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Chris Rowe

Raleigh, NC USA
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  • Wrong Town: A Mark Landry Novel

  • By: Randall H Miller
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Follow 39-year-old veteran Mark Landry as he returns home, having retired from an American government black ops unit. In a small town north of Boston with a rich history, Landry finds that the only girl he has ever loved, Luci Alvarez, is now an extraordinary policewoman at the precarious center of a community's struggles with change, amid a powder keg of fear and paranoia not seen since colonial times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good!

  • By Montana Girl on 04-10-16

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

What would have made Wrong Town: A Mark Landry Novel better?

Mark Landry seemed to be a character with lots of potential, he just didn't really do that much. Based on the advertisements, I really expected a lot more action.

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

The reader did a great job.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I purchased this book based on Facebook ads that compared these to, among others, Vince Flynn novels. C'mon, Mitch Rapp did more in the opening segment of the first chapter than Mark Landry did in the entire book.

  • Dreamers and Deceivers

  • True and Untold Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

The new nonfiction from number-one best-selling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Christopher on 02-04-15

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

What did you like best about Dreamers and Deceivers? What did you like least?

I am a fan of Glen Beck but I lust did not find the stories to be all that interesting. Most didn't really hold my interest.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeremy Lowell?

Sure

  • Dorothy Must Die

  • By: Danielle Paige
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concepts, lacking in the execution

  • By asp_ on 04-05-14

I Tried it But It Is Just Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can see where many would enjoy this book, the narrator did a fine job, the story just didn't work for me. My problem is, what some will like about the story, taking characters that I have been familiar with all of my life, and changing them completely, making them all evil didn't help. Making them so different is what did not work for me.

Has Dorothy Must Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What aspect of Devon Sorvari’s performance would you have changed?

None

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Listening Is an Act of Love

  • By: Dave Isay
  • Narrated by: Dave Isay
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,634

Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching

  • By Debra on 11-23-12

What A Nice Surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-27-12

Where does Listening Is an Act of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very different, very entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was a series of interviews that were performed (usually) between friends and family members. It was usually loving insight into parts of peoples lives. I did enjoy hearing this short book a lot more than I thought that I would.

What about Dave Isay’s performance did you like?

Dave Issay really only did the introduction

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

Most of the interviews were really wonderful. I believe that I had a smile on my face almost throughout, that is when my eyes were not tearing up.

Any additional comments?

I wish that there were more.

  • The Land of Painted Caves

  • Earth's Children, Book 6
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213

Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry but no...

  • By K on 04-02-11

No Need To Pile On

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

Reviewed: 12-07-12

What would have made The Land of Painted Caves better?

Wasn't this supposed to be the last installment of the Ayla story? That was my understanding and, to be honest, the only reason that I fought through it. I have to assume that it is not the last because the same questions that all of us had were not answered. The story had nothing really, it wad quite dull. Occasionally there were story line set-ups that in past books would have gone into a very exciting direction that just went nowhere. If you want to listen, start in the middle of part three and go from there. The beginning could have been titled The Land of Ancient Domestic Life. By the way, I thought that Sandra Burr did a very good job reading.

  • Stealing the General

  • The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor
  • By: Russell S. Bonds
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction

  • By Arthur on 12-05-11

Good Book

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Stealing the General to be better than the print version?

I have only listened to the audio version.

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

I have not listened to any other of Mr Pinchot's readings that I am aware of. I did not realize until after I had completed parts 1 and 2 that he was the reader being familiar with one of his past tv series. I did think, quite a few times during listening to the book that the narrator was very good.

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

No, it was too long for that.

Any additional comments?

I have had this book on my wish list for many months but I only recently got it because it was on sale for 4.95. I have listened to many audiobooks on the civil war. I had read the summary and thought "what the heck". After a slow start, this was a fascinating story that I was not aware of. I found it to be very entertaining and highly recommend it.

  • Clapton

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Eric Clapton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-19-07

Good Listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-07

I was really excited when I saw that this book was released on audiobook. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in this audio book. I wanted more detail on the incredible bands and the wonderful songs that Clapton was involved in, this was usually short treated. To be honest, I found the guy to be a bit whiney. I got tired of hearing about his women. Sometimes you learn more in biographies than you ever wanted to know.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eight Men Out

  • The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
  • By: Eliot Asinof
  • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

"The Most Gigantic Sporting Swindle in the History of America!" This headline proclaiming the 1919 fix of the World Series startled millions of readers and focused the attention of the entire country on one of the most incredible episodes ever to be enacted in the public eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Chris Rowe on 05-31-07

Very Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-07

What a great audio book. I bought it over a year ago and never got around to listening to it. Last week I was painting the house interior and had some time so I gave it a listen. I was very impressed. The story is facinating. I thought that I had an idea of the history but I really knew none of the facts. It is very well written and very well read. It is a complicated story with many characters. It was not difficult to keep up with all of the different story lines and characters. I certainly recommend this title

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Glory of Their Times

  • The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It
  • By: Lawrence S. Ritter
  • Narrated by: Lawrence S. Ritter, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Baseball's Golden Age comes alive through the voices of men who were there. Selected from the original tapes on which Lawrence S. Ritter based his classic book of baseball history, The Glory of Their Times is a collection of wonderful tales that paint a vivid and evocative picture of a lively young America and the giants who starred on her ballfields, legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and many others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Game Winning, Grand Slam!!!

  • By Richard on 09-28-05

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-07

Fascinating. Listened in one sittig, wished that there was more.
Like an audio documentary. I really liked it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of the Dead

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Best

  • By Chris Rowe on 05-26-07

Not The Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-07

This title was actually a bit hard for me to get through and I had the un-abridged version. It became a "fill in" until the last two hours which were exciting but the beginning I found to be pretty dull. I probably would have thought even less had the reader not done his usual outstanding work. I have listened to all off the books in this series and will continue to do so. I was not unhappy iwth this title, just a bit disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful