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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 2,858
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639

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
  • Warning! This ends in a cliffhanger.

  • By TyrannosaurusRix on 09-21-17

I need the next book...

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

...like, today!!! Loved it! Talk about a cliffhanger. I hope Mr. Johnson is busy writing.

  • With the Old Breed

  • At Peleliu and Okinawa
  • By: E. B. Sledge
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks (introduction)
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,627

The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the second audio book of Sledge's work

  • By Richard on 10-21-13

Incredible story, incredible book

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

Reviewed: 04-01-14

The greatest generation is right. These men went through something other soldiers won't, I dare say. Have you thanked a veteran today?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-01-14

I kept waiting for something to happen--other than a very stream-of-consciousness ramble about pretty much nothing except who is wearing what and eating where--but nothing did. I got bored after giving it an honest effort. I haven't seen the movie, and I really don't want to if it's anything like this book. I want my money back.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • True Grit

  • By: Charles Portis
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth it!

  • By Tommygaus on 12-29-10

Good Story, Poor Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

We've all seen the John Wayne movie (much, much better than the new version, methinks), so we're all familiar with the story. The detraction here is the narrator. I know that in the afterword she tells how much her entire family just loooooves True Grit, but her narration leaves a LOT to be desired. A LOT.

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  • Happy, Happy, Happy

  • My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • By: Phil Robertson
  • Narrated by: Al Robertson, Phil Robertson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent

  • By calluna13 on 06-02-13

Just a Great Story

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Do yourself a favor--give this book a listen. We're all familiar with the Robertsons through TV, of course. But this inside back-story tome will make you love them more than you already do.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The System

  • The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
  • By: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Inside Look at an Industry to Itself

  • By W Perry Hall on 01-23-14

It's Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

As a huge college football fan (Roll Tide!), I enjoyed the book as a whole, but it just wasn't quite what I needed it to be.

By that, I mean that at times it was boring, to the point I forwarded it a few minutes to get on to something interesting. A LOT of time is spent on one coach in particular, and it's my opinion that there are plenty of other programs and stories out there to be told without focusing so much on one area.

Overall, there is a lot of good information here. The authors are very careful to cite their sources at the end of the book, so I fully believe the book's authenticity.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,721

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Hunter on 03-27-12

An Old Favorite

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

This was the first Stephen King novel I ever read, and in my humble opinion, it's his best. No trickery, no scare the absolute crap out of you...it's the subtle "what if..." that gets you.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this old friend, and I highly recommend it to anybody who might enjoy exploring "what if...".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,800

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

One of the best books I've read in a while

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

I looked at this book several times before I finally decided to go ahead and give it a listen.

I'm sorry I waited so long to do it. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

It's obvious that Crais has done his research related to PTSD, dog psychology, and K9 training. I love the way he made Maggie not a human, but not a lapdog, either. I felt her pain every bit as much as I felt Scott's. Their story moves along and doesn't drag once; it just grabs you and doesn't let go from the beginning. I've recommended it to other people, and all three of them agree it's one of the best books out there.

This is just a well-written, moving story from the first page. Well done, Mr. Crais. Very well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tricked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,611

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked in an Instant

  • By Nicholas on 04-24-12

I don't know that I'll continue Iron Druid

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

I've enjoyed the Iron Druid Chronicles up until now. I'm not quite finished with this one, and I'm trying to get it over with soon. I'm tired of it.

This book just isn't as good as the first three; the third one was downhill, and this one is the bottom. I absolutely HATE the narrator's voice for Oberon in this one; he's changed it for some reason, and it sounds more like Oberon has a lispy, breathy voice than in the others. Oberon's lines, which were one of the best reasons to read the other books, are lame and goofy in this one, especially with the new voice for him.

I think the thing that really turned me off this one is all the environmental, mother-Earth tree hugging crap. It seems to be really turned up in this one, more so than in the others, and that's a huge turn off for me.

I really like finishing a series once I get one started, but I really don't think I'll continue this one. It's just blah.

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,073

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

This isn't how Sookie's story should end...

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

WARNING: SPOILERS

I'm a huge fan of Sookie Stackhouse. Like everybody else, I waited anxiously for this book's release...and we got THIS?!

This one is a real letdown. Let's face it; it was time for Sookie's adventures to be over. How many times can one person have their life in danger from otherworldly creatures and it still be fresh reading? So a promising end to a good series went out with a whimper.

Eric is barely in this book--BARELY, as is Pam. Bill has more lines than they do, but is still pretty much left out.

I think the ending really got to me most. I'm Team Eric when it comes to who Sookie spends happily ever after with, and instead of a plot twisting, last minute white knight riding in, we get a (what seemed to be) rushed coupling, last minute hook-up with Sam. And nothing definitive there, either; just a maybe Sookie will end up with Sam and maybe she won't.

Again, a real letdown. I want my credit back. :(

1 of 2 people found this review helpful