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Ray

Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

West Deptford, NJ, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "Author on a Shrink's Sofa"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps people who didn't know most of the story ahead of time.


    Would you recommend Blood Will Out to your friends? Why or why not?

    I doubt that most of my friends would enjoy the presumptuous writing style.


    What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s voice?

    Pedestrian, Acceptable, Monotonous.


    What character would you cut from Blood Will Out?

    The book is too much about the author, Walter Kern, and not enough about the imposter Clark Rockefeller,


    Any additional comments?

    The narrative jumps around too much. Unfortunately I had heard an interview about the book on NPR. The interview was well done, but the book didn't live up to my expectations.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (697)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "NO WITCHES, BUT MUCH MORE"
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    Story

    Zombies and The Walking Dead aren't of much interest to me, but Stephen King's superior descriptive vocabulary made the book a great listen. The more I listen to King's books, the more impressed I have become. He is an excellent story teller and this book is no exception to that standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Pat says: "Southern accents are best left to Southerners..."
    "SEXY MIA"
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    I have liked the books by Greg Iles for some time and this book was no disappointment. The twists and turns keep the story riveting. I strongly recommend a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cracked.com
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    You're going to wish you never got this audiobook. Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in. Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

    bookouri says: "just plain funny"
    "This Book is a Zombie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some interesting facts, but most of less consequence than the book claims. Not worth the time. Can hardly call it a story, more a collection of vaguely interesting facts.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios’ control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy - hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too "un-American" in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew?

    Robert says: "Had a lot of fun with this book!"
    "Hollywood Goes to war"
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    Story

    The book is well researched, but poorly organized, with too much detail. I had trouble getting through it. Would have no interest in a second listen. Narrator does an adequate job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (585)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "DID TIME BEGIN OR IS IT INFINITE?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good summary of the attempt to reconcile the Quantum and Gravety theories. A bit deep for the non-scientist. Still, worth a listen to get a good overview. Real versus imaginary time a little confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (657)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "LESS MUSINGS, MORE LAW"
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    I strongly disagree with some of the rave reviews of this book. This is more of a psychological analysis of an Italian lawyer than it is about a murder case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marja Mills
    • Narrated By Amy Lynn Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one of the best-loved novels of the 20th century. But for the last 50 years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills.

    Richard says: "Story has nothing new to say about Harper Lee"
    "SMALL TOWN SOUTH"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good account oh Nell Harper Lee and her older sister, Alice. Doesn't concentrate on the book as much asI had expected. Provides a good look at a small Southern town and the social arrangements that exist there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Pelonero
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Written in a flowing narrative style, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences presents the story of the horrific and infamous murder of Kitty Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York in 1964. The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid or even call police until after the killer had fled.

    Linda Lou says: "EXCEPTIONAL TRUE CRIME BOOK"
    "SAD SAGA"
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    i remember this incident when it happened. It certainly gave a "black-eye" to Queens. The book is well researched but poorly organized. There is too much repetition of facts. Better organization and presentation of those facts would have been appreciated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (928)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "As Good asIt Gets"
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    This book is a classic. One of the great American novels. It resonates each time I explore it. Have lost track of the number or reads. This is my first listen and I wasn't disappointed. One of the few books that I will likely have multiple listens. Nuff said!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Paul Stevens
    • Narrated By Daniel Hagen
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second-longest-serving Justice in the history of the Supreme Court. Now he draws upon his more than three decades on the Court, during which he was involved with many of the defining decisions of the modern era, to offer a book like none other. Six Amendments is an absolutely unprecedented call to arms, detailing six specific ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens.

    Ray says: "Makes a Strong Case"
    "Makes a Strong Case"
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    I enjoyed the book, but believe that I might have been able to follow it better in written rather than audio format. I found the book to be well reasoned and well researched. I benefitted from having some understanding of Constitutional Law. Perhaps I am prejudiced since I usually agreed with Judge Stevens when he was on the bench.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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