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George

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  • John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    John Paul Jones is more than a great sea story. Jones is a character for the ages. John Adams called him the "most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy." The renewed interest in the Founding Fathers reminds us of the great men who made this country, but John Paul Jones teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones' spirit was classically American.

    Bruce says: "Swashbuckler or Saviour"
    "Self Serving"
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    The summary is correct: the description of Jones' engagement on USS Bonhomme Richard with HMS Serapis was indeed engaging. However, the minutiae of Jones' incessant, prigish, whining about his career must have gotten on the nerves of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, etc. A self described naval strategist, he had many opinions which he freely shared with members of Congress or anyone who would listen. I had a hard time with this book because it droned on about relationships with count-this and duke-that. It took me months to finish listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (772)

    Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

    DAVID says: "Each book in this series is better than the last!"
    "Connector Book"
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    Anderson has done another exciting book in #5 of the destroyermen series. From the title, I assumed that it would be a connecting book between the set up last book and whatever comes in the next one; I was not disappointed. Author balances several plot lines and finally brings a couple of them together at the end while cementing future actions. Where is book #6?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Exposure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (317)

    The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

    Joanna says: "Interesting Story Ruined by Narrator"
    "Good Whodunit"
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    Not a bad whodunit, but the perp was introduced in the last few minutes....personal foul, 15 yard penalty!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Six children have escaped government experiments, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives, and to return to the cabin known as the Lake House. But before they can get there, they will face a horrifying evil, for one man has survived the laboratory that bred the flying children, and he is obsessed with reclaiming them for a new round of experiments - with an even more deadly outcome.

    Shannon says: "The Lake House, by James Patterson"
    "Fascinating"
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    The sequel to "When the Wind Blows," the thesis is fascinating. The evil doctor seeks to save the world by enhancing select humans. He sees the winged children as a threat...I guess that sets up the tension. And, it engages the reader as two sci-fi themes unfold. This book should be read AS a sequel. BTW, my copy is 13+03 hours and the book started to repeat only certain parts--I believe something went wrong with the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blow Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would have to leave Richmond if she were to find any peace. So she packed up her belongings and set out for Florida. Now she must unravel a conspiracy with an international reach and confront the shock of her life, a blow that will force her to question all she holds dear.

    Vida says: "Blow Fly Blows"
    "Nice Continuation..."
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    The plot twisted and intricate, the characters developed nicely. Scarpetta seems like she plays a smaller role, or rather other characters emerge. Old villains continue to plague the members of the Last Precinct. The ending leaves room for another novel...I'll get it next month.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (634)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "Ohhhh Maaannn!"
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    Two and a half Harry Bosch stories -- two are great and reflect his greatness as reflected through the author. Great whodunits. I was a little peeved that the third read/listen was just the first few chapters of another book. I hate it when they do that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3002)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2644)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Great"
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    The final book in the Lincoln Lawyer series,it's great Connally! No plot, but this is the story of a pimp/webmaster. Aren't all web masters sorta pimp-like? Exciting ending kept me on my toes. This is the last of the series, I hope that Connelly writes another Lincoln Lawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, has a mission - but the Pentagon wants him for a mission of their own. As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Without Remorse, he blends the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his trademarks with intricate plotting, knife-edge suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters.

    Billy says: "Not His Best, But Worth The Read"
    "Revenge without Remorse"
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    One of Clancy's first. It's an exciting cop thriller with love, revenge and mystery contained in a suspenseful context. The hero falls i love with a drug addict and seeks revenge for her killer. I can't imagine that kind of life, which is why it 's exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

    Chris says: "Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)"
    "Mine an Asteroid?"
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    Long range mining of the asteroid belt? What an idea. Inside fighting on a corporate board and development of an engine that cuts weeks off the flight make feasible a journey that will save Earth from massive flooding. Exciting right up to the last minute. Where's the next book in the series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1460)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Magnificent"
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    Incredible story of survivial in the Antarctic. I knew the story and knew the ending would be success. But, all the parts in between were magnificent. I was even struck by the logic of he decisions made--some people you just don't want to get out and bother others, for example. The book was well edited and it wasn't too repetitive for what must have been a day-to-day battle with boredom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Called Him Stonewall: A Life of Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Burke Davis
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Stonewall Jackson was a military genius, at once peculiar and perfect, a fearless soldier in battle but a God-fearing man who hesitated to kill on Sunday. He broke the rules of war to win, and yet his tactics are studied in military academies the world over. Burke Davis brings the color, vivid characterization, and immediacy of the best fiction to this fascinating biography.

    Pamkf says: "A Great General"
    "Drones on and on"
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    While this is the definitive book on Stonewall Jackson, I found it a very difficult listen and quit listening after only about 20% as it began to sound like "Charlie Brown's teacher." A student of the Civil War with maps and a desire to "study" could probably wade through the minutiae of counties, roads and battle engagements in Virginia, but I find those things droll and stimulation free. Maybe the book version is a better way to take this on. The casual reader/listener should avoid this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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