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Harry Boyle

Irmo, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (397)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Michael says: "Angel Noir"
    "An attention Keeper"
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    If you could sum up The Dirty Streets of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    something for everyone


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bobby Dollar


    What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings every character to stunning life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had humor,action,developed characters and romance. I will wait for book 2 and hope it comes out in a hurry.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed lots of Audible offerings but only a few have kept me listening so that I did not want to turn on the TV. I just wanted to see how the book proceeding racing toward an unknown finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "A lot of words that are not what i wanted"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Henry Leyva?

    His style is better that not quite a monotone. Had the book kept my interest my view of the narrator might have changed


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed in this effort by Turow. It almost seemed to me that a book was due where he could make a few bucks. I felt he got away from his base of having an attornet represent a client well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "I can not remember listening to a better story"
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    Would you listen to Rebel Yell again? Why?

    I typically never listen to a book twice but this time I might make an exception. The length of this book ( every minute enjoyable ) is the only reason not to do it over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This Stone Wall Jackson was clearly the greatest Civil War General. He made mistakes but all of the leaders did. Communications or the lack of them were often at fault. As a kid I read all of the Civil War stuff that I could get my hands on. Jackson's leadership abilities can not be understated. I was moved by the way the author portrayed Jackson's final days.


    Any additional comments?

    Cotter Smith was the perfect performer for this wonderful novel. Everyone should listen to this one. Why not get educated about Civil War history. Our kids know nothing about our past as the schools are failing to let all everywhere learn about America. You will be glad you listened to this book when it ends.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Means: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Douglas Brunt
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, George Newbern, Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Part Primary Colors, part House of Cards, The Means takes you deep into high-stakes politics where everyone has something to hide. Tom Pauley is a conservative trial attorney in Durham, NC, who is tapped by GOP leaders to campaign for the Governor's mansion. His bold style makes him a favorite for a run at the White House. Mitchell Mason is the president-elect of the United States, pushed into politics by a father determined to create a political dynasty.

    Harry Boyle says: "Loved the ending"
    "Loved the ending"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Means?

    The last sentence surprised me as I never saw it coming.


    Any additional comments?

    In this book time sometimes jumped ahead which to me left small gaps. Overall the story was well constructed. I think it only fair to mention that I am a fan of Megan Kelly and bought the book because of her interview with her husband. It was a good choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Revenge of Seven: Lorien Legacies, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Almarie Guerra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth about our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy. We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

    Rich says: "Best Lorien Book Yet!"
    "Was worth waiting for"
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    Would you listen to The Revenge of Seven again? Why?

    I never re-listen to a book so the answer is No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I expected all along that 8 would open his eyes again. I liked the way it was done


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of the narrators did their usual good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought Adam taking out his dad and then supporting the cast was written well.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not ready for the book to end and so I will be ready for the next installment. I hope it comes out sooner rather than later.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Neil Hayes
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    By 2002, The Streak - a historic 13-year run of consecutive wins by the Spartans, a high-school football team from Concord, California, that couldn't be beat - was still going strong. In this revised edition of When the Game Stands Tall, author Neil Hayes, who had unrestricted access to the De La Salle team, writes from the inside about the games, the players, and their visionary coach, Bob Ladouceur, who managed to amass the highest winning percentage in football history (.995) through standing for something greater than winning.

    Harry Boyle says: "I saw the movie and then loved the book"
    "I saw the movie and then loved the book"
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    What did you love best about When the Game Stands Tall?

    The story off learning how to win and then having each class of players believe in the coach and each other while almost never losing is in a fictional story something you would expect. In the real world for it to actually happen was really interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Winning like 195 out of 196 sounds impossible but it happened. I am not amazed that since the 1994 season the coach has kept up the nearly impossible winning percentage.


    What about J. P. Linton’s performance did you like?

    It was steady and kept me involved. I was able to listen to the book in two days which meant his work kept my interest.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the opposing coach had taken lead and was saying a prayer that his team would hold on. De la Salle started it's final drive and scored with 11 seconds left to beat him. After the game when he was asked what he was doing he said he was praying. He should have known not to say a prayer asking for the Catholic school to lose.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like a follow up book for the 10 seasons that have passed since the book ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua's Tree: Joshua's Tree Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By N.W. Harris
    • Narrated By Joshua Bennington
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When a skateboarding accident hurls 17-year-old Joshua Tyler into a dismal future overrun by flesh-eating mutants, he taps into the strength and courage hidden within him and manages to stay alive, only to discover his horrifying relationship to the scientific genius who brought all life on Earth to the brink of annihilation. Aided by Nadia, a beautiful warrior student who believes he may be the prophesized savior sent to rescue her people, Josh learns to fight for survival.

    Neil says: "Teen skate-boarder goes for the ride of his life"
    "Fansasy that keeps you interested in the outcome"
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    What did you love best about Joshua's Tree?

    How the two main characters made the story work.


    Have you listened to any of Joshua Bennington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I first listened to Mr. Bennington's work on Adjuster Stories and it was a very interesting to hear him make the insurance claim stories come to life. I then listened to Boating: A Life's Journey which kept my interest all the way. He has a great voice and knows how to make a book and the characters come to life. I am looking forward to his next release.


    Any additional comments?

    I expect this book has a companion one on the way to us and I will be able to spend a few more hours enjoying Joshua Bennington continuing the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2353)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Third one as good as the first two books"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the character banter and the diversity of what each of them represents. I believe this was the final one in the series but there are still lots of places to go should the author decide to let her readers continue to enjoy the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (200)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Enjoyable and I listened to it over three days"
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    Would you listen to The Accounting again? Why?

    No-Only because I never listen to a book twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the stories flow and the crisp writing with snap back dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read two reviews that said the reader did not finish listening or did not care how this one ended. Frankly I wonder what kind of a fiction book could please those reviewers. This is a solidly written story and it was performed well. I will look forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1495)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Good effort"
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    What made the experience of listening to King and Maxwell the most enjoyable?

    I think what made me like the book from the beginning was easily because of the other series books and the TV series making the characters be in focus.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1345)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "I continue to enjoy the King and Maxwell series"
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    What did you love best about The Sixth Man?

    The story never seemed to have a slow point so I just kept listening until the guy says " Audible hopes you enjoyed this program,"


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    The writing is good enough so the two of them seem to easily weave in and out of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the last chapter and the ending


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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