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John

Lakeville, MN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1673)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "My Last John Corey Novel"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some action throughout the book, possibly killing off Corey.


    Has The Panther turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    Scott Brick was great as usual.


    What character would you cut from The Panther?

    John Corey has become uninteresting, and definitely not funny. He has zero chemistry with his wife or any other character in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    DeMille obviously thinks he's stumbled onto comic genious through his character John Corey. Ever line out of Corey's mouth is a juvenille wisecrack. I found the book almost unlistenable and struggled to finish it. I've listened to all the other Corey novels in the series and have enjoyed them. This is my last.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)"
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    Would you listen to Waging Heavy Peace again? Why?

    I don't know that I'd listen to it again, but I would read the hard copy. Don't get me wrong, I loved this audiobook. I'd read the book in order to review certain passages several times at my own pace; especially those covering Neil's technical details about his songs, cars and improvements to recorded sound.


    What other book might you compare Waging Heavy Peace to and why?

    Dylan's Chronicles Volume I, Clapton's autobiography, McCartney's biography Many Years From Now by Barry Miles. All great books by and/or about my music heroes.


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

    There were many, but particularly Neil's many reflections on the passing of his dear friend and pedal steel guitar player, Ben Keith. I saw Neil at the Northrup Auditorium back in July of 2010; the same week Ben Keith died. Neil's sadness came through in his performance.

    I'm distressed that in this book Neil states that he'll never be able to perform the most important songs Ben Keith contributed to again (like Old Man and Heart of Gold) because it wouldn't be the same with anyone else performing the pedal steel parts.

    Hey Neil, I don't know anything about recording or performing music, but I'm pretty sure you could bring Ben Keith's music on the road with you, cue it up and play it at the right moments. You could explain it to the crowd...they'd understand; hell they'd love you more for it. Ben Keith could be there every night.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed and distracted by the nearly complete lack of common contractions throughout the book. There is not a that's, can't, won't, he'll, she'll, shouldn't, wouldn't (you get the picture) to be found. Wow! Is this an editing thing, a Canadian thing, or more likely, just a quirky Neil thing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1162)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Intense....disappointment"
    Overall

    This book is terrible. As many previous reviewers have stated, there is not one likeable character. There is also no intrigue, no suspense, no brilliant phrasing, no insight, nothing to look forward to. I have never given up on a book... until now. I gave twelve hours of my life to this train wreck, but finally had to pack it in. I've read Joyce, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald.... to compare Franzen and his intelligence to these masters, is laughable. Set the hype aside and make another choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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