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  • Easy Errors

  • Bill Gastner Series, Book 12
  • By: Stephen F. Havill
  • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

It's 1986. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is enjoying his usual insomnia alone inside his old adobe when jolted by a horrendous noise. Dreading what he will find, he hastens to the nearby interstate exit where a violent crash has occurred. Three teens are dead. The first deputy to join him at the scene is rookie Robert Torrez, the department's newest hire. Before Gastner can head him off, Torrez sees that the dead boy is his spirited younger brother. But were the three dead kids running from someone - or something - rather than speeding?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The author's first name is Steven, not Stephen!!!!

  • By Wayne on 05-26-18

The author's first name is Steven, not Stephen!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

There are 25 audio books at Audible by Steven F. Havill and only one listed, incorrectly, by Stephen G. Havill. Easy Errors is the one with the incorrectly spelled first name. It is Book 22 in the Posadas County Mystery series by Steven F. Havill.

The series which began with the 1991 release of Heartshot is set in fictional Posadas County, New Mexico. The protagonist of the first 11 novels in the Posadas County Mystery series is undersheriff and later sheriff Bill Gastner. When Gastner retired in Book 12 of the series Robert Torrez became sheriff and Posadas County series protagonist. Book 22 in the series, Easy Errors, goes back to 1986 when Robert Torrez was a rookie sheriff's deputy. The author wrote this recently released novel at the request of his fans.

Easy Errors is a classic police procedural which has little action or suspense, but which deals with the intellectual and footwork aspects of smart cops solving a complex crime. Rusty Nelson narrates Easy Errors as well as many of the other Posadas County Mysteries. He does a great job.

  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?

  • Further Adventures of a Curious Character
  • By: Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sure You're Joking is much better.

  • By Jose on 12-29-16

Insight into Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This book is today's Audible Daily Deal. It was first published in 1988 several months after Feynman's death based on audio recordings during the final months of his life transcribed by Ralph Leighton. Feynman's widow also contributed to the book. Rather than an autobiography or a biography What Do You Care What Other People Think is best described as random remembrances of a great physicist. The book does include insights into the motivations and thought processes of Richard Feynman. Feynman died of cancer at age 69 ten years after the first diagnosis of the cancer. There is little doubt that Richard Feynman is one of the greatest and most consequential scientists that the US has ever produced. He was also a wonderful teacher of physics wit a rare talent for putting complex scientific concepts into layman's language. Many of his lecture are still available.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,222

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

Mostly new age garbage and bad financial advice!

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

While I prefer fiction to nonfiction, I require myself to read at least 10% nonfiction. As a result my two most recent books are of the motivational genre: Bluefishing by Steve Sims and this book You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I'll be 75 years old in two months. My wife of 49 years and I are parents of two girls and one boy and grandparents of 6. Our philosophy on money has always been simple: live below your means. (The book The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko explains the concept well but we practiced it decades before the book was released in 1996). The idea had worked extremely well for us. I write this to set up my discussion of this horrible book.

To those who believe they benefited from You Are a Badass I say good for you. My issues with it include the entire portion of the book about money. The author explains how she purchased an Audi Q5 rather than the much less expensive Honda CR-V when she had to have a new car but could not afford one. She explains that the debt made her work harder and have more faith in her success. She says that if you work hard and have faith in yourself the money will come. She gives examples of when she needed something and had faith it came, it always ddid. My guess is that more than 90% of people who followed her advice on money ended up bankrupt.

Jen Sincero is not the first huckster to make a fortune giving bad financial advice to others and she will not be the last. Her faith (in oneself) vs. fear message does sell books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bluefishing

  • The Art of Making Things Happen
  • By: Steve Sims
  • Narrated by: Steve Sims
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 222

The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once-in-a-lifetime events happen for the rich and famous, reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims' day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients' fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married by the Pope in the Vatican, being serenaded by Elton John, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hella good

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-18

Consistently great advice!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

As I rapidly approach my 75th birthday and retired many years ago to spend time with my grandchildren, I'm not part of the natural target audience for Steve Sims' book. I seldom find any book that I agree with on every point, but Bluefishing is an exception. All of Steve's advice is excellent.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Terminal Rage

  • By: A.M. Khalifa
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When a mysterious man besieges an office tower in Manhattan, he threatens to execute his hostages and unleash terror if his demands are not met. He informs the authorities he will only communicate with Alexander Blackwell, a former FBI hostage negotiator whose stellar career had ended abruptly a few years before. He reluctantly agrees to negotiate with the suspect. As the clock ticks quickly to the deadline, Blackwell soon realizes the only way to save the hostages and prevent catastrophe is to figure out who this enigmatic hostage taker really is and why he asked for him by name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick narrates this Pulse Pounding Debut!

  • By shelley on 05-22-18

The best novel I've listened to in a long time!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I've listened to and rated 2406 audio books here at Audible; Terminal Rage is among the 5 best.

