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Tracy L. Moss

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Riverview, FL USA | Member Since 2012

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  • I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Brandt
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    "I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.

    Grace Azul says: "Don't give up!"
    "Believable true crime if a little gratuitous"
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    I can say I believe I know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa now, so this book hits its mark. Scott Brick does a nice job of delivering the flavor of organized crime in America. If you keep in mind this book is told from the perspective of one man and isn't meant to be unbiased commentary on the merits of Jimmy Hoffa and the Labor Movement in America, you'll find this an interesting and disturbing account of the American underbelly. The second half become repetitive, but the epilogue adds value to the overall believablility of the tale and helps to remind the reader of the perspective issue. Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17889)
    Performance
    (15906)
    Story
    (15863)

    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"
    "Unnecessarily long and detailed"
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    What did you like best about 11-22-63? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept. I didn't like the overly detailed descriptions throughout the book intended to provide atmosphere. King is good at providing the reader a mental picture and emotional state, but he belabors the techniques constantly throughout the book and it ended up making the story much longer than it needed to be. Much of the prose was atmospheric and not meaningful to the story or the plot.


    Would you recommend 11-22-63 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I might suggest someone try this in written format. The audio version just dragged.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes and it became grating after a while.


    Was 11-22-63 worth the listening time?

    Yes, I suppose. I was expecting a lot more twists and turns in the story, but there were very few surprises and ended up being very routine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1269)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "A satifying thriller"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Overall a solid thriller with interesting characters. No big ah-ha moments however, and I was a little disappointed with the resolution of Will's story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11729)
    Performance
    (7116)
    Story
    (7008)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Invested in the F-Bomb!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    Not quite as funny as I expected, despite the inspired casting of Samuel L Jackson. As a believer in the power of the F-bomb, this "bedtime story" is probably 3 minutes too long--it loses impact about halfway through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Puppets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1290)

    Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

    Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

    Amy says: "Great book!"
    "Not Card's Best Work"
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    Reviews for this installment of Card's Shadow series were all over the map, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I do not agree the book is a tome on anti-gay marriage, although there is a conservative bent on the topics of marriage and embryo versus baby. My issues with the book are less political. The story was not particularly engaging or cohesive, and the journey of Peter Wiggin becomes increasingly inconsistent as these books go on. I'm still invested in Bean, but dissappointed in how the author has chosen to develop the Wiggins overall.

    Some of the narration was just plain painful and again, inconsistent with earlier installments despite being read by some of the same narrators. Peter Wiggin is supposed to be in his teens/20s and he sounded like a whiney old man devoid of the brains and deviousness his character should embody. Gabrielle du Cuir is back with her breathy, overly drawn out delivery and a new twist on Mrs. Wiggin's character who now sounds like an obnoxious, hispanic, old biddy. Strange.

    I've listened to these books one after the other, and after this installment, I'm taking a break. Overall, a necessary piece of the Shadow Series, but not the most enjoyable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1701)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Credibility of Card's Villian is Shaky"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadow of the Hegemon the most enjoyable?

    I'm emotionally invested in the characters so I care what happens to them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Hegemon?

    The scene with Bean and Peter's mom.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Gabrielle de Cuir voices her female characters as if they are some kind of compassion gurus. The slow alto and drawn out rhythm of her delivery can be grating. The worst example of this was her performance of Valentine in "Ender's Game" but she comes close to repeating herself as Petra in "Shadow of the Hegemon."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked it when Bean realized that Petra was his only real friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter has gone from a borderline psychopath in "Ender's Game" to a self-conscience meglomaniac wanna-be in "Shadow of the Hegemon." I'm curious to see if Card displays Peter's true colors as this series continues.

    Ultimately my only real problem with the series so far is Achilles. He went from being a street-wise, gimpy urchin to brilliant Battle School candidate to one of the most powerful people on the planet. It's very difficult to believe this kid went from being kicked out of Battle School and imprisoned to suddlenly having a worldwide, credible network of extremely influential people shortly after he finds his freedom again. Honestly it's hard to understand where his world domination ambitions even came from considering he had little understanding of the world as a whole when he went to Battle School in the first place. I guess we are to assume his study habits at the hospital closely resembled Bean's at Battle School? Bean deserves a better antagonist, but I'll take what I can get.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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