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Dennis

Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.

Charlestown, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4259)
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    (1979)
    Story
    (1993)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Not enough 'Devil' - Too much 'White City'"
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    I had heard about these killings & their gruesome nature before, Also how he used the World's Fair to cover them up...however I thought this book got too much into the World's Fair angle. In my opinion, I believe a lot of time was wasted on the architecture & building problems & the minutiae of the Fair and not enough time was spent on this serial killer. I found myself losing interest in the chapters having to do only with the Fair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1885)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Way better than the movie...& that was a classic!"
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    The Shining was a book I had always wanted to read, having heard how different it was from the movie. I wasn't sure if that was good or bad because that was a classic horror movie. So many quotable scenes & lines.
    However, after listening to this book on Audible, I found it to be much better! It is completely different, but in a GREAT way!
    It not only has plot twists & scenes not in the movie, but also the characters are studied in much more detail and we see & feel what they do. It drags you in & makes you feel like you are snowed in at The Overlook.
    I wish they could do a movie that was true to the book but also, with the great acting & scenes that were such a major part of the film.
    In ending, this was a great piece of writing that explores many more subjects that are beyond a simple "horror" story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Francona: The Red Sox Years

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Francona, Dan Shaughnessy
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with the storied Boston Red Sox... From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked-about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes listeners inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse.

    Sean says: "I enjoyed it a lot,"
    "In the dugout & clubhouse."
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    As a Sox fan & season ticket holder for many years, I experienced the lows, then highs, and lows again with the team.
    Francona's frank, and insider information was very interesting. The "untold story" and behind the scenes tales are eye-opening and shocking at points. His battles with ownership and others (MLB officials) in addition to his kinship with players & coaches has been documented but getting his side of the story was refreshing & made for a great book.
    Shaughnessy made the perfect co-writer because of his closeness to, and coverage of the team.
    Any Red Sox or baseball fan should find this book extremely entertaining & informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6096)
    Performance
    (5370)
    Story
    (5415)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Best I have experienced from King"
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    I have to agree with another reviewer who said this is where King's work went from horror to literature.
    The sheer amount of characters, each with an intricate & intriguing backstory all combine to make this book my favorite novel, maybe not just of his either. There are so many characters that I will admit to times having to stop & think "who is this again?" But I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. It is not an easily predicted, pedestrian effort but a very well thought out & researched one. A+ to Mr. King for constructing & weaving together so many different characters, over such an expansive and differed stage.
    The plot, is not only just timeless good vs evil, but well constructed enough to be easily translated to modern times. Where things...and people are not that black & white at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (595)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "One of my favorite books"
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    I very much enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did an especially great job! It was engrossing. I have listened to it more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (3051)
    Story
    (3076)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Chilling portrayal of a nuclear war in US"
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    Democrat or Republican, I agree with the forward that every American should read this book and realize how close we are to returning to the dark ages. A small amount of time with no electronics, cars, or the modern conveniences we have come to rely on could descend the nation to "every man for himself". This book tells of a series of EMPs (electromagnetic pulse) crippling the nation by an unknown enemy. Soon, your neighbor becomes your enemy...or ally? Who can you trust and who is out for themselves? Great book IMHO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (391)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Sledghammer strikes gold!"
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    If you have seen HBO's "The Pacific" you are familiar with Sledge's story however the book gets into more detail. A great war story by a Marine on the front lines in WWII. Great book by a true hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17208)
    Performance
    (15287)
    Story
    (15240)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Not your typical book by King but very good."
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    One of my favorite new books of the past year & quickly becoming a favorite of King. I have listened to this over & over again & it still does not get old. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    In this gripping thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and their mutual attraction is undeniable - as are the risks of a relationship. Doug imagines a life away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park.

    Jane says: "Wonderful character development and dialogue."
    "Book that the film "The Town" is based on."
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    If you liked the film you'll love the book. Being from "The Town" myself I attest to its authentic feel & all too familiar story. Worth checking it out for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10936)
    Performance
    (6954)
    Story
    (6986)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unvelievably true story."
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    One of my favorite books ever. Read the hardcover & then listened to the audiobook. The writer paints a picture of what this American hero went through in such vivid detail you can picture the events & places and happenings as if you were there. Great book about a great man with an unbelievable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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