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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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  • The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (24)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide­spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate.

    Tad Davis says: "Nixon HAD no defense"
    "Nice Try"
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    I would not recommend this book unless the listener had a broad overview of the Watergate Saga. Without a broad overview, the listener is likely to be overwhelmed by the details. I lived through the sorry saga and thus had a framework for placing the details in perspective.

    I believe that John Dean has performed a valuable service by transcribing the tapes. I hope that his efforts are rewarded by interested readers. I first learned of the book through an NPR interview of the author.

    3 of 4 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
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    Wanda says: "Wow, read this only if details does not annoy you."
    "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
    (775)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (726)

    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
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
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    (31)

    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Exposure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (319)

    The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

    Joanna says: "Interesting Story Ruined by Narrator"
    "Very Late Exposure"
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    I have enjoyed Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta Series for a number of years. Cornwell's is a good story teller. I didn't find the narrator as bad as some reviewers. I thought that she did an excellent job with Morino.

    Although I found this to be a good part of the Scarpetto series, I was disappointed that there would have been no way for the reader to solve the mystery before the end. The clues didn't add up to anyone we had been introduced to.

    One final thought, despite the fact Scarpetta is billed as a Medical Examiner, I find her to be more of a detective than would be true of most Medical Examiners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7088)
    Performance
    (3491)
    Story
    (3546)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Not for Me"
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    I started this book twice and fell asleep both times. Too boring for my tastes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "Religion Gone Wild"
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    During the first half of the story, I was unsure where it was headed. The ending did a good job of clarifying everything. The story is a bit fanciful, but still interesting. This is my first book by this author.. Plan to try one more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (302)

    One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future.

    Kurt says: "Inspired"
    "Hope for the Impossible"
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    This book isn't for everyone, but is well worth the effort for those who find the challenges of Theoretical Physics interesting. The book provides a good summary of the topic, with an avenue for the hope of future inquiry. This is my second book by this author and I find his presentations clearly explained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (515)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "SILENT WEIGHT"
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    I found this book to be very entertaining. I usually don't care for books where the story is told through more than one person, but I found that it worked well in this case. I especially liked the way the story unfolded. I would try another of Heather's books. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1900)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1173)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Klassic Koontz"
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    A good mixture of mystery and magic. Just what Dean Koontz is noted for. Not as good as Mr Murder, but an interesting listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    Dan says: "Amazing Book.."
    "Izzy Brings Restfulness"
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    I wasn't expecting much from this book. I had purchased it as a daily special. I found the book very moving. Most of it is the story of Izzy, a Hospice dog and the comfort such a dog can bestow upon the terminally ill.

    The author, Jon Katz has a unique gift for telling the story and communicating the emotional bond between humans and animals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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