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George

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  • The Aviators: Brotherhood of War, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    It is 1964. The Vietnam War has begun to escalate, its new style of battle demanding new weapons and tactics and men who can use them. Overnight, it seems, the U.S. Army must scramble to create its first-ever Air Assault Division, a force critical to its chances of success, but the obstacles facing it are staggering: untrained men, mysteriously failing aircraft, vicious inter-service rivalries. As the hostilities increase, the warriors and the women who love them are swept into the struggle, their personal and professional lives twisting and intertwining as they race against time — and the fortunes of war.

    tony says: "Cant believe I have lasted 8 books"
    "Aviation--Helicopter?"
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    #8 of 9, The Aviators is about development of Army aviation. There's also some ops from 1964...hmmmm. On to #7--intertwined with #8.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1692)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Cracked the Black Box"
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    Harry Bosch at his best, in deep doo-doo with his quirky boss(es) and getting results. There's a little international flare, the victim is European, but this 20 year old unsolved murder is all California based. I listened with interest and completed it in a couple of days. Meanwhile, Harry tries to raise his daughter; I wonder if Harry will get another wife?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent War: Book Three of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Amanda Karr, Christian Noble, cast
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. Fighting escalates and the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom blur. And the keys to victory will include physics, nanotechnology, and cold hard cash.

    L. says: "Excellent Bova"
    "Exciting"
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    Another, and third book, in the Rock Rats series--this one covers corporate war in the asteroid zone. Corporations at war? Hmm, now that's a concept. There's good strategy in this book and just enough fighting to make it fun; too much more and it would be as exciting as reading US revolutionary war stores about battles in the counties of New Jersey (Yawn!). The book is chock full of really bad guys--our heroine tries like mad to kill them off. The crescendo at the end is followed by a bland war's end, which isn't an unrealistic one...just unexciting. On to the next Bova book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "A Good Read"
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    Good read by Cornwell. The characters develop and we begin to wonder if Cornwell is a Scarpetta wannabe? Maybe? It took me 17 books to figure that out and I'm slow? Again, the whodunit is mired in the minutiae of the character's lives and the story drones on until the final exciting conclusion...just like it was designed...and I couldn't put it down. I thought this one was an average work by the author--but now I'm hooked and onto the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (865)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.

    Waldo O. Berry III says: "A smashin good read and an excellent performance"
    "Average, and the fight continues"
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    A continuation of the "Destroyermen" series. Some characters in the plethora of characters, developed more fully as the story moved on--slowly. At one point three battles raged simultaneously and it was difficult to track progress in all of them or to understand the strategic import as the gore continued. No plot limes concluded and the author might as well have cut out some text and combined a few books. Nevertheless, I read/listened to all of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (314)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "Wow!!"
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    Expecting a book about flying adventure and helicopters, I got a legal drama. Despite the book's wrapping in the banality of the legal process, the theme and exciting plot continued until the very end. I thought that a couple of the lawyers ought to be taken out back and shot, but that is the talent of the author coming through. Teased with innuendo and crammed with facts, the book is a winner. Read more Huston!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (679)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Teen Time Travel"
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    Teenage ninja time traveler! Enjoyed it immensely. There's a sequel...where? ..........It looks like Audible needs some more words in this review, so here are some more words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny's Road

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Wide and smooth, the Road was seared into planet Destiny’s rocky surface by the fusion drive of the powered landing craft, Cavorite. The Cavorite deserted the original interstellar colonists, stranding them without hope of contacting Earth. Now, descendants of those pioneers have many questions about the Road, but no settler who has gone down it has ever returned. For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot - and he sets out to uncover the many mysteries of Destiny’s Road.

    Andrew J. Jackson says: "A 'road' worth travelling"
    "Booorinnnnngg...."
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    Boring book. Listened to this as long as I could stand. The sci-fi happened long ago before the book began and the book was just one, long, soap opera. I got bogged down in the main character's life events and couldn't extricate myself from the minutiae, so I quit reading. Maybe it has a good conclusion, but I'll never know!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
    "Yea!!!!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It's so like military service -- one maintains a sense of humor or goes nuts. While the stories are familiar from the movie and all the sitcom episodes, hearing them again as a book was very enjoyable, I couldn't put it down. The people come together to get the job done and compensate for the horror in multiple ways; suddenly it's all over and everyone goes home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1976)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Really?"
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    I know that this is a classic sci-fi and that nobody will care that I had to plod through it. I listened to a British version and it was dopey. I began to feel like I was listening to a Shirley Temple movie. Especially heinous was the brit accent on the New Mexican pueblo indian..."bay-ah" for "bear," e.g. I could see the New Mexico impact on his book as he must have spent some time here before the book was published in 1931. As for the predictions, I can begin to see them coming, but who would want to live in an environment like that?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2936)
    Performance
    (2670)
    Story
    (2687)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Revelation"
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    I liked this book and listened to it almost straight through. Couldn't resist the parallel between Piper Kerman in this book and Cheryl Strayed (Wild) as both overcame adversity and told the story about it...then profited from a book. The story appealed to me because she admitted her guilt and recovered from it--with the help of the other inmates at Danbury. Now, where is that TV show?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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