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PAUL

my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

surprise, az, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 30 reviews
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  • 204 titles in library
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  • Blue Highways: A Journey into America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Least Heat-Moon
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

    Mr. says: "A new Mark Twain... this is a great book"
    "super look of rural america on back roads"
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    my son gave this book to me several years ago because he knew of my love of traveling on the back roads. the book was read and then placed on the shelf where it has been for several years. when i discovered that it was available in audio form, i immediately purchased, downloaded on my ipod and enjoyed it again during my daily walks. between the first read and the recently listened to version...it is interesting to note that i have also traveled on many of the same roads...not exactly the same results but interesting travels. if you like an off the beaten path look at america...put this book on your must read list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long March to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Thomas R. Hargrove
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Thomas Hargrove's Long March to Freedom is a record of his 11 months as a hostage of Colombian guerillas and was the basis for the recent movie hit Proof of Life that starred Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, and David Morse.

    PAUL says: "B-O-R-I-N-G"
    "B-O-R-I-N-G"
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    I'm really sorry that Mr. Hargrove was taken captive in Columbia for almost a year....but if what he suffered was as bad as it got.....well gee whiz....seems he was out of touch with society and didn't have enough blankets at night....I got really tired of his "diary" notes which kept telling us the time of day....fifteen-forty hours...ten-thirty hours...oh twenty two hours....oh well you get the picture....and his constant telling us of his daily meals which consisted of pasta, rice and beans...sometimes a piece of fish....boring...boring...boring....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Onion Field

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (245)

    Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

    Avalon says: "Haunting"
    "GREAT READ...."
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    I HAD NEVER HAD THE OCCASION TO READ THE BOOK BUT ONCE I STARTED IT WAS ONE YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN....THE DETAIL THAT WAMBAUGH GIVES ABOUT THE CHARACTERS IS OUTSTANDING...I SAW THE MOVIE(LONG AGO AND HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT) AND IT WAS OKAY BUT AS ALWAYS...YA JUST CAN'T BEAT THE ORIGINAL...GREAT READ.....I WALK A GREAT DEAL EVERY DAY AND IT IS A PERFECT TIME TO LISTEN TO A BOOK.....ONION FIELD MADE THE MILES FLY BY......HOORAY FOR THE BOOK AND THE EXTRA WALKING....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1821)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, 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.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Super follow up to Winds of War!!"
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    just a great culmination to one of the greatest wars ever fought. i walk a lot...(5-10 miles a day)...and listening to this book just made the miles fly by...if you are too young to remember much about the war...buy...listen...remember...you won't regret it.

    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
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2603)
    Story
    (2612)

    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"
    "World War II..."
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    it was a great tv/movie series and i had never read the book. when i found it, i added it to my collection of books to "read" while i walked my daily 5-8 mile walk....and the miles just flew by.....love...romance...war...mystery...it's all here. sometimes a bit too much information but only if taken out of context.....just listen to an excellent reading by Pariseau and let the miles roll by and the pages turn.

    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
    (10645)
    Performance
    (9559)
    Story
    (9566)

    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)"
    "Another GREAT Grisham book!!!"
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    as always...another great book from a super writer...purchase and enjoy...you won't regret it if you are a fan of southern legal-ism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Dodgers, and the Giants Ruled the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Roger Kahn
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Celebrated sports writer Roger Kahn casts his gaze on the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time when the game thrived as America's unrivaled national sport. The Era begins in 1947, with Jackie Robinson changing major league baseball forever by taking the field for the Dodgers. Dazzling, momentous events characterize the decade that followed....

    PAUL says: "A LOT OF BASEBALL HISTORY"
    "A LOT OF BASEBALL HISTORY"
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    I'm originally from Cincinnati and have been and always will be a "REDS" fan and rooter but this book was a great read of the history of the Dodgers and Giants and if you are a fan of either of these teams, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8419)
    Performance
    (7719)
    Story
    (7729)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Great Read....."
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    How can you go wrong with a "King" book.....good story....well paced...excellent read. I walk many miles every day and listening to a good audio book on my I pod makes the miles fly by....there were times when I reached the end of my scheduled walk...but i would do a bit more to see what was happening....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7893)
    Performance
    (3600)
    Story
    (3610)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "BOO...HISS...TERRIBLE"
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    I thought this would be a fun book...info like...why does yeast make bread rise...why do fish go belly up when they die...all of the silly misc. items that are found in a book like "bathroom trivia....BUT NO ALAS...this book is totally involved in atoms...neutrons...time...space...where we evolved from...and on and on and on.....I walk every day...5-8 miles...and a good book downloaded to my ipod make the miles fly by...this book made a walk around the block seem like a "Ultra-Marathon".....if you are looking for a fun book that tells you "The History of Nearly Everything...buy another book 'cause this one just isn't it.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Science

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Liebling
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    This collection of A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis' unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring.

    J says: "Too much on the fights, not enough on the fighters"
    "You better love boxing."
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    a sports writer here in phoenix stated this was one of the top 10 sport books that he had ever read. based on his recommendation i read the book. the book is well written and gives a great history of the art of boxing and ring fighting. i don't think it is one of the top 10 sport books ever written but it is worth the time to read and get an in depth look at this sport.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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