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Irving

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  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2094)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Wonderful story, intelligently written and read"
    Overall

    My wife and I each loved this book. It is engrossing from beginning to end. The book is satisfying on multiple levels. It documents adventurers and historians; it is gripping, at times reading like a novel. Most fundamentally, it relates interesting perceptions about the hunter and the hunted.

    We don't agree that the drunken vessel captain is glorified, as one reviewer declared. He is far from glorified. His story---one of several in the book---is sad. If the reviewer had finished the book, he/she would have seen that the captain was a complex character who, like many alcoholics, waste away.

    Read this one. You won't regret it.

    We have now listened to two books read by Michael Pritchard, this one and Ghost Soldiers. He is excellent, perfect for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2462)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (935)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Fun, engaging book"
    Overall

    Just finished this book. It was enjoyable and well read by Scott Brick.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1053)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall

    I tried and tried to like this book. But I couldn't. I kept hoping it would end, but it went on endlessly and aimlessly, until it got the better of me. I had to quit.

    Ron McLarty is a wonderful reader, and he has a glimmer of hope as a writer. However, he needs to take plot and character lessons. The book had no plot and, on the few occasions when it tried at plot, it failed. The characters started out as likeable, but then they grey tiresome in their exceeding simplicity, almost stupid and silly ways.

    I would have given this book one star, but the reading by Mr. McLarty, as usual, is excellent, even though the words went nowhere.

    I think Mr. McLarty might actually make it as a writer someday, but not on this one, I'm sad to say.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "Loved the book"
    Overall

    I loved this book. True, it is very slow moving, character driven rather than plot driven. The characters are finely drawn and they are believable; the dialog is real. The reader is outstanding. If you're not into a subtle character-based story, this book isn't for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

    Erik says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Wonderful man, wonderful book, wonderfully read"
    Overall

    I loved this book. They don't make men like Truman anymore. It made me sad to consider that none of the post-Truman Presidents could hold a candle to him.

    The book is absorbing, well written. The reading is as good as it gets. Nelson Runger sounds like Truman when he's quoting him and his reading of Churchill and MacArthur is excellent.

    You won't be sorry if you give this book a whirl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (441)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "A wonderful, engaging read."
    Overall

    Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The reader is perfect for the book. The book is nicely written. It engages from start to finish. An interesting, different type of story. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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