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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,575

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Drivel

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I’m not sure if it’s the worst book I’ve ever experienced,but certainly the worst book by a major author. The first part is boring and predicable,and the second part is a fourth rate history of our WWII defeat in the Philippines. Question: Is Grisham so bored turning out mysteries that he’s compelled to take a turn at historical fiction or was he bored beyond belief from reading what he he had written so far of this dreadful book? A good title of this part should be included in “WWII for Dummies”

The third part is a shocking ending explains and ties the whole book together just as an engine explosion and resulting car wreck explains a poorly performing car and ties together a mind numbing two day car trip with a broken radio. It is shocking,it solves a mystery,but it’s still horrible and boring.

  • The Perfect Horse

  • The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

Over promoted-maybe ruined by over exaggerated German accent of surnames

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Very informative about the origin and training of Lipizzaners but disappointing as a cliffhanger. It would have been a terrific magazine article but it was a very easy to put down book. Finally, the narrators timing when employing a German accent with proper names was stilted and disruptive. Were it a script it would have been written as "...an excellent horse trainer(pause for effect) Rau (wait for applause) was born in the small German town of.....". He used this overly guttural,I'll-timed pronunciation so many times I got to the point that I was flinching every time I suspected the characters appearance. It was reminiscent of Dr. Evil's timing whenever he said the word "laser" in Austin Powers.

  • Where the Water Goes

  • Life and Death Along the Colorado River
  • By: David Owen
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado's headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes listeners on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the US-Mexico border where the river runs dry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water issues are never about only water.

  • By Bonny on 08-20-17

Of two or three really good books about water this might be the best

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

This book is not only richly comprehensive and informative but terrifically entertaining. Not to be missed.

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  • The Pursuit of Power

  • Europe: 1815-1914
  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 41 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Richard J. Evans's gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the listener a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific comprehensive history

  • By Awake Tex on 02-02-17

Wonderful book. Excruciating narration

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

The book is very comprehensive,rich in detail,and very informative-history at its best-first rate.

The narration is awkward and painful to listen to. When he pronounces German names he truly sounds like he is trying to clear a gnat out of his throat.

His inflection is also horrible. For example when he says "Bismark" delivered with a way overdone guttural,gnat removing,affectation, he then paused as if to say to the listener,"isn't that delivery wonderful!". The second example of stilted inflection is much like the way Dr. Evil in Austin Powers would say the word "Laser". That is the word is so fascinating that it has the heaviest emphasis in the sentence.

Though I just finished it,I'd gladly start it over and listen to it again but I can't bear to hear his inept delivery again

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Napa

  • By: James Conaway
  • Narrated by: John Morgan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

James Conaway's remarkable bestseller delves into the heart of California's lush and verdant Napa Valley, also known as America's Eden. Long the source of succulent grapes and singular wines, this region is also the setting for the remarkable true saga of the personalities behind the winemaking empires. This is the story of Gallos and Mondavis, of fortunes made and lost, of dynasties and destinies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent But Marred by Non-Stop Mispronunciations

  • By Robert R. on 08-15-13

Great book/Appalling narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

After listening to about 60 books in seven months I've noticed something of a pattern. Quite frequently there is a wonderful dramatic narration with pronunciation of words that any educated person would find appalling. On a major level I'm shocked. Where are the producers? Are they unaware of the correct pronunciation of many words or are they too lazy to start the tape over. On a lesser level I understand the source of the errors-while actors sound marvelous, as a whole they are not educated people. What a shame !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful