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Bongoman

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  • 95 reviews
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  • 296 titles in library
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  • The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
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    (147)
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    (144)

    Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.

    Linda says: "Excellent plot"
    "To many "Strasses"for me..."
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    This book had too many "Strasses" and not enough storyline... The writer without a doubt has talent, his characters are interesting, but he overdoes their portrayal. Where is the story, plot, the intrigue??? I found this book overdone in historical fact, to the point of repetitious boredom. I plowed halfway thru and just could not deal with another Strasse... Not my cup of tea... Look hard before you believe the hype...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    Overall
    (4452)
    Performance
    (2605)
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    (2605)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "2nd try, still could not finish."
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    I was in the Marine Corps from 1965 - 1969. this book just did not ring true to me, sorry. Vietnam was a fiasco but I believe certain failures of the leadership were exaggerated to make a political point. The race issue was also something that seemed exploited and exaggerated. The story dragged on, was way too long and repetitive at times. I just thought it was poor overall and don't agree with all the rave reviews... Semper Fi!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
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    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (407)

    This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

    Chris says: "Skintight"
    "A great break from the traditional..."
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    This is just another fun read by a talented author. Not a literary classic but a lighthearted romp thru the trials and tribulations of a great cast of characters. Put on your flip flops, get a Frozen Margarita, and lay back and enjoy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
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    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (221)
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    (222)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "Just OK..."
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    I finished this book and it left me feeling unsatisfied... The author's style may have had a lot to do with it, to melancholy for me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (581)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Great for what it is..."
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    What a pleasant surprise and lighthearted read!!! This was a great break away from the traditional mysteries and thrillers. A comical look at the sleaze bars, sleaze politicians, and the topless dancers who live in that world. At times you caught yourself laughing out loud and then empathy for the victims... I enjoyed this read and will find the time in the future to take another break from serious and somber world of the traditional thrillers... Recommend this book highly if you need a good summer read or a change of pace. Just don't take it too seriously. Go with it and enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
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    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Mediocre at best..."
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    I have had several urges to abandon this book in the first 200 pages... The author's style is IMHO disruptive to the flow of the plot.
    I feel as though I am reading a biography not a mystery/thriller. So far all we have in 200 pages is character development gone overboard! I keep on reading because of all the positive reviews, but so far I bored to death at the pace of this novel. My early opinion is this novel could of been 400 pages instead of 600 depending on the rest of the story... Not impressed!!!

    UPDATE... I can't take it anymore.... To much pointless narrative. Every time I think the author is going to NOW get to the meat he goes off on some tangent. Example some guy so terrified he craps his pants and gets an erection at the same time, explained to ad nauseam..... HUH!!! He over states 9/11, like we all don't know what that meant to us all. It seems to me he has an ideology he is trying to convey and spends too much of the narrative portraying his beliefs. The premise of the book held great promise but the authors style and poor editing make it a struggle to finish. The book could have been edited and the story tightened to a great novel of about 350 pages instead of the 600 pages of meaningless narrative. 240 pages to start of trite dialog, the never-ending,and unnecessary background. As one reviewer stated "But over 1,400 five star reviews? Easily explained. Green Acres and Gilligan's Island are still one of the most watched TV shows in history." I can't recommend this anyone...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Judi Pennington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    In this first novel by Agatha Christie, she introduces the inimitable Hercule Poirot, who would go on to appear in 33 Christie novels and 54 short stories. Outside of Sherlock Holmes and perhaps Philip Marlowe, he is the best-known detective in the history of the genre. The Mysterious Affair at Styles deals with the case of an old woman poisoned with strychnine for her money. Nothing is obvious, however, in the way Christie handles a plot.

    PAR-TEE says: "Not my cup of tea!!!"
    "Not my cup of tea!!!"
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    Did not care for the book... 3 stars to be fair as I believe it was just my taste in novels not the quality of the novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Colossus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldberg
    • Narrated By Molly Elston
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    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Nellie Bly arrives at age 24 in Manhattan, lacking connections and money, but blessed with an abundance of courage and a skill for reportage. Within ten months she lands two front-page stories on the country’s most widely-read newspaper, Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World.

    PAR-TEE says: "What a pleasant find...."
    "What a pleasant find...."
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    Really enjoyed this story. Historical fiction on Nelly Bly & Emma Lazarus. Well researched, well developed, and each chapter segued into the next creating an eagerness to continue and learn more. I highly recommend this book for those who have an interest in this period of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2272)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1483)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Superb....."
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    Great story.... Great characters... Twists that surprise.... Highly recommended!!!!

    If you are fan of mystery and police procedural, don't miss this one!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1066)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Great story..."
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    Another great story by the naster... Characters are so easy to relate to and empathize with....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (1401)
    Story
    (1395)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "Consistency the mark of a true champion..."
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    Harry Bosch just keeps getting better... Narration is great, story is great, twists are surprising. Highly recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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