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Jack Daniels

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    Overall
    (9915)
    Performance
    (4842)
    Story
    (4871)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "What a ride!!!"
    Overall

    A great ride from beginning to end. If you liked Dreamcatcher, you'll love under the Dome. Of the same caliber as the Green Mile and The Stand. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    Life in America a generation from now isn't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened to a chasm. You can store the world's legal knowledge on a chip in your little finger, while the Supreme Court has decreed that constitutional rights don't apply to any individual who challenges the system.

    Peregrine says: "Solid sci-fi with a Black theme"
    "Someone with a chip on their shoulder wrote this"
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    This is a series of short stories all tied together with some of the same characters popping up as we are taken forward into the future. This story is told from the perspective of African American's living a future where it is very rare to own more then a few personal possessions.

    Corporations own almost all real property. Gifted children are taken from parents and sent to special schools where their gifts can be developed "for the good of society." Prisons are run by corporations that make their money by performing medical and psychological experiments on prisoners. Work is rationed out and the unemployed are banished to underground ghettos.

    I am not a fan of stories that carry a "social message." I read and listen to books to be entertained, not lectured. The message carried all through out this book is that working people, even in the future, are still being held down and abused by rich people. If that is your cup of tea, this book is for you.

    On the technical side, I found the narrator's heavy use of poor southern dialect and slang very hard to understand in the first part of the first short story. However, that got better after the first few minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Patent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ransom Stephens
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    When electrical engineers Ryan McNear and Foster Reed coauthored two patents for company cash incentives, they thought it was all just a joke. One describes the soul as a software algorithm, and the other described the Big Bang as a power generator. But when the company crashes, McNear finds himself divorced, desperately hard up, and estranged from his son. As he rebuilds his life, McNear discovers Reed has used their nonsensical patents to draw in top-tier energy investors.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Not really sci-fi, rather scientific fiction"
    "The eternal conflict between religion and science."
    Overall
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    This is a well told story of science verses the Bible. The characters are well done and keep you interested in the story. Alas the ending left me a little flat and kind of depressed. The author could have put a little more work into wrapping it up.

    It is worth the listen and makes the miles go by quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assignment in Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: Gulf, in which the greatest super-spy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us. And Lost Legacy, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league - or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

    Trip Williams says: "You'll like it because you can think..."
    "Classic Science Fiction"
    Overall
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    This collection of short stories still plays well 60 years after it first hit the shelves. While delivering a look into some of the attitudes and morality from the 1950s, we can see that people have not changed all that much through the passage of time. This one made the miles go by quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3460)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1196)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Good story, good reader, kind of hard on Texas"
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    Grisham takes on the world of capital punishment in this one. An innocent man is facing execution. The appeals have all but run out and the clock is down to the final days. Grisham does a masterful job of weaving this story of a wrongfully convicted murder awaiting execution. One may also take away some life lessons for anyone that finds themselves having a serous conversation with police investigators.

    This one is worth the listen. The narration is excellent. The miles go by fast while this one is playing.

    There is one caveat here. Once through the book there can be no doubt in anyone's mind Grisham has no love for capitol punishment. This is especially true for the way Texas carries them out.

    Having been a part of the media circus outside the Walls Unit in Huntsville, TX for several executions (Karla Fay Tucker for one.) it is clear the Texas judicial system is nothing like the system Grisham described in this book. As a lawyer, Grisham knows this.

    This is a work of fiction. License will be taken in fictional pieces. However, throughout this story, Grisham never misses a chance to slam the State of Texas and the way the state executes condemned prisoners. In my opinion he did so excessively, beyond the point of offense.

    It is annoying when an author takes away from a powerful and moving story solely to insert their own politics. So for that reason what could have been a five star story, drops to three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (465)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Marjorie says: "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    "A great way to tell a grim story."
    Overall
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    A young girl going through some troubled times is sent off to visit her uncle Mort for some time out and a maybe some correcting of her ways. But while there she soon discovers that she has a gift. From there she begins training for her new career as a Grim Reaper. But there is more to it than that. She finds that her career is not without hazard to herself and those around her.

    This one is well worth the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really made the miles go by fast. The book has more then a couple laugh out loud moments as well as some suspense to keep the reader well engaged.

    A tip of the hat to Gina Damico for a job well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (2416)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (713)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Not your average science fiction..."
    Overall
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    Combine time travel with feudal lords, knights and brutality and you've got the situation this book drops our not so ready for medieval times heroes into. This is not one of Crichton's best. But is does hold your attention. It is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (249)

    In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

    Alan says: "A Novel of What It Means to Be Human"
    "Couldn't get through the first three hours."
    Overall
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    This is not Ender's Game of Ender's Shadow. The performers did the best they could but this work was dull as a box of rocks. I gave up on it toward the end of the third hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1899)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Way too slow, way too hard to believe,"
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    Odd Thomas finds himself in an estate that seems to heal itself of all defects, even falling leaves. The few people that live there as residents and staff are more then a little different from main stream society. And occasionally the estate is plagued by creatures that are far less then friendly.

    This book took forever to get through. We all know we are reading fiction. But at some point it is nice to forget that for a while and get into the story. But this one pushed the limits of fiction and fantasy beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

    I made it through to the end. But unlike Odd Interlude, the ending was a bit flat. Unless the next book, "Deeply Odd" gets some really rave reviews from other readers or listeners, this one will end the series for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1249)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Moves a little slowly"
    Overall
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    Odd Thomas finds himself in a peaceful ocean side town looking for a change from his previous monasterial existence, Alas, the town seems to be filled with people bent finding some way to kill him. From the thugs on the dock to the chief of police, Odd is up to his earlobes in bad people. But as with everything Odd, there is lots more going then we can see on the surface.

    This one took a while to get to get to the end. However once at the end, the story picked up nicely and held my interest. Not the best of the series, but still worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.

    EJ SHUMAK says: "Well done but just a bit preachy--"
    "Capitalism gone nuts!"
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    This is a tale of capitalism gone nuts. There are no taxes. Except for a small token government, everything is private enterprise. The schools are "sponsored" by businesses like Mattel Toys and McDonalds. The police sell their services through slick brochures including murder for hire. Businesses resolve their differences with armies of lawyers and sometimes all out warfare.

    People no longer have family names. Their last name is that of their school or their school. It is a high shame to be unemployed and have no last name.

    Jennifer Government works for what is left of the government as an investigator. If an aggrieved party has the money to provide a "budget" her department will conduct an investigation and arrest the bad guys. She is also really gifted at bucking that system.

    I enjoyed this one. It is worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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