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  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,589

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT MY FAVORITE JACK REACHER BOOK

  • By Genny Waddell on 11-09-16

Much good, some bad

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

The Good - Reacher's reasoning, his thought process to his detective work, very interesting. Simple language good. Story plot twisty. Villains. Depiction of German culture. Main story plot very good. Dick Hill superior as usual.

The Bad: Gratuitous sex. Bestiality totally yuck, I fast forwarded. I do not care for the in depth description of Reacher's getting it on, also fast forwarded through that. Depiction of women.

  • Heaven and Hell

  • Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great ending to the series

  • By Erik on 12-08-13

Magnificient!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Here are my impressions, not necessarily in chronological order. Warning...spoiler alerts

Madelaine's writing letters to her dead husband - very good method of coping with grief.

Rise of the horrible KKK explained, as well as the motivation of some of the members.

Charles discovering the fruitlessness of the pursuit of vengeance, but the need to
beware of vindictive (Bent, Ashton) people.

I felt great sorrow over Agusta's death. And Constance. And Andrew and Patience.
And the Peace Indians. Lots of sadness in this book.

Did not like the name of Charles' horse, Satan. Spike would have been better.

Impressed with Willa - once Charles hit her, it should have been over.

George abandoned his children when his wife died. Wrong.

Impressed with the need to act immediately when threatened - Charles failure
to kill Scar got his friend, Grey Owl, killed, then got himself shot in the back.

Very much appreciated the history lessons.

Wood's attack on Willa and Charles' saving her - thrilling.

Real Life Mistake - Charles should not have given up his guns when
Bent threatened little Gus. He also should have accepted his two
friends' offer to go with him..

Virgilia and others enduring the ups and downs of life, maturing, gaining
in wisdom, risking more pain for love - very encouraging.

Again, good depiction of life - sex, friendship, children, work, politics, food,
drink, tobacco, oppression, loyalty, racism, fighting, animals - all realistically and well done.

Reader terrific!

I recommend this book and want to get other books by this author.



  • Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't believe I haven't read this before...

  • By Erik on 10-21-13

Understand Civil War better

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Fabulous book and author; great narrator. Will listen to many more times to catch what I missed.

This book helps me understand the civil war much better.

Several good villains - both black and white. Scheming and conniving by Virgilia, Ashton, Bent and others horrifying, but true to life.

Good treatment of sex.

Orry failed to shoot Bent and other coconspirators immediately a mistake; also his showing mercy to a wounded soldier
who then murdered Orry reminded me of the need for immediate deadly action in some circumstances.

Life long friendships of West Point graduates very good.

Common aspects of life - love for a good horse, lice infestation, pettiness, need for basic necessities well done.

Horrible conditions in Confederate prison. I am sure conditions as bad in Union prisons.

This book corroborated experiences my family, both Southerners and Yankees, had during and after the war.

I recommend this book for its entertainment value and history.

  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Wowser! More and Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Character development and storyline awesome! Very much appreciated the background storyline leading up to the Civil War. John Jakes is a master craftsman. Grover Gardner, the narrator terrific. As soon as I am done with this review, I am going to purchase the next in the series.

I am going to listen to this again. I recommend this book!

  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical apocalypse story

  • By June on 08-22-18

To survive, decide

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Great survival book. James, the main character, had only minutes or hours in different situations to react to save himself and his family. He took immediate, decisive action to save his family from the tsunami, 3 would-be kidnappers, vicious meth squatters, and other situations.

Appreciated the characterization of Vincent, one of the bad guys. He was just a guy that had potential to make something of his life, but got in with a bad crowd and chose a loose woman who did not have his back. Not all bad guys are evil, murdering, raping scum, but just people, like Vincent, who make bad decisions and have bad association, which leads to their downfall.

Narrator AWESOME! Loved his bullet sound effects.

After the story ends, the author tells about his upcoming books about surviving different scenarios. Looking forward to them all except the zombie one, which I will skip.

I recommend this book and am planning to listen to it several more times.

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  • Wildlife Wars

  • The Life and Times of a Fish and Game Warden
  • By: Terry Grosz
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

In Wildlife Wars, Terry Grosz serves up fascinating stories - alternately hair-raising, hilarious, and heart-wrenching - from his 30-year struggle to protect wildlife in America. A natural storyteller, Grosz writes about the remarkable characters he met - on both sides of the law - as he matched wits with elk poachers, salmon snaggers, commercial-market duck hunters, and a host of other law-breakers. Best of all, though, these stories are so remarkably entertaining you won't want to put them down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Author is his own biggest fan.

  • By leigh on 08-14-15

Very worthwhile - entertained plus learn!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

This was a wonderful, upbuilding book! The author conveys his respect and love for his wife, wildlife, people, the Creator. He used his strength and size to serve. His true life experiences very exciting. I reviewed this after my second listening...it is worth listening to again.

I highly recommend this book.

  • Tripwire

  • Jack Reacher, Book 3
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,024

Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expects the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slower pace than first 2 books

  • By Dogs & Horses on 04-12-13

Great Reacher novel

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Great Reacher novel, will listen to again at least 1 or 2 more times.

