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Lawrence

Marshall, VA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Kriegel
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete, a basketball icon for baby boomers, all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption.

    steve says: "Extremely Good!"
    "Ahead of his time"
    Overall

    Pete was truly ahead of his time. Fascinating life story. What makes it great is the full breath of his life story starting with his father's start in PA to ending with his one boy's last game in college. At a basketball camp run by his dad Press at Juniata College in PA, Pete in the summer before his LSU freshman year, was there practicing some of his more "gifted" shots. It was hard to concentrate on the camp seesions with him in the background nailing shot after shot, some that defied gravity and physics. I got to meet Pete and for some reason he liked to hang with our group (team). He was exactly as the book described. And he single handed (with the help of four old coaches) destroyed our championship high school varsity. Sad he never got the chance to really team up with Larry Bird the first time the Celtics won the championship in Bird's tenure. He just had too much baggage from an era when you passed with two hands. There was no show time. And that bias carried to his boys who had great talent as well. He truly was the original show time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7164)
    Performance
    (5079)
    Story
    (5063)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "The real Jack Reacher"
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    Would you listen to Killing Floor again? Why?

    Possibly, it was interesting enough to re-listen to some area but story was a bit predictable near the end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, more so in the beginning, as the story developed it was possible to start seeing where the story was going.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Other than Jack Reacher it was Piccard (as the author said he sounded like "what a Grizzly Bear would sound like if it could speak.


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

    When Reacher set up the four or five bad guys at Hubble's house (saying no more - spoiler alert)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coal Run

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tawni O'Dell
    • Narrated By Daniel Passer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    With her eagerly awaited second novel, Tawni O'Dell takes readers back to the coal-mining country of western Pennsylvania. Set in a town ravaged and haunted by a mine explosion that took the lives of 96 men, Coal Run explores the life of local deputy and erstwhile football legend, "The Great Ivan Z.", as he prepares for a former teammate's imminent release from prison.

    Lawrence says: "Great depiction of a time and life of a coal town"
    "Great depiction of a time and life of a coal town"
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    What made the experience of listening to Coal Run the most enjoyable?

    The accuracy by which Ms. O'Dell captures the underlying sense of coal miners duty to each other and the town. How they would give up pay (leave their job) to continue to search for survivors after the official recovery period is over. Their work ethic and more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author combines so many accuracies and realities of the area with the fiction of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the people in the Golden Pheasant "tavern" and how they left. Particularly the way an individual, drinking for what ever reason would open the door and pause before continuing as if the street was not passable.


    If you could rename Coal Run, what would you call it?

    Clune - The author will understand. Clune was the official postal town name of Coal Run. Many of the references come from that town and those around.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up in Coal Run. Not the town in the book but the actual town and the area from which so much of the book uses as reference. I reflected back on many experiences so my enjoyment of the book may have been tainted by nostalgia but none the less it was excellent. At times I could see the many venues the author was referencing. Thank you Ms. O'Dell

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  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (922)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Informative"
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    Where does Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks among the highest particularly for this genre. Added fascinating background and interesting insight into a difficult time for our country.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Secretary Gates' passion for the troops and his personal concerns and drive to get them what they needed and the responsibility he felt for them.


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern and Robert M. Gates – was your favorite?

    There really only is one character in this story - Gates.


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

    When Sec. Gates met a Texas A&M graduate in a hospital (double amputee). The solider reminded Gates that he had handed him his diploma upon graduation and asked that he would award him his decorations at Texas A&M. And he did, in front of an entire football crowd.


    Any additional comments?

    I particular liked his insight of nation's going to war. The definition of a Pessimist is an Optimist with experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1955)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "A great Farewell Novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Command Authority the most enjoyable?

    Incredible how the story line (as often with Clancy) parallels world events. Russians invade Crimea with visions of more. Book or news, they paralleled. I just found it fascinating how the details of the book are playing out in the real world. Of course there was more to the book and Jack Ryan got the world out of the mess. Not sure how that will play out in reality.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely, Particularly the back and forth between Jack Ryan Jr in current day and Jack Ryan Sr as CIA 30 years earlier and how the paths intertwined.


    Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favorite?

    Jack Ryan Jr. He is Jack Ryan Sr but with Jason Borne physical ability


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

    The whole story moves you but the ending with Jack Ryan Sr holding Jack Ryan Jr looking forward to a better world.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad that this is the final Clancy novel. And that Jack Ryan really isn't President. The transition from Jack Sr to Jack Jr was an excellent move that could of extended the string of novels for quite some time. Unfortunately that is not to be. I have read every Clancy novel and several twice. My favorite remains "Without Remorse"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The newly inaugurated president, Joseph Gardner, pledged to start pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq on his first day of office .Meanwhile, the former president, Kevin Martindale, and retired Air Force lieutenant-general Patrick McLanahan have left government behind for the lucrative world of military contracting. Their firm, Scion Aviation International, has been hired to take over aerial patrols in northern Iraq....

    Dan says: "Great Narrator"
    "Foreign Policy and lack there of"
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    Would you listen to Rogue Forces again? Why?

