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  • Babylon Confidential

  • A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction
  • By: Claudia Christian, Morgan Grant Buchanan
  • Narrated by: Claudia Christian
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world. From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia's affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Takes Guts to Share a Story Like This

  • By Troy on 09-27-13

I had no idea....

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Dear Claudia, I'm both sorry and happy you have gone through the trials life put in front of you as well as your determination to find and accomplish a return of control in your life. I 100% agree that addictions are physical LEARNED behaviors and not something akin to mind over matter. I have never had any addiction because I chose to not participate. I chose to love a life I can recall nearly every single moment of both good and bad. But in your case....

What would you have done if you weren't financially well off? Why did you choose to date so many older rich men? Upon listening to you read this book about your life I've come to a few conclusions of my own. You NEED to be with someone full time. Nothing wrong with this, but it's is also a dependency you have never tried to change. Why? I wonder if you were in my world with no one at all...how would you have made it? I'm hoping you'd have made it to where this book ends regardless of help from friends, lovers, and family. But I can't help but wonder...What If...?

I have always found you beautiful in those projects I've had the pleasure of seeing you in. B5, Hexed, The Hidden, but I've always wondered why there weren't more 'good' movies with you as lead or supporting character? Most everything else I've looked at have been super low budget crap fen if your skills were still there. No amount of great acting can make up for a lame story or horrible movie making.

Since you are an author which adds yet another dimension to your list of accomplishments. I ask you to consider a fictional story of nearly the same set of circumstances EXCEPT without the big money, fame, and globe trotting. What would a story like that become? Might this be a challenge that tickles your talents? Perhaps someday it just might. I'd truly love to see how you would write the character that has no money, no family or friends, and no money. Yet this same person perseveres through all the pain caused by three malpractice doctors who took any chance of a happy, happy life away. The doctors got away with causing permanent harm, and you are left with no one who understands how you feel or cares one bit. You still manage to contribute much in the corporate world designing better ways of efficiency, yet having the credit stolen by your boss. Starting your own businesses that become successful, then are copied by those who mocked you when you started causing your businesses to flounder because 'they' have more money and lots of 'friends'. Add to that...staying home to care for your ill parents instead of pursuing your talents and dreams. Only to be left with nothing by the end after your mom and dad both pass away in the 15 years you gave up caring for them. Throw in a few happenstances of betrayal by those you thought were friends or lovers. Then, wind up living on government disability surrounded by people who have nothing in common with you. This leaves you without any sex or even someone to talk to regularly for YEARS. What would a fictional Claudia story with all these elements read like? No near miracle pill can fix these issues. Would that Claudia keep fighting the losing battle watching more and more of life be taken. More and more physical, mental, and emotional pain pile on every day. Would this Claudia keep going, or would this Claudia simply decide that Karma does not exist. God is a a twisted sadist. And simply choose to put and end to all the years and decades of pointless suffering?

I'd really enjoy seeing what someone who knows nothing of a life like this might come up with as a fictional story and how that story would end.

For me...you will always be Ivanova and Hexina. Even got to merge the two slightly when forced to deal with the ambassador in the episode where Paul Williams did all the talking until,humans were judged 'worthy'. Your choice of 'sex human style' made me laugh as well as remind me of something Hexina would have done. On the other side...such wonderful sorrow upon learning Marcus died to save your characters life. I hope you and he got along as real people on the set. Because of what happened with season 5, we the viewers lost BOTH Ivanova and Marcus. That really sucked and no offense to Tracy...she was a very wrong character replacement for the show. If you're gonna bang the boss, I guess ass kissing would also be expected. This book says it was due to unwillingness to compromise on your schedule, yet at the time that was never mentioned as a reason why you were gone from the show. Oh well...I own all the DVDs and can travel down that joyful path whenever I choose. I also own the other two movies I've mentioned previously. I really DO enjoy your work when it's worth watching. I might even try your other novel and see how it might make me feel.

Best wishes and I'm glad you have finally gotten control of your life back! Thanks for sharing. I hope it was not only profitable, but cathartic. Although I wished it had more to do with B5 as the title suggests.

