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Richard

Kingsport, TN, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4402)
    Performance
    (3890)
    Story
    (3891)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "One of the best books in 10 years"
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    I've been an audible listener for about 10 years now and think book is one of the best, if not the best, book I've listened to. I knew nothing about crew rowing when I started this book. By the end I had learned a great deal about the sport, the history, and most of all the 9 men in the boat. When I finished it this evening and came in to tell my wife about it I became emotional. That was a first for me. When I reached the end of the book it was like I had lost 9 close personal friends. The book was excellent and the narrator was one of my favorites. For the first time, I am tempted to start the book over and listen again. It was that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9362)
    Performance
    (8154)
    Story
    (8175)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Great story painted by words"
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    I've been an audible listener for many years listening to a book a month. This is one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in a long time. The author can paint mental pictures with careful selection of words and phrases. The story comes alive and is a joy to listen to.

    The only thing I didn't like is the way the story jumps back and forth in time. This is not a book you can casually listen to. If you zone out for a little while you won't know what year it is.

    I look forward to more books by Doerr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Richard says: "Just wish it was longer"
    "Just wish it was longer"
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    As a fan of the Camel Club series I enjoyed the book and Ron McLarty's reading. Cassidy was OK but her acent was way too southern for West Virginia. Sounded more like Mississippi. I don't care much for the sound effects or background music.

    The story could easily have been another Cameal Club book so if you like that series you will like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4195)
    Performance
    (2598)
    Story
    (2636)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this book because I have enjoyed Larry Niven's other books, but this one just seemed to wander around a bit. I knew it was a bit dated when I got it and I was able to get around the the 20th century technology. In the end it just kind of fizzled. I didn't realize I had reached the end of the book until I heard "epilogue". I was thinking these was another part to go.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow of the South: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Hicks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (53)

    In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company...and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years before, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and reburied them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met on the day of the battle that changed everything.

    Joyce says: "Best Yet"
    "Not what I expected, but better!"
    Overall

    I thought I was getting a novel about The Battle of Franklin. What I got was a compelling novel that describes the lives of the individuals and families just before, during and years after the battle. This was a very enjoyable book. I especially liked the multiple readers reading the different characters.

    Now that I've finished the book I want to go visit Franklin, TN and places where this story came from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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