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Edwin

Mashpee, MA, United States

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  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1284)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Predictable page turner"
    Overall

    I don't think that this book is worth the money. It held my attention but it uses the predictable formulas of the tracking of terrorist meanies. There are some graphic death scenarios that involve too much gore and only serve as fill. The book isn't awful but I wouldn't recommend anyone taking the time to read it in an environment where there are lots of great spy and detective novels. I love most of Demille's books but this one didn't do anything for me

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1758)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1229)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Valuable retrospective"
    Overall

    This is an insight into Washington that I have never read; and I read allot of American History. The drama of the Revolution and its battles would be adequate interest and entertainment but the various profiles as land and slave owner, genreal, president with his personal ltravails is handled with deference to the non-historian. The narration is excellent. I only gave it four stars because ther are some transsitions that surprised me in thier abriptness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3538)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1259)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Epicly boring"
    Overall

    Outstanding and creative writing wasted on a too long soap opera tale about neurotics, psycopaths and nymphomaniacs. Many will like the book. I didn't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy: An Isaac Bell Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (486)

    It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder.

    Bob says: "Entertaining"
    "Enjoyable read"
    Overall

    The book has all of the intrigue and suspense of a classic spy novel. Allot of it takes place in New York City and, being a native, it was fun to track the locations. But the book goes beyond that in complexity and the narraton is supurb.

    I think this is one Cussler's best

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James S Hirsch
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Considered to be "as monumental -- and enigmatic -- a legend as American sport has ever seen" (Sports Illustrated), Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California.

    Edwin says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    This is a great read. All of Wily's career was in my lifetime and I am a New Yorker so that may taint my view. But, the story is remarkable and well written. Mays was an inspiration during his carer and this book should an inspiration to anyone trying to navigate through life'ss minefields. Even as a Broooklyn Dodger fan, I loved to see Willy Mays play with the NY Giants. He was one of the few ballplayers that was universally loved by all fans. This book is an outstanding tribute to the man and a good glimpse into the business of baseball before multi-million dollar contracts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book. I like Roman history probalby dating back to my four years of Latin study in highschool. Caesar, Cicero are, fortunately, still alive in their writings and speeches. The book is a work of fiction and the trials of Cicero are engaging as any good crime novel. You do have to get over the narrator who seems to be doing an impersonation of Peter Ustinov doing his interpretaion of how Romans would sound if thay spoke English. I doubet if they were that pompous and arogant sounding. Some of the "charcters"spuuttered their English so stiffly that if they were any moe Englsih they wouldn't tbe able to speak at all. You get over it because it is a good story. Given that...it is a very good read and I enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    This compellingly written history presents a fresh, new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to American nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later. It paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation.

    Matthew says: "A brilliant classic"
    "American Revolution...detail, details, details"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful read if you are interested in excruciating details about the events leading up to the American Revolution and the Revolution itself. I have never read a book on the AR that captures the European background and the Revolution's progress through the battles and events, for some time, after the Yorktown surrender. If you like European and U.S. history I highly recommend this book

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Assassinations: A Novel in Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Harsh Nayyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.

    nina says: "Great Listen, wonderful narrator!"
    "Enough with the Indian Poor Already"
    Overall

    This an aggregation of short stories about individuals struggling to survive in the Indian caste system. Mildly interesting but after "White Tiger" and "Sliumdog..." I have pretty much had it with descriptions of the underbelly of India. There are parts that are very funny; mostly because of the cursing and berating one another, but it is a generally depressing read. The reader becomes wearing and annoying too. Maybe that's the message but it's not a page turner. I bought it because of the $9.95 Audible promotion. I don't recommend it as either entertainment or information.

    21 of 30 people found this review helpful

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