Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone series continued by Michael Brandman is beginning to slip. The first two Jesse Stone mysteries done by Brandman were close in spirit to the Parker series. He did turn deputy Molly Grant into Charlie Sheen's housekeeper in Two and a Half Men; but in general kept Jesse's humanity intact. This selection did so as well. Unfortunately the works have become pretty formulaic as well as quite short in duration.
I still find a great deal to recommend in the continuing Jesse Stone series. They are pleasant listens as well as affirmations in the morality of treating people as you would wish to be treated. A Chief of Police who encounters and takes down bullies of all stripes is a nice read for those of us who feel strongly about the current culture rife with so many different types of bullying. I continue to recommend the Jesse Stone series. Even if not as enthusiastically as I did when Robert Parker was the writer.
Though the bombastic style used by speakers doing an open air address it held up well. It explains a great deal as to why Roosevelt is still regarded by many as a statesman by many and as an excellent politician by most, if not all. It was a bit eerie as to how well the words of the new president in 1932 apply so well in this era.
This was a fascinating listen, in that it was done following the loss of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. The general consensus was that the Democratic party had lost the south completely and had a hard time defining both themselves and the issues. Thus letting the Republicans or Fox News define them in ways that cost them votes with people who should logically be natural supporters.
One of the things that went unmentioned was the Democratic Party's lack of willingness to fight back against the conservative sound machine. That's true both in the sense of claiming liberal values and responding to attacks that lacking basis in fact. For most of my adulthood the Democrats have been perceived as a party that either lacked values, or were unwilling to fight for their values; a feckless group lacking any beliefs or backbone.
That image has changed somewhat due to a class of new Democrats who've grown a pair and are willing to stand up for the party's values; ironically considering the nomenclature for the most part they're women. I wish that Elizabeth Warren was considering a run for president; as far as I'm concerned she's what a leader should be.
Okay I'm off the rant train now. I simply found it ironic that even though the majority of Americans support the positions of the Democratic Party; believe they are on the right side of most issues; yet continue to lose elections. This audiobook discussion points out that to some extent they're still searching to find their voices.
It's a little difficult to rate five minutes with any real accuracy but this was humorous and and nominally enlightening.
I think this one is; uh, deserves a 4 star rating; though I think I've displayed my ambivalence to that sufficiently. Waves; particularly Tsunami and rogue waves have been a fascination for me for a few years now and I'd hoped this book would answer some of my questions about those. What I wasn't expecting was an almost surfing groupie fan magazine fawning ode to Laird Hamilton by the author. There is quite a bit of information pertaining to waves and the best places to find them; as well as the reports of people who found themselves caught up in rogue waves around the world. Unfortunately far too much of this selection is dedicated to the author's extreme admiration of Hamilton the Surfing God. Perhaps he is worthy of such admiration; after all he did convince Gaby Reese to marry him and bear his children, but it wasn't the reason I purchased this audio. The book is well done, it accurately conveys the extreme dangers of waves the size of ten to twelve story buildings. The narrator Kirsten Potter does a fantastic job with the material and the author truly expresses the magnificence of the sea and the amazing power of it. This is probably a very good listening for anyone who relate to that; it just wasn't what I thought I was buying.
This was, for the most part a nice little kid's story; though much of the middle portion of the narrative was pretty tedious. However the middle aged male narrating this tale from the perspective of a thirteen year old just didn't work. Indeed it was just so jarring, that at times it completely distracted from the story. I know that it's probably impossible to find a thirteen year old male capable of reading an audiobook but I find it hard to believe that a better reader couldn't have been located.
This was a fantastic coming of age/ adventure story set in 1969 that tells the tale of the very unfortunately named Gene Steen and his cousin Lucy. Fifteen year old Gene lives with his parents in Milwaukee; surely the least hip place on Earth he's sure. Lucy on the other hand is surely the coolest person on the planet and totally hot too; too bad she's his cousin but at least he's learning some things he never expected to.
Then the story goes from young adult coming of age narrative to an adventure when she tells him a few of her secrets and the two of them take to the road.
If not for an overly detailed acid trip description this is a poignant, intelligent, mature story set in a time that I remember quite well. Highly recommended.
Bevin Alexander concentrates on eight battles where better strategies or reactions by the men guiding their armies could have changed history. Warning for those of you have idolized Robert E Lee, he doesn't fare very well in this work; nor does George Washington for that matter. Using the works of Sun Tzu the author points out mistakes made by military leaders that cost battles, and or wars.
It's an interesting take on historical events; particularly the battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War. I visited the sight and took the tour of the battlefield, and what Lee tried to accomplish there always confused me.
There are times when the audio version bogs down in detail that probably worked better in print. Still for those of you fascinated by military history this is a definite add to your collection.
This book began so slowly I came close to giving up on it. Adam Marsh's meltdown; the act that sets this whole story in motion was done in slow motion and with more detail than is imparted in The Odyssey. The characters aren't particularly well balanced for the most part; particularly for the first three quarters of the book. What saves this book is Adam's growth of character and the relationship between him and Chance the rescue dog. Well, that and the improvement in the relationship between Adam and his daughter Ariel; both of them growing as people as well as father and daughter. If you're able to get through the first couple of chapters it's a good listen.
This is a pretty good story and E V Grove does an excellent job, but after listening to Taken I was expecting more. When it comes t erotica Selena Kitt is a better author than most but this this one doesn't quite measure up.
While at a loss for a compromise choice my daughter talked me into a bit of nostalgia. After one chapter she had to admit that the trip down memory lane hadn't taken her where she'd hoped to go. One chapter in, we reached a consensus that the max age for this series was fifteen; tops.
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