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Raymond

America, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (268)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Paula says: "Grand, Delightful, Wonderful Story!"
    "Just another great book,very normal for Bryce/Hum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very creative book that is realistic,a little slow at first ,but well worth the wait.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower have never let me down...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2963)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1767)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Best of the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to a number of books by this author and this one is one of the very best as many a skinny young fellow that has faced bullies when young can relate to his story, in my opinion this book can be enjoyed by young and old alike, I cannot speak for what ladies might enjoy, but it has so much realism and strife that I could personally feel and did experience similar and you cannot ask for more than that from any author, I have not been disappointed it any of Bryce Courtenay's books, all top notch.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    PK and Doc, both equal, many times the old can learn from the young and vise versa that is what makes life great, always “Fair Exchange”.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there are bullies in every part of the world and I learned young to hit the biggest, the hardest first, draw blood from the nose and the others left you alone till the following years, than the cycle begin again, sometimes I lost, but rarely did they come back for seconds.
    Sad today that much that changed us from boys to men and built our character is now considered either barbaric or politically incorrect.


    Any additional comments?

    The art of writing seems to have change to the point that I cannot related to many of the newer books and many of the truly great writers are now old, retiring and the young are sharing the great authors names, but not delivering.
    I am very careful when an old author appears with a new book as many times there are two or three riding his coat tails, but seem to fail in the good story telling department. I cannot wait to read Bryce’s next door stop novel.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3797)
    Performance
    (3187)
    Story
    (3211)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Written by Baldacci and good"
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    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    The story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    The fourteen year old whiz kid.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All were decent


    Any additional comments?

    Always glad to read first rate novelist, sad that there are so many near do wells writing under excellent names like David Baldacci.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3813)
    Performance
    (3271)
    Story
    (3257)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Very Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Locked On better?

    If Tom Clancy had actually written the story


    What was most disappointing about Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney ’s story?

    One of the worst novels I have listened to


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Very slow and monotone voice


    What character would you cut from Locked On?

    Latin America was worn out years ago, just bury it for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to many of Clancy's books,but will not be listening to anymore.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeff Henderson
    • Narrated By Jeff Henderson
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    This riveting memoir is the incredible story of Jeff Henderson's rollercoaster ride from high-stakes cocaine dealer, to prison inmate, to world-class chef. When he was 23, he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years. One day, he was assigned to wash dishes in the prison kitchen, and he immediately took an interest in food preparation and eventually determined that when he was released, he would become a chef, no matter what.

    Brian says: "Too Thuggish Ruggish"
    "Refreshing"
    Overall

    A nice success story, well delivered and very interesting.

    Certainly worth both the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3487)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2490)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "The Best of Show"
    Overall

    Bryce Courtenay is probably one of the best writers of historical fiction and there is never a dull moment. He writes with one of the widest and most useful vocabularies I have heard in my 7o years!

    I listened too many of his books and he has never disappointed me as my visual imagery allows be to be right there in the thick of his pen and paper.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fleeced

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    In this hard-hitting call to arms, Dick Morris and Eileen McGann reveal the hundreds of ways American taxpayers are routinely fleeced - by our own government; by foreign countries like Dubai that are gobbling up American interests and spending millions to influence government decisions and American public opinion; by Washington lobbying firms that are pushing the agendas of corrupt foreign dictators on Capitol Hill; and by hedge-fund billionaires collecting huge tax breaks, courtesy of the IRS.

    Richard J. Plaga says: "Way Way Way too long"
    "Very,very bad!"
    Overall

    Don't waste your money as its all political hype unless you are politially illiterate? (Below an eight grade education).
    Really bad!

    3 of 47 people found this review helpful

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