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Bob Marean

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  • To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington crossing the Delaware.

    George says: "Bloody Feet and All"
    "It could have been so much more..."
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    Of the 200 books I have listened to, this is the first that I have rated.

    I was really looking forward to this, but was very disappointed. It seemed to me as if the authors were trying very hard to prove how difficult a time it was and what horror the men were going through... so hard that they belabored the point and I kept finding myself saying "I get the point...let's get on with it..."

    Frankly, the story itself is enough to prove their point. The belaboring almost trivializes it and makes me as a reader/listener feel as if I must need this reinforcement to get the picture.

    Character development I felt was sophomoric at best. They didn't feel real, but rather were idealized to the point of rediculousness.

    Callista was a horrible reader in this instance. Everytime I heard her it made me think that Newt must have written her part as a reader into the contract. And it just didn't work.

    The best part of the book was the straight forward reading of Thomas Paine's "The Crisis" at the end of the book. Well read, meaningful, and interesting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "A Real Winner"
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    Any additional comments?

    Most of the books I get through Audible are very good. Not exceptional, but very good. They fill the time while I'm driving an hour or so, or while I'm mowing the lawn or cleaning around the house. That is where there value comes in. Boys Life, however, is the exception. I bought it because of the reviews, but I didn't really expect it to be as good as it is.

    I've read reviews before where people have said that a story brought them to tears, but I never quite believed it. I also tend to steer clear of stories where this kind of thing is mentioned in the reviews. And don't get me wrong... I felt that in only a few short sections of the book. However, this story is one where I felt that emotion several times. And I only mention it because I felt for the people in the story. Because they were real, and what they were going through was real. Because Robert McCammon NAILED it in his story telling.

    It was so real, and so close to things that I had experienced, that the emotions were right there. But the story was also funny...VERY funny, and at the same time honest and was very indicative of the time it was told. I didn't have all the same experiences, having been raised in the north, but I lived through it, and saw it on tv news.

    Don't set expectations too high. Expectations can be crushers. Rather take this book as a ride through the early 60's and allow your self to feel it as you go along. It will stick with you long after the story is done, and you can't ask for any more of that from a story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1672)
    Performance
    (1444)
    Story
    (1458)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Some very interesting twists"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Case of Redemption to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio edition. I generally prefer audio to print because I can listen as I work or drive.


    Any additional comments?

    What I look for in a review is not so much the story-line, but rather how the person doing the review enjoyed the story/performance. The story-line I can get from the publisher's blurb.

    In an attempt to be helpful to others reading the review I will say that I DID enjoy this book to the point of going to look to see if there was a follow-up. I was a little disappointed to see that there wasn't, as I'd like to know more about what happens to the main character from the end of the story.

    Was it the best book I have listened to in a while? No. Not really. But I would listen to it again, and I would definitely buy a follow up should one come out. However, it isn't a Grisham or Michael Connelly, Nesbo, or a Mankel, or Martha Grimes. It's a great book to get yourself wrapped up into and for letting it be what it is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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