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List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3899)
    Performance
    (2515)
    Story
    (2548)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Made me think about my own dreams not followed"
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    I was given this book as a gift. Because it falls under the category of a "Fable" with a hint of fantasy, I probably would not have got it for myself. I really liked this book through and through. It really made me stop and think about how I have let a busy life and possibly some fears stop me from pursuing things I want to accomplish - Not need to accomplish.

    Jeremy Irons was obviously Jeremy irons and told the story very well. It was a great story and I am glad I listened to it.

    J

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rules of Wolfe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Carlos Blake
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe clan of Texas outlaws, gun-runners, and bootleggers, which goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in the family's operations and eager to strike out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel run by the ruthless La Navaja. At a party thrown by La Navaja, Eddie falls for a beautiful woman named Miranda, whom he learns too late is the girlfriend of El Segundo, La Navaja's only living brother. When El Segundo finds Eddie and Miranda together, Eddie is forced to kill El Segundo, forcing the two young lovers to escape the cartel.

    John says: "This book had more promise than substance"
    "This book had more promise than substance"
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    I felt like I teetered on the edge of liking and not liking this book. I loved the idea overall - But the story to bring it together did not rock my world... I really liked David DeSantos overall but there were a couple of issues. Though his name sounds Latino - His voices for some of the Spanish characters were grating at times... His accents were too pronounced as if a Gringo was doing a Spanish accent. I only know a little Spanish - But it seemed some of his parts where Spanish was spoken - The sentence structure was more English than Spanish. I enjoyed his English parts very much. Especially Frank and his brother. He spoke with such ease that the voice alone drew me in. I made it through this book which says a lot. But I think a 3 star rating is very fair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (606)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    KC in Lexington says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "I think when purchasing this book - You should"
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    Think about this....
    ADAM LANZA - Fatally shoots 20 innocent children and 6 workers in 2012
    COLUMBINE SHOOTING - 12 Students and 1 Teacher killed
    JAYLEN FRYBERG - 2014 5 kids shot & 3 died

    There are more - look them up.... It's only getting worse. my political inclinations are neither hard left or right. I just have a brain and can see how society is excusing the actions of people killing people because they were picked on or embarrassed. It's only getting worse & It's the thinking in this book that is taking it there. The justification of the sissaffication of American and their children continues.... Keep letting your kids talk back to you parents > Because you want your kids to be free thinkers, and teachers don't grade with a red marker because you don't want to embarrass these poor kids. PLEASE.....

    Thanks Dad for caring enough to cuff me upside my head when I acted up. Thanks Mom for the fly swatter on my butt because I didn't listen to you. It made me a better man. This country is doomed with the mentality presented in this book.

    I looked up Sandra brown because I thought she couldn't have children and write this book. I cannot find that she does. That makes sense. If she had to go to the school and find her child was killed by some bratt with a gun. - I wonder if she would adopt the poor misunderstood kid that did the shooting.

    I know know this book is fiction. I know that I signed up for a mystery laced with erotosism. I didn't know I was going to be hit with an agenda that I despise.

    Take out the fact that before this turned into a "Lets all cry for the kid that shot 8 or 9 people because he was picked on story" - It was o.k.

