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Visalia, CA, United States

  • 9 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 805 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"

    This book is so interesting and full of history. I highly recommend it, and was one of those books that I had a hard time putting it down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "Non stop excitement"
    Where does The Bloomsday Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I couldn't put it down. I was actually starting with the last of the series. I enjoyed it so much, I went back and bought the other two. The narrator is the best I have ever heard in ten years with audible.

    What other book might you compare The Bloomsday Dead to and why?

    I've never read anything line this. It was so fast paced. It reminded me of Gone Girl in that you couldn't stop listening because every chapter had new adventures

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end with Bridget.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The way his relationship with Scottie turned out

    Any additional comments?

    Read all three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    This New York Times best seller is the compelling chronicle of a nation during a time of incredible change. With detail and drama, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin expertly reveals the importance of the Roosevelt White House in the great destiny of the United States. Ultimately, she creates an intimate portrait of the Roosevelts, fusing their human vitality with the monumental scale of domestic and foreign affairs during the Second World War.

    Don says: "Well Researched"

    This is the best book I have read or listened to in 60 years of reading. This book actually changed my life and my thinking and made me terrible sad that these two people are no longer leading our country.
    I now believe that Eleanor Roosevelt is the greatest Woman Leader of our time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie

    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"

    Unbelievably good. Once you start reading it, you can't put it down. Not recommended for Bush fans though or anyone else that thinks he was telling the truth this whole six years. The amazing thing about this book is that it appears to be non-partisan. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Isikoff, David Corn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell and then justify the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration.

    Steve says: "Reads like a thriller"

    If you want to learn the truth about Iraq and enjoy a book at the same time. Read this. It's excellent and gives the truth to what happened over there.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen DeYoung
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero, a beacon of wise leadership, and, according to polls, "the most trusted man in America". From his humble origins as the son of Jamaican immigrants, to the highest levels of government in four administrations, he helped guide the nation through some of its most heart-wrenching hours.

    Rami says: "Nice, informative, entertaining"

    This book is a wonderful lesson in history and what it takes to make a General in the military. Although I found it interesting, I was disappointed in the fact that there is no emotion to speak of. His children and family seem like they are in a back closet somewhere and not even a part of his life. His experience dealing with Bush and Rumsfield was particularly interesting to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

    Eric says: "Amazing Book"
    "Marley and Me"

    This book is excellent. The author writes with his whole heart and it's a laugh out loud experience. I loved it and was so sorry that it was over. If you love dogs, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife in front of him. His desire for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. But when a case triggers a connection to his wife's death, Alex may finally have a chance to catch the killer.

    Terri says: "I'm cross too"

    I believe I've read all of the books with Alex Cross as the main character and they are getting less interesting each time. This plot is ridiculously unbelievable as it has the worst villain ever. I hope we can get back to ordinary mysteries without the bizare nonsense. I really don't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

    Erik says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Truman (Unabridged)"

    After spending 40 hours listening to "No Ordinary Time", I expected the same kind of "can't put it down" reading. This book is so boring and the narrator makes it even worse. I listened as long as I could and then deleted it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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