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Tim

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  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Better Short Stories from SK"
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    From a constant reader of Stephen King (I have read all of King's/Bachman's books up to date), King's best work is not his short stories because there is not enough pages/audio for classic Stephen King's character development.

    Mile 81 is just okay. If you are looking for a darker and more gore, check out, "The Breathing Method" and "Survivor Type".

    The Breathing Method can be found in Different Seasons (4 novellas).

    Survivor Type is in Skeleton Crew (22 short stories).

    These are better short stories from SK.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Sutter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

    Jean says: "What a beautiful plane"
    "747"
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    I'm not into aviation, but if you are going overseas, you will most likely be traveling on a "747." Very interesting story how the aircraft became about. The book reads more like an autobiography for Joe Sutter. He was the head engineer for the aircraft at Boeing. 747 changed how we fly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ben Urwand
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    To continue doing business in Germany, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films attacking Nazis or condemning persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals this collaboration and the cast of characters it drew in, ranging from Goebbels to Louis B. Mayer. At the center was Hitler himself - obsessed with movies and their power to shape public opinion.

    M. S. Cohen says: "Making mountains out of molehills"
    "Poorly Bounded"
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    I always learn something new when I read about Hitler, but Ben Urwand tries too hard in "The Collaboration." Hitler's links to Hollywood over one reel, (All Quiet on the Western Front) was a bit of a stretch for a book. The author just tries too hard on hot Hitler had a strong hold on Hollywood.

    After a while, I lost interest in the book because I couldn't connect the dots. It's an interesting subject, but not well explain. This book is poorly bounded with loose information. It lacks in structure.

    The subject needs to be redone by an historian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (184)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Where is the F Bomb?"
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    I was looking forwarding at reading "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck" because I am human and I use the F word when I'm frustrated, happy, or sad, but I couldn't stop swearing as I listen to Amy Alkon ongoing rants. She is just a complainer. Do's and Don'ts. After a while, I found her rules to be nonsense. F*ck, this book was just bad. Can't believe that she got popular from her Ask Amy columns. Her humor supposed to be funny, but I found this book to be annoying. Not my kind of read at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Amanda says: "Diane Disney"
    "Disappointing Ride"
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    The biography on "Walt Disney" by Neal Gabler is tedious, dull, and boring. I was expecting more of Mr. Disney's life and the magic kingdom, but too much detail on the business, going broke, and the making of Snow White. I almost couldn't finish this book because there were too many footnotes after footnotes. I bought the wrong book because I learned nothing on the creator, other than being a tyrant. It was like waiting in line and being disappointed with the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (813)

    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    sandy says: "I miss davina porter"
    "Why #8.5?"
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    I'm not sure why "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" is book #8.5 in the Outlander series. I understand that this is a short story about Roger's parents, but how come this novella was after "Written in My Own Heart's Blood?" #8 was publish in 2014 and #8.5 was published in 2012 after "An Echo in the Bone." I'm not sure on the numbering on this one. It doesn't make sense. Shouldn't the story of Roger's parents come before #8?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Similar Authors"
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    Don Winslow is a similar author to Johnny Shaw, but Winslow has less humor than Shaw. Due to the holidays, I couldn't devote my time with "The Winter of Frankie Machine.." I read this book in between meals, sports, naps, and talking to my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. I should read this book again to get the full scope of the San Diego, surfer, murder mystery. I read this one sporadically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4250)
    Performance
    (3961)
    Story
    (3945)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Bloody H. Christ, Good"
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    Over the last five months I've been consumed with the Outlander series. Ever since Audible had the first book as one of their Daily Deals, I've been addictive with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, and Frank. Now that I came to the end of the journey, I find myself going through withdraws and hope that the author will write just one more, #9 and hopefully #10. While we are at it, let's make it a baker's dozen, #13.

    In the meantime, I will try to listen to all of the novellas to keep the urge at bay. I've been told from my friends that the novellas are like Methadone for Diana Gabaldon addicts. I'm getting ready for daily meetings, my new sobriety birthday and rehab because this is one of the best series that I've listened to.

    "Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Moby)" is Bloody H. Christ, Good! I almost couldn't get through "An Echo of the Bones", but "Moby" just had it all for me. #8 and #3 (Voyager) are my favorite books in the series. They really stood out.

    I really enjoyed how Gabaldon introduced General Washington and General Lee during the Revolution War. The wedding night with Ian and Rachel is probably the best scene that I've listened to in my entire library. Auntie Claire giving Ian advice was classic, "Oh God." Very funny.

    Let's not forget the explanation about the time travel from Brianna, fire, deaths and finally, Claire facing her predator.

    I need to thank my friends for forcing me to read this series. We had many discussions in our book club with numerous theories on what will happen next. Perhaps, Diana Gabaldon will write another series with Jem and Mandy to get a childhood prospective of the stones? Or maybe Claire will time travel 60 years in the future and be apart of the Civil war?

    Whatever the next story might be, we don't want it to end at "Moby."

    It was a pleasure at listening to Davina Porter's performance. During the last four hours of #8, I put the audio back onto normal speed to save the last bits of words as long as possible.

    As I mention before, this is one of the best series that I have listened to and if Dr. Fraser was real, I would want her to be my PCP.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By P. D. Smith
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    For the first time in the history of our planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - is now living in cities. City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers - the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. It covers history, customs and language, districts, transport, money, work, shops and markets, and tourist sites, creating a fantastically detailed portrait of the city through history and into the future.

    john zaitz says: "Worth it"
    "Jumble Together"
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    The information that is presented in "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age" is jumble together. The author has no organization skills. The book jumps from topic to topic with no cohesiveness. I don't mind text book writing, but I would hate to see the index of this book because the audiobook wasn't well put together. I don't know what Peter D. Smith was thinking, but the information of the topic is so random, that you feel that you are playing Trivial Pursuit. Poorly written in all counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (661)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "Getting Ready for #8"
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    I think if I didn't read the last 7 books in the previous months, I would had appreciate "The Space Between" more, but I'm getting ready to start "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" very soon. So, I don't really have the excitement to wait for #8 to come out since its already published. There is a 5 year gap between "An Echo in the Bone" and this novella. I would had been ecstatic to get "The Space Between" if I needed to wait for Diana Gabaldon to continue on with Outlander, but I'm about to be caught up with the entire series within 6 months. Not too sure how important is #7.5 or Joan MacKimmie has any role in Moby. I give this one 3 stars because I like seeing Diana Gabaldon writing more side stories from Outlander.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nina Teicholz
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (230)

    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Ted says: "Great book. Challenges your belief system."
    "Fat, A Sin"
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    Finally, a book that support being carnivores and why we should eat meat, butter and cheese in our diets. I've read my fair share of books on modern dietaries and they all have something in common. Making fat to be a sin to our bodies and we should avoid eating meat. What they are purposing is not really viable for most of the world, especially under develop countries.

    For example, if you are under nutrition and offered a bowl of rice or a steak, which one would you pick? "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach."

    "The Big Fat Surprise" defends how we have eaten since the cavemen era. I haven't seen any illustrations of cavemen eating a salad. It's always been a meat bone in his hand and pulling his woman behind by her hair. Nina Teicholz also explains that there is little correlation of fat and diseases. Yes, any kinds of abundance can be bad for you, but research shows that a person's lifestyle plays a bigger role than what they consume.

    The argument of what is healthy will go on for ages. They will tell us that something is good for us today and then tomorrow, they will tell us something else. Tap water is way more beneficial to babies because of the minerals, but yet as the infant becomes a child, we give them bottle water.

    I don't understand why do we choose to deprive ourselves from fats. When did fat became a sin? It's refreshing to know that there are research out there that says fats are good. Also, eating beef in moderation is as healthy as forking a chef salad.

    Having fat in your diet has become a stigma of being unhealthy. Some people sees the act of eating to be an involuntary chore. While others sees food as a gathering and being enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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