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paul j boyd

hammonton, nj United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Il Dottore

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ron Felber
    • Narrated By Jim Knobeloch
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Il Dottore is the true story of a "nerdy Jewish kid" from the Bronx who, through a series of circumstances, became physician to top Mafia Dons including John Gotti, Carlos Gambino, and Joe Bonanno. At the same time, his reputation as a medical genius was spreading, and he was fast becoming one of the nation's leading cardiac surgeons. Ron Felber paints a vivid portrait of this doctor's unlikely life in the fast lane as he becomes a top confidante of New York's most notorious criminals.

    Ella says: "Enlightening Story of a Very Different World"
    "ii dottore"
    Overall

    save your money on this one. the author puts out as facts incidents that are not backed up by any other journalists. he puts his own slant and bias on events.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (411)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Hamilton the man"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely . He is my FAVORITE founding father. Brilliant man. Flawed like the rest of us. But aMUCH nobler and ethical man than Washington Jefferson or Madison


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alexander Hamilton?

    His admission to an affair


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

    His days as a soldier.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of anecdotes and a great perspective on a great man. Would have rather met Hamilton more than any founding father. A best buy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of Elizabeth I

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

    R. Campbell says: "Masterful Historical Narrative"
    "Liz the first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Life of Elizabeth I?

    Lots of things. Learning how people lived and loved long ago.
    Elizabeth's relationship with Mary. Court intrigue


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out how brilliant she was. Spoke Latin,Greek,Italian , German. Etc


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many many many


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Really felt like I hot to know her. Great read. A definite buy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lis Wiehl, April Henry
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death. Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days it’s all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less - and working Colleen’s case will be especially demanding.

    Marcia says: "Disappointed"
    "Wiehls first book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made A Matter of Trust better?

    A better plot


    What could Lis Wiehl and April Henry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have written it


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eleni Pappageorge?

    Ok


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting a lot more. Boring story and characters. Save your money. You have been warned

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Wouldn't Be Dead for Quids

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated By Dino Marnika
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Les Norton, a big red-headed country boy from Queensland, has just arrived in the big smoke and is set to make his mark. Working as a bouncer at an illegal casino in the Cross, Les encounters a number of fascinating characters who make up the seamier side of one of the most exciting cities in the world – gamblers, conmen, bookies, bouncers, hookers and hit men, who ply their respective trades from the golden sands of Bondi to the tainted gutters of Kings Cross... usually on the wrong side of the law.

    Tracey says: "norton"
    "Skip this one"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert G. Barrett again?

    Absolutely not


    Have you listened to any of Dino Marnika’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hes very good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I am 3/4 through this book and still have not discovered a plot. No plot so the author has les beating people up , including Karate champions. Getting seduced by beautiful women. And letting his brothers dog kill and eat another dog. Oh and his brother eats a little also. I've read other les norton books and found them entertaining. But after this crap I won't be reading anymore. A refund is due me and any other person who bought this trash

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Road to Nowhere

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Chopper Read
    • Narrated By Andy McPhee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    This book is Chopper's redemption. It is the real story of the man, the criminal and the prisoner, told with black humour and surprising insight.

    david says: "Spellbinding"
    "Road to nowhere"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Road to Nowhere? What did you like least?

    I liked the anecdotes. I disliked the rediculous accounts of beatings where the victims take the beatings like a super hero.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad read. Can't really relate to a morally bankrupt criminal

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (306)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Carolyn says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "Title"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high marks


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and facts about I nDian culture


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it you won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Havoc - The Trouble with Fat Boy: Serial Number 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Klawitter
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Clever and energetic Matt Havoc thought he'd seen everything. As long-time assistant to B-movie Hollywood film mogul Vinnie Berger, he's learned to think quick and move fast. But when his quirky old neighbor goes into business with Nigerian scam artists who just may be terrorists, Matt finds himself a player in a deadly plot with more twists than one of Vinnie's movies.

    John says: "Manic Readers Loves Matthew Havoc"
    "save your time and money"
    Overall

    first book i've read that had music playing in the back round all the time...it was soooo disconcerting...i just could not get into this book from the start..so dissapointing..i should get my money back for this drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Crimes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Zeltserman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Crooked cop Joe Denton gets out of prison early after disfiguring the local district attorney, which doesn't help his popularity. Nobody wants Joe to hang around, not his ex-wife, his parents or his former colleagues. Meanwhile, local mafia don Manny Vassey is dying of cancer and keen to cut a deal with God. He's thinking of singing to the DA if this will set him up for a better afterlife. And he knows stuff that will send Joe down again for a very long time.

    Kevin says: "A Satisfying Noir"
    "small crimes"
    Overall

    save your money but more importantly your time...this narrator is the worst and i mean the worst...it takes the author almost the whole book to get things moving along...and when it starts it is most disapointing...pass on this one

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rizzo's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lou Manfredo
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Rizzo's War, Lou Manfredo's stunningly authentic debut, partners a rookie detective with a seasoned veteran on his way to retirement in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn."There's no wrong, there's no right, there just is." This is the refrain of Joe Rizzo, a decades-long veteran of the NYPD, as he passes on the knowledge of his years of experience to his ambitious new partner, Mike McQueen, over a year of riding together as detectives in the Sixty-second Precinct in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

    Kathleen M. Crawford says: "Excellent Author, Excellent Narrator"
    "rizzos war"
    Overall

    can't give this book more than 3 stars....mainly i got tired of rizzo saying there is no right and there is no wrong. theres' only what is...rediculous mantra for a cop but all in all not a bad read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Metzger's Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    When Leroy "Chinese" Gordon breaks into a professor's lab at the University of Los Angeles, he's after some pharmaceutical cocaine, worth plenty of money. Instead, he finds the papers the professor has compiled for the CIA, which include a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom, unless of course someone actually uses the plan to throw a large city into chaos - Los Angeles, for instance?

    Richard Delman says: "Messrs. Perry and Kramer should get six stars."
    "metzger's dog"
    Overall

    save your money! i bought this book based on all the 5 star ratings...i wish i could get my money back...listened for 3 1/2 hours and could not take it anymore....they should take this book down to quantanamo and translate for the prisoners there and make them read it...they would begin talking after 10 minutes...HORRIBLE.....

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful

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