I did fast forward over 2 scenes - the company president's humiliation and the
blow by blow lovemaking of Reacher. One too excruciating, the other
private.

The president's wife was admirable. Good to be reminded there are many good
people out there, but truly evil ones too and not to place yourself in their power.

Good reminder that debt is slavery.

Loved Reacher's philosophy of possessions and preferring the simple life.

Narrator great, good nuance in villain's voice, women's voices, New Yorkers'
accents, etc.

Story line fascinating, realistic portrayal of Vietnam War and army life,
ending very good.

  • When the Peace Is Gone

  • A Powerless World Series, Book 2
  • By: P. A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Russ and Anne Mathews made their escape from their home, along with family, friends, and new friends they made along the way. Now, they must build a new life for themselves at the Warren farm, without the luxury of electricity and very few traces of the 21st century. The problem: there are a lot of people who didn't prepare for something like this, and some of those people will stop at nothing to take what the group has, by whatever means necessary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By ellen on 11-02-17

Nuts and Bolts of living after an EMP

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Great information on chores, education, entertainment for children, menus,
sleeping arrangements, laundry, old time tractor driving and plowing, medicinal
healing herbs. Kept rewinding to listen to the section on healing herbs.

While encouraging being armed, the characters showed a reluctance to kill
when confronted with 3 scavenging predators. It was obvious to me, even
without knowing their previous crimes, but knowing they had tried to steal
a woman, that they should have been killed immediately when the defenders
had a chance. They should have realized letting them go allowed them to
continue kidnapping, rape, plunder on someone else. Maybe they were allowed
to go for the sake of the story line. In real life, the defenders should have killed
them quickly, then gone to eat or finish chores or nap.

A little concerned about the story line regarding the UN. Afraid this will
encourage a Ruby Ridge mentality. The UN is more likely to outlaw all
religion than come to your house to steal your food. If you have a compound
and the government comes, you will not drive them off, you and your children
will be killed. Better to be taxed or whatever than face direct confrontation
like Ruby Ridge. If submission cannot be done because your wife or children
are to be taken, FLEE.

Other flaws, lots of profanity and wife disobeying a legitimate order of her
husband to stay behind and not endanger her life.

Enjoyed the nuts and bolts of daily life of running a large household, which
male authors overlook.

I intend listening to this book several more times. Still lots more information to pick up!

  • Before the Power Was Gone

  • A Powerless World, Book 0.5
  • By: P.A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

My name is Anne Mathews. I'm a prepper. But I haven't always been. This is how it started.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another flat prepped book where women are portrayed as idiots

  • By Colorado Skier on 08-16-17

Painless Prepping

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This is the prequel to Book 1 by Mrs. Glaspy. This book contains very useful
information about smart budgeting tips and meal planning so that money
can be freed up to purchase supplies. Purchasing was done weekly, and
monthly, and over time they assembled what they would need.

Also they acquired knowledge via the internet and an old couple.

The main couple enlisted their best friends to join them and then they
got an older couple with a farm to join them. The older couple taught them
a lot about living off the grid - how to butcher animals, planting, preserving
food, etc.

Very encouraging book making preparing seem doable not daunting.
Just start and do a little at a time. Make some minor lifestyle changes.

Keep your preps confidential. Loads of practical tips. It does not matter
if you know some of this stuff, reminders are useful!

Nice relationship between husband and wife. Loving.

  • When the Power Is Gone

  • A Powerless World Series, Book 1
  • By: P. A. Glaspy
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Russ and Anne Mathews live in a rural suburb in Tennessee. Regular people, with regular jobs, living a normal life - except for one thing. They are what many people call "preppers". They have stocked up on supplies to survive any kind of event they can think of that may occur to disrupt life as they know it. When that event comes, they start preparing for the new way of life they will face.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • same ol same ol

  • By george on 08-03-17

Nice prepping novel from woman's perspective

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Learned a lot of new prepping stuff as well as appreciated the reminders
regarding things I already knew. Information presented in an interesting
story; nice story line about couple with children, childless couple, single man,
and others. Really appreciated the reminders about protecting women and
children who would seem desirable commodities to predators.

The narrator mostly very good, but in a few places spoke so quickly I could
not follow.

Some things I did not like: Use of coarse language by the main female character.
One scene at a road block where there was a lot of talking; in real life guys do not
stand around talking like women, they say a few words, if it is not resolved, they get
down to fighting. Also at the road block the bad guys gave the good group the finger
and the female character returned it. I am 64 and when someone calls me a !@#$%
or gives me the finger, I do not return the same. The other thing was the double standard
about stealing - it was ok if the good group did it, but not if others did it.

Preps very good, I am going to listen to this book several more times as well as get the
prequel and the next sequel. If I like the next sequel, I will get the third sequel.

The author did achieve her aim to tell the story from a woman's point of view...Loved
the details about personal hygiene, cooking, food storage, animal husbandry, organization...
gal stuff. Mrs. Glaspy correct … male authors spend a lot of time on the military action,
torture and executions; this was nicer about training children, good foot gear, securing your
home, etc.