A review by Audible listener Shelley of Raleigh, NC led me to Terminal Rage. Her excellent reviews have led me to many great books during the last three years. Recent Listener Page modifications make following other listeners more difficult, but not impossible. If your genre of choice is suspense mystery/thrillers, you should be following Shelley.

Scott Brick is among the very best. His narration of this novel is truly outstanding.

I often suggest in my reviews that the potential listener read the publisher's summary and I certainly do so with Terminal Rage. The publisher's summary does not do this novel justice because Alex Blackwell is not the only or even the main protagonist. There are two plots woven together that effectively combine a terrorist incident with separate related incidents involving the main protagonist and his seeking extra-legal revenge. The two plots are woven together superbly by author A.M. Khalifa.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Charlton Pettus
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

For crooked politicians and white-collar criminals looking to avoid either prison or a deadlier form of payback, there’s Exit Strategy. With just one call, they can fake your death, give you a new name and face, and launder whatever ill-gotten funds you need to establish a new life on the other side of the world. When Jordan Parrish, the brilliant founder of a medical technology start-up, made the call, he thought he had no other way out. But after his exit, he began to wonder about the circumstances that led him to make that decision: Was someone working against him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is FANTASTIC!!!!

  • By shelley on 05-22-18

Creative plot, wild ride, and great narration!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Exit Strategy is a fast paced international suspense mystery with an unusual and interesting plot line. As usual I suggest reading the publisher's summary and a few reviews before purchasing a novel. This novel comes very close to earning 5 stars. I down rate it slightly because there is no way that protagonist Jordan Perrish could have taken the ongoing physical punishments and survived; the author overdid the violent activity.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Enigma of Reason

  • By: Hugo Mercier, Dan Sperber
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their groundbreaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but boringly redundant

  • By Wayne on 05-22-18

Interesting, but boringly redundant

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Let's start with narration which is not very good. On the other hand I doubt that any other narrator could have done better with the circular redundancy of this book. There really is nothing new here. The final chapter which is 20 minutes in length summarizes the authors' positions on reason and reasoning well and is adequate. Worthwhile? Yes, but more so with far less verbiage.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Antiquities Collector

  • A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery
  • By: Owen Parr
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Retired NYPD homicide detective Joey Mancuso and his half brother, Father Dominic O'Brian, are hired to find a Greenwich, Connecticut, young lady abducted from her dorm at the University of Miami. Working from their investigative offices located inside Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub & Cigar Bar, located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the brothers are about to find out there is more to this than a simple abduction.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another suspense mystery winner from Owen Parr!

  • By Wayne on 05-21-18

Another suspense mystery winner from Owen Parr!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Owen Parr's Mancuso and O'Brian crime mystery series is about a private investigations business. The Case of the Antiques Collector is the 4th novel in this 5 star series. The protagonists are half brothers (same mother). Joey Mancuso is an unconventional former NYPD detective with the best case clearance record in department history. His brother and partner is Catholic priest Father Dominic O'Brian who inherited the family business, Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, which is also the office of their PI business. This series is among the best, and may be THE best, modern detective mystery series currently available. The books are standalone, but I recommend listening to them in order. Narration is stellar.

This series has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense

  • The McBride Trilogy Series, Book 1
  • By: Richard Van Anderson
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Failed surgeon David McBride is in exile from the surgical community after making a costly error in judgment. Down but not out, he perseveres and is given a second chance to establish a career in surgery. But, as McBride stands on the threshold of a new life, the malignant underside of his fellow man intervenes. Under the threat of violence, David is forced to perform illegal organ harvests in a makeshift operating room hidden in a dilapidated meatpacking warehouse in lower Manhattan. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, that was intense!

  • By Wayne on 05-21-18

WOW, that was intense!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

The author is a ex heart surgeon who is is now an author of medical thrillers. The Organ Takes is Book 1 of the David McBride Trilogy. The suspense is incredible. The novel was first published in 2014 and was made available in audio format last week. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already available in various formats and should be released soon in audio format. The publisher's summary is excellent but tells a bit more than I prefer. Joel Richards narrates very well indeed.

The Organ Takers is a standalone, but it does end in a mild cliffhanger. This novel has my Highest Recommendation.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected!

  • By Wayne on 05-20-18

Better than I expected!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The protagonist, Lucas, is a writer who goes to a secluded new writer's retreat on the River Dee in the north of Wales. I'm not a fan of author Mark Edwards whose writing is horribly inconsistent except for the excellent suspense novels he has coauthored with Louise Voss. I usually skip his books of which he is the sole author, but my wife and I lived in Chester, England in a flat on the River Dee during the mid-1990's while my job took our plants England and the north of Wales . I have also visited the north of Wales for extended stays many times beginning in 1974 and ending when I retired 30 years later and have a strong fondness for the area and the people there. The border between England and Wales in the Chester area is defined by the River Dee before it cuts westward into Wales.

The quality of this psychological thriller, The Retreat, is unusually good compared to most of Mark Edwards novels. The narration is better than the novel.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful