strange effect on the locals.

    Rex says: "Fun and wacky"
    "Fun and wacky"

    Really wacky, fun, fast moving plot. If you like Carl Hiaasen's books, you will like this book. I would almost bet, Hiaasen wrote this.
    Jesus shows up one night in a small florida town and affects a dozen quarky character's lives.
    If you like this, then try Hiaasen's books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter

    In Our Endangered Values, Carter offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred.

    Vicki says: "Very interesting"
    "a great citizen of US and the World"

    This is a GREAT listen. I wish my writing skills for this review could do justice to his book.
    He does not pull any punches going thru dozens and dozens of hot topics from Abortion, Iraq, Korea, Executions, Poverty, Religion... Each is discussed with background, facts, bible quotes for and against and a idea where this current direction will take us and ways to handle the problem more effectly.

    He's a bible scholar and STRONG christian; One issue he discusses is abortion which he is against. He comes up with many great middle ground ideas. Did you know that 2/3 of women get abortions because they cant afford the kid. The current administation is actually causing more abortions with this bad economy, no health care and all the other ways it is draining money from the middle class family. Any idea why abortions are way up from the clinton years.

    Straight from the news today, he talks about why Bush should not give nuclear help to India. (If you couldnt think of a few reason yourself)

    To steal a statement from another reviewer
    "If you are interested in what a Nobel peace prize winning thinker has to say ..."

    I also listened to his book "An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood", which was great. Very much like the painted house.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpion's Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For three decades, Richard A. Clarke worked in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. As adviser to four presidents, he traveled throughout the Middle East, visiting palaces, military bases, and intelligence centers, meeting rulers, soldiers, and spies. Some of what he found appeared in Against All Enemies. Much more of it appears here.

    H. Mccartor says: "Well done intelligence thriller by an insider."
    "Great World Political Supsense"

    This book is a great spy story, much like Clancy's older books.
    Clarke doesn’t have the character development or story smoothness of a Clancy book, but the details and higher level Middle East political concepts, make the book interesting to listen to.

    The book exposes lots of interesting details on our internal government workings and Middle East politics, and Clarke's white house experience as Clinton's and Bush's counter-terrorism chief, shows in the details of the book. Although set in future 5 years, I wonder how much is really fiction.

    As far Bush bashing, it is not direct and only a small part of the book and can be ignored. Clarke just showed the same conflicts we all experienced in the cold war. Both sides have people thinking the other side’s only goal was to destroy them and doing their best to stop it from happening. And both sides also have people who think there are other solutions besides war too. In Clarke world, war is not the only possible solution.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Brock
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Former right-wing journalist David Brock uses his keen understanding and experience to show how a conservative media has skewed American politics noticeably to the right. Brock's incisive analysis of right-wing media theories, strategies, financing, and operations makes for a convincing argument that the Republican Right does not embrace or encourage journalistic freedom, but instead seeks to control it.

    Rex says: "A 4 star book (If you are a political junkie)"
    "A 4 star book (If you are a political junkie)"

    This book is only for political junkies. If you are not a real junkie, then start with Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars. The topic is similar and Al's is as serious but is shorter and funny too.

    Mr Brock starts the book off with a nice 10 minute summary and then for the next 14 hours, explains how the Republican Noise Machine works. One of his first examples explains how President Nixon wanted to start the rumor that the media had a liberal bias. His slush fund was used to make a badly written book, that stated that the media had a liberal bias, be on the best sellers list. He quotes many studies that say there never was a liberal bias, in fact the opposite. But if the Noise Machine keeps saying anything enough, people believe it.

    He continues with names and examples and examples of how this Machine works to dominate every aspect of our lives. Using a billion dollars, they support 1000's of writers, think tanks, talk radio shows, papers, magazines, Web sites and cable networks to get the Republican talking points heard.
    They start by supporting conservative college papers and hire the writers and pay them well, to work at their conservative think tanks and publish articles based on the Republican talking points. Truth is NOT required.

    Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is an understatement.

    When I purchased the book from audible, it had a 1 star rating.
    This is exactly what the book is about. The Republican Noise Machine
    On Amazon the book has all 4 and 5 star ratings, except for one, 1 star rating. If you look at the user that gave the book a one star rating, you'll see he also gave Blinded by the Right, all Michael Moore's and Al Franken's books a 1 start rating. And funny, ANN COULTER books got a good rating.

    Want to bet that the people who rated this book so far, didn't really read it.

    90 of 109 people found this review helpful
  • Potshot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna

    Boston P.I. Spenser is back! He's traveled west to investigate a murder in Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town reborn as a hangout for Los Angeles millionaires. A motley band of thieves, lead by The Preacher, is wreaking havoc, and Spenser must find a way to beat the gang at their own dangerous game.

    Daniel says: "A 'POTSHOT' at Potshot"
    "I really like the book...But"

    The story line and characters were quite good. And I had a hard time putting the book (mp3 player) down.

    But like one of the other readers of another Robert B. Parker book said. The narrator repeating "I said", "He said", "She said" following every line of dialog, drove me crazy.

    The narrator did a great job changing voices for each character, so I dont know why he has to end each line of dialog with "I said".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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