  • Kill the Farm Boy

  • The Tales of Pell Series, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

A plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, and the Dread Necromancer Steve....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A forgettable story with none of the iron Druid charm

  • By Adam on 07-23-18

Best fairy tale ever! Made better by Luke Daniels

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I can't say enough positive things about this extremely well conceived fairytale by authors Kevin Hearne (I really enjoy because of his Iron Druid Series) and author Delilah S. Dawson (Who I'd never heard of prior to this title, but glad I know who she is now.). They've created a masterpiece of timeless humor and incredible characters! I'm also adding a special kudos to narrator Luke Daniels. I highly doubt reading this book would be a fraction as enjoyable and memorable if not for the major narrative talents of Luke Daniels!! He is now my all time favorite narrator/performer in the world of audiobooks. Particularly when it comes to breathing life into every character. He manages to capture each character with its own unique voice, attitude, and vocal inflections. He is also to these audiobooks as Mel Blanc was to Warner Bros. Looney Tunes. Yes! He IS that good!!

I have not laughed so hard reading/listening to a novel such as this since I discovered The Princess Bride!! As much as Princess Bride was so wonderful I label as 'sublime'. THIS novel is down right incredible from the characters which have their own set of puns, add to that a story that starts off by killing the title character and giving the story one of its first major plot twists. Then come all the jokes (based on the readers knowledge) referring to current events from music to politics. Some terrific running jokes. Surprise characters get killed off at seemingly random times for very random reasons. Typically, the 'main' running joke as I have found it....is how stupidity is berated, the 'real' motives of each character to join in the quest is nearly always for selfish reasons. Just LIKE real life and UNLIKE fairytales the heroes here are NOT goody two shoes types.

THE REALM OF PELL is such a perfect allegory for the world us readers live in today. The monsters go from prissy to diabolical and the it's a few of the main characters who are the ones truly evil. Elves hate humans. A giant has been around since the earth was in diapers and mountains were just small hills, but phlegm grosses out an immortal creature who must eat or turn to sparkly stone. Lucky for our adventurers, a former Tower prisoner who has been turned into half rabbit sings a song about wanting to sneeze and it worked...though only the Billy goat Gustav realized it. Even as much as I personally don't believe in same sex relationships, the one blooming throughout the story between a 7' tall super muscled assassin with a magic sword that wants her to use it to kill falls in love with a half human-half rabbit bard who has no self confidence and is tone deaf. And let's not forget all the important things...cheese, magic wands, the size of a wizards tower, crabs, acid leeches, purple 'Sextopuses' ...not octopuses because these only have six tentacles. And last but not least a fairy with one blue sock.

Sorry about trampling, but there is so much in this novel to mention I've overdone it. Yet it STILL better than the Trolls own horrible novel of self loathing about being left out when the Troll never leaves his home.

Unless you have no sense of humor and no idea about the real world around you...I think anyone would fall in love with these characters and the Realm of Pell!!! I hope the next installment will come out soon. Afterall, even Alice went back to Wonderland. Enjoy!!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,683

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By erin george on 10-03-18

I feel I need to explain my low rating...

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I have always enjoyed he acting talents of Will Patton, but I MUST comment on his performance of this book. Or more correctly comment on the author, director, and producer of this book. Mr. Patton tried to give this book life by way of volume of voice since he really was not doing 'voices' for each character. However, his near whisper level of speaking through the majority of this book was so incredibly frustrating to try and listen to, I forced myself to listen all the way through being angry about the drastic changes in volume. Turning the volume up to hear his near whispered reading to the few times he raises his voice to a normal volume causes me to be startled, and have my ears blown out. Then he goes back to whispering again. This constant drastic volume change for no understandable reason is why I give all aspects of this book such a low score. Perhaps if the people in charge of the recording and final production of this book would have brought the volumes closer to the same level, I might have even liked the story.

To my simple way of thinking...there is NO WAY any audiobook should ever have such drastic volume changes. This very simple consideration would not affect the performers expressiveness. Will Pattons whispering could have been made louder and his louder vocal parts could have been made quieter to shrink the gap between soft and loud. And yet this was not done. Why? Did the author not have an opinion? Didnthe producer of the recording think this giant change from quiet to loud was an effective tool? Could I be the only person who feels this way about how this book was produced?

I hope I never come across another book with such massive changes in volume. And although this book doesn't have any...I really dislike it when music or some other type of audio clip is inserted between chapters or as anything unrelated to the book. One of the worst examples of this is a terrific book by S. King entitled 'Insomnia'. They inserted screaming loud electric guitar noises between sections which if caught unaware can literally make you jump. It didn't hurt the book in my opinion, but the book would be much better served to have that garbage noise removed.

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  • Hammered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,821

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Hallie on 02-28-12

These stories just keep getting better...

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I'm so glad I stumbled across this author and his Iron Druid Chronicles. Great narrative style, even though a few grammatical errors or incorrect words are used. The humor is near perfect and so wonderfully well timed as if these were done by Warner Bros. In their era of Bugs Bunny to Road & Coyote. I look forward to starting the next book in the series ASAP.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 2
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,562

In a world full of super powers, Felix had a pretty crappy one. After learning to harness his ability to modify any item he owns, he now runs a corporation that is rapidly expanding - Legion. After tangling with the local Heroes guild they’ve finally settled into a semblance of stability. Sounds great on paper. Run your company, make money, be your own boss, settle down. Except that with running a business, comes an inordinate amount of responsibilities. Like making sure everything keeps running and your people are paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good follow up

  • By George U. on 05-12-18

I found this a difficult listen without Jeff Hays

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Love the stories, but with no disrespect to this reader. He is not the PERFORMER Hays was in the first book. I’d even buy a second copy of this book could be reread by Jeff Hays and like author Hearne in his Iron Druid Chronicles. He used the same amazing performer in the entire series. Felix sounds like Baby Finster from Looney Tunes and the time is annoying to listen to with the same enjoyment as book one

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower VII
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,549

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing - a must have..

  • By Lori on 11-30-04

A final novel written by the same man who permitted the movie abomination to realize.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I spent nearly as much of my life listening to the many works of Stephen King and especially loved all things Dark Tower. Whether it be obvious as in Insomnia, or lesser as in The Stand. ALL THINGS SERVE THE BEAM. Writes Stephen King. BUT then it seems his brush with death changed this thinking. I'm VERY pleased he survived such a pointless occurrence by some New England based a-hole who was more concerned with his dogs than where he was going.

I take it as writers license that he was visited by his Dark Tower characters, and saved by Jake Chambers. But who knows if this might have some ring of truth to it? This is Stephen King after all, right? However, I do not believe for one second that this final book, nor the one preceding it...Song of Suzanna are anything more than his desire or fright that he came very close to having his lifelong masterwork unfinished and therefore set out to get it done by any means necessary. I'd not be surprised at all if he got help from his eldest song Joe Hill as he uses as his pen name. I have discovered and truly enjoy all but one of his novels. I especially love his novels 'Horns' which UNLIKE his dad was made into a very decent Hollywood recreation of the story he wrote.

However, I'm just a lifelong fan. So I have no inside information to impart, but just MY gut feeling based on the tone of all the books leading up to Wolves of The Calla which I think must have been nearly completed at the time of his accident since it kept mainly to the real story, but brought in people from various other stories and Americas. Why? I'll bet the Manny Folk know! LOL

Then to have his lifelong work end up being nothing but a loop upon where Stephen King began telling this story and NOT where Roland began his life was just too much BS to bear. He's done this before and I thought it lame then as I even more so think of this crap ending. I would have had more respect if King simply told us, he had no idea what the Tower was, why it was the nexus of ALL worlds and time, or what might lie within its walls. I'd have been bummed, but at least I would have felt I was being told the truth. I've accepted many 'Coda type' endings in his books, and I LIKE the fact most have no happy ending. I believe it's more to real life that way. I've not known anyone in my life who has had a happy ending, but just an end to misery and suffering which in its own peculiar way could be thought a happy ending I guess.

I forced myself to watch the Dark Tower movie and whoever did the screenplay obviously never rad the Dark Tower books, or just read this final one since everything 19 didn't show up until AFTER his accident. Then King wrote he began this book on the very same day June 19 back in 1970. C'mon Steve...you were so drunk and stoned all the time, how do you know it was that very same day you wrote that first line? You told us in your early books nothing about the day, just the year when this opening line you liked so much popped into your head.

Then the FINAL connecting novel came in the form of the sequel to the Talisman as Black House. The breakers, a Gunslinger, a young boy with massive mental abilities, some version of the Taheen and a human serial cannibal similar to Hannibal Lecter except this one likes to eat young children's flesh. Great book! Both were great books in my opinion. And although they were cowritten, how could they be so similar to your style of writing the Dark Tower books if someone else had their input as well both times? I've listened to Mr. Straub's singular works and they are nothing like Talisman or Black House. And since Black House was publish in 2004 according to your website. Immediately following the hurried production of three final books after decades for the first four. I'm thinking you copped out on us Steve. I'll ask, though I doubt it will get any traction, but I WANT A DO OVER OF THE FINAL BOOK IF NOT THE FINAL TWO IN THIS SERIES. If you're unable to hear those voices again, perhaps your son Joe might? Perhaps you think as you wrote this story was literally killing you and something was trying to get you to STOP writing the Dark Tower.

