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Cheryl

Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 127 reviews
  • 132 ratings
  • 900 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015
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  • Dispatches

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Herr
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr's clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its first publication, Dispatches still retains its resonance as America finds itself amidst another military quagmire.

    Darwin8u says: "One of the GREAT war memoirs of ALL TIME!"
    "Brought me closer to Vietnam Vets and the War"
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    This was a fantastic audible! It brought me closer to the Vietnam Vets and what they experienced as they fought in it and those that laid down their lives in Vietnam. The author, Michael Herr, wrote in such a way that you felt close to his emotions and the emotions of the soldiers. With his descriptions you could visualize the images that he saw as a journalist in Vietnam.

    He did an awesome job of telling his story and theirs. You could easily put yourself in his place. You could also understand how it had such ravaging effects of the soldiers.

    The performance by Ray Porter was superb.

    I was definitely glad that I purchased and listened to this audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (391)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "A strong message about the human condition."
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    This story was very good, but very dark. The main character, Hackberry Holland, is an alcoholic rich lawyer with a lot of issues, especially his past as a prisoner of war in Korea.

    James Lee Burke is an excellent writer and I like how he expressed the good and the bad sides of Hackberry. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series.

    One of my favorite narrators, Will Patton, was awesome in his narration of this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (590)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "One of my Favorites"
    "Will definitely read more books by McKinty!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the last book in this trilogy. I liked the Catholic cop character, Sean Duffy, a lot. It was a great read and kept my attention throughout the entire book. I liked the setting in Protestant Northern Ireland in the 1980s. I also liked the additional mystery of how the woman named Lizzie "accidentally" died in a bar where she was found alone and locked into.

    I like Adrian McKinty's writing style and I look forward to reading more books written by him. I also enjoyed the narration by Gerard Doyle.

    I highly recommend this book. Rumor is there is a fourth book coming out this year to continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "What an author CJ Sansom is!"
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    Fourth book I've read in the series and just loved it! What a fabulous writer and what an exciting story. The way that the author, CJ Sansom, wrote the story made It easy for me to become absorbed in living in that era with all of that religious tension. It was also easy to engross myself in the Tudor England period.

    I enjoyed getting to know the character Guy, a former monk who is now a doctor. It was also very interesting and funny to learn about the false teeth that were becoming popular!

    Once again, excellent narration by Steven Crossley!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (366)

    Barrister Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: his own imprisonment in the Tower of London. Harsh autumn winds stir the English countryside as King Henry VIII, along with a thousand soldiers and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, make their way from London to York after a violent uprising.

    Eric C says: "Excellent Historical Mystery"
    "Third book in the series and EXCELLENT!"
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    This was the third book that I have read in the Matthew Shardlake mystery series and I was not disappointed. I love the mixture of history and fiction and I love the main character Shardlake, in addition to his assistant, Barak. The story has a lot of action in it too.

    The stories get better and better as we get to know Shardlake, and I am already looking forward to reading the fourth book in the series, "Revelation."

    Steven Crossley was a wonderful narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for Schindler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In 1980, Tom Keneally walked into a store in Beverly Hills owned by Polish Jew Leopold Pfefferberg Page to buy a new briefcase. For the next few years, Tom's life was taken over by this charismatic and driven man, known as Poldek, and the story he wanted shared.

    Cheryl says: "A bit of a chore to finish."
    "A bit of a chore to finish."
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    I found the beginning of the story very interesting. I enjoyed learning about how Thomas Keneally met Poldeck who gave him the inspiration for writing the story. I liked learning about the survivors of the holocaust and their stories. The second part of the book is about making the movie and that is where it began to drag.

    I feel that only the writer's fans or the film's fans may be interested in this book. Midway through the book it begins to ramble and become boring. I began to look forward to its completion.

    Great performance by the narrator Humphrey Bower.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (859)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    General Zod says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "Leaves you hanging"
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    I was disappointed a little in the second book. It seemed to drag on a bit and didn't develop the characters or the story as much as I would have enjoyed.

    The end of the book left you hanging, so if I want to know the end, I have to read the final book in the series. I agree with some of the other reviews . . . I hope the last book in the series is much better than the second book.

    It is a far fetched story, but that's syfy isn't it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (227)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Nancy says: "A fine tribute to New Mexico"
    "Characters are minimally drawn"
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    This was a western saga exploring New Mexico and three generations of a family and their lives on the frontier. The narrator George Guidall did an excellent job, however, even though the story was interesting, the characters were very lacking in emotional development.

    I loved the character Cal Doran, however, we never got to know him well enough to focus on him and get to root for him. Instead, we are stuck with the most unlikeable main character, Patrick, who had a terrible personality and I disliked a lot.

    This book is not like "Lonesome Dove" where we got to love the main characters. It does, nevertheless, capture the hardships of the west in New Mexico. I doubt that I will rush to purchase another book written by Michael McGarrity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damaged

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pamela Callow
    • Narrated By Eva Christensen
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm. When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "Canadian Medical/LegalThriller"
    "This 1st book in Series not as good as the 2nd."
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    I read the second book in the series, "Indefensible", before I read this first debut in the series. I must say that I enjoyed the second book much better than this one. I got a little annoyed about how she kept reflecting on how guilty she felt about being responsible for the death of her sister. That seemed to be described again and again when she could have just moved on with the story. Yeah, I get it that she feels remorse and will feel the loss forever, but it doesn't need to be brought up again, and again, and again.

    I wish that she could have developed the main characters more than what she did. There were definitely some interesting characters and the book could have been much better if we could have gotten to know them better . . . oh, but did I tell you that she feels guilty about her sister's death as a result of the car accident . . ?

    I would recommend that if you are trying to save credits, skip this one and move on to the second book in the series "Indefensible." I enjoyed the second book and have already purchased the third book "Tattooed."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (999)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "Another great book in the Series!"
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    "Any Other Name" was another great book in the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. If you have read any of the books in the series in the past, you will be just as pleased with this one.

    In this story I especially enjoyed getting to see much more of his old boss, Lucian Connally. He's such a cool old Sheriff! I also enjoyed the presence of his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, his deputy, Vic Moretti, and the ever important Dog. There is also some Indian mysticism/spiritualism in the story which is set in Wyoming in the winter.

    The only thing I was a little disappointed in was Sheriff Longmire's seemingly lack of effort to be with his daughter, Cady, in the birth of his granddaughter. I know he's a dedicated Sheriff, but I also know his daughter means the world to him. You will, however, have to read the book to see if he makes it to the baby's birth on time.

    This is a great mystery with a lot of humor and great characters. The narrator, George Guidall, as usual did an excellent job.

    I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Long, Lollipops: The Free Until The End of the World Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

    Debbie Petersen says: "Surprisingly excellent and captivating ."
    "Great Zombie Page Turner"
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    This was a great zombie short story and I was quite surprised I enjoyed it because I'm not really into zombie stories. Now I am very interested in reading "Until the End of the World" Book 1, and "And After" Book 2.

    The novella makes me want to know more about the main characters and how they will survive in this zombie environment. Great writing by the author Sarah Lyons Fleming and great narrating by Julia Whelan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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