    Worthy of a re-listen! I typically don't as too much new material exists, but on a long road trip it would be good. Reasonable narration, good story line and writing that is easy to follow.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Most of the time it did. After reading and listening to so many books by Dale Brown there are a few predictable places but intrigue level remained high


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narrations are more story telling than a stage play which is far more enjoyable as tone, language and impressions do not fluctuate volume or make listening difficult in a car.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The scenario of conflict in the middle east as US withdraws in current events is a main theme that reverberates through out the book illustrating a the repercussions of bad foreign policy or no policy at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17080)
    Performance
    (13495)
    Story
    (13570)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Narration goes overboard"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The continuing story line of Game of Thrones with its continual twists and turns. No character seems to be safe from abruptly leaving the story (death)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part is really a spoiler so suffice to say what happened was never anticipated from the beginning of the first book thru most of this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance is the problem with this audible book. The narrator has an incredible narrative voice and a dynamic capability for various voices. But it is simply overdone and becomes more irritating than entertaining. Many of the voices for low born are simply not understandable and really not necessary. The narrator seems determined to give every character a distinctive voice (even if they only have one line when it simply does not need to be). Voice levels (volume) are poorly regulated as a result of this. Hodor Hodor, Hodor said repetitively is a dull slow loud voice follwed by "said Hodor" is but one example of when I want to turn off the player.


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

    Daenerys obtaining her army


    Any additional comments?

    Back off the narrator to key voices and less theatrics, this is a book narrative performance not a broadway play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (362)

    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
    "Wonderfully intriguing, enjoyable history lesson"
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    If you could sum up Truman in three words, what would they be?

    Read it NOW


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Truman of course. But it is really McCullough and how he brings a unique quality to history


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

    One of the best narrators. Perfect pace and great voice.


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

    How Truman turned the tide on the 1948 presidential election with the whistle stop campaign that targeted the Every day American.


    Any additional comments?

    The section on the Korean was fascinating on how the US recovered all the lost gain and pushed back to the 38th parallel so quickly. Had they only stopped at that point. He did fully understand the Russians were behind it and proof came years later when the change of power in Russia brought it to a halt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Claw

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    When China launches the first successful test of its anti-ship ballistic missile, the future looks bleak for America. Fearing the U.S. will lose its naval supremacy in the Pacific, President Kenneth Phoenix finds himself in a compromised position. New technology requires money, but the country is recovering from a massive recession. Without the funds to compete with China's advancing technology, are the country's days of naval preeminence in the Pacific running out?

    archy instructor says: "Dale's Bomber crashes"
    "Great technical build-up to a weak ending"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The technical story build up was fascinating and kept my interest and deserved a far better ending. Multiple story lines converged nicely than is was over leaving you actually checking the playback device to see if it skipped anything. Perfomrance was bad. Normal reading voice was great but the character voices were for the most part distracting and not believable. I don't think a female aviator and high ranking officer is going to have the voice of a 13 year old girl.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Weak ending and disappointing end particulary given the strong story build up.


    What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

    He should not do alternative voices. Many not believeable and poor editing requiring continual adjustement of volume level. He should just use his reaing voice.


    Do you think Tiger's Claw needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Ending was too weak and left minimal direction for a follow-on although I am sure there will be one or is one already.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11959)
    Performance
    (10358)
    Story
    (10335)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "The ultimate Obsessive Compulsive"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Details of print versions tend to embed in your memorya bit better but I did not have that situation here. I did have to go back several times and re-listen to a segment to truly believe it


    What did you like best about this story?

    His obsession with getting the user experience as perfect as possible. Although I do not use Apple products I now understand the why people will pay more and wait in line for them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although it was not practical to listen to in one sitting I did find myself sitting in the car in my driveway hoping to find a good break in the reading that never seemed to occur


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (364)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Finally the Truth"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Johnstown Flood the most enjoyable?

    The historical background of the South Fork Dam was fascinating from it original purpose as a supply of water for the canal system to its final use as a resort and how ownership went from the State of PA to the wealthy of Pittsburgh. This really changes any perspective you have on fault and liability, particularly given Johnstown was already in the middle of one of its worse floods before the damn let loose. The description of how the wall of debris and water progressed from the dam through Johnstown and eventually on to Pittsburgh was riveting in detail and power. I found myself on google maps following the trail of desruction and visualizing the lake itself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depiction of Johnstown before and after the flood. Johnstown was such a steel powerhouse that if it had not been for the flood the Pittsburgh Steelers may well have been the Johnstown Steelers


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

    This is the my first performance by Edward Herrmann. It was excellent!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sailing in the Allegheny mountains. If you read the book you will understand


    Any additional comments?

    This was truly a perfect storm. Johnstown was esperiencing one of the wettest seasons on record, flood waters were already at highest levels, the combination of ownership transfers and "improvement" steps taken on the damn (in good intention with bad outcome - such as the screen to prevent fish from going over the spillway), and the flood waters gettng a second "wind" at a viaduct where it build up pressure al culminated on the Memorial Day. Only thing missing was it hit during the day and not night.

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