If you feel this way...would WE your fans all over the world BE that field of Roses singing to you? Aren't WE singing to 'come come camalla Roland' ? (Forgive spelling errors, audiobooks don't tell how things are spelled) And aren't WE how you make your thoughts and dreams real by putting them into print for those of us who look forward to more?

I've just gotten the Outsider. I've no idea what to expect after the horrible experience of the collaboration with your younger son 'Sleeping Beauties' perhaps I'm the weird person who thought it was awful, but perhaps not? Anyway, I hope I've made my point clear for those fans who bothered to read my writing. We shall meet at the clearing at the end of the path someday.

  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Kairos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean's got his groove back

  • By Fred on 12-28-07

Quintessential Dean Koontz. Has he ever written a novel w/o a dog or a young person w/ a mental debility?

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Please don't get me wrong with my title. I enjoy Koontz's novels, but to be quite honest...I sure wish he'd write something without young mentally challenged people. Or (as much as I am a huge dog lover & rescuer), I sure would like one of his stories to leave these heroes characters out and see what he comes up with? And of course, leave out villains with supernatural powers also. What would a Koontz novel without these constant characters be like? If he added bodily functions, perhaps he could take over for Stephen King whom I also greatly enjoy for the most part. Although his novels are much more diverse in both topic and character types.

Good novel for dog lovers and those who believe in spirituality, angels, reincarnation, and the triumph of good over evil. 'And they lived happily ever after'. My life is nothing like this and never will be. I can related to this books many betrayals, although not having to do with killing, but nevertheless...betrayal by someone you thought loved you as you loved them IS something I've been through a few times in my life, and most of my life has also been spent totally alone and I KNOW not a single sole anywhere gives a crap about me. So in his remarks in this book, I could present an opposing viewpoint. However, it's nice for its optimism and hope for humans to become as pure, good, and loving as a good dog.

I've experienced the love of several dogs in the course of my life. And I agree that nothing is more heart wrenching than to watch them die, or need to put them down. The last dog I had was a Border Collie mix I adopted back in 2002 as a near yearling as we guessed. She looked like Lassie except with long black & white hair. She was extremely intelligent, well manned from the start, and very loving and affectionate. I loved her unconditionally as I loved all the dogs in my life. She was fine, then suddenly one day she would not move. Only her eyes would follow you. She didn't whimper lying there or when touched and moved. She couldn't even lift her head to drink water. Although I could barely walk, or bend myself from my own health problems. I bent over, and lifted her up by cupping my hands under her chest so her head would hang over the water bowl. She drank it dry. I called my vet and told him I was coming over with 'Lady' (my dogs name) and she wouldn't or couldn't move but seemed not to be in pain. He kept her overnight and the next morning I went back and he told me he couldn't find anything other than he felt a lump near where her pancreas would be. She was 12 in March of 2013 and I didn't think putting her through an exploratory surgery with no positive side assured understandably. I asked if he would euthanize her while I held her. He agreed and within a few moments as exactly as described in this book. She looked at me, tried to give me a kiss (lick for those non dog people) and I felt her final exhale against my cheek as I cried like a baby. She knew I loved her. She knew I was doing what I felt was right for her. But it doesn't take away the heartache that comes in such a circumstance. Now, because of my living situation, I can no longer even have a dog for company. Once again as told in this book...I know the feeling of total loneliness and I'll have to finish my life this way. And one other thing mentioned at the no I agree with 100%. Bad people have the best things happen to them while good people suffer.

I hope my review helps on deciding to give this book a try or not.

  • Gods of Risk

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108

As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, 16-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story! Weird narrator..

  • By bryan c. on 03-29-17

Pointless as it relates to The Expanse

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

OI'll hope this and the other '.5' novellas aren't as pointless as this novella was in my opinion. Bobby helps get a drug maker kid out of trouble on Mars. Exactly HOW does this fit into the Expanse novels universe? As I've recently become a Corey fan, I am a lifelong S. King fan as well as a Sanderson fan a,one many other authors I feel are quite talented in storytelling.

However, I KNOW S. King has released materials related to larger works as short stories or novellas. However, I know for certain it was just to make some quick money in books sales of material not used in his full blown novels. However would be a hypocrite to judge this harshly on a personal level since making money is what nearly all of us need to do. However, on a literary basis, I think it stinks. So as I've used Kings use of 'extra' or 'irrelevant' material... I feel this is the same thing happening here.

