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Codger

Hyannis, MA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 26 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 80 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1359)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Wonderful concept - just Ok writing"
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    The idea that the town's executioner should be more worried about justice than the burghers is a great premise. The story moves along, but the repetition in the prose is off-putting. Character development is slow and that's not always bad - but in this case, some of the major characters are still incomplete at the end of the book. Hints are given, but clarity would be nice. I found it strange that the reformation was totally ignored.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Purples

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By W. K. Berger
    • Narrated By Chris Andrew Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Shunned by his community...locked up for trying to help an innocent girl...ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River, Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful "agent", Abie; his brilliant but fragile brother, Max; and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as "the babies"), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang....

    david says: "Gritty story...entertaining listen...who knew?"
    "Being from Detroit, I wanted to like it."
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    I identified more with the community that shunned the gang than I could with the lead characters. Trying to make antisocial behavior more palatable by casting Joe Bernstein as a Robin Hood belies the outright cruel violence that was used to gain vengance. The story of the Purple Gang was much more black and white - they were bad people that did terrible things for money and power. At that time, Detroit was the town where actually working hard could help you rise above poverty and injustice. Henry Ford was a businessman and anti-semite, but using him as the great villian is lazy and inane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Madder

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (504)

    Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

    Chantelle says: "WHYYYY"
    "I liked it. Well written..."
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    ..as are most Stephen King books. It had a workman-like quality to the story. It wasn't his best, but it was a compelling, readable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1544)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Longmire in Philly is a bull in a China shop..."
    Overall
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    ...as opposed to Longmire in Wyoming's bull on the open range. It's a good read - even if the "cooperation" of the Philadelphia Police is a little fantasical. One reason I read and listen to this type of book is to escape. This series does an admirable job of providing that escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2443)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1836)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "This one was too heavy on action..."
    Overall
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    ...too light on the cerebral. I liked this book, but Walt needs to be smarter, less "bull in a china shop". It would have been smarter for him to take the old woman to town and let Henry set the trap. The plot being what it is, he still would have had the conflict, but he would have used his head in that Henry was healthier and more likely to be able to stand up to the adversary. This is just the most glaring instance, but there were several others.

    Looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death From Below - Volumes 1 and 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Del Laughery
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Submarines glide along on their dangerous missions, their crews performing difficult tasks under arduous conditions. The mystique associated with these boats is evidenced by the number of movies and television shows dedicated to the subject. But nowhere else will you find the lighter side of submarine operations - childish pranks, retrieving lost sailors, and even humorous episodes involving the father of the nuclear Navy, Admiral Rickover.

    Michael says: "Submarine Life - The Raw Deal"
    "Brought back memories..."
    Overall
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    ... good and bad. Duct tape mummies lashed to hand rails are one person's practical joke and another's nightmare. The feeling that "we're all in this together" that drew people closer than ever before or since, tempered by the organized hazing of "Bluenose" and "Shellback" ceremonies. It is a fairly tame collection of stories. As Del said, the one thing that you didn't want to do was show what got to you. I was glad that I went through it, but I wouldn't want to do it now.

    This is not great literature, and I've read sea stories that were better written. Reading the other reviews, I get the impression that the collective response was more about the memories and less about the writing. I'm giving it to several family members that didn't ride the boats to see what their thoughts are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathleen Kent
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials.

    Darice says: "What is Love?"
    "From the inside..."
    Overall
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    ... the Salem Witch Trials seem even more barbaric. It seems very much like the Taliban version of Sharia Law bought to life in colonial New England.

    Kathleen Kent's retelling transports you back and inhabits the harsh realities of life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. The tale reveals a picture of the Carrier family in compelling prose.

    Mare Winningham holds true to the writing and time.

    This is the best Audiobook I've heard since "Unbroken".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gingerbread Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    In the emotional aftermath of her baby's death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf, and out to Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a shack he has kept there for years. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?

    Fiona says: "Run, Em! Run!"
    "Gerald's Game "Lite""
    Overall
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    Nothing wrong with the story but it lacked completeness. Too many possibilities exist for expanding or continuing or prefacing. Kind of like going into a store and not being able to make up your mind because there were too many options. It made it feel incomplete - like it was published because it could be, rather than it should be.

    Mare Winningham gave her normal very good performance for the material she had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (2734)
    Story
    (2734)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "It's a whole other set of plots."
    Overall
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    Both the A&Eseries and the book are good whodunits - complete with modern cowboys and indians, but they are actually different. The people described in the book don't jive with the characters on the screen. I was happy that the only thing that's the same from the A&E series are the names. It gives you a whole other set of plots.

    Mr Johnson does a good job of moving the police procedural out of the city. The collaboration of law enforcement with Cheyenne mysticism feeds the imagination and rounds out the story very nicely.

    I recommend the book - I look forward to reading the whole series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7200)
    Performance
    (6674)
    Story
    (6691)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Finally - Stephen King as good as I remember."
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    After wading through "Cell" and "11/26/1963", I started wondering where the Stephen King that I enjoyed was. While not as innovative as "Carrie" or as just plain scary as "'Salem's Lot", "Doctor Sleep” stands alongside its predecessor as a good read that can provide more than just chills. It haunts you all the way through and leaves you fulfilled at the end.

    Good Job all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19080)
    Performance
    (14843)
    Story
    (14793)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "As funny as any one skit,..."
    Overall
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    ...but much more endearing. A well rounded memoir played for comic effect. Her asides and disclaimers were hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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