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Carl

West Palm Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Trenton Lee Stewart
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (196)

    ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

    Carl says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    Lot of fun. Very imaginative. Characters you'll fall in love with and hate to leave at the end of the story. Great for adults that think most adult novel/thrillers are pretty boring. Funny. Can't wait for the next in the series...

    C.G.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (359)

    New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

    Marci says: "Weird and unlike Child and Reacher"
    "Reacher Just as Dangerous at 16"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This young Reacher short story is even more unbelievable than his usual but still fun. Gave it three stars because what happens to one of the characters at the end just adds to much to the impossible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kind Words Saloon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (24)

    Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas - not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico - we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge - more often with a mean look than a pistol - Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends.

    Carl says: "So So Addition to McMurtry's Western Stories"
    "So So Addition to McMurtry's Western Stories"
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    Story

    I've read all Larry McMurtry's Western stories and loved them all starting with his best, Lonesome Dove so I had to have this one. However the story seemed cut out from another that he never threw away. It also seems to be a repeat of many of his cowboy stories with a character from a past one passing through this one. Gave it 3 stars because the humorous dialog he imagines of that time (similar to his other westerns) that also illustrates the casual savagery of The West. He also paints a picture that makes me wonder how any sane person could ever imagine cowboy life as romantic and adventurous but it certainly was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memories of My Melancholy Whores

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Thom Rivera
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    On the eve of his 90th birthday, a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit - he has purchased hundreds of women - he asks a madam for her assistance. The 14-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known. Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to a master's work.

    Bloo says: "What a weird story"
    "Alright but to Melodramatic and Self Centered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a Cuban it's PC for me to say that Spanish writers tend to be way to melodramatic and with too big an air of self-importance. What saves the story is that it is leveled off with the honesty of some of the characters imperfections and insecurities. Not really my kind of story but had to try because of the "legend" of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But legend or not the story about a "dirty" old man is more pitiful than great.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1209)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Fun But Bit Mellow Dramatic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr. Coben I think most have been a romance writer at one time because it seems all his lead characters in his books have soul mates that are separated from each other for dumb reasons and are feeling sorry for themselves ever since. Luckily he is not so heavy with this theme this time so it's more fun. Characters are a bit thin and vocabulary lame but mystery is fun and well passed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanibel Flats: Doc Ford #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (186)

    Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him. After 10 years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.

    ShySusan says: "Author seems to have a sexual double standard."
    "Great Thriller Not the Cheesy One I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't know why I thought this series would be a bit cheesy, but often many ones based in Florida are. However Doc Ford is fun, has some hard action, has great characters, and gives you a lot to think about. This is my first Doc Ford but it won't be my last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Beneath: A Joe Tesla Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again...except for one.

    Shieldslinger says: "Nikola Tesla's grandson against the CIA!"
    "Cute Story But Nothing Deep"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun story to pass the time but nothing to great. The Characters aren't very developed, the back stories are not very deep, and the story is relatively predictable. What makes it fun is the scenario of taking places in the subways of Manhattan, the main character's dog, and the cat vs mouse portion. Reader was OK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graveyard of Memories: John Rain, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

    Jim says: "The real John Rain returns"
    "My Favorite Ruthless Assassin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another fun John Rain Story but this one takes place when he is 20 and just out of Vietnam. This book is a good stand alone to the series. I didn't like it as much as his others because the character being "young" didn't have much depth, didn't have any special tools, tech, or cool partners and such but it was still a lot of fun.

    As always the character kills a bit to easily and often. You want to like him because he is not evil but his rush to kill to solve problems often eliminates "good guys" or civilians that make you feel the opposite. Barry Eisler makes it all feel to real plus he makes you afraid of the people that are supposed to be protecting us. Mr. Eisler does such a good job that he should be brought into questioning every time there is a unsolved murder in his vicinity.

    Barry is also a great reader for his books. Great addition to his collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2061)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1901)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Great Fun But Hard to Believe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all the book is a lot of fun and it went quick. The premise was a bit too hard to believe (for science fiction that is saying a lot) and therefore not as hard hitting as his earlier books... which are even more fun. However if you like a science fiction thrill ride, lots of action, fun characters, and a "page turner" then get it. Great Reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crux

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

    Robert says: "Awsome listen about the birth of post humanity"
    "Amazing. Great Part 2. Blows You Away"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved it. Intense. Almost non-stop action and fight scenes. Great characters. An imagination that most be genius. A future conflict betweens humans and transhumance that will happen if the human race survives long enough. Loved it. Can't wait till next part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nexus: Nexus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

    Amy says: "The Post-human Future is Now"
    "SciFi, Action, Great Story, Wild Imagination. WoW"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great science fiction with loads of nail biting action and fight scenes. Makes you wonder at the spectrum of the author's imagination. Loved it. Great Reader also. If you like science fiction with a wild but believable plot then don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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