I'm very glad of Audible's return/exchange policy. If after I get through the next novel of The Expanse saga and then to the novella after it and it turns out to be just as pointless. I'll be asking for a refund/exchange for the credits used to buy them and put this same credits to better use.

I hope my opinion of this novella is of help to those thinking making a purchase in the belief it would be an integral part of this saga. It sadly is not other than showing what Bobby the Samoan heritage Martian Marine was doing during time off.

  • Sail

  • By: James Patterson, Howard Roughan
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

The Dunnes have set off on a 10 day boat trip, a trip that hopefully will bring them closer together, despite the fact that the father, Stuart is staying behind on land. But just when things start to take a turn for the better, disaster strikes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This light summer read gave me a headache

  • By Stephen on 08-16-08

Worst Patterson book I've ever had & I kept it too long to exchange it.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

SPOILER ALERT...

I'm a fan of most of the Patterson books. Got tired of Alex Cross. Got tired of the Women's Murder Club even quicker. So that just leaves his single books not part of any series. My absolute favorite Patterson novel is The Jester and none of his works of collaborations have come close to as entertaining on every level.

It says this book was released in 2008, yet every pop culture reference would be lost on anyone much younger than my 57 years who caught all of them. Not the biggest negative, but I found it very odd for a book from 2008 that makes references to most pop culture asides that would just MIGHT be understood by people listening in the late 1990s.

The worst parts are the mother. She is unbelievably NYC stereotype rich with messed up kids all no older than mid teens. Pot smoker son, eating disorder/suicidal daughter, youngest son is the genius who has no mouth filter. Then were asked to believe her brother in law owns NOTHING except a used 1968 Harley and a duffle bag of clothes. And hasn't ever voted or paid income tax yet he's in his 40s as a deck hand for rich people.

Then we're told the massive yacht called 'The Family Dunne' was the reason mom is a remarried widow. Her husband was out diving from this yacht he owned and his air supply went bad and he died. Ad does to that this yacht has not been in the water or done any sailing since the husband died. I don't recall an exact time period it sat in dry dock. But it somehow got cleaned up and all checked out to sail her and her kids on this two week sail captained by the brother in law who the kids love and is a really great guy. Wow? Big Yawn.....Even worse than reading this lengthy review I took the time to write. LOL.

There is a hint of his spirit haunting haunting ONLY the brother in law with laughter coming from the engine room. Were told the brother in law had a intimate relationship with the mom before the husband died and mom broke it off while brother in law wanted it to continued, but knew she was right. How flipping cliché. Sigh.....

She makes a remark early on during two week trip on the yacht without the new husband who is a big deal high priced defense lawyer who she says she 'Loves him more than life itself.' Then we find out he DOES have a court case, BUT he also has been cheating with a women '1/2 my age plus 10' as the 'acceptable' rule for cheating men. I personally don't believe in cheating l but I also know I'm very much in the minority. What bothers me is...another cliché?? As a single, heterosexual, white male (The most unwanted and undesirable type of person on the planet. How far we've come.)...I really LIKED the young women who has no morals or not the least concern about what will happen when the truth comes out to his wife and his three step kids! Plus, she essentially throws herself at him and convinces him that he should 'f***' her because his wife will never know. Ugh!

Then we are introduced to a man who was at the dock when they left. We find out his is 'very good at making people disappear' and he refers to himself as The Magian. Geez.....

He used to work for the CIA. Then after the yacht has a few minor problems. The boat makes it through a hurricane that trashed the boat and even the main mast got hit directly by lightning and...'It fell 80 feet onto what was left of the deck'. I'm wondering how flipping big must this yacht be to have a mast fall 80 feet to the deck? The main mast of a Constitution Class war ship from the Tall Ship Era. One of these ships could hold about 20-30 crew plus all the room in the hold for supplies. Having been on one a couple of times. I have a very good idea how big a ship must be to require an 80 foot tall main mast and THIS yacht should not have a main mast that massive.
Then we find out this ex CIA guy is behind the boats problems. Never told if he knew the big storm was coming or not, but did tell us the distress transponder is broadcasting the WRONG coordinates so the Coast Guard won't find them. Final thing just to make sure the boat and ALL its people aka The Dunne Family will NEVER be found. He planted a bomb which waits until the storm passes by. We are also told these people with a completely smashed yacht broadcasting the wrong boat position. He had put in a bomb that WAITS until they play a game that gets them off the boat