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Books worth the money are those biographies about our Founding Fathers. Or THE LONG WALK and/or UNBROKEN Try THE LONG WALK a

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

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  • Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative.

    C. Telfair says: "Incivility in Politics - A Real Shocker!"
    "Part of the FDR story. There's a lot not covered."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Those Angry Days in three words, what would they be?

    Good listen. Good history. No "thrills." Stuff that will keep a crusty old curmudgeon tuned in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lindbergh for stiffing his mother-in-law who tried to stiff him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ????


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

    Heavens NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Lynn Olsen's CITIZENS OF LONDON is a historical masterpiece.

    FDR/Lindbergh is good but not THAT good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4597)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1797)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Worth a dozen credits"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1776 the most enjoyable?

    The history of that era, how the USA came close to not happening, the heavy burden of GW, HK, et al. The author is perfect in reading his book. Never has a book cost so little.

    Another gem is Candice Millard's DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC.

    It's refreshing to read about what the US once was, and depressing to see what we've become.

    Rarely is fiction in the same ballpark with non-fiction about the early days of the USA.


    What other book might you compare 1776 to and why?

    All by David McCullough, Joe Ellis, John Meacham, Ron Chernow. Candice Millard


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

    Superb.


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

    1776


    Any additional comments?

    If ever there was a book worth the money.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1243)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Brilliantly laborous"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've yet to meet him or her. Arafat might enjoy it as he whiles away time in Paradise. .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marcus Sakey again?

    Probably not


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

    Can't think of anything.


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

    Not that I can tell.


    Any additional comments?

    How do such books find a publisher?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    For 25 years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where had a brilliant and terrifying career getting inside the minds of notorious killers. Written with Mark Olshaker, Law and Disorder is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book yet. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed - or denied.

    andrea says: "Informative...And a Miscarriage of Justice!!!"
    "Worth the credit"
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    Where does Law and Disorder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The authors


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    The authors


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

    No, but none are.


    Any additional comments?

    The authors know their stuff. Nary a thrill. Human nature far worse than we'd thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "Author off his feed."
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    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV and/or Christopher Lane?

    Maybe, but probably not. It was disappointing.


    If you’ve listened to books by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think The Spymasters needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me. Hard to keep attentive.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (530)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Eric says: "Just could not get this engine to rev...."
    "Good listen"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Tonight I Said Goodbye again? Why?

    Yes, but not until I do his other books.


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

    No edge of seat but interesting all the way.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott's the best.


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

    Another book ruined by the movie


    Any additional comments?

    I'd about given up on getting a good listen. Koryta doesn't write "thrillers." Lots of people apparently need thrills. Not me. I enjoy intelligently written, plausible stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5426)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2936)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Implausible, boring, ridiculous"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing whatever


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A book less boring, implausible, ridiculous


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick doing it, but even he couldn't pull this one out.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from American Assassin?

    I'm not an intellectual, so this sort of (expletive deleted) must be what intellectuals enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (482)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "Most books are "thrillers." W.E.B Griffith writes"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lieutenants the most enjoyable?

    It easily and interestingly relates to real life in the military. Not a "thrill" to be found.
    "Thrillers" are boring and stupidly implausible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lieutenants?

    Nothing specific.


    Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was ok.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?


    Cut all music. It detracts and is unneeded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2603)
    Performance
    (1888)
    Story
    (1879)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Way too long. Full of fluff"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggle thru it because I paid for it and because I've enjoyed the author's previous works. This one way to long.. And it was easy to guess that Beth would be the heroine that would save Cory. Never been so glad to finish a book.

    FDR died when I was 14. His biography FDR is interesting and not "thrilling." Not everybody wants to be 'thrilled." Bios of famous people who have affected our lives in one way or another is thrill enough for this crusty old curmudgeon.



    Brilliant man. Flawed man. He knew he was dying and didn't bother to brief Harry
    T
    Truman about the war or about the Manhattan Project. If that's not dereliction of duty, pray tell what would be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (463)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Abortion"
    Overall

    For those who enjoy play-by-play descriptions of before and after babies are aborted, this book is for you.

    A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY it ain't. But OB/GYN residents are sure to enjoy hearing about the how and why of abortions -- over and over again.

    Yogi Berra might say: "It ain't over and it don't seem like it ever will be." .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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