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Jack

Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

St Petersburg, FL, United States

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  • Viva Jacquelina!: Bloody Jack, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (205)

    The vivacious Jacky Faber return in the 10th tale in L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series! Once again under the thumb of British Intelligence, Jacky is sent to Spain to spy for the crown during the early days of the 19th-century Peninsular War. She finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies...all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved Jamie Fletcher.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Back on Course"
    "Huge Disappointment"
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    I have loved all of the previous Bloody Jack books. This one, however,was sophomorically predictable.
    Katherine Kellgren sounded like she was reading while awaiting a late supper - like she just want to get through quickly so she she could move on.
    I was disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Shade of Sweden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John-Henri Holmberg
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Scott Brick, Adam Grupper, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

    Alcairha says: "Very uneven collection with some gems (see below)"
    "Highschool Writer's Delight"
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    This anthology of mystery writers hits the mark if you are a 7th grade English teacher and like the things your students come up with: simple, non-sensical, discordant, and BORING. If this is an example of Swedish creative writing, I will stick with the Norwegians.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (667)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "A GREAT BOOK"
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    This is a classic example of a well thought out, interesting, plausible, and delightfully fun read. The character development made me really get into the skin of the people I met. The narrator enhanced the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1129)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "AUTHOR WANDERS AIMLESSLY"
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    Baldacci, who usually writes great books, wrote a book this time that wanders endlessly and should have ended 50 chapters before it did. I was disappointed with what we in the military call the lack of the 7 P's: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. The narration, however, was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sailors' Yarns: Stories of Sea Dogs and Shipwrecks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A splendid collection of seafarers' tales. "Choice Spirits", by W. W. Jacobs; "A Descent into the Maelström", by Edgar Allan Poe; "Pickled Herring", by W. W. Jacobs; "The Secret Sharer", by Joseph Conrad; "Mixed Relations", by W. W. Jacobs; "The Upper Berth", by F. Marion Crawford; "The Finest Story in the World", by Rudyard Kipling; and many more.

    Spencer says: "A poor mix of mundane tales"
    "Reader Ruined It"
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    It hurt to hear the reader destroy these ancient, wonderful stories. She murdered them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Every Combat Vet Needs To Read This Book"
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    A great essay on what it means to be shot at and to shoot back. My only complaint was that it tended to be a bit long, but it was a great read. I would like to meet the author and shake his hand.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Jack says: "Most Exciting Mystery Ever"
    "Most Exciting Mystery Ever"
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    The author has woven a wonderfully exciting story into the excitement of hurricane Katrina.
    A heart-stopper.
    Don't miss it!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (615)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Wonderful Way to Learn History"
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    This book is almost like being there. The prelude to the battle - which is, of course, fiction - is wonderful. Great read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (567)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Who is a Navy Seal?"
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    A great, exciting read! A MUST read for anyone who thinks they might want to be a Seal. A nice peak into the mind of patriotic youth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3602)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2521)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Wonderful, Stirring Story"
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    This book should have been a seven star except that the author allowed too much meandering of the mind of the main character in dealing with his current life. that part did not relate to the story. The story itself was SUPER. Flaws and all. A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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