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Gang of Four

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

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  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1624)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "A Story of Terror"
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    The penultimate book on the Manson murders by the man who prosecuted him for his crimes. It details the history of all the victims as well as many members of the Manson "Family." An ego the size of a Hollywood star is perhaps to be anticipated from a man who practiced in LA, his entire career. Bugliosi details all the investigations as well as all the arguments Bugliosi used to convict the killers. One chapter is devoted almost exclusively to the crimes that occurred in the vicinity of where the family was at the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Save the Child: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists

    bebe says: "Have listened to this twice"
    "It is the Mother"
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    A child is missing and his parents hire Spenser to find him and we're off on another adventure. In the small town of Smithfield Massachusetts in the mid seventies there are still communes and Spenser enlists the aid of the high school guidance counselor Susan Silverman to help him find it. He doesn't find him there but all fingers point to him being there with his hero a bodybuilder by the name of Vic Harroway. You see Kevin has a dominant mother who is sexually promiscuous (look that one up or ask your parents about that one young people) and a father who works all the time; naturally this creates gender and sexual identification issues for the boy, because psychologically speaking Freud still rules in the 1970's. The book is dated in other ways as well such as fashion, sexuality, and the counterculture. Many of the basics that later became staples for the fans of the Spenser series aren't yet a part of this book. This is both a positive and negative; familiar elements of what later developed into cliches and people who lost their humanity and became icons are absent here. For me the earlier Spenser makes for a better read or listen and has the advantage of being new rather than repeated every book. Some of the elements of the later books are like the Fonz's "heh," (another age definitive cultural reference there youngsters). This one is a pretty good listen; not the best of the early Spenser books but worth the credit if you're a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Oats Project: One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robin Rinaldi
    • Narrated By Kate Udall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was 44, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for 18 years. What followed - a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation - is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project.

    briofiamma says: "Good book with good insights"
    "Well, I'm Not Sure"
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    Giving this one a rating is a difficult call. Robin Rinaldi is an excellent writer and she has a way of coming clean that helps to overcome my negative perception of her. I fully realize that no one can ever truly understand the motivations of another human being. That being said the author comes off capricious, self involved and hypocritical, which is indicative that Ms Rinaldi is confessing to her own culpability rather than trying to rationalize it and blame it on Scott. The old 'well I wouldn't have needed to do what I did if he weren't so fill in the blank an excuse often used to avoid taking responsibility for their actions.
    In addition Kate Udall narrates this one and she's among the best that I've ever heard on audible. With all of this I'm still not certain about whether I want to recommend this one or not; I'm leaning towards give it a shot although only if you're patient.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jane Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For Amelia's second marriage, Gram gives her a visit to a wedding counselor. Not a marriage counselor, but someone who will advise how to achieve a perfect marriage through the perfect ceremony. Superstitious nonsense, Amelia thinks, but she doesn't want to offend Gram. But as the meeting progresses, Amelia realizes what the perfect wedding means - and why Gram wants her to have one.

    Gang of Four says: "Okay After a Slow Start"
    "Okay After a Slow Start"
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    You'd think that a story that lasts only thirty four minutes would move quickly; it doesn't. The first ten to twelve minutes is wasted but it does close strongly. Gram is a trip and Amelia manages to hit her stride about halfway through the story. The writer is talented; I chose this brief selection after reading her novel Bleed Through. This one is good enough to get a recommend from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Les Kraven
    • Narrated By Mike Paine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A mountain town isolated by a blizzard. A woman fighting for her life. A cop battling the weather to bring the blood she needs and, around them, all the fury that nature can throw at them.

    Gang of Four says: "Too Bad"
    "Too Bad"
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    This had all the right ingredients; the weather, the cop, the life and death implications, there's even a love story and a three year old boy. Unfortunately the book seemed stilted and a little too formulaic and except for his ability to correctly pronounce all the medical terminology was so god awful it was eventually embarrassing to listen to. The ending is too abrupt though by the time it happened I was more than ready.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exposing Ellen: 1Night Stand Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Skylar Kade
    • Narrated By P. J. Morgan
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ellen Porter is a stranger to the single life - as much a stranger as she is to facing her same-sex desires. The recent divorcee, desperate to prove that her attraction to women is just a phase, enlists the help of Madame Eve for one night of "getting it out of her system." Aimee Tran has had enough of the Los Angeles bar-hopping scene. In pursuit of a genuine romantic connection, she discovers Madame Eve and decides that maybe, just maybe, a one-night stand will tide her over until she finds The One.

    Eric says: "Intimate story telling exposes more than Ellen!"
    "Really Nice"
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    A nice little story that was classified as Erotica but was actually more of a love story.
    Ellen Porter is a newly divorced woman who by chance finds a dating service card in her lawyers office. She's just out of a bad marriage with a critical over controlling husband and has reason to believe that she may be ready to admit that she do better with a woman than with another man. She calls the service and is fixed up with Aimee Tran a makeup artist with a Tiger Mom who's been on a dry stretch for longer than she wants to think about and decides what the hell, why not.
    When she meets Ellen she knows right away that isn't your regular one night stand. Ellen has been emotionally beaten down and her entire sexual history is one man; (I suppose it's possible) so her confidence in herself and her knowledge of how to act in a sexual situation are both pretty much non-existent. With a few tender words and some patience Ellen begins to find her way and their one night together is a happy one for them both. Aimee being a wise old lesbian decides that Ellen doesn't need to jump into another relationship right away , she needs to get out there and have more wild experiences with wild ladies. Don't ask me why she doesn't just go with what Ellen wants; I suppose that'd be too easy.
    Since I've spilled the beans that this isn't a sex story it's a love story you already knew Ellen and Aimee come together in the end and of course become a couple. It's a sweet journey, full of caring and sentiment and even if this trip into love is oh so predictable; it's still a nice ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand: Green Mountain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready - or able - to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.

    Rebecca says: "yeah for Nolan and Hannah."
    "Weak Followup"
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    Indeed a pretty weak followup to the first selection in this series All You Need is Love. Far too often in this work the author uses a tired romance novel cliche; goes for the cheap laugh; or sticks to the formulaic rather than going for the more creative solution. The Meghan character in the first novel was a nice touch but her character appears to have become stuck in her role as a female version of Oscar the Grouch. The same is true of Nolan's Father, plus the situation with him seemed to wander absently into the mist. There was an occasional line of dialogue that worked, a few good scenes where the author 'put her back into it' so to speak. One particular very important scene that I won't identify so as not to spoil an important moment in the book was written in a subtle and understated way which contrasted nicely with much of the audio. There is a 45 minute novella at the end of book featuring Hannah and Nolan which I found silly and overly sentimental. Hannah was a much more sympathetic figure before she got a starring role. Let's hope book number three recovers some of what made book number one a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrea Bramhall
    • Narrated By Victoria Aston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    After a vicious attack, Morgan Masters wakes up to find that nothing is how she remembers it. John Major isn’t the prime minister anymore, the Millennium has been and gone, and it’s been a very long time since she was in college. When Erin’s worst fears become reality and her world crumbles around her, she has to pick up the pieces and start all over again. Can losing everything actually be the best thing that ever happened to Morgan?

    Gang of Four says: "Here Comes A Large Truck"
    "Here Comes A Large Truck"
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    Not a bad selection but between the usual author's theme that there's always a man to blame and holes in logic of the police investigation that you could drive a truck through, it strains for three stars. The the police would have turned up the identity of the blond in a manner of hours not days. Tristan was not credible in the extent of his naivete. Finally the fact that they decided that Erin's brother was to be left behind instead of going with the ladies; given the circumstances, was one more huge hole in the book's logic.
    Positively, Morgan's character and dialogue upon waking up as a nineteen year old in 1992 was a fantastic touch as well as being greatly entertaining. Also as a story twist the use of amnesia has been done so many times it could easily become extremely trite; I liked it that the twist this time was that the amnesia began and ended at a specific point in the patient's life. The narrator has a thick British accent that was distracting for me the initial thirty minutes or so but once I became accustomed to it added significantly to the listening experience. This particular book is perhaps good for rounding out your collection but I wouldn't make it a priority.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed Through

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Flora Plumb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Former journalist turned journalism teacher Larissa Johanssen moved back to her hometown to escape the violence she once covered on a national stage. Until that violence strikes her high school, her students. Now, she must help her students deal with the type of coverage that drove her to the breaking point. And she must revisit parts of her past she thought long buried - and separate truth from fiction to finally begin to heal.

    Gang of Four says: "One of the Best"
    "One of the Best"
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    A fictional school shooting in a small Minnesota town creates an echo of childhood trauma for TV, newspaper reporter turned Journalism-English teacher Larissa Johanssen. The fact that Larissa was in Hawaii when the shooting went down is troubling for at least one of the faculty members at the school who believes it removes her from the rest of the faculty who witnessed the attack and who were at risk.. As the media gathers school begins anew and the memorial service looms Larissa becomes more undone by feelings she can't identify and the presence of a man named Pete Petrovich who claims to remember something there should be no chance for him to remember. A situation when both were present that only he remembers. I'll stop the factual recitation right there so as not to spoil the ending.
    The author is evidently a prolific writer of fantasy and since I never read or listen to anything of that genre I was unfamiliar with her work. After this book I may decide to give other selections of hers a shot. There have been several works by other authors including Laura Lippman and Lisa Gardner in the wake of the number of school shootings the past twenty years but this is the best of any I've read or listened to pertaining to those events. I can't think of one time the author took the easy way out or resorted to cliche in order fill the face between events. I was so eager to listen to this one all the way through I remained awake until early morning. I'd give it six stars if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Condominium: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. Welcome to Golden Sands, the dream condominium built on a weak foundation and a thousand dirty secrets. Here is a panoramic look at the shocking facts of life in a Sun Belt community - the real estate swindles and political payoffs, the maintenance charges that run up and the health benefits that run cut... the crackups and marital breakdowns... the disaster that awaits those who play in the path of the hurricane...

    Gang of Four says: "Same Old Song and Dance"
    "Same Old Song and Dance"
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    The corporate culture combines with consumerism and ignorance to create a disaster. No this isn't about the sub prime mortgage crisis; it's about a coastal economy that depends on people buying land and building structures where they have no business building anything. No it's not about New Orleans and a hurricane called Katrina; it's Florida and a fictional hurricane named Ella. It's about the combination of a natural and a man made disaster and the unwillingness of people to see what's not in their best interest to see. Human nature changes slowly if at all and the manner in which people deal with issues such as self interest versus community interest; government vs. private business can be placed at the center of many types of stories. With a couple of exceptions it's a story that you can transpose easily to today. The exceptions are that weather prognostications are much more exact now and there are a lot of sources for weather now; there would be far fewer false alarms today than in 1973. The other difference that with new laws the builders would have already written new laws and regulations to exempt themselves from legal action and it wouldn't have taken illegal bribery today. Not when legal bribery is so much easier and safer to conduct. This is not the best of the non McGee books by the author but informative, instructive, entertaining and still a good listen more than forty years after it was written. Like most things written by John D I recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness...again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long. Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge, black Great Dane who changes everything.

    Gang of Four says: "Another Great Book By This Author"
    "Another Great Book By This Author"
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    After reading a couple of okay to pretty good books by this author I enjoyed her return to a great book immensely. Once again it's about finding family in the the world, when the family you have isn't up to the job. It's the story of a child that stumbles upon and then chooses to act in loco parentis for someone they happen to meet in their life. The actual parent is not so much a bad person as they are a poor parent and thus the child is in need of a real adult in their lives. The author's ability to create a few very likable characters and relationships is good enough that I've listened to six of her audiobooks ranging from good to really good or great and mostly enjoyed listening to very similar stories six times. This one might be the best of the six and at worst is third best. A full five stars for the story of a child who is forced to become an adult far too soon; and the adult who chooses to take on something very close to a parental role. I recommend both this author and this book heartily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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