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Garry

Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4518)
    Performance
    (3816)
    Story
    (3813)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Glad I listened"
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    Performance
    Story

    I haven't read/listened to a Grisham novel is a while and I'm glad I did. Good story that kept me guessing, very good character development and satisfying conclusion. J.D. Jackson nailed the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (474)

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

    Gary says: "Masterpiece! Our myths make us who we are"
    "Astounding!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yuval Noah Harari takes the reader on a 70,000 year trip, creating a web of a story that covers language, imagination, religion, politics, morality, evolution, psychiatry and intelligent design. Mostly, it will make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Strauss
    • Narrated By Neil Strauss
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (916)

    Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year.

    Saud says: "An Interesting Trip Through the Culture"
    "If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him."
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    A real psychological thriller. This book is a surprise. It is funny, poignant, insightful and very well written. Will substance win out over form?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Price, Harry Brandt
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (287)

    Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-'90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anticrime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next 18 years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another.

    Bradley P. Valentine says: "Richard Price sets the high water mark in genre"
    "You think you can write?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you think you want to be a writer, don't read The Whites because it will make you feel inadequate. Nobody writes dialogue or sets up scenes like Richard Price regardless of what name he's writing under.
    Ari Fliakos doesn't read it, he performs it as though he was inside Price's head as he wrote it.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6545)
    Performance
    (5665)
    Story
    (5656)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A Delightful Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a delightful book in every way. Jess Walter brought a te touch to a a story that made me stop and think more than a few times. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect narrator. I had a smile on my face the entire time I listened this book. I've also recommended it to 5 different people and I've heard from them all about how much they enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1483)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "Just keeps getting better"
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    What made the experience of listening to Creole Belle the most enjoyable?

    It is as though Will Patton lives inside James Lee Burke's head as Burke writes. These two make make it hard to ever "just" read one of Burke's book. What I hear in my own head sounds like a stutter in comparison,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Creole Belle?

    Creole Belle is one very long glorious moment.


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

    The extreme reaction to Creole Belle is the extenguishing of the thought that I could ever write a work of fiction. Burke's prose and Patton's interpretation amongst the violence brings a smile to my lips.


    Any additional comments?

    I read The Neon Ran after listening to an interview of James Lee Burks on NPR's Fresh Air. Since then, I've read each of his books as soon as they'e come out I don't understand how he could have started out so good and has managed to get better and better. I heard an interview with Janet Fitch after she wrote White Opealder where she said that one of her teachers said that some is trite if you've ever heard it before, even once before. I don't believe Burke has ever written a trite phrase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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