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Gang of Four

We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.

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  • Secretariat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Nack
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century".

    Susan says: "Wonderful book"
    "The story of a great athlete"
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    The headline refers to the fact that in 1999 ESPN counted down the top 50 athletes of the 20th century and Secretariat was ranked 35th. This book by William Nack was the basis for the movie starring Diane Lane as Penny Chenery the horse's owner.
    I can remember watching the Triple Crown races with interest for the time in 1973. I had seen the races previously because my mother watched them every year but in 1973 there was enough buzz that I watched them eagerly. This was especially true of the Belmont Stakes when this magnificent athlete was in line to win the first triple crown in 25 years. If you're a fan of great athletes watching Secretariat stretch out the lead in the third quarter mile and eventually win the race by 31 lengths is as stirring as any two legged athletic accomplishment. In fact, to me the only accomplishments that even compare with it are Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game in 1962 and Bob Beamon's 29 ft. 2 & one half inch long jump at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.
    This audiobook goes all the way back to Big Red's sire and dam(n)? About the money issues the owner faced and the rivalry between Secretariat and Sham, as well as between the two owners. There are limits to the audio form; horse racing can only be fully appreciated in video. Still this is the most detailed, most comprehensive book on the horse that was almost human. The writer William Nack came to love Secretariat and the feelings that he had for this marvelous horse are all over the words he wrote about him. When the ESPN rankings came out and Big Red was ranked 35th many athletes were offended to have finished behind him. "A horse; are you kidding me a horse?" Those that knew him though had a rejoinder. "Hey you didn't know that horse."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Owning Regina: Diary of My Unexpected Passion for Another Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lorelei Elstrom
    • Narrated By Hunter Keanon
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When TV commercial production coordinator Meg Curtis gets stood up by her longtime boyfriend, she vents her frustration by feverishly writing in a diary. At a time when she is unsure about all things romantic, she encounters fifth grade teacher Regina Baker at yoga class, a free-spirited single mom who is beautiful, playful, and impossibly intriguing.

    Scott says: "WOW - LOVED IT!"
    "BDSM and Clothes"
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    This is a well written book that goes into far too much detail on the details of bondage, clothing, and the experiencing of pain. I would have welcomed more words concerning their feelings and the arc of their overall relationship than 3-5 minutes spent on the pain experienced during one whipping than was given to the "bottom's son." If you can take or even enjoy highly nuanced descriptions of bondage and pain then you may like this audio; if not, then it's not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

    Elizabeth says: "Nice listen but WAY OVERPRICED"
    "As Always"
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    Michael Lewis goes back to his New Orleans high school where his old coach Billy Fitzgerald has come under fire from his player's parents and is in danger of losing his position. Lewis then takes on the attitude of the players millennial parents; one that tells them it is their duty to remove both obstacles and consequences from their son's paths. Ultimately Fitzgerald retained his coaching job until February 2014. It was also this project that brought Lewis together with his old high school teammate Sean Tuohy; which led to the bestseller "The Blind Side" which of course became the hit movie "The Blind Side." The sale price of 2.95 makes this a fantastic bargain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reconcilable Differences

    • ORIGINAL (9 mins)
    • By Mara Wilson
    • Narrated By Mara Wilson
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Mara Wilson describes how she and her sister found religious equilibrium over Ryan Gosling's torso before a live audience for RISK! at The PIT in New York, New York.

    Gang of Four says: "Good"
    "Good"
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    Though it's only about ten minutes this is a nice little excerpt from Risk. Mara Wilson discusses the ups and downs of her relationship with her sister who is not only seven years younger than her but is a practicing Catholic while Mara is an atheist. It was both touching and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ellen Wittlinger
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Marisol Guzman has deferred college for a year to accomplish two things: She will write a novel and she will fall in love. How hard could that be? She gets her very own apartment (with her high school best friend as roommate) and a waitressing job at a classic Harvard Square coffeehouse. When she enrolls in an adult education class - "How to Write Your First Novel" - there are two big surprises waiting for her.

    Frances says: "Love is a funny thing isn't it?"
    "Love or Coming of Age"
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    Either way this an excellent piece of fiction for both the adult and YA markets. This is one of the few lesbian themed books that was able to overcome the romance genres worst cliches. Okay maybe I'm just guilty of totally over relating to Lee and Marisol. I'm a 19 year old out lesbian who is probably more similar to Lee than I'm totally comfortable with. My big sister Stacy reminds me a lot of Marisol; very strong, extremely confident, and seems to feel no trepidation even when she's encountering a person or situation where some fear might be warranted.
    Then there's the character of Olivia who is an advanced version of the high school mean girl b***h that most of the girl's in her class are scared of. Being on the receiving end of attention from that girl created dread to the extreme and created nausea if you found yourself in one of her classes; especially when you were walking in the halls between classes. They always managed to find acolytes who lived to kiss their ...rings. Then way too often they would turn on these girls using information they'd gotten from them supposedly in confidence. Some of the minor characters in the books seemed to be kind of formulaic; particularly her roommate and her mother. The mother in particular is a little too over the top. Although Stacy's dad is sometimes kind of like that for us. Which reminds me if there are spelling or grammatical errors, blame him.
    This is a really great listen; even for people who aren't 19 year old lesbians; give it a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Me Sweet: A Bell Harbor Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
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    (30)

    Delaney Masterson isn't looking for fame. Yes, she has famous parents and a reality TV show, but she's not the wild-child celebrity the paparazzi have painted her to be. Until... The Scandal. When an old boyfriend releases a private video, Delaney's name becomes every comedian's favorite punch line. To escape the media, she sneaks away to Bell Harbor, Michigan - during the worst winter in fifty years.

    Gang of Four says: "So Close"
    "So Close"
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    I wanted to like this one I really did and for the three and a half hours I did. Eventually though the whole "I can't say anything about who I really am. First due to not trusting anyone not to sell her out to the paparazzi; then because if he knew the person she really was he wouldn't like her. In the meantime anyone who's read listened to this genre knows it's gonna come around and bite her on some portion of her anatomy. Please writers, try a little harder to come up with a plot that doesn't include these same old cliched plot devices. Even with so many positive aspects that beg for a recommendation I do believe that I've reached my limit for the same 'ol thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Underwater

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claire Kells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university's nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations, but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

    Courtney says: "I couldn't put it down!"
    "Mixed Bag"
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    The back story is excellent and there are portions of this audiobook that are really good. It's just unfortunate that getting to those portions involves wading through long, tedious, overly detailed sections of text that made me long for the printed page where I could skim through such detritus. I found it unfortunate because I really liked the concept and the author's knowledge of the high level competitive swim world appears sound. As much as I liked the idea of this selection I can't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lisa Olsen
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Lexi Morgan has always had "The Touch;" the ability to pick up an object and 'see' its past. Doomed to wearing protective gloves at all times, she learned to accept it as equal parts gift and curse. When her brother in law Neil disappears, she'd rather tell her sister to celebrate than try to help find the jerk. But after her young niece vanishes as well, it's time to put her gift to good use and help track her down, especially when handsome Detective Gabriel Ryan takes over the case.

    Mark Mensch says: "Not my style but I liked it!"
    "A Few Holes, But Pretty Good"
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    Lexi Morgan's hands have an incredible power; when she touches an object it's history is transmuted into her. Her Sister Allison and her husband and child are in the midst of a severe crisis; including living in a haunted house. Lexi's niece Chloe has evidently inherited some paranormal abilities of her own because she is being afflicted by ghosts. When Allie's husband and Chloe's father is found in the trunk of his car, then Chloe goes missing, obviously something is not right in River City. There are huge holes in the plot and bright people doing stupid things for no apparent reason. On the positive side Lexi is a spirited offbeat character and Gabriel the cop isn't too much of a cliche. The narrator Andi Arndt does an excellent job; it's not too strong of a recommendation but it is a recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House on Mermaid Point: Ten Beach Road, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another - perhaps all too well - while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn't have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies - although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie's wildest fantasy once.

    Lori says: "Nice easy summer beach read."
    "Still Going Strong"
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    The third installment of the series is just as good as the first two. All the characters from the first two books are back and no one and no part has become trite, formulaic or tiresome. Though the continued enmity displayed by Avery for her mother gave me pause; especially given that book two ended with Delia taking a bullet to save Avery. Her reversion to the angry child of the initial two books made her a much less sympathetic character in this one. Added to that is the over the top tabloid coverage of Kira's son Dustin. It's difficult to conceive that the tabloid fascination with the kid would continue for years. Likewise William "the Wild" Hightower was a rock star back in the seventies and early eighties and the paparazzi is still chasing him around; seriously? I mean when was the last time there a tabloid article on Gregg Allman or Lindsay Buckingham?
    Still these are the same tough, gutsy, likable ladies that created an emotional investment by the readers/ listeners of the first two works. Plus even though there was a lot less space given to the DIY facets in books two and three than there was in the first book, it was still more than is in most audiobooks. Despite those issues we still unanimously awarded this one five stars .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Silence: Jude Devine Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rose Beecham
    • Narrated By Kim Baldwin
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Montezuma County Sheriff's detective, Jude Devine doesn't face too many challenges based in remote Paradox Valley, where most of the crime involves hiker assaults, campsite thefts, and cattle rustling. However, when the body of local teenager shows up with a stake through her heart, Jude finds herself leading an investigation no one wants to touch.

    Carol Clarke says: "Jude Devine is a Cool undercover FBI agent!"
    "Awful"
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    Way too much detail about the Abusive treatment of teens, both male and female who are a part of an LDS polygamist cult. It might be reality but it was nothing I wanted to listen to in great detail. The narrator is an author and in my opinion should stick to it. I only made it through about 2 hours of this one before the combination of those two factors convinced me to give it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All You Need Is Love: Green Mountain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client - and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it. For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head.

    Lydia says: "Fun - Easy Listen"
    "Here We Go Again"
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    Boy meets girl. Boy can't stand her; she can't stand him. Boy and girl become attracted to each other but still can't stand each other. Boy and girl begin to be able to get along but they both deny any possibility of more. Boy and girl are thrown together and their feelings for each other begin to grow though everyone else sees it the two of them still deny it emphatically. Boy and girl soon become aware of what they feel still they continue to deny the possibility of anything developing due to incompatibility. Boy and girl at last come to realize the extent of their feelings they curse fate and reluctantly acquiesce to reality. Boy and girl then of course both realize they can't live without each other and true love wins out yet again.
    Cameron Murphy is a good leading lady and the fantastic Abbott are just made for a series. It's a good example of the top end of the genre though it got five stars because of Sasha not me. I still think it's really good; we recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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