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WEST LAKE HILLS, TEXAS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (194)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Many laughs for Christmas."
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    Would you listen to A Christmas Story again? Why?

    Perhaps next Chritmas would be a good time to hear it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralphie is the central character, of course; but the "old man" steals a lot of scenes.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Cavett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not heard Cavett before on Audible. He did a good job, but Jean Shepherd's narration in the movie is hard to beat.


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

    Yes, but I like to spread Audible books out over a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to stop smiling (or laughing out loud) from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (702)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Solid Cornwell"
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    If you could sum up Agincourt in three words, what would they be?

    Historically accurate fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Hook is the hero and appears in just about every scene in the book, so it's hard to escape his presence.


    Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

    King Henry


    If you could rename Agincourt, what would you call it?

    Longbow


    Any additional comments?

    I selected this book after finishing the Sharpe series by the same author. All of the books seem to follow a basic recipe, but all were enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Sword: Book XIV of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Sword"
    "Another good Sharpe adventure."
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    What did you love best about Sharpe's Sword?

    Although the Sharpe books contain similar story lines, it's always worth the read to see how he and Sgt Harper escape from the most recent French threat. This book has a dispicable villain who gives Sharpe the opportunity to savor revenge as a "dish served cold".


    What other book might you compare Sharpe's Sword to and why?

    I think each Sharpe book is best compared to others in the series, and I like the manner in which the author ties the books together. I suggest that they be read in sequence so that the various recurring characters will fall easily into place in the reader's memory. If the reader enjoys Hornblower/Aubrey, I think this series will also provide enjoyable reading.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Sgt Harper


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

    Yes, but I try to make each of the Sharpe books last over a few days of driving to and from various destinations.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have read reviews criticizing one or more of the performers in the Sharpe series, I have enjoyed the slightly different perspective that each one brings to the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2538)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1873)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "Consistently entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Horse to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I have no opinion on this question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the connection between the local law enforcement officers and the agents of the FBI.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    I like Vic, the holy terror, in this book and in the others of the Longmire series.


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

    No. I like to spread the audio books over 2-3 days of driving to and from the work site.


    Any additional comments?

    I began listening to the Longmire series after watching the TV adaptation. This book, and the others, are consistently entertaining. The author is forced to reach a little to make the various plots fit together, but the reach does not diminish the quality. I believe it's best to listen to the series in order...otherwise, some of the characters and their relationship to one another would be confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3458)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2114)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "2 for 1 Bosch"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Concrete Blonde to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read this book in the print version, but I like the audio versions of all the Bosch books to which I have listened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bosch and his partner, Jerry Edger, are both good in this book. The author plays them off one another very well and reminds the reader that many LA cops had to have a second source of income to cover the California cost of living.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Hill. This book compares favorably to others by him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The "Dollmaker" ain't dead yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the price (or credit) and provides the listener with background on one of Bosch's big cases (the Dollmaker) and his relationship with Irvin Irving/IAD. This background is useful when reading subsequent books in the line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More Than Night

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation. Also available uabridged.

    Andrew says: "Entertaining and intelligent"
    "Good Bosch"
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    Would you listen to A Darkness More Than Night again? Why?

    No. I'm trying to make it through all the Bosch books in order.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with other Bosch books, I like the police "insider" info and his interaction with his partner(s).


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Bosch


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's similar to other Bosch books...a good listen. I like all the readers involved in the Bosch series but think it would be better if the same reader performed all the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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