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Steve

Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (4829)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2628)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Another Clancy Classic"
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    Clancy seems to have a finger on the international pulse between Washington, the clandestine services and our enemies abroad. I have to remind myself that this is fiction and it of course is, but either Clancy's imagination is just incredibly fertile or he has sources in key place that give him classified insights into the goings on around the world. I suspect its both. Regardless, he continues to give us a rocking good story with favorite old characters and new ones within the context of a plausible story line minus a few superhuman demonstrations....but after all it is fiction.

    Lou Diamond Phillips is the perfect reader and never misses the tone or the story and it's characters. He does "Russian", "English", and a variety other voices like.... a really accomplished actor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1065)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Established Rut of Literary Fiction"
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    I don't believe this is, as one reviewer suggested, an almost perfect novel. When edits so scour an ending as if the publisher just said "enough already", the reader is left with an unfinished and undigested meal. It does however imitate other "great" contemporary literary talent whose affinity for abrupt and blunt endings, is an art form

    Meyer is a gifted writer with perceptibly detailed research and character development. Yet, the hackneyed themes of America's (and the human race's) inglorious past, as if it is the only one we have, despairing lives, as if hope, possibility and redemption are literary evils, Nietzschean tragedy, as if futility and the willful directionless of the strong willed are the only ones who "inherit the earth" become so predictable as to be laughable, were the stories not so depressing.

    It's almost seems as if Meyer writes for a narrow audience of peers whose validation he will, I have no doubt, receive. I, for one, find these kinds of novels...a waste of talent and thus my time. As always, Will Patton is excellent, as are his fellow readers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (2289)
    Story
    (2296)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "One for the Generations!"
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    Few books have the interest holding capacity to warn future generations about that which has happened in the past as something that could again happen in the future without sounding apocryphal, banal and gloomy. As horrifying as Hitler's insidious reign was, more horrifying was the ease at which he was able to gain ascendancy within arguably one of the most literate and sophisticated cultures of Western Civilization:1920-1930 Germany. After reading this book, it put the tired political slogan "it's the economy stupid" in new light. Granted we do vote our pocketbooks, but we must never forget that is exactly what the German's of the 1930's did as well. When the primary desire of elections reflect purely economic security and stability, we then could fall into the same trap as the Germans a few generations ago. We could sacrifice all our liberty for a piece of bread. The indictment against the culture then was that they were willing to forego in an almost absentmindedness the learning, philosophy, culture and freedom earn by previous generations, for a short-lived and eventual economic mirage of stability and industry. The warning to us is that we must love liberty, freedom and be willing to pay the price for those precious virtues for ourselves and others or we risk becoming civilized, prosperous slaves, ultimately becoming inhumanly insensitive and numb to those deemed less desirable. What essentially is so poignant and frightening about Shires book is not about how evil the the Third Reich was--as true as that was-- but how "normal" the Germans that Hitler led were and in that normality could descend into cultural madness.

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