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RKonklinjr

Language Arts teacher

Saginaw, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "Enntertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Code of the Woosters?

    Jeeves' mastery of his


    Would you recommend The Code of the Woosters to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's excellent spoof of the English aristocracy.


    What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

    The subtle shifts in accent and dialect from character to character.


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

    It was funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Jeff says: "DROP JAW AMAZING!!"
    "Dull and plodding, but informative."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It seemed for too many of its early hour an extensive and dull history of the Senate, offering little mention or insight into the character of Lyndon Johnson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The crafty political machinations of Johnson as a manipulator/legislator.


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

    Unimpassionately matter of fact


    Was Master of the Senate worth the listening time?

    Only the last half. The first part was a dull history of the Senate that as a preface to Johnson's time in the Senate was left unconnected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Wanted Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.

    S. Lev-Ami says: "Le Carre's Back!"
    "Too complicated for ears only"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Roger Rees?

    No


    Has A Most Wanted Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll read LeCarre and perhaps listen to a LeCarre read book, but no time soon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene with the American agents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was happy to be done with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Boy Brawly Brown: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By M. E. Willis
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles. But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes. When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easy's help, he finds he can't refuse. Bad Boy Brawly Brown is the masterful crime novel that Walter Mosley's legions of fans have been waiting for. This book marks the return of a master at the top of his form.

    Rosalyne says: "Mazing"
    "Easy gone queasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. It's still a good mystery read and a story told from an off the mainstream point of view.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Mosley again?

    Yes.


    Did M. E. Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I didn't particularly care for some of the dialect used, but overall it was professionally acquitted.


    Could you see Bad Boy Brawly Brown being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only if Denzel Washington could be persuaded to reprise the lead role in a story that is not nearly as strong as his role in


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (708)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Requires serious suspension of disbelief."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Fiction based so heavily on actual events bears a tremendous storytelling burden in that the reader can't help but allow his own learned views to be placed in juxtaposition with the writer's reality.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The very idea of the Commonwealth's existence alongside the government's tangle of secret agencies created a semi-believable situation, but the action dragged throughout from lack of feasible or resolvable conflict, an absence replaced by an unending series of fantastical feats.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The descriptions of the Commonwealth's fictional part in every presidential assassination plot was more of a stretch for me than Superman turning time back by flying faster than the speed of light in the opposite direction of the earth's . . .


    Could you see The Jefferson Key being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I think I'd be disappointed in the tedium of the plot, but perhaps the writer added all the James Bondlike action with the movies in mind. It probably would make a much better movie than book, especially with all the sexy female agents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (951)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Fascinating narrative"
    Overall
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moneyball?

    The author's description of the definitive season in which the American leagues teams finished in the inverse order of the teams' payroll expense, clearly providing what should have been a change in baseball management that a decade later appears only to have been embraced by less than half of major league baseball.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The playoff game descriptions in which the element of


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

    No, it was extremely interesting to find a new explanation of a phenomena previously thought to be fully and thoroughly parsed on a daily basis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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