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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
    (57)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Galloway: The Sacketts, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Filled with action, adventure, mystery, and historical detail, the Sackett saga is an unforgettable achievement by one of America's greatest storytellers. In Galloway, two brothers must struggle to survive in a wild and beautiful land to build themselves a ranch and a future.

    Jesse says: "Louis once again gives us a superb western novel"
    "The Old West"
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    This isn't one of the western authors iconic books, but in my opinion it's straight forward simplicity makes it one of his best. Flagan Sackett's escape from the Apache/ Ute makeshift tribal group mirror's several events that actually occurred during the 19th century. His ability to gather food on his own is a fascinating look at man's ability to survive. There are fistfights and gunfights that occur once he regains his strength and other members of the Sackett family have battles with the Dunn's as well. As always the biggest weakness in his books is a lame cookie cutter romance with a silly girl who finally gets her head on straight and marries our hero.
    My dad and uncle read westerns so I began reading them as well. This was the sole author of the genre that I continued to read past my mid teens. It's not any sort of great writing; and though the author is credited with more than 100 books if you've read 10 or 12 of them you've read them all. They are formulaic and extremely predictable. His books are easy listens moving swiftly with plenty of action sequences, plus you can follow the stories with less than your full attention. A good listen if you have a nighttime drive ahead of you, or while puttering in the house, the garage or outside on your lawn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jericho

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ann McMan
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an 18-month position in Jericho - a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father's medical practice.

    rick says: "As Good As Advertised"
    "As Good As Advertised"
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    The setting for this book is the area where I was born and not far from where I now live. That was my original reason for risking a credit on 21 hour book. It is usually difficult to sustain interest in a book that long because there is often a lot of filler material in a book that long. There is some of that in this one but I'm glad I gave this selection a chance.
    The twenty one hours went by much quicker than I thought they would because this is an excellent audiobook. This in spite of the fact that it took the two of them longer to make a move on each other than it has any couple thus far in the 21st century. The verbal sparring and repartee engaged in by Maddie and Syd as well as between David and Maddie is both witty and funny. I'm not sure how old the author is but the sexual banter between the two of them has all the wit and verve of a Three's Company episode. An excellent touch here is so much of the activities and dialogue of the people in a small mountain town that the author gets right. Far too often authors or narrators unfamiliar with the area try to shortcut getting right by assuming all southern towns, as well as all southern accents are the same. Well they're wrong; no matter how much they might believe Carroll O'Conner in 'The Heat of the Night' and Andy Griffith talk the same; they don't. Roma Jean Fremont the girl who continually falls down around Doctor Maddie Stevenson isn't fall down funny but is a nice little humorous aside.
    This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to for awhile; great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Brody McBride: The McBrides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ryan
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Former bad boy, now-decorated Army Ranger Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind and right the wrong he did eight years ago. When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she could have imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody.

    rick says: "There Were Possibilities"
    "There Were Possibilities"
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    Yes, there were possibilities for this book, unfortunately I guess I'll never know. I only made it to chapter 14 before I gave it up and decided my time could be better spent. There were some huge holes in the whole approaching Roxy, Rain, Autumn scenario. The biggest disappointment in this book for me was the supposed protagonist. Brody came off as a self centered, immature, almost pathologically jealous and controlling little boy caring only for himself and his own agenda it's difficult to like a book when you don't like the principal character. My advice is to save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Low Tide: A Novel

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

    A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. A college graduate and amateur fisherman, Andy McClintock is stuck toiling in the office of a construction company. But when Andy tries to quit, his boss offers him a promotion and a raise - and then promptly kills himself with a harpoon gun. At least, that's what it looks like, until the police rule it homicide - with the murder weapon belonging to Andy.

    rick says: "It Was 1953"
    "It Was 1953"
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    More than sixty years have passed since this book was written and a lot has changed. That you can discern by the fact that a construction executive was working for eighty dollars a week. Then there was idea that a man had the right to kill his both his adulterous wife and her lover. Not to spoil anything but there are some opinions expressed about some photographs that indicate the morals of the time are completely different than they are today.
    As my reviews on the books of John D MacDonald selections indicate I find certain prejudices and attitudes of this author abhorrent. I overcome those feelings by realizing that much of that is due to the era and my admiration of the quality of his writing. Although it's my opinion that the books he authored in the late fifties and early sixties are superior to those like this one from the early fifties, practically anything written by MacDonald is a good bet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Counting Down the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Anne Baines
    • Narrated By Dan Boice
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    They say when you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. For Patty Halbrook, two graves won't be near enough. Patty returns to the dysfunctional hometown she thought she had escaped. While she meant to leave forever, she never meant to abandon her twin sister to a twisted world of drugs and abuse. And when she's finished getting answers about her twin's suicide, home will never be the same.

    rick says: "Unique"
    "Unique"
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    This audiobook is only thirty five minutes long and is definitely on the harsh side. A girl returns to Nowhereville and thoroughly avenges her sister's death; she basically empties the trailer park. I would hesitate to say that I enjoyed this small slice from Quentin Tarantino land but it was quite different and was definitely the time and the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (403)

    Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

    John says: "Whack a Mole"
    "The Delayed Effects of Bullying"
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    Even a mad mouse can be dangerous when he chooses to attack. There is an axiom that the winner of the fight is the warrior who'll go farther to win than the rest; a high powered sniper rifle meets that definition nicely.
    Danny Boyle and Clark Kent's cousin John Ceepak; Sea Haven's top cops face a sniper whose targets are Danny and his friends. As the story unravels we find out the chief reason behind the sniping is payback for an incidence of bullying when they were all in high school. The copyright date is 2006; so long before Newtown and long after Columbine, and I can't recall which mass shooting occurred in 2005 or 2006 so I'm not certain of the model he was using.
    I found the case the author made against bullying was a little too blatant; could have been more subtle for sure, but it was effective. The way the shooter's father treated him was also effective in establishing how the kid had been set up as a target from an early age. I have the Ceepak/Boyle collection in it's entirety and though I don't fins any of the books top rate they are all good. You know what you're getting with Grabenstein and it's pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Season of Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Elementary school teacher Jane Aaron cancels her summer vacation plans and heads to Cedar Springs, Texas, to find her birth mother. While there, she’s hired by Asher Price, a wealthy widower, to look after his 13-year-old daughter, Riley, and five-year-old son, Levi. Around town, Jane also hears rumors that an older woman was killed in the same car accident that claimed Asher’s wife.

    Judy says: "Interesting Read"
    "Typical"
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    This is an ordinary middle-of-the-road romance. The back story of a woman in search of her biological mother is relegated to the back seat and it's mainly used to as an overly dramatic emotional crutch. Julia London is accomplished enough as a romantic author to keep the book moving, albeit slowly. Unfortunately what comes to mind when doing a review of this book are adjectives like trite, cliched, formulaic or average. The Estrogen Army that is my support system at this moment has opened me up to the viability of in the romance category but this one ain't it. If you're a fan of the genre this might be a good listen for you; otherwise I can't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Colbert: White House Correspondents' Dinner

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (65)

    Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.

    Todd says: "Truthiness intact"
    "Ah Truthiness"
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    The humor that viewers of Comedy Central have become well acquainted with is on display though you do miss seeing the faces. The idea of Stephen Colbert making fun of Dick Cheaney while he sits stonefaced a few feet away. His sharp brand of irreverent humor turned on the nabobs of Washington is fun. Excellent buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jessica Silver
    • Narrated By Audrey Lusk
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Rebecca's marriage to Kyle was less than fulfilling. Once their daughter has gone away to college she grows tired of being ignored and feeling unloved. She decides to leave her husband and start a new life in a different city. While moving into her new apartment she meets Neil, an extremely attractive man in his twenties. She wrestles with the attraction because of his age, but gives in to her desires when he shows interest in her.

    rick says: "Cougar Town"
    "Cougar Town"
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    Rebecca's marriage to to her husband of twenty years is over, she's in her own apartment and is meeting her new neighbors; one of whom is good looking kid in his mid-twenties named Neil. Though she is attracted to him she can't imagine him having any interest in an old lady like her. Even if he does she can't date a man who's barely older than her daughter; Can she? She can't have her first threesome with him and his gorgeous young female friend; or go to bed with her alone when he's away; can she?
    Evidently she can, because she does. This is a nice story of a woman's first relationship after a divorce and the pressures that tear the relationship apart. A very nice story, well written and well nuanced. The audiobook would have received a higher rating with a better narrator I'm looking forward to the next audiobook by Miss Silver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving with the Top Down

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Sometimes life doesn't take you in the direction you expect. Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband's first choice. When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, she also has a secret ulterior motive. Her one-woman mission for peace of mind is thrown slightly off course when 16-year-old Tamara becomes her co-pilot.

    Terry says: "Back on track"
    "Good Road Trip Tale"
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    Colleen Bradley feels a strong need to get away from her home, her husband and her son for awhile. As the owner of her own antique store she write this off; both figuratively and literally as a business trip. Then at the eleventh hour she gets a traveling companion her niece Tamara. The sixteen year old girl is a 'hot mess' and inwardly Colleen moans at the thought of the next two weeks with the moody, churlish teen. The girl is the daughter of her husband's brother; product of a one night stand who'd had no contact with her father prior to her mother's death; distant and strained described their relationship aptly.
    The pair take off and drive from Maryland to North Carolina; stopping at a rural restaurant that was Colleen's old college hangout. As they sit down to eat Colleen begins to tell Tamara a little about her old friend Bitty; the name an homage to her petite frame. Amazingly Colleen spots a woman who looks like an aged version of Bitty.
    Bitty Nolan Camalier is at the old college haunt in order to kill herself. After twenty years of verbal and emotional abuse her husband has tossed her out of their home. Thus after having been essentially an appendage for twenty years she has been suddenly transformed into nothing more than an amputated body part.
    When Colleen leaves the restaurant two has become three and though this is resented by Tamara all three women will find their lives forever altered by the two weeks they spend together.
    This is an excellent audiobook; five stars all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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