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James Michael Stengel

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  • The Western Star

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am a huge Longmire fan...

  • By BDHumbert on 10-05-17

Confusing timline

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I had to listen to this book twice due to the sometimes confusing timeline which without warning would shift back 20 yrs. The relationship between Walt and Vic was not developed further, which was disappointing.. Considering what Vic has sacrificed, her character needs to be developed in depth.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Skink - No Surrender

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 647

Classic Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clinton Tyree is all time favorite

  • By Norman on 09-27-14

A real disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

What disappointed you about Skink - No Surrender?

An unbelievable story line

What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

The entire story concerned two kids whose stupidity is beyond the pale of belief.

What didn’t you like about Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

Monotone

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I have been an Audible member for 5 yrs, this is the first time I have considered asking for a refund. Normally, I am a huge Carl Hiaasen fan, but this book didn't bear any resemblance to anything by him I have listened to before.

Any additional comments?

Carl must have needed money, in order to release this drivel under his name.

  • An Obvious Fact

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587

In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called to Hulett, Wyoming - the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower - to investigate, things start getting complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No brainer. Use the credit.

  • By Boysmom on 09-19-16

Please develop the Walt/Vic story line

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Walt Longmire always is an interesting storyline especially due to the fact of the TV series,
when he talks to Vic, you see Katee Sackhoff in your mind--- Henry Standing Bear/Lou Diamond Phillps etc.

What did you like best about this story?

Vic has been brilliantly developed into a true partner, professionally and romantically with Walt==== hope this will continue=== I don't expect a rice and flowers wedding, but considering what Vic has sacrificed while working with Walt, she deserves a prominent role in every future episode.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

It would be impossible to say anything but the best things about G Guidall-- when he talks, you see Robert Taylor

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, but it was too short.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to see Walt make a commitment to Vic--------------- she deserves it, and Cady deserves to know she almost had a sibling.

  • A Serpent's Tooth

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,825

In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Craig Johnson's best!

  • By Dave on 08-13-13

Absolutely the best of Johnson's writing.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

If you could sum up A Serpent's Tooth in three words, what would they be?

Griping suspense and action

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Serpent's Tooth?

The final scene with Walt and Vic

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The best of the best

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely---- when I wasn't listening to the book-- I was thinking about it

Any additional comments?

I am glad to see the relationship between Walt and Vic bloom--- the are both troubled and flawed but clearly good for each other.

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat

  • By Michael J Canning on 01-25-14

What combat is really like

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

Absolutely! Probably the best audible book I have listened to. It gives a true account of combat and removes any glory that many stories try to paint

What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

Kevin Collins did a magnificent job or portraying a "good ole Texas boy,"--- listeners are too used to great narrators like Geo Guidall or prefer a voice like James Earl Jones--- but Collins was not portraying Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp, he was portraying a genuine, living breathing Texan who was also a hero in real life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last gunfight on the mountain where his 3 comrades fell, and also the back story of the support at the parents home and his brother's firm belief he was alive

Any additional comments?

I was a platoon leader and rifle company commander in Vietnam, also airborne and Ranger qualified, but Lutrell and his fellow SEALS were absolutely the best of the best.

  • Kill Shot

  • An American Assassin Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,949

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

  • By OldRetiredGuy on 02-10-12

This book made me a Vince Flynn fan

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Shot to be better than the print version?

Impossible to answer as I have not read the hard copy--however Geo Guidall is as much Mitch Rapp as Sean Connery is James Bond

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mitch Rapp as he is focused and does not let political correctness or political expediency stand in the way of accomplishing a mission

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Guidall is a true actor in the theater of the mind

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When you need a dirty job done-- you call Mitch Rapp

  • Telex from Cuba

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic and great history

  • By Magin La Grave on 11-26-08

Making a short story too long

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More detail and history should be added.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There are too many unsubstantiated character assassinations by innuendo. the suggestion that Raul Castro was a homosexual is completely uncalled for and a frequent lie spread by the anti Castro, Batistianos in Miami.

Character detail is excruciatingly lengthy and adds little to the novel.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The truth about the corruption of the Batista government and his support by the US government.

Any additional comments?

My father worked for United Fruit and we lived in Banes, which is near Preston during the time the novel portrays.

  • The Operators

  • The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
  • By: Michael Hastings
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

An explosive, behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the U.S. war in Afghanistan that lifts the curtain of the world stage to reveal the devastating greed, waste, and failure surrounding this unwinnable war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring our Troops Home

  • By Bookworm on 12-20-12

Ever wonder why the military distrust the press?

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

Reviewed: 08-01-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Operators to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, however the audio was well worth the listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the portrayal of General Mc Chrystal. It is unfortunate that no matter how hard Hastings tries to gloss over his despicable betrayal of Mc Chrystal and his staff, he still comes off as a deceptive worm and makes it impossible for embedded reporters in the future to get honest answers. I'm sure Hastings is proud he got one of America's greatest generals and heroes fired. Obviously no deception is below his moral.

What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

The narrative was excellent and well spoken.

If you could give The Operators a new subtitle, what would it be?

"How to worm your way into someone's trust and then betray him"

Any additional comments?

Although the story was extremely informative, I do not believe the author's betrayal of McChrystal can be justified. Obviously Hastings is attempting to be another Woodward and Bernstein, and comes off more as a Keith Olbermann

1 of 2 people found this review helpful