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Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 125 ratings
  • 698 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Perfect example of a quality audible book."

    Simon Winchester presents us with an amazing story about a piece of history that I would have never considered interesting or significant. The accomplishment of the combined efforts of the two main characters Minor & Murray added to scores of other volunteers is one if not the greatest achievement in the history of the English language.

    The story is presented in a very logical yet unassuming manner, and maybe the perfect example of an audible book selection. The narrators voice is crisp, clear, and expressive.

    Listen, enjoy, and recommend to a friend.

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Jerry says: "Wasn't sure then was hooked"
    "Wasn't sure then was hooked"

    I was seeking a legal thriller from a new to me author. Now I am off to see what other books are available from John Hart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rusty Nailed: Cocktail, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith

    Playing house was never so much fun - or so confusing. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy-long hours to keep the interior design company running - especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

    Troublez4u says: "first walled now nailed?!?!?"
    "Drama drama drama -- and not the entertaining type"

    Really enjoyed Wall Banger, but this one only took the weaker elements and characters to continue the series. I will read book three since I already purchased. If not, this would be my last for the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Nocturne Part 2: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Jerry says: "Really enjoyed"
    "Really enjoyed"

    It's rare to have a nonfiction book that reads as comfortable as a story one would find in a fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Absolutely amazing w/ equally amazing performance"
    Where does The Winds of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Five of all time

    What other book might you compare The Winds of War to and why?

    I am really enjoying Ken Follett's Century trilogy, but this surpassed.

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

    I have not, but would rank him equal with Jon Lee

    Any additional comments?

    This is simply a must read. I switch between the kindle and audible copy (with some challenges) to enhance the experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "A good refresher"

    This work presents History in a conversational format. While I was expecting the information to include more anequdotal pieces, the author addresses many of the simple questions about American history. This work dispells many of the Disney and storybook versions of history. Many of the other listeners have expressed their displeasure of a liberal slant to the book. I disagree. He is equally critical of both sides. If anything he gave a pass to the elder Bush by excluding the fact that Iraq invaded Kuwait only after the Bush administration told him in person that the US would not get involved in an Arab/Arab conflict.

    This is not the greatest historical work ever written, but it does a fine job of refreshing, reinforcing, and clarifying your current historical knowledge.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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