    I am not as angry as I am disgusted

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9256)
    Performance
    (8336)
    Story
    (8344)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "It started off good.... But then"
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    I looked at a ton of reviews and I thought I should give it a try. By the time I was a few hours in - I thought I made the right choice & was calling everyone that gave a bad review crazy. I thought they were beating John Grisham up because it wasn't 'A time to kill' - After 'The innocent Man' I thought I was done with John Grisham, but I was swayed by reviewers for this book. Let me say that Michael Beck was awesome! He was the Only reason I hung in... I was ready to turn off after 3/4ths of the book - But I already invested 17hrs.... The problem with writers of Grishams intelligence and ability in my opinion - Is that they must think we are all dumb - Or he would have made this book smarter. I'm just a pool guy from Sarasota Fl and I'm pretty sure I could give Jake (The main character) a run for his money in a court room. I think John Grisham was so focused on the big suprise ending that he let the trial fall apart in a terrible way. I wouldn't want Jake as my lawyer. He folded like a lawn chair at every turn. I would have killed (Verbally) the suprise people that apposing counel brought in to testify. I would have murdered (Verbally) Seth's kids. I would have also pushed for the fact that 2 dying people leaving a care taker money wouldn't be strange - When they were the only ones taking care of the dying people... It would have been the only argument needed - And it was never brought up. Jake sucked as an attorney and the drunk guy in the story did save his case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3203)
    Performance
    (2900)
    Story
    (2892)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Thank you for your service, but not for this book"
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    I get that a lot of people will hit the 'no' button when asked if this review was helpful, but somebody has to tell the truth. I believe that the majority of reviewers are proud Americans with a 'Let's kill all the Hajjis' type of mentality. Which I understand and can appreciate on certain levels. 3 Stars is actually kind though with respect to this book... Obviously we are swayed by the sacrifices of Americans that defend this great country. Even with Scott McEwan in the middle driver's seat - This book was only listenable to those who discount writing in order to praise heroics. They are not the same thing. I realized going in that this wouldn't be like listening to "Sniper Elite" by Scott McEwan... But I was hoping for something much better then this. The Story was very - Start/Stop. It had a very Po dunk sort of feel to it - Like a good ole boy attitude would put us on a level playing field. It seemed like the musings of someone, who took time to make a pseudo diary. Not a Diary like the "Notebook" mind you. It was also very opinionated in a way I couldn't relate to - Wether I agreed or not. I 'Could not' finish listening to this book after grinding my way through the first half. There was no continuing story line to follow, so I found it very hard to stay involved with this book on any level. Sorry for the non conformist attitude.

    For what its worth............ J






    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • House Blood: A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    In House Blood, Lawson introduces us to Orson Mulray, CEO of Mulray Pharma, a cold and calculating man obsessed with profit and prestige. Mulray believes he has discovered a drug that could prevent a previously incurable disease. It could be the salvation of millions of people and earn him billions of dollars. But the drug needs to be tested on human subjects, and Mulray needs more than blood samples - he needs autopsy results. When DeMarco is asked to look into the murder conviction of a lobbyist, he has other worries on his mind....

    John says: "Finally - A book I can write a positive review for"
    "Finally - A book I can write a positive review for"
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    I think forever ago I read one of Mike Lawson's first or second books & it was o.k but not memorable... I looked through all the reviews and decided to give book # 7 a chance. I'm glad I did. I like Joe Barrett and am most familiar with his work as the narrator for Brian Freeman's books. I think I enjoyed the book mostly for it's plausible story line & The fact that it did not have some over the top action hero doing things beyond their means. It's the very reason I like Joe DeMarco. I do wish Joe was a little more everything though... I wish Mike Lawson didn't paint him as some bumbling half lawyer skating by. I am listening to book 8 based off my experience with # 7 and Joe tried to pronounce anaphylatic shock and bumbled his way through the word and it surprised me that I could say it if not spell it & I am just a pool guy from Florida.. I'd really like to see a Joe DeMarco pick up where his dad left off and make him a hit man of sorts. Anyway - I liked the ending a lot and it brought the whole book together nicely. Audio books are one of the ways I cope with the daily grind & I am glad to have found this book in amoungst the pile of bad books I listened to lately.

