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Lowell

Augusta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 142 titles in library
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  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Diana B. Henriques
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

    Reed says: "The second act is just as interesting as the first"
    "Bernie Madoff Revealed"
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    Diana Henriques exhaustive research paid off in learning almost step by step how Madoff pulled off one of the biggest financial Ponzi schemes in the history of the U.S. It is unbelievable how much money Madoff and his "feeders" made and how many people and institutions were affected and wiped out.

    This is a long term read and at times confusing, but overall a terrific learning experience of what not to do with financial advisers and secret tips.

    Lowell

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Donovan
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    In June 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn", George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility.

    Hika says: "Very well done"
    "A Terrible Glory Will Haunt you."
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    James Donovan has written one of the most graphic pages of a war with Indians. At one point tears came to my eyes at the slaughter we go through. The real point is whether Custer was guilty of malfeasance or was he deserted by fearfull generals. The reader can decide for him or her self. I took the book out of the library to get maps to follow the battles. Unfortunately they were few and far between. As I said , the battles and slaughter will haunt you long after you finish it. The reader, James Boles, is is outstanding.

    LMG

    0 of 0 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
    (9288)
    Performance
    (8367)
    Story
    (8375)

    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)"
    "Grisham scores with interesting story"
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    This is a very good listen. Kept me busy on plane to and from destination. The reader is terrific and you can't believe all the voices he accomplished. Ending is a little hollywood but satisfying. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (567)

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

    Jon says: "Bosch again"
    "Harry Bosch is not at his best"
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    The story does not end well. More like a cliffhanger in the movies. We know the killer from the start and how to catch him is the story. Also several arrows at the FBI. Just disappointed me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Richard Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

    Paula says: "Great book, greatly narrated"
    "Plenty of Blood & Guts"
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    March,the father of the "Little Women" relates many horror stories about slavery and the total disgusting actions of deserters who refused to believe the Civil War was over I was mixed up when he was home or on the road. I was not a happy listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5256)
    Performance
    (4450)
    Story
    (4463)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Another winner for Ken Follet Fans"
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    Follet continues to educate the listener about world wars and the inner circles of decision making along with strong loves and failures. I recommend it certainly after reading Fall of Giants. The fears and problems of living in dictatorships is sharply drawn and makes one shutter at the reality he draws. Well done Mr. Follett

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8548)
    Performance
    (5221)
    Story
    (5212)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Historical novel that makes you listen"
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    Finished listening in record time. Follet uses a technique putting you in history whether or not the scenes are true. The endings are somewhat contrived but I am downloading his second pronto.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2606)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Harry Bosch does it big time!!"
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    We listened over 2000 miles to this great story. Michael Connerly keeps you in suspense for hours with his great writing and very believable story. Don't miss this great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1211)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "A Great Book about A Great Man"
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    Cheers to Ron Chernow who fascinated me for a two month listening period and made me understand how great a figure in American history was George Washington. His description of Washington's rise to head the Continental Army and his bravery and loyalty to his rag tag army is spectacular. The description of the Continental Congress as it lurched toward democracy is so well told. The infighting of the colonial politicians is as bad as the current status. When a well known cabinet member refused to go to Washington's funeral you understand what when on. Five Stars all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he's honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can - even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic Tom Clancy"
    "Shoot Em Up in Russia"
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    This is good for a TV movie full of guns and exciting explosians and terrorists and mssiles in Russia of all places. John Clark is the new Superman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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