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Allen

Horseman, rancher in the mountains of central Arizona on the Mogollon Rim. I'm an avid reader and, when time constraints become an issue, listener. Easy to listen while horseback in the forests. I love the freedom of the outdoors, animals (especially horses) and Arizona.

Strawberry, AZ, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3912)
    Performance
    (3647)
    Story
    (3643)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Another series I'll be following"
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    Larry Correia caught my attention with his "Monster Hunter International" series. The premise is novel and the writing fast and fun. The "magic" series of which Spellbound is the second book, (Hard Magic is the first) is written in the same irreverent style as the MHI books. Since most of my reading time takes place on the road or trail, the light yet intense tone of the books hold my attention as the plot weaves and dodges. The characters are well drawn and their individuality is parceled out over the course of the books in just the right way. Bronson Pinchot's narrations is spot on and the accents make the characters different and more real. If you are looking for a fun read, I can recommend any of Correia's books, but start from the first of each series; it makes the following books easier to follow and you will enjoy the characters more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2034)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1711)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Harry Bosch...still closing those cases."
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    The latest installment of Michael Connelly's irascible homicide detective, Harry Bosch, is nothing if not superb. The usual elements are there; spot on terminology, methodology and technology; self important department brass; internal politics; a victim whose death is not a cold statistic to the hero, and his dogged determination to see justice done ('everyone counts, or no one counts..."), even for a 20 year old victim.

    If you are a fan of Connelly's creation, you can't help but admire the consistently and expertly crafted novels he writes. From "Black Ice," the first Harry Bosch book right, up to "The Black Box," the latest installment, each book is seamless. Characters are well drawn, the plots believable and taut and the tension held at a steady pace throughout. With a little humor thrown in, but not gratuitously, each book is a gem in it's own right.

    If you like a good read, well done, The Black Box is a good place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (466)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "Creepy and Enthralling"
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    As usual, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs do not disappoint. Rene Auberjonois's reading is tight and fluid. The story's premise is sufficiently eery, and the time line (taking place in two centuries) adds just the right amount of the macabre. The book serves as a launching platform for future stories involving Agent Pendergast and his 'ward', Constance Green. A well done thriller/mystery/horror story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3878)
    Performance
    (2148)
    Story
    (2163)

    In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete.

    Kristin says: "A reader for the ages!"
    "One of the best reads ever"
    Overall

    As a newcomer to the Dark Tower series, but a longtime fan of Stephen King, the work is nothing short of a tour de force, really fantastic. King's singular writing style and his ability to draw the reader into the story really comes together in this series. The masters' deft touch is evident and Frank Mueller's narration is wonderful, probably the best I've ever heard.

    Having just read the first three books in rapid succession, I don't suffer from "time lag" as some of the readers who started the series years ago do, and I'm all the more excited for it.

    The gunslinger and his compatriots' trials and tribulations are vividly portayed, and the pacing of the story is done extremely well. One cannot help but feel a kinship to the characters and what's more, really care about them, a rare feat in this type of storytelling. It is so easy to get lost in the story, that I found myself sitting in my vehicle listening to it while ignoring pressing meetings or appointments, it is that good.

    I am excited to know that the next two books are already out and have actually postponed leaving on vacation so I can download them when my subscription renews on the 26th. To anyone thinking of reading this series, I argue that you read it from the first book through the fifth without skipping any. Although another reviewer opines that you could start with the Wasteland (and he is correct; the books can stand alone) it is my humble opinion that none should be missed.

    Altogether the best entertainment reading I've done in a long time.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tammy Bruce
    • Narrated By Tammy Bruce
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    If you've always suspected that factions on the Left are trying to destroy the values that define our civilization, this book proves it. Through The Death of Right and Wrong, author, activist, and pundit Tammy Bruce takes you inside the chilling world of the Left - a place where morals and decency have been turned on their heads and the crisp distinction between Right and Wrong has been blurred into a mushy, gray mess.

    Peri says: "Excellent insight"
    "Timely, enlightening and profound"
    Overall

    Not being familiar with Ms. Bruce's work or history, I was pleasantly surprised by her handling of the subject matter. From an insiders' perspective, she takes the libral elite to task, and in the process exposes one of the most dangerous agendas on the public stage. In defining and exposing the left's "newspeak" and intolerance of true dissenting opinion she portays a morally and ethically bankrupt movement which has pitted itself against the overwhelming majority of Americans, while simultaneously espousing their dogma as the dangerous, antisocial agenda that it is. Hearing Ms. Bruce read her book, as opposed to "reading" it, is an added bonus. One cannot listen to her without hearing the passion that she brings to the subject matter. Considering her background, the added dimension makes this book a real gem.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "The conservative voice, spirited, well researched!"
    Overall

    Although the liberals, in and out of the media will protest loudly, this book hoists them on their own petard. With meticulously researched material and surgical precision, Ann Coulter, once again, slices and dices the liberal media and the elitist culture that propagates it.

    As an American of fifty five years, I have often been amazed at what does, and does not, get reported for public consumption. My own recollection of the historical events mentioned in this book more closely resemble what Coulter has written, rather than the revisionist tripe we are constantly bombarded with. Coulter's in depth analysis brings to light the "hate America first" crowds' penchant for never letting the facts get in the way of a good distortion of the truth.

    Although there may be a few quibbles about some of the authors' opinions, the facts speak for themselves. Those of the liberal pursuasion will, no doubt, do their usual hysterical, sneering name calling, but the facts, as presented, are here for all to see. Anyone who considers themselves a free thinking individual ignores them at their peril. Who knows? This book might even convert one or two.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1021)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Unsatisfying"
    Overall

    I found the story to be simple and straighforward. Unfortunately, the author tries very hard to complicate it. The flashbacks, rather than adding to the flow of the story, make it seem disjointed and seem to serve no purpose and provide no meaning. The protagonist is not sympathetic, nor pathetic. His actions seem to serve no purpose other than as a device to move the story forward, which he does very badly. There appears to be some type of politically correct moral being sold here, but I'm not sure it is what the author intended. Over all, I was waiting, right up until the end, for something to matter to me. It never materialized. A very unsatisfying read.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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