    For what it's worth.... J


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Tomorrow: Victor the Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

    Kathryn says: "Continuous Action Without Feeling Forced"
    "You are all crazy - And here is why."
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    This is the problem with books that run in series, and people that fall in love with an Author and or the character. They can't differentiate between the good and the bad, and they will write reviews based off feelings based off past experiences... I liked the first 2 books - I really liked the 3rd... I didn't drink the Koolaid though - So I will say without a doubt - This book stunk. The only constantly good thing was Rob Shapiro. The Story line was horrible, and there was no suspense to it... The bad lady went through hell and back again to kill someone that didn't have a clue about anything. Really??? A S@#t load of mercenaries to find one girl....... Lets not leave out the fact that the dialog and interaction between our favorite assassin and the girl was terrible... So much about nothing... I wasn't drawn in or intrigued at any point in time. I hate to say it - Because I am Anti Grey Man - But this felt very similar to that kind of novel... No substance - No mystery - No quality assassin work. Also - Lets put an ad in the paper for the worlds top assassin - As anyone can find them... I'm telling you - If they left the country and hid in a cave like Osama did. I still had the feeling like they would get conveniently found. It's almost Voodoish anymore in some books. If you see a squirrel and a rabbit in the same day - Then they must be in hidding in the hotel across the street... I purchased this book based off my past experiences. I wrote this review based off my current experience.

    For what it's worth... J

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ward Larsen
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    David Slaton has a good life. He has a new wife and a house in the Virginia suburbs. But he also has a dark past. Slaton is a former kidon, the most lethal Israeli assassin ever created. After decades of work, a brilliant scientist has taken Iran to the threshold of its dream - a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. Mossad must eliminate the man, but with a spy lurking high in its ranks there is only one option: bring back Slaton.

    John says: "I rely on audible reviews for my purchases"
    "I rely on audible reviews for my purchases"
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    My significant other laughs at me for being a review person.... I will read a ton of reviews before buying a audio book or I take a chance. I also feel responsible to write reviews based off the latter statement. This book had no audible reviews - So I took a chance.. The reviews that were available were based of book purchases and they were 50/50.. I love the occasional assassin book and decided to go for this one... Unfortunately I have to say that this Audio book was terrible. Luke Daniels has a great voice - But he butchered the accents and the pitches in his voice were grating.. If I were to write a book - I would hope that if I had a story line based off a persons of person from another country. I would find a narrator with some idea of an accent that made sense... I looked up Ward Larsen after listening to this book and what I believed holds true. He is the whitest man you will come across. I say that because it shows in the fact that Luke Daniels had the whitest voice for an Israeli Kidon you will ever hear.. It's hard to imagine a Mossad assassin when he sounds like an American white male....Not someone that lived in Israel for most of his life. Unfortunately a lot of narrators try to make this big gruff intimidating voice for tough guys and it is unnerving to me.. He also made this Israeli Kidon sound like he was in a constant state of anger and worry and that most definitely killed it for me... I imagine a Kidon being under constant control of his emotions. Not some guy that sounds like he took some uppers. The other accented voices were also bad, as they all had the tendency to high pitch at the end of every sentence as if to emphasize a point. If I wanted this audio book to be successful - I would take it off the market - Get the readers that wrote the House of Sand and fog and narrated it - Brilliantly by the way - And eat whatever you paid Luke Daniels - And re-release it after it was narrated again... If this book was o.k. - I would never know. The idea behind the story line seemed to have some promise - But getting there seemed very weak. . I honestly could not make it more than 2 hours in before quitting. It did not hold my interest on any level..

    For what it's worth. J

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joseph Teller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Harrison J. Walker - Jaywalker, to the world - is a frayed-at-the-edges defense attorney with a 90-percent acquittal rate, thanks to an obsessive streak a mile wide. But winning this case will take more than just dedication. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Estrada killed another boy after a fight over a girl: shot him point-blank between the eyes. No one disputes those facts. This kid is jammed up big-time, but almost unable to help himself. He's got the face of an angel but can hardly string together three words to explain what happened that day...yet he's determined to go to trial.

    John says: "Was this book good - Yes but........"
    "Was this book good - Yes but........"
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    It was also - God awful. That's my response to this idea that this is the best "yeah but" book ever. I will write this review without spoilers. You already have the premise in the book description. A kid was picked on and he killed the other kid. If you feel even slightly sympathetic toward the Columbine high school killers because they weren't accepted and picked on - Then this is your book. I am not sympathetic toward them. Just like the kid in this book - They weren't raped or tortured or any of the horrible things that might tip the scales into understanding why people justify the actions of some troubled kid. You're not a good parent if you aren't involved with your kids enough to know what's going on. Or you don't care enough. Or you stopped telling your kids no because you don't want them affected by negative responses. I can tell you that I wasn't the coolest kid in school & I got picked on - But I choose to do positive things. Not plot the death of other kids. Joseph Teller tried to indicate through Jaywalker - That we should feel ultimate empathy toward such an individual. What number of people killed do we stop being empathetic - If 1 is o.k. - How about 3? Do we stop when they become a serial killer? Even if this book wasn't so sad - On a moral level. It was horribly written. You ever listen to a really good joke - But it took like 5 minutes to tell and by the end it - It got awkward because the punchline was so far away. This is that joke - Except - It's not a good one.... This book was sooooo drawn out. Maybe like this review LOL. Wrapping up - The main character Jaywalker was not even close to being as funny as he thought he was. He was very effeminate at times. I don't know who he's trying to relate to - But as a man - It wasn't me & I can cry with the best of them.

    For what it's worth - J

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Bonds: Jason Stafford, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By John Beford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    William von Becker ran one of the largest privately held investment banks in North America, until the bottom fell out, and the whole edifice was demonstrated to be a fraud. After von Becker dies in prison, financial investigator Jason Stafford is hired by his family. There is still a lot of missing money out there, he's told, and they want Stafford to find it before the Feds do - and certain other parties, some of whom are nowhere near as scrupulous in their methods. Bad things start happening to the people Stafford talks to. Soon bad things are happening to him as well.

    Ted says: "Way Beyond Terrific! But Read 'Black Fridays' 1st"
    "Not as good as the first"
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    I think Michael Sears is a really good writer. The narrator was good - But I liked the previous narrator in book one better - Or at least - I already have the first narrator in my head - So it is hard to say. This book was somewhere between o.k. & good. There were a lot of balls being juggled in this book and it was hard to stay focussed on all the players. I have three sons and a daughter - So when I hear Jason say "My beautiful son" It weirds me out a little. My boys are good looking - My daughter is beautiful - I think he tries to hard with the whole kid story to make us feel a connection. Michael is a very smart writer & I hope he takes his time and writes another good book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Full Assault Mode: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    When SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden, they pulled a treasure trove of intelligence on planned attacks on U.S. soil. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's new leader, is activating his most trusted (and deadliest) terrorists to carry out his newest plot: to detonate a bomb inside one of the 64 commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. in an attack 10 times worse than 9/11, causing radiological fallout that would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Americans.

    John says: "Fall from grace"
    "Fall from grace"
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    Though this book started off with some promise - By the middle I was ready to delete from my library. This was a full assault on my brain in general. Note to author - Please stop inserting a dialog about who Kolt Raynor is supposed to be in the beginning of the book. I know that Kolt is not real - You telling me about why you created him and what I am supposed to think about him - Is like telling me this guy is totally make believe. Don't tell me how good the chocolate is. Just give me a piece & I determine how good it is on my own. Kolt's internal dialog and moral dilema's have to go as well. I listened to the first two novels & I thought the 2nd was better than the first. When the 3rd installment came out - I thought "Great" but I also thought it was quick. This story line confirmed the latter. You want to know how i know this guy isn't Mitch Rapp like some would think - Mitch would have killed and mamed whoever to get to Hawk. The suicide mission was weird. Shot - Radiactive water - Semi drowning - Fake bombs - Mass execution to insert a player. Are we still in something that isn't science fiction? A good friend - I.E. Publisher/Editor if they read this should have told you what I'm about to tell you. This book stunk. Sorry man

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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