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B. Riddick

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  • Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By David Kushner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

    Glenn says: "A nut flush"
    "Liberal storytelling at it's worst"
    Overall

    The book is okay as far as stories like this go. Some of the transitions and resolutions of events could have been better told, but if that is how it happened, then that history is probably the truth. What REALLY ANNOYED me about this book (and why it gets it's 1 star rating) is that Dave Williams was the winner of the $3.5 Million at the WSOP, and John Finkel had NOTHING to do with it.
    John and Dave are both Magic: The Gathering players in 2000. That's the similarity and the connection, they didn't play together "for years" and Finkel didn't teach Williams to play Magic. It's like giving Jason Schmidt credit for Barry Bonds hitting 73 Home Runs in 2001, (both players were in the same sport "baseball" and on the same team that year)
    I guess I just find it disappointing that this book was so misleading from the outset. I do not recommend it for the same reason I would not recommend only reading 1 side of any history....it's (at best) biased, and at worst, lying.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2047)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "great reader but a little light on Clancy style"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scott Brick, as always, turns in an excellent read. But this book is not as true to Tom Clancy's style as I would have liked. It started out fine, but in the end just kind of petered out.

    I'm going Mark Greany continues with writing Clancy's characters. Because when John Ryan, and Ding Chavez et all are gone for good, I'll be sad. I'm sure Greany will improve... or at least, I'm willing to spend another credit on hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mightier than the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (279)

    Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

    Yvonne says: "Wonderful book!"
    "At this point I just want it to end..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I must admit, most of Mr. Archer's books follow a pattern, but this series takes it to the nth degree. Basically, this book is the same as the rest of the series, but I'll finish the series just like all the rest of you, because I have to. Like it or not, Archer makes you want to see what happens to his characters next.

    But to tell you how I feel about this book, I am now listening to, "The Screwtape Letters" so I can get some reality from my fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (297)

    Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there's always a next one.

    B. Riddick says: "Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps"
    "Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    it wasn't a great Alex Delaware story and kind of just ended. If you've already got most of the series, it's not a waste, but it's not a great portrayal of Alex or Milo.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (579)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "interesting, I may try another but I'm not sure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration of this story was excellent, had it not been, I might not have stayed. I like good antiheroes, but this book has a very complex set of events happening in a VERY short time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sam Weller (Editor), Mort Castle (Editor)
    • Narrated By George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Ray Bradbury - peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors - is a literary giant whose remarkable career spanned seven decades. Now 26 of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.

    Dave says: "The Heirs to Ray Bradbury"
    "A Wonderful tribute and some damn fine shorts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    admittedly I generally listen to Mystery short stories, in glad I got this one instead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (700)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    D says: "A Few More Hours"
    "decent short story not way to join the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story had potential and I'm looking forward to seeing if this is the start of a second Grimoire chronicles. part of me hopes yes, part of me says maybe the beginning of the third trilogy... I love the books, but this story seems to start character exposition for the purpose of rushing in and by the time you're halfway through, it feels like it's rushing to get to the end. The only characters (including the demon and the robot) that I had good pictures of in my head were the ones that came from other books.

    had I paid less than $2 for it, I might not have been disappointed. But at twice that price... I definitely feel it could have been better.

    Pinchot, as always, proved a brilliant narrator. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2714)
    Performance
    (2403)
    Story
    (2409)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Terrible story, don't blame the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Catherine Taber?

    I may never buy another Grisham book again. This was so formulaic that my brain ended the book 4 hours before the poor narrator. Please try not to blame Catherine Taber. I'm not sure she wasn't fed up by the end


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    What wasn't wrong with this story. Grisham had informed us that coal regulation is slipshod and practically in the pocket of big coal...gasp!!! Say it ain't so!! This story is almost an amalgam of every other Grisham book but with none of the drama. And the end is as close to Deus Ex Machina as possible outside the science fiction genre


    What three words best describe Catherine Taber’s performance?

    Could've been worse


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I've learned through this book that John Grisham doesn't have it anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously save your money/credit. The only reason this got 2 stars is because I averaged 1 star for the story with 3 for the narrator. Poor woman didn't deserve to be treated like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Taliaferro
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

    IRP says: "Great Historical Biography- Well Read"
    "Haven't finished it yet It's a LONG Life...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about All the Great Prizes? What did you like least?

    Well the most enjoyable thing was the investigation of an interesting man with a long and quite historic life. John Hay was a part of some of the most important events in US History and his place in those events makes for an interesting read. There is a little too much speculation in this book for my biographical tastes, but given how many of Hay's letters didn't survive I guess that's understandable

    What I liked least is that by the time Mr. Hay became Secretary of State to Roosevelt, I'd just had enough of hearing about his unrequited love, his friendship with Adams, his treatment of his family. It makes John Hay VERY human, which I appreciate. But he was Human for a LONG time.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Taliaferro before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first one. As a biographer, I'll say this much....he's thorough


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this was a movie it'd likely be on HBO or PBS like the Adams documentary so I'd likely see it when it came to Nexiq


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Depravity: A Narrative of 16 Serial Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Harvey Rosenfeld
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Their crimes span the globe, but one thing unites them: They are 16 of the 20th century’s most notorious serial killers. In this well-researched volume, discover their motives and what made them tick. Walk the path of the investigators who broke their cases and listen to the killers’ own words. All of them made their communities tremble in fear.

    B. Riddick says: "If you enjoy books about Serial Crime....Skip this"
    "If you enjoy books about Serial Crime....Skip this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is just badly written. I have read most of the sources which the author quotes, (Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Whoever Fights Monsters, everything by BSU leaders Russ Vorpagel, Robert Ressler, John Douglas) as well as a great deal of the professional literature and I was actually offended by the use of these works as sources for this dull, incomplete, and poorly written (timelines are wrong etc.) narrative


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harvey Rosenfeld again?

    I seriously doubt it. This man is an English Professor and has no Psychological or Criminal Justice credentials that I can find. He talks about the rise of the commercialism of serial murder in the US in the 1990's and all I can say is he speaks from experience since this book was written not to enlighten, but to cash in on a certain genre.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine, it's hard because when a narrator is given garbage, it's sometimes easier for your mind to blame the voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger....that I wasted a credit on it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor. Don't buy this book. You are better off reading Ann Rule (and I don't say that lightly)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (381)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "This aint your kid's Thor Anymore...."
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the fact that these haven't disappeared from my library like some other books have. Douglas Adams wasn't only a brilliant writer but is a brilliant reader as well. I definitely prefer the Holistic Detective Agency to Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. But it's still Adams, so what's not to love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?

    The Scene in the Coffee shop


    What about Douglas Adams’s performance did you like?

    I love listening to Adams read. There are great narrators in the Audio world, but Adams (like Gaiman) is one of the few Authors who you HOPE are reading the book that they wrote because the love of their characters and their stories come through so well in the telling.


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

    I always want to listen to anything written and read by Adams in one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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