From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".
Waaaaay too much lecturing time and not enough story time. I fell asleep twice in the first hour. The author undercuts the point of the narrative by making everyone a victim of the big, bad system. You’ve heard it all before. Avoid at all costs.
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Every mother's worst fear became Sharon Rocha's reality. On Christmas Eve 2002, she received a phone call from her son-in-law saying that her daughter, Laci, was missing. In the hours, days, and eventually months that followed, Sharon struggled to avoid accepting what no parent should ever have to face: the certain knowledge that her child is never coming home.
Scott is a monster. Laci was a spoiled brat. Bad combo. Mom has very poor boundary issues. My skin crawled after the umpteenth time of hearing that Laci was her best friend and that no one knew her better than her mother. Scott didn’t want a child, Laci did. Case closed. Mom says Laci never shut up and guests sometimes had to be rescued from her chatter. Yikes. Both mom and daughter were all about me, me, me. She needed five friends’ trucks to gather “mementos “ from “her” daughter’s house, which she broke into when she felt she was getting the run around from the Peterson’s. She’s aggrieved because she has to deal with funeral arrangements. She tells us she didn’t want to do it. Her mother always handled these things. She’s annoyed at the court proceedings because she’s a grieving mother and it’s just not fair. She walks around her story with a chip on her shoulder the size of Montana. The self absorption on display here is pathological. How many national tv interviews were necessary AFTER the bodies were found? I’ll stop here. But, if it’s a good old fashioned mommy wallow you want, crack open a box of chocolates (or ten), grab a box of Kleenex and go for it. I found it insufferable. The performance is just fine.
Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably.
Conservative David Frum lays out the convincing case that Trump poses the greatest mortal threat to American Democracy in living memory and why many of Trumps supporters as well as detractors do not, or will not, believe it. He will explain it to you when you listen to his book. No need for me to talk about it in this review. The reason I gave the book four and not five stars was because I would like to have heard how his conservative views have been changed by the rise of this authoritarian impulse in the body politic on both the right and left. I know he was not a supporter of marriage equality, and maybe this is still the case, but here he sounds elated about the public backlash against the Presidential tweets banning transgender military service. His contention is that Americans hate a bully. I would have been very interested in hearing about his evolution concerning conservative dogma that is jeopardizing his Republican Party as well as the country’s political system. He voted for Hillary even though, like many of us, he did it holding his nose and with gritted teeth. His reason why is beautifully stated and I’ll let him tell you about it.
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When Donovan Campbell's platoon deployed to Ramadi in the spring of 2004, they believed they'd be spending most of their time building schools, training police, and making friends with the citizens. But shortly after arriving, when Campbell awoke to the chilling cry of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret across the city, he knew they had an altogether different situation on their hands.
The story of Joker One is one that every gung-ho flag waver should read. The suffering and death of such good, well intentioned men for a war that was not winnable is a national disgrace. The armchair patriots that blame the media or liberals instead of the Bush government for this war should, if they are still capable of rational thinking, hang their heads in shame. These brave soldiers were asked to implement policies that were criminally naive and then not even given the proper equipment to do the job. Just hearing how the constantly malfunctioning radios made it impossible to communicate effectively, how the Marines did not rate the same Humvee’s as the army because of budget constraints, are just two of the many shocks I experienced in listening to this story. I did become frustrated with Lt. Campbell many times when he did not forcefully stand up for his men. He went into this conflict with the proverbial rose colored glasses firmly covering his eyes. Reality rudely tore them off and stomped them to pieces. Some of Lt. Campbell’s conclusions at the end of this book seem delusional to me. Especially his remarks on the meaning and nature of love. But listen for yourself. We owe these brave men so much, the least we can do is buy a book to help support a few of them. While the Lieutenant and his men love their country, as most Americans do, he makes it clear that they fought for each other. There is very little flag waving and no chest thumping in this one. This one hurt to read. God bless them all.
We all know the formula, and we all love the stories. Boy meets boy, one's a closeted jock and the other's a sweet college student with a heart of gold. The jock is always cautious and worried how others will perceive him. The gay protagonist is always too good to be true, and dare we say, dumb? Then it's all forbidden glances, angst, and misunderstandings, right? Well, this isn't one of those stories.
The Homecoming was far superior to this bilge. Far, far too long and so many dumber than dumb plot contrivances that the story is ruined. There’s not a decent sex scene until several hours into this mess and even then only a few. With so many of Keegan’s other, superior works available to record, why was this one chosen? Whoever made the call on this one did no one any favors. I love Keegan’s work overall, but this is a major misfire. If Keegan is moving away from his hot, often disturbing fiction to potboiler fiction like this, it’s a big mistake. The narrator was very good, as usual.
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[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.
The Butterfly Effect is not a very well thought out piece of journalism. This comes a real surprise to a Ronson groupie like myself, who has enjoyed all of Jon's previous works that I have purchased. This felt like a superficial hit job to me. He touched on several important themes, rising rates of impotence in young males, porn addiction vs. real life relationship, just to name two. His default argument for everything was the big bad boogie man Porn Hub. He might have asked the newly down and out Porn Producers he interviewed why amateur porn is so popular vs. the old school slick product for starters. Does Jon think that just MAYBE another reason young males are ditching the complicated world of real relationship for the convenience of a relationship with porn is the emasculating effect of globalization and the reality of McJobs for far too many young people, male and female? Porn Hub is a symptom of a bigger problem. I felt like Jon was doing a bit of Shaming himself this time out. As interesting as most of the personal stories were, the conclusions were just too simplistic for this listeners ear. Jon is an original voice and I sure have learned a lot from him, but this effort gets a solid D.
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An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.
Firstly, don't pay any attention to those nattering nabobs of negativity that dissed Alan Sklar's performance. I thought he did a fine job. Too many of my fellow Audible's are like teenage Beatle groupies, don't EVEN mention the Monkee's to them...they don't wanna hear anything else but... Now onto the story... I really enjoyed both film versions of Red Dragon/Mindhunter and also enjoyed reading it back in the day. But it always surprises me how much I have forgotten about a previously read book. Couple that with the unique experience of listening to the same book and I found myself completely enjoying the experience, again. This is a dark, dark listen and not for the faint of heart. The last chapter was just flat out great writing...and listening. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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"Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord—in our bed—was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie's nose) got bent in the process."
Tony of Mark and Tony is an intelligent, sweet, hot cop. Mark of Mark and Tony is childish and impulsive and no way these two are a love match. Mark makes so many irresponsible decisions throughout this story from beginning to end that it's impossible to find him attractive. Shannon Gunn is awesome as usual. But skip this one. One stupid protagonist wrecks the whole thing. At least it did for me.
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Clever, headstrong Elizabeth Rose Camperdowne knows her duty. As the sole heiress to an old but impoverished noble family, Eliza must marry a man of wealth and title - it's the only fate for a girl of her standing. But when a surprising turn of events lands her in the royal court as a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, Eliza is drawn into the dizzying, dangerous orbit of Henry the Eighth and struggles to distinguish friend from foe.
If you like stories of simpering, stupid maidens that could not possibly have any basis in fact, of dumb clucks that learn nothing about themselves or the world they live in and to top it off, preposterous endings that only romantic schoolgirls might appreciate, then by all means have at this drivel. Otherwise, spend a credit on one of the author's non fiction works. This is brainless junk.
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One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.
What would possess an author to read his own work so incompetently when there are so many wonderful narrators available? George Saunders nearly destroys this audible book. He mumbles, whines and sounds like an adolescent boy throughout the listening of this book. Is he such an egomaniac that he couldn't hear himself? Did anyone at Audible listen to this before releasing it? Maybe say to old George, you're a great writer but a terrible narrator? So dear listener, you choose: if you can stand the narration, lay down your credit and enjoy. But be warned that it's an annoying listening experience through some truly wonderful and profound stories. Tragic hubris.
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