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Midland, TX, USA


  • The Good Guys

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Pistone, Bill Bonanno
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    Former head of the Bonnano crime family, Bill Bonnano, and former undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone (aka Donnie Brasco) have collaborated with David Fisher on a riveting thriller about organized crime.

    Reagan says: "Outstanding Inside Look"
    "Outstanding Inside Look"

    You feel as if you are right there with the mob or the FBI. The story is told in a unique two perspective way. You can probably read every other chapter and still enjoy the book but it's better to read the entire thing.

    It is interesting to read about events from the Cold War era since this book is told in the period of the mid to late 1980's.

    Only a couple of mistakes but I'm not sure if they are due to the reader or the author. In either case it isn't enough to take away from the book.

    If you are at all interested in mob culture or the FBI this is a great book. It doesn't hurt that it is written by two insiders. The Unabridged version is also better than the abridged since it is read by Stephen Hoye and not the authors. Hoye does a great job with the voices.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "Virtual Page Turner"

    Though Grisham admits he's a lawyer not a spy he does a good job in this book of making many of the things sound very real.

    I often find myself wishing Grisham would put epalogs at the end of his books and this one is no different. However, it's also fun to speculate about the ending on your own.

    Grisham also gets the battle between the FBI and CIA dead on and you can really imagine these two agencies going at each other.

    I started the book not liking the main character, but as the story unfolds you are an observer to an interesting change in the character as he realizes the hunter is the hunted.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "Get the Facts"

    This book sounds good, but once you start to read it you find something different.

    Anyone who does some basic research will find that several items in this book are out right illegal or are just flat dumb.

    The book promotes insider trading, something the Securities and Exchange Commission doesn't like, tax fraud, something the Internal Revenue Service doesn't like, and I am 99% sure the Federal Trade Commission would like to examine the truth in advertising statements for the book.

    What a sham...just plug the authors name into google and read away for more details.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Hartford, Connecticut, in the late 1940's a set of twins is parted at birth - not by accident. During the 1950s and 1960s, the two brothers grow up apart, following similar paths that take them in different directions. At various times in their lives, both men are confronted with challenges and obstacles, tragedy and betrayal, loss and hardship, before they both decide to run for governor, unaware they are brothers...

    Margaret Campbell says: "A Total Disappointment"
    "Sons of Fortune"

    I got this book purely for my own political interest.

    I mean think of it...two people who don't know they are twins run against one another for public office, and the ending would shock anyone even if you study politics.

    I found my self not really pulling for one character or another, but I did find several characters I was glad were the bad guys.

    If you love politics and enjoy great American dream stories then this is your book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this rousing novel, the action sweeps from the Oval Office to a Navy SEAL assault on a remote Indonesian Island, from the court-martial of an admiral to the impeachment hearings of a peacenik President.

    Anne says: "had to listen to it non stop"
    "Price of Power"

    This is a great book.

    I started out with giving the book a 5 but it only rates a three.

    The reason is not the reader, but the books dialog.

    There are times in this book where the characters don't seem they are as smart as they could be in their rolls.

    In addition parts of the book have just terrible choppy dialog. For example, early in the book you get the feeling that the characters just zone out at times...not something you expect from a Navy officer.

    Other than that this book has it all. A military assault, Congress showing some backbone, and one of the most explosive closing scenes I've read in a long time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Big Thing, 12-Month Subscription

    • NONE (57 mins)
    • By Dean Olsher

    The Next Big Thing may actually resemble a city or town near you: listeners find it a fascinating place to visit, full of little-known street corners, memorable characters, lively music, and original comedy. It's a program full of unusual sounds and memorable voices; a program in which well-known artists like Stanley Tucci and Suzanne Vega casually rub shoulders with subway strap hangers, park bench philosophers, street-corner humorists, and kids on the local basketball court.

    D. Littman says: "Nearly the best thing on the radio"
    "Great program, but..."

    This is a really great program with some good stories, but like many public radio programs it doesn't check its politics at the studio door.

    I have found some shows that do such as This American Life, but not this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Go Clancy"

    Clancy did it again.

    Every time I get a new book from him I tell myself I'm going to listen to the book in short intervals...Never happens.

    He writes that good. I like the details in this book.

    The issues with security Clancy raises are valid and I hope the DHS gets a copy.

    Twins with humor, and the narrator gives their voices that cool feel.

    The last scene really shows that Clancy has big plans for the younger Ryan.

    The next book will be just as good since the ending of this book screams sequel.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Apocalypse Dawn: Left Behind Military #1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mel Odom
    • Narrated By Steve Sever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a single cataclysmic moment, First Sergeant Samuel Adams "Goose" Gander finds himself center stage in the opening act of the Apocalypse. Goose and the men of the 75th Army Rangers fight to survive a massive attack on the Turkish-Syrian border. Battling his own failing faith, Goose prays for the lives of his men and the innocents who are caught in the rain of bullets and missiles.

    Jim says: "Adding Guts to the Glory"
    "Tom Clancy with a bible"

    From the openning scean to the final words this book is like reading a Tom Clancy book with bible prophacy tossed in.

    The way the characters react to the events around them is what you would expect of the military, and the events around the main characters wife will pull at your hart strings.

    If you're like me when listening to this book you better set aside a huge block of time because you wont be able to turn it off...and chances are you'll find yourself praying for the's that real.

    This narator is probably the best I've heard in a long time...that's why it feels so real.

    You'll be able to almost feel the grit on the faces of the Army Rangers in the Middle East, and at times you'll find yourself giving orders as if you were right there.

    Lastly, if you have not read the original Left Behind books I strongly encourage that as you will not understand the uses of some of the terms or characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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