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  • Man Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (119)
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    (119)

    Was it justice... or revenge? What drove a simple farmer to set out on an impossible quest after a gang of bloodthirsty killers that raped and murdered his wife and slit his small son's throat? Their trail led him halfway across the country and deep into Mexico. One by one he tracked them down and brought them to justice, sometimes at the end of a short rope, more often in front of his fast guns, and he didn't care which.

    Xavier says: "Great "Manly" read. I loved it."
    "just couldn't make it through this one"
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    I don't ask for a lot from this genre of fiction, but there was just too much in the way of implausible plot, and particularly inaccurate gun lore, in this one, and I just could not make it through the whole book. Also, I have already read one of the author's other books that contains the same plot in the last half of the book. I don't know which of the books was published first but the author just wholesale lifted a big chunk of the story from one and pasted it into the other. Once you have read all L'amour's works, its hard to find good books in this genre, and Mr. Rhodes does better than some I have read, but I still find his books to be "hit or miss."



    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaking Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (816)

    Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

    Jan says: "Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read"
    "Author struggles to keep seris going"
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    I have read all of this series so far. For me this series is like the old westerns relocated to the 21st century. The story is all black and white, good guys and bad guys, black hats and white hats, no thought required. The author does not commit any glaring non-forgivable "technical" errors that so often ruin these kinds of novels. But, in each subsequent book the author seems to be struggling to keep the story going and has gradually slipped too far into wacky conspiracy land and away from the basic survival challenge plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolt in 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs (as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land) there is a Second American Revolution; for the first time in human history there is a land with Liberty and Justice for All.

    Joseph Beeler says: "Classic Heinlein"
    "another of Heinlein's best"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is not one of Heinlein's juvenile books. The book addresses adult themes in classic Heinlein fashion. To me this book is right up there with "Moon is a harsh mistress" as a story about the defeat of institutionalized tyranny by those victimized by it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2411)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1456)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Another "Classic" dud"
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Heller and/or Jay O. Sanders?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    For me, this was another one of those "classic, must read" books that I could not finish. The characters were all uninteresting, dullards, the story uninteresting, IF there actually WAS a story. Perhaps, once again, I am the REAL dullard, but I still suspect many "classic" books are like the wine tastings where if you remove the labels, the finest vintages are often beaten by the local "box" wines, "great" just because of the label?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Quintus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman
    • Narrated By Doug Kaye
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up-to-date as tomorrow's headlines. In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest orator, ran for consul (the highest office in the Republic), his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no-nonsense advice on running a successful campaign.

    Benedict says: "How to be a politician ..."
    "not "The Prince" by any means"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have seen this book compared to "The Prince." I suppose that is a fair comparison in some ways. But, this is basically a short "letter," and without the depth of "The Prince." But, I enjoyed the opportunity of a glimpse into the daily lives of the ancient Roman.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (325)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Dated, so horribly dated"
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    Any additional comments?

    I often enjoy these old, dated stories. But I found that I could not in this case. In general its not a bad story for its genre. In fact the story seemed to me in some ways better than many that came along to copy it decades later, but the characters are so much the stereotypical arrogant British colonials and the superstitious, humbled, grovelling, childish African "natives" that I could not get through the entire book. If you can tolerate these stereotypes, by all means give the book a chance.



    15 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (830)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    Rolando says: "Is amorality bad?"
    "A "must read classic" waste of time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I often wonder when I read some of these “must read classics” if it’s just me? This book struck me as the literary equivalent of Warhol’s soup can. You’re supposed to praise it because it’s “great” art. But, reality is, it’s just a ten cent can of soup. Maybe a “classic” but I found it was uninteresting, empty characters, stumbling along through a story that doesn’t have a story; a hodgepodge of the antics of characters living on the fringes of the social order. I could get all that from modern “reality tv,” but you wouldn’t call it classic. I am terribly disappointed that I could find nothing of value to me in this book. Even in the worst of books you can generally take away something, but not this time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cracked.com
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    You're going to wish you never got this audiobook. Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in. Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

    bookouri says: "just plain funny"
    "just plain funny"
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    Any additional comments?

    Facts presented in this book may not be "exactly" accurate, but its from "Cracked" so what did you expect. You won't find anything new and extraordinary that you have not heard before. But, it IS an entertaining presentation that the narrator delivers like a stand up routine.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Outposts

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Max Brand
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lew's skill with firearms gets him a job as a hunter with a trader heading onto the prairies to barter with the Indians. There he meets young Chuck Morris, and together they take on a Cheyenne attack party. Finding shelter in a Sioux village, they absorb the native culture. Lew comes to know the great Sioux chieftains, becoming blood brothers with Sitting Wolf, while Chuck marries the beautiful maiden Zintcallasappa.

    Michael says: "Sweeping Adventure"
    "above average old western"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond the Outposts the most enjoyable?

    Many of the old stories from the early 1900's are too dated even for fans revisiting an old book. This story was not like that. Of course, it is over 80 years since it was published I think. It is dated, simplistic and predictable like any of those old westerns, but not to the point that you can not enjoy it still.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No glaring errors in historical space, time, physics or gun lore.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator succeeded in making the story painful to listen to. Way over the top dramatization that had more the flavor of an actor reading for a part in a play rather than a narrator reading a book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (422)

    James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

    skyrat says: "Unsurprising"
    "a lot of general hints and suggestions"
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    I picked this up on the daily deal or some other sale and decided it was worth the risk of a couple of dollars. I think any book has to be worth a couple of dollars, but even at that, this one was pretty borderline. The author provides a lot of general hints and everyday "common sense" but mostly unrealistic suggestions about things like buy bulk grain and store your bulk grain so that rodents can't get to it. Be careful with guns and sharp objects, and try not to get hurt. I had hoped for some tidbits of interesting information about water or power systems or something, but there seemed to be little of that in this book. If you just won the powerball and want to use your new found millions to buy a retreat and become the new Howard Hughes then this book might be for you. Otherwise, unless you really do not know where corn and wheat and eggs come from or that its a good idea to have as much Red Cross training as possible for emergencies, I don't think most people are going to get much of interest out of it. I just did not get a lot of real information/content out of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happy Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By P. Z. Myers
    • Narrated By Aron Ra
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (132)

    On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of fans with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes.

    Chad says: "PZ plus Aron Ra equals AWESOME"
    "Enjoyable read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Happy Atheist the most enjoyable?

    I don't always agree with PZ but I do respect and enjoy his work. This book is no exception.


    What does Aron Ra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really prefer books that are read by the author. But if PZ wasn't going to read it, you couldn't do any better than Aaron Ra.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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