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rick

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  • A Savage Place: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering. Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career.

    rick says: "A Different Kind of Spencer"
    "A Different Kind of Spencer"
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    This is one of the more complicated Spenser novels. Spenser cheats on Susan; develops feelings for another woman. The climatic scene was the one of the most complicated in the series. The setting is Los Angeles instead of Boston. There's no Hawk, Quirk, or Belsen. Though there is the requisite amount of humor this is one of the more serious Spenser novels. An excellent short book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Ripper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

    rick says: "Vengeance Road"
    "Vengeance Road"
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    Gretchen is dead; so the love of McGee's life has just been killed, again. The only lead he has as to who the killers might be is a story Gretchen told him the night before her death. She related the story of how she and her ex-husband had gone to search for his sister. Outside the town of Ukiah, in rural Northern California they found her in a cult. So with this information McGee steps out of his life and goes hunting; he 's determined that someone will pay.
    As it turns out he accidentally stumbles upon the violent side of a left-wing revolutionary group. The cult is planning on an incipient beginning of the revolution and are in training to fire the first shot; so to speak. McGee takes on a new identity as he plots his revenge. I'll stop there so as not to spoil the ending. This is one of my least favorite Travis McGee novels; it is quite different from the other books in the series. Still though the worst of the McGee books is excellent. As always when it comes to the writings of John D. MacDonald, I recommend it.

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  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    In this new short story from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.

    Henry says: "I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child"
    "Even As A Child"
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    The story of the first case ever solved by the young Jack Reacher. In a situation that had serious implications for both his father and his older brother Joe Jack was able to see beyond the obvious; using both logic and intuition he found means, motive and opportunity. It also shows the man that became the MP who that even as a child approached the world from straight ahead but was able to ascertain the motives and actions of those who didn't. An excellent novella about one of modern literature's best characters.

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  • South Africa: History in an Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Anthony Holmes
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    South Africa is a nation that has been ravaged by oppression and racial inequality. After years of concentrated violence and apartheid, Nelson Mandela led the country to unite ‘for the freedom of us all’ as the country’s first black president. South Africa: History in an Hour gives a lively account of the formation of modern South Africa, from the first contact with 17th-century European sailors, through the colonial era, the Boer Wars, apartheid, and the establishment of a tolerant democracy in the late 20th century.

    rick says: "Learning A Little More"
    "Learning A Little More"
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    I became aware of South Africa at a young age. South Africa had refused to allow Arthur Ashe to enter the country to compete in a tennis match. I was an ardent sports fan and much of my knowledge and awareness of the world came in the context of sports. In that vein the banning of the Republic of South Africa from the Olympics gave me more information about apartheid. Finally I read James Michener's book on South Africa, which put the events of the time into more context. This short look at the country's history gave needed information for many people who knew only the headlines of the last thirty years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saints and Dragons: Edward Snowden in His Own Words

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Claude Brickell
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
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    Edward Snowden is experiencing the irony of the whistleblower: a man who released vast troves of secret information and has had his own story redacted. What has been reported on Snowden until now has focused primarily on the damage the American government believes he has done to the intelligence community. But his own message has largely gone unreported.

    rick says: "A look Behind the Headlines"
    "A look Behind the Headlines"
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    A story of a man who felt that his country was acting badly as well as outside the law and risked everything to tell the world about it. In Snowden's own words he reveals what motivated him to act in a way that may eventually land him in prison. At best he will undoubtedly spend the prime of his life in exile. There are much longer selections dealing with Snowden and the actions he took but this one was a good way to begin learning about the man behind the headlines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Glass Inn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karis Walsh
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    After a life of wrong turns and lost hope, can true love be more than a bittersweet fantasy? Melinda Andrews arrives on the Oregon coast with a dream of running the Sea Glass Inn. Still reeling after an unexpected divorce, Mel believes she has missed her chance to find love. All she wants is to make her business a success and regain her independence. She locates the artist who inspired her move so she can commission more paintings for her new inn. Pamela Whitford runs a gallery in a small seaside town, planning events and supporting other artists while neglecting her own talent.

    rick says: "The Art of Romance Needs More Speed"
    "The Art of Romance Needs More Speed"
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    Mel is just off a divorce and has been out of the scene for several years. Pam has been hiding from emotional connections since being totally played by an uncool b****h. Two older ladies with unhappy pasts come together due to some wicked hot chemistry, but can they leave the pain of the past behind? Hey it's a freaking romance novel you know the answer to that one.
    If I can make a point or two here I'd like to have a little more action happening and for the two protagonists to spend a little less time in their heads. Hey; maybe I'm just too young to get it but if I hadn't had a distraction with me; I'd have given up on this one early. I just finished up with my teen years and I didn't have as much angst as these two women.
    Then there are the supporting characters, who with the exception of Mel's son Danny are a waste of space; they never felt real to me.
    Thanks to my girl's dad for this; i hope this isn't too bad; it's my first. Oh yeah this book's an okay listen; enjoy.

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  • Virgin: A Memoir on Rape, and Relationships and Life Thereafter

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ella Ceron
    • Narrated By Ella Ceron
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    Virgin tells the story that is all too common now: teenagers go to parties, have a few too many drinks, and find themselves in situations they never banked upon, situations they thought they were smarter than. At 16, Ella Ceron was date-raped at a party. Until now, she's never revealed the details of that night to anyone because of fear, shame, and feelings of utter confusion. This is a story of how, eventually, Ella began to realize that this one horrible event did not define her and even in spite of her unwillingness to deal with it, she found that she had moved past it.

    rick says: "Legitimate Rape"
    "Legitimate Rape"
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    That two word phrase became a huge issue in 2012 during Todd Akin's run for the Senate when he made the utterly stupid comment during a discussion on the rape and incest provision in one of the many anti abortion fights in the last few years. Now with abortion legislation still a hotly debated and contested social and political issue three years later; the revelation of administration cover-ups at colleges and universities being revealed. Then finally the revelations concerning Bill Cosby; the questions of what is and what isn't rape are being discussed publicly now.
    The author discusses her own rape; one that occurred when she was intoxicated and brings out the difficulty in drawing the line between where bad judgement and carelessness end and rape begins. It is a question that seems to have answers that differ with the age, gender and personal life experiences of the individual being queried. The lines that have changed and been moved so much in the last forty five years are sure to be altered further in the future. I'm old enough to remember many of the different cases during those years that have changed the parameters of what is or isn't rape. Among those I remember the best was Rideout vs. Rideout in 1977. It wasn't until that point that the law recognized that rape could occur; even if the principals were married. Indeed there are probably still men (and women) who still believe that when a man buys, uh marries a woman; it gives the right to her body.
    All in all an interesting personal look at what will probably still be an issue that will resonate 100 years from now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Melissa Brayden
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Twenty-eight-year-old Brooklyn Campbell is having a bad day. A speeding ticket, a towed car, and a broken heel are all working against her laid-back vibe. To top it all off, her birth mother, whom she's never met, has requested contact. The only bright spot is an impromptu date with a beautiful and mysterious brunette. Jessica Lennox is what you would call a high-powered executive. She's the head of a multimillion-dollar advertising firm in New York City, and it didn't happen by accident.

    rick says: "Too Many Shortcuts"
    "Too Many Shortcuts"
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    This is the third, and by far the weakest of the three Brayden novels on Audible. First the supporting characters are ill defined and one or two dimensional. That was fine in the first two of the author's books; in those the characters had rather nomadic lifestyles. This time however Brooklyn's three longtime friends are central to the plot and should be more fully developed.
    The second goes to Brooklyn's history. Perhaps it would be possible for adoptive parents to return an adopted child because of asthma, but I find it highly unlikely. Waiting periods to adopt can extend for as long as 10 years in some cases, the prospective parents are questioned thoroughly and are required to jump through endless hoops. The scenario of a child returned due to a condition as easily treated as Asthma seems highly unlikely.
    Third; the setup for the incident that brings about the brief but bitter breakup that occurs in every romance novel was far too obvious. So obvious in fact that even I an insensitive middle aged ADD male from the southern Appalachian Mountains saw it coming from it's inception.
    Still despite these drawbacks it was a good listen definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slam the Big Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. When Mike Rodenska, a former journalist still grieving the loss of his wife, pays his old war buddy Troy Jamison a long overdue visit in Florida, he’s shocked at what he finds. Behind the indulgent exterior of Troy’s lush beach life - the parties, the year-round suntans, the shapely women, the infectious devil-may-care attitude of Troy and his friends - Mike senses inevitable disaster. Troy surrendered his life to drink once before.

    rick says: "Early Florida"
    "Early Florida"
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    Mike Rodenska's wife has died and his old friend Troy Jamison has invited him to come down to Florida to visit him and his new wife. It doesn't take long for our hero to realize that he's there to once again rescue his old friend from himself. It seems that Troy's success as a small builder has gone to his head; he's now in over his own head; and he's about to lose not only all he's made but the money provided by his new wife. Fortunately his old friend Mike is there again.
    I'll stop the synopsis right there so as to not spoil the ending for anyone. This is one of my favorite of MacDonald's pre McGee novels; once again MacDonald finds the core of various psyche's in a way that makes them come alive. One jarring note is the cavalier manner that the main character treats his sons in the aftermath of their mother's death. Perhaps it was de riguer in days of yore for father's to make only a very minor role in parenting but Rodenska's reaction feels very cold.
    This is nonetheless a great listen; hell the worst of MacDonald's works are very good; this one is better.

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  • A Key to the Suite: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. Floyd Hubbard arrives at a convention at a busy beach-town hotel with a mission from the top brass: ax a long-time manager in the sales team who has been slacking off for too long. Hubbard’s a loyal company man, but his background is engineering, not cold-blooded corporate warfare. Little does Hubbard realize that the first grenade has already been lobbed - and he’s the target.Cory Barlund has heard more than her fair share of odd requests in her years as a high-class call girl, so this one’s right up her alley...

    rick says: "Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear"
    "Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear"
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    Away we go back to the days when business was a boys club, women were wives, secretaries or hustlers. Evidently companies spent money freely back then including money that hadn't seemed to have made it onto any company books.
    In this work one company has cannibalized another and are methodically clearing out all of the old hands in each department. Now it's the sales department's turn and the head office has their hatchet man at the convention to get rid of good 'ol Jesse Mullaney. So a couple of guys in the the department hire a high priced call girl to get the company man Floyd Hubbard; to commit some act that will embarrass him or cause him to make a fool of himself during convention week. One that will provide Mullaney and his boys with some leverage on him.
    As in the majority of the MacDonald's books there is a certain amount of misogyny particularly in his early works. The Dave Daniels character displays the old time belief that "no" means yes as plans his approach on Cory Barlund. Add to that the male privilege of marital infidelity and the little wifey's acceptance of same and it surpasses even Madmen as a view of the underbelly of American culture; pre-Woodstock.
    As always MacDonald weaves his story with an excellence that overcomes a great deal of otherwise mediocre or mundane material. Even though he writes about an era unknown to anyone under retirement age, his characters and his ability to bring the disparate ends of a story together makes the work a worthwhile listen. I'm hoping that many more of the non Travis McGee novels will soon be available on Audible.

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  • Waiting in the Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Melissa Brayden
    • Narrated By Betsy Zajko
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Jenna McGovern has spent her whole life training for the stage. She's taken dance classes, voice lessons, and even earned her performance degree from one of the most prestigious musical theater programs in the nation. At graduation, she's stunned when a chance audition lands her a prime supporting role in the hottest Broadway touring production in the country. In more exciting news, Jenna discovers acclaimed television star Adrienne Kenyon is headlining the production.

    rick says: "Good Story; Well Told."
    "Good Story; Well Told."
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    With my ever growing cadre of female friends and relatives who practice a more inclusive type of sexuality I appear to be destined to listen to every lesbian fiction book in the Audible library. Three of the main authors of this genre featured thus far are Melissa Brayden, Meghan O'Brien and Georgia Beers. Of these my favorite to this point is Melissa Brayden.
    In this edition girl-on-girl love two actresses; one a product of pushy stage door parents; Adrienne Kinyon. The other Jenna McGovern a college graduate, veteran of summer stock theater. These two ladies have the two leading female roles in a play and a romance blossoms quickly. Well naturally the road to true love must be a long and winding one. The two have a huge disagreement and don't see each other for four years.
    When they're reunited in a millennial ode to St. Elmo's fire they reconnect; but will the two of them be able to overcome their history; leaving the pain of their pasts behind? Yes of course the answer is obvious but the getting there makes for a good listen. All four of the listeners in our group gave this one five stars.

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