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Shane

Smiths Falls, ON, Canada

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  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (524)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Fascinating premise"
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    A very clever premise - dedicated detective pursuing a murder case during the last days of life on earth. The murder mystery could have been better constructed...for me it was the protagonist's interaction with others as the society crumbles around him that elevated this book beyond average.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (947)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Holds your attention"
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    A solid police/mystery with the added benefit of reliving 20th century life in a small southern US town. The three "chiefs" are well written characters and the mystery that extends across their respective tenures is gripping. I thought the narration was well-suited to the story and an added bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2870)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Exploring the human character"
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    I enjoyed the writing, the story and the performance in almost equal measure. A section of the book dragged somewhat and seemed out of place (I won't say which to avoid a spoiler) but the book was well worth the listen. I thought the author did an excellent job of teasing out the story of Harold's relationships and portraying how we all suppress "unpleasantness" in our lives. It was also genuinely touching without being maudlin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Birds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    "The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

    Buzz says: "Sad and Unforgettable"
    "Would have made a good short story"
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    I found the author's multiplicity and overuse of adverbs and adjectives draining and felt like his editor has stretched a good short story or novella into a "book". I also don't agree with the high ratings if this book is compared to some of the true classics of both fiction and non-fiction in this genre. (War by Sebastian Junger, Blackhawk Down, Matterhorn, The Things They Carried, Unbroken, The Thin Red Line, Das Boot)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2373)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2225)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Disappointing"
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    Even with help, the author is simply not a good writer. Its an interesting story, and I acknowledge that good non-fiction, first person war books are relatively rare, but The Forever War, Blackhawk Down, War (Sebastian Junger) show that it can be done. I almost stopped listening after the author states "I am not a political person"...after canonizing Donald Rumsfeld and GWB...using the word "liberal" like a Fox News Anchor...and concluding that empty truck boxes equal evidence of WMD's. I wish the author had left out the politics and told the story which I did find interesting and worthy of being told. Brave men doing an amazing job. Have to say however that, despite the author's views, I still concluded that we shouldn't simply eliminate the Rules of Engagement and trust in the judgment of 18-24 year olds in knowing the good guys from the bad guys and the best way to deal with them. History (including the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan) is replete with examples of that thinking causing the death of far more innocents than it saved, and I would have thought a student of military history (which the author seems to be) would acknowledge that fact.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4283)
    Performance
    (3685)
    Story
    (3664)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Average and becoming repetitive"
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    I was an early fan of Vince Flynn's American Assassin series, and I enjoyed the development of his characters, particularly Mitch Rapp. But like virtually all writers who enjoy success, particularly in the sic-fi/fantasy and mystery/thriller genres, Mr. Flynn has been tempted to beat this horse beyond death and is turning a great idea into an increasingly average series as it drags on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (957)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Historical Non-Fiction at its best"
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    If history were taught via stories like this...it would be every student's favourite subject. I flew through this book. What an epic adventure story, and a fascinating snapshot of a period of history that I was not all that familiar with. The insight into Teddy Roosevelt's character was enlightening - his honour, thirst for adventure, stubbornness and genuine interest in the natural world--all rolled into one dynamic package. Also, the description of his travel companions and the way men of various characters responded when placed in mortal danger was gripping. One of my favourite Audible books so far.

    1 of 1 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
    (7450)
    Performance
    (3830)
    Story
    (3888)

    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!"
    "Never grabbed me"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or George Guidall?

    I've read many of his books, and will certainly read more, but this is certainly one of my least favourite


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    I just could not get engaged by the characters or the story...the "mysticism" seemed only to get in the way of what might have been a good story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I know the book has had good reviews from others, but I think it is overrated.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit for the Green Mile or Under the Dome or It

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1285)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Too much flag waving...."
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    Would you try another book from Ben Coes and/or Peter Hermann?

    I'm on the fence...a good fast paced plot with a strong protagonist who could rival Mitch Rapp as the key character in an ongoing series of books - but for readers (like me) outside the US, maybe tone down the flag waving a little. Yes, Dewey is proud to be an American and a veteran, but it seemed a little over the top to me at times. And I could have done without the Mitt Romney interview at the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Down?

    The lead up to the destruction of the Savage Island Dam and the oil rig were riveting.


    What three words best describe Peter Hermann’s performance?

    Channelling Clint Eastwood


    Any additional comments?

    A good summer read...great plot and story line...but the writer's "craft" needs some work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18698)
    Performance
    (16644)
    Story
    (16606)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Solid, Not Spectacular"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A worthy addition to the time travel genre, and I enjoyed the history aspect of 1960's Dallas,Tx. The narration was good and did not detract from the story, which I like. And it was clever for King to suggest a less than happy ending if JFK had not been assassinated....but I found the "alternate history" if JFK survived to be too dark to be believable, and the story started to lose me at that point.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was a classic "everyman" who King often puts to good use in his story telling.


    Could you see 11-22-63 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes to a TV series or movie, with a young Tom Hanks (as per The Green Mile) as the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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