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Daniel

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  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (524)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Short but very satisfying"
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    Grover Gardner narrated and did a superb job in keeping the characters recognizable by voice alone, an important talent in this book, where the author pretty much assumes you've read the first in the series. Not much time is given to introducing or describing the old characters, though they stay pretty much true to form.

    Again, the heart of the book is the courtroom, where the cross-examinations of the various state witnesses are brilliant drama, and at times, high comedy. The inevitable exoneration of our heroine comes ... well, I don't want to spoil it for you. I mean, you did know he would save her, didn't you?

    A secondary plot is the civil suit of the released-from-death-row-at-the-very-last-moment-before-his-lethal-injection falsely accused, incarcerated, convicted and sentenced but saved at the last minute man. Whew. Anyway, that's all going on in the background while Andy is trying to save his "only-true-love". Oh yeah. Don't forget. He's also suing his former father in law.

    All in all, a good time is had by all. A great book; an easy listen and a lot of fun. I recommend it; but remember, it's just a fun book. Don't expect more than that and you'll enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Steele: Flight of Freedom, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Burger
    • Narrated By Kevin Clay
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Jack Steele's Freedom is no longer the wounded duck she once was. They leave UFW Blackmount Station repaired and retooled, with a complete crew, fully armed and resupplied, ready to hunt. But life in a busy and turbulent universe is rarely as simple as one would hope it to be.

    Daniel says: "Better than the First Book"
    "Better than the First Book"
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    This book seemed much less sophomoric than the first one. I am not sure why. Perhaps it is the performance of the reader, who really did a great job.

    Thus, 5 stars accross the board.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror: A Neal Carey Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Robert Pendleton is a chemical genius with a fertilizer worth a fortune to whoever controls the formula. Not surprisingly, the Bank, his notoriously exclusive backer, wants to keep an eye on its investment. But so does the CIA. And the Chinese government. And a few shadier organizations. So when Pendleton disappears from a conference in San Francisco, along with all of his research, Neal Carey enters the picture.

    Kevin says: "Waiting for the second book in the series"
    "Just as Good"
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    Just as good as the first Neal Carey book. This time I learned a great deal about China; most especially it's recent history.

    Don Winslow is a talented writer and Joe Barrett brought the book to life. I

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cool Breeze on the Underground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (458)

    Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met a P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room. Now it's payback time.

    mindusq says: "Joe Barrett reading Don Winslow = joy squared"
    "Great Book"
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    I loved this book. The plot is intricate, the writing is excellent and the characters are well developed.

    The narration was good, though there were a few mis-pronounced words. I recommend this book heartily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Derek B. Miller
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (487)

    Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

    Sara says: "Don't Miss This Amazing Book"
    "I couldn't put it down."
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    Seriously! It was that good. The ending was not what I hoped for ; though it was poignant.

    Sean Managan did a great job on the reading. Get this book. You won't regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1664)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Truly a remarkable book"
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    Is it a fantasy novel? Is it an adult fairy tale? I'm not sure just how to classify this truly remarkable book of an aging childless couple who move to Alaska sometime before it became a state and homesteaded somewhere north of Anchorage.

    I won't give any of the plot away. You can read that in the book notes anyway. What I want to talk about is the lyrical prose and the emotive drive of the writing. I want to say that my faith in women authors has been renewed as love scenes were handled tastefully without any graphic sex. (THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I had about given up on female authors and anything that remotely sounded like it had any romance in it. I'm not a prude, mind you. I'm just not a fan of gratuitous sex scenes that add nothing to the plot.) This book was full of beautiful scenes of the heart instead.

    I normally am a fan of action books. (Hey, I'm a guy!) This was on sale, so I bought it and I am so glad I did. I only write reviews on books that I particularly enjoy, and this was one that will stay with me for a very, very long time. The images invoked in my mind's eye by Eowyn Ivey were so striking, and so beautiful, and astounding, that I feel like this story will be with me forever.

    Debra Monk's reading was spot on. Her rendition of the loud and chaotic neighbors was just hilarious, and her soft and melodious reading of the descriptions of such things as the silk and swan feather wedding dress and the snowflake on the hand of the Snow Child and... oh so many other other striking scenes were just memorable and perfect.

    I recommend this book to anyone. it's probably PG only because of the brutal nature of the hunting and fishing and killing that is done to survive in such a difficult environment. Even those scenes though are done with a deep appreciation that each animal sacrificed its life to allow humans to live.

    Beautifully written book and a wonderful reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1485)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Could OnlyStand It For An Hour Or So"
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    The protagonist, still grieving over his wife who died more than two years ago makes one bad decision after another while NOT figuring out there is a zombie outbreak outside his little apartment. he agonizes over everything and it just got old . NO ONE is THAT big a whimp AND also THAT big an idiot. it just got to be too much . I had to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2433)
    Performance
    (1758)
    Story
    (1775)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "A Ringo Classic"
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    If you're a John Ringo fan, you won't be disappointed with this book, or this series. The books are long, but the plots aren't complicated.

    When the earth is subjugated by aliens with a culture that values strength there is a guy who through perseverance and foresight finds a way to lead the human race out from under their ... ummmm... alien digits. (As I remember the first alien race has tentacles...) Anyway, our intrepid hero, through the application of good capitalistic methods and conservative values as well as sheer old fashioned flag waving patriotism inspires and cajoles and kicks and pushes and pulls the rest of the country and the world into defying the alien menace and throwing them out of the solar system and then successfully defending Sol and Terra against an attack to take it back.

    And yes, he's a bit hard to take unless you're maybe a Tea Party member. But you know. it's a darn good story, and it's a great bit of drama and often during his patriotic speeches, while he's rallying the troops just before our boys and girls take on what is supposed to be aliens who are way ahead of us in tech and who should kick our butts; when he's talking about the values of the founding fathers and how they stood up to the British and how they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor; when those words and others like them were read and I heard them, I felt tears come to my eyes, and I felt a chill come up my spine. And yes, of course, the US and Terra won the battles, though they were hard fought too many good people were lost, for such is the nature of war.

    So, again, I find myself recommending a John Ringo book. I'm rating it five starts and highly recommending it. Listen to it. You'll be inspired I believe. I was, again, by this author.

    Mark Boyett is one of my favorite narrators. He caught all the flavor of the characters, kept them all straight and kept this long book moving along. He's a great narrator/reader.

    Get this book and the following books. You'll enjoy them if you like action, great character development and great storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swords of Exodus: Dead Six, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (944)

    On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "....Valentine and Lorenzo Battle at the Crossroads"
    "More action, more action, more action"
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    OK. Read my review on book one. All the comments there apply to this book. And I cannot wait for the third book. Also, yes, I'm sure there will be a third book. After all, it's Valentine's turn to save Lorenzo, isn't it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1400)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Action, action, action"
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    Larry Correia, is, of course, known for cliff hanger chapter endings. His books would be ideal for a serial TV series where the hero is in dire peril at the end of each episode. Luckily, we don't have to wait a week; we just have to wait until the narrator turns the page until we learn how our hero is saved.

    Actually, there's more than one hero. Of course, that's Larry again. I'm not as familiar with Mike Kupari, but his writing fit seamlessly with Larry Correia's. These guys must have bounced ideas off each other and written these books in a spirit of great collaboration. There are moments of quiet when there is some character development, but then hold onto your seat because the action will soon heat up again.

    The plot is tight but there are undertones of "something is going on here". And sure enough, something was going on as we find out. I'm not even going to try to summarize the complex plot. And, I think there are too many spoilers in any summary I could attempt.

    Bronson Pinchot did a very good job in narrating. At times I thought he became a bit "robotic" but then, I'm not sure how else he could have performed those parts. And the more I think about it, the more I believe he did them as well as they could have been done.

    Bottom line, I recommend this book. After all, I downloaded the second in the series as soon as I finished this one. And I'll be watching for the third book, you can bet on that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "Amazing cowboy story"
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    I for one have always been a fan of the "Western". I read them as a kid and only quit when I couldn't find them any more, other than the more short and shallow predictable paperbacks that are out there now. Somehow, I missed this one when it was written, and I'm so glad it was resurrected by Nancy Pearl and then produced by Audible. Thank you.

    This Western is anything but predicable. You know the premise from the Audible summary; fifteen cowboys show up in Russia and then start a cattle drive of longhorn cows and bulls. These are not steers being driven to market but breeding stock; which are much more difficult animals than castrated and fattened steers. Indeed, the herd almost takes on its own personality as the story progresses.

    Our cowboys of course meet up with fifteen Cossacks and together they begin a very long trail drive to deliver this herd to the village that bought it. Adventure ensues. Adventure which includes huge wolves, Siberian tigers, and bloodthirsty Tarters as highlights. Tarters apparently, are the Russian/Siberian equivalent of our "Indians".

    As I listen, hours fly by. Figurative pages are turned, and turned, and turned. I had a very hard time even taking a break; though it's a very long book.

    It's all told through the eyes of a young drover on his first long cattle drive, and so it's also a "coming of age" story. And it is an excellent story, well written with a good plot and a great narrator. I loved it and recommend it heartily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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