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Larry

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  • Rabbit Is Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the president collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence. Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last - until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit's middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness.

    J. Kovler says: "Brilliant Writing"
    "Is this story going anywhere?"
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    I know that Mr. Updike is very famous and has received the top literary awards, but each time I attempt one of his books because of his reputation, I cannot finish it. And the reader in this edition is SOOOOOO boring! The best I can figure is that I am an California boy and I just cannot relate to this East coast angst. No, the angst I can relate to, it is the idea of making a story out of it that I do not relate to. Oh well, I know I am in the minority. But to me, this book is not worth the time. Examine your own life and the story will be better lived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (419)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Great Find in the Bargain Box"
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    I listened to this book while driving to Montana from California which is mostly a very boring drive. But the narrator did such an excellent job with the author's humor and cynicism that I wanted to keep driving so I could keep listening. The story is very well crafted and very engaging. Who would think to make a normal guy out of a professional hit man? Plus, the author throws in Eastern philosophy to make it all perfectly respectable. Do yourself a cheap favor and plop down the chump change for this gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (995)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Do yourself a favor"
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    If only all my high school teachers had the wit and the clarity of communication that Mr Bryson has, I might have paid more attention. I begin every one of his books in anticipation of learning much and laughing more. This book truly astounded me in the number of significant events that occurred in 1927. I couldn't understand how it was that I knew nothing about the magnitude of public adoration and celebration caused by Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic. Nor did I know about the equally significant achievement by other men which went practically unnoticed because the public just couldn't be bothered to be distracted from the Lindberg craze.
    Read this book and become an instant history buff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2052)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (631)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "More please, more"
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    I have yet to listen to any Bryson book that is read by the author which did not leave wanting more. He has one of those minds that experiences life like it was a brand new box of toys. He never fails to leave me conjuring up ways to go to the places he has just described. And his cynical genes assures me that we are somehow related.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1780)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Lone Critic?"
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    I wanted to see the movie version of this book after hearing the author on the radio state that the movie was very true to the story except for one unnecessary scene of him stabbing one of his capturers which never happened.
    And the reviews on Audible were all so good I could hardly wait to listen to the book. Even if I am the only person who disagrees, I still found it impossible to listen to the narrator. Nor was I interested in the entire biography of Mr. Luttrell and his political views. Somewhere in the training for SEALS it seems they lose the ability to remember that ( A) they volunteered to do this work (B) that everything they got and became is because the American people provided it to them and they got the best of everything and (C) their unique and limited experience of the world does not reflect REALITY for the rest of the universe.
    The title of this book is misleading as it implies it is the story of Operation Redwing. I fast forwarded and fast forwarded and never got to the story but did get to the end of my patience listening to Mr. Collins imitating a "good old country boy from Texas." Golly and gee whiz, I want another book Audible, you can keep this one.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1148)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Down believe the reader ratings..."
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    This book taught me a valuable Audible lesson. To look at the bad reviews and not to trust the overall ratings. This book was the trashiest Audible fiction I have downloaded. The story is ridiculous and unbelievable, unless you believe in 17 year boys being super heroes. It is for young adults who watch a lot of television. Once I went back and tried to analyze how it got such high ratings, I started looking for the bad reviews it got. Then, I read what those reviewers had previously reviewed and found that they have the same standards as myself for the most part. One reviewer in particular noted that after listening to 3 hours of this book, he was startled to see he still had 20 more hours of drivel to listen to. That was my take exactly. Considering the ratings that this book received, I tried to believe in this book, but, JEEZ, what trash!!! the reader was okay, but he also got very boring to listen to. Don't waste your credits on this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10570)
    Performance
    (9593)
    Story
    (9613)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "This book is over-rated..."
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    I was expecting some good fictional mystery....not some silly fantasy. Thus, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the plot to develop into something exciting. That kind of happened eventually, but there was nothing about this book that I would recommend to anyone I know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (687)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Mislead, or I misread"
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    I admit I haven't finished this YET. But I quickly got bored. I probably misread the review but I did not realize this was about Black migration. I thought it was about all the migrants.
    May finish it when i am stuck someplace and have nothing else to listen to, but I am not feeling like I am missing anything.
    Goes to show that awards and accolades do not necessarily mean anything to any given individual. By the way, I DO love to read American history, so it is not that I am not used to the genre.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (1007)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "A timeless, oft told story"
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    "to everything there is a season..." or the multitude of other ways to say the same. The story of life and life's tireless cycles. All with a wonderful Chinese flavor. I was amazed at the author's ability to express her story from a Chinese male's view point as well as the fact that she was not Chinese either. It deserves it's reputation and should be read by all those interested in reading the great works of literature rather than just the popular works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (317)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "If only I knew...."
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    I had always heard this was a fictionalized account of Huey Long.....but it is much, much more than that...but because that is what I had heard, I waited many decades to read what turned out to one of the the top ten best books I have ever read. ..it is stunning story with more levels than the first time reader can possibly guess. Just when you think you understand the plot, you are taken into a deeper layer, and again, and again until, just like Jack Burdon, you find yourself wondering if you have enough air to reach the surface and yet also not caring if you do. From the opening, the author's command of the language leaves you paralyzed with wonder..."how did he find those words to fit together?" It is obvious, the author is also a celebrated poet.
    There a those rare books that when you see someone reading them, you become envious because you know what they hold and you lust for that virginal experience that the reader is immersed in....this is one of those books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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