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DENNIS

Adelphi, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1690)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "good fun"
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    A nice adventure into magical police and the gods of the Thames in modern London, with well developed out-of-control complications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. But Nick is suspicious and asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data.

    Steven says: "from a former MOS8541 and Hunter reader"
    "Likeable conspiracy shootout"
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    After a sniper murders lefty radicals from the 70's, starting with somebody who resembles Jane Fonda, the plot thickens. Well, sometime it clots, but if you like Clint Eastwood's style of justice, it is a good read, especially if you like dealing with murderous Irishmen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Young Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

    Jim says: "Really Good Read/Listen"
    "Stalin was a hottie"
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    Now that the subject is so far past as Napoleon, the young Stalin emerges as an unexpetedly lively person, resembling the thug-rappers on recent American experience (tho he has a better voice), but our thugs are nowhere so bold as to rob our national banks. Everywhere Stalin goes, he gets laid, even in Siberia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Ingrassia
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (134)

    America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America's history is a vehicular history-an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

    Geoffrey says: "My Best listen in a while"
    "Why cars grew fins"
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    This is good research into the history of American automotive design. Cars are the second largest capital investment of a household, after shelter, but few authors spend time and energy documenting how the styles we buy come about. It is remarkable that so few men controlled our choices, which seemed so democratic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2209)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1958)

    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"
    "Could have been you"
    Overall
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    This story starts as a horny girl meets someone online from her past, but then nicely works up a much scarier plot of lonely-flies-inthe-web. The bad guys are just possible enough to carry the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "A stranger in a strange land"
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    The hasty, ragged reporting by an American who is estranged from both Europe and highfalutin society of his time still has a compelling quality, observing the absurdities of both his compatriots and the people and places visited. Plus, an amazing offhand visit with the Tsar's family in Odessa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
    "excellent British sillyness"
    Overall
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    Despite a slow start, the story is a wonderful comedy of the silly upperclass Brits, with constant flips in the plot line. Comparable more recently to, say, a Steve Martin film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Message to Garcia

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Elbert Hubbard
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    A Message to Garcia is an inspirational essay that was was wildly popular, which has sold over 40 million copies, and has been translated into 37 languages. The essay celebrates the initiative of a soldier who is given a daunting mission. He does not object, ask questions, or request help but simply finds a way to accomplish it. Through this essay Hubbard encourages the reader to apply this attitude to his own life as a sure way to success.

    DENNIS says: "not an actual adventure"
    "not an actual adventure"
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    Considering its reputation, I expected an adventure story. But nothing. Just a celebration of somebody else's effort to deliver a message, embedded in tacky patriotism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23550)
    Performance
    (21644)
    Story
    (21654)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "A plausible science fiction adventure"
    Overall
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    As an elderly astrophysicist, I never again expected to read a realistic science fiction adventure of the sort published in the mid-20th century, with technical problem-solving on a daring but plausible engineering scale, using the tools at hand. I particularly liked the portrayal of the actual challenges posed by the Martian terrain, relentless cold, and amazing wind storms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (560)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Ronda says: "A very good beginning for a new series!"
    "adolescent Nick&Nora"
    Overall
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    While an interesting notion, the story is an adolescent James Bond-style fantasy about a Nick & Nora pair with stilted dialog. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12289)
    Performance
    (11131)
    Story
    (11156)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Great Russian novel!"
    Overall
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    After many weeks on the best-seller lists, I expected a merely artsy story, but I was delighted to find a novel worthy of Dostoyevsky, rich with full-blooded, flawed characters who semi-connect with each other and the semi-criminal world we live in. The narrator has an amazing range of voices with distinct personalities, not just accents but emotional persona. The author, a middle-age woman, does an extraordnary job of creating realistically reckless young men. Oddly, her female characters are thinner. The only flaw to my mind was the closing chapter, a redemption of the sort imposed by Victorian publishers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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