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Dallas | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
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  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall

    In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
    "John Roberts...the guy you don't want next door..."
    What did you love best about American Desperado?

    I really liked the way the writer let John Roberts tell his story unobtrusively. And I liked the set-up at the beginning when the writer (Evan Wright) explains how he's laid out the book. That prepared me for what came. The voice of John Roberts comes across as sympathetic, brutal, and worthy of attention. This is a man who inhabits most people's nightmares, but despite that, he comes across as genuine.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John...of course.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was Hee Haw Junction (I think that was the name). It was pretty hilarious how they got out of that.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were many parts in this book where I was horrified to find myself laughing. After all, this is a story about an unrepentant murderer and self-described sociopath. But still...some parts were just funny. In fact, I was less horrified by "John" than by the incredible ineptitude and lack of morality in law least as it was portrayed by John, who clearly has a vested interest in making them look that way.

    Any additional comments?

    The reader for John was amazing. He completely pulled off the changes in John's moods as appropriate to the story. In fact, the reader was so good, there was a subtle difference between John's younger days and his older, "wiser" days.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Monsters Beware!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Vendetta?

    The last scene with the tree was pretty cool.

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

    The narrator does a great job with voicing the characters and keeping their voices constant throughout the story. He also doesn't overdo it. It's just right and fits the story type.

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


    Any additional comments?

    There's lots of stuff about guns. Lots. No, seriously....lots. I don't know anything about guns. But thankfully, I've learned the skill of 'skimming' audio books. I didn't mind because I like following the adventures of MHI.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    Where does Whatever You Do, Don't Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds! This ranks as about an 8.5.

    What other book might you compare Whatever You Do, Don't Run to and why?

    I don't read non-fiction, but I'd rename this: Adventures of Han Solo on Safari

    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Peter Alison...I'd love to have him as a guide. He's funny!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birth of the baby elephant actually brought tears to my eyes. He did such a good job describing the incredible beauty of that moment

    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a non-fiction reader, but this book kept me hooked. I played it in my car wherever I went, and I'd find myself sitting in parking lots just so I could hear what happened when Peter got charged by a lioness! This is a great listen for driving around doing errands. It's a series of short, self-contained tales, the verbal equivalent of a safari through Peter Alison's life as a guide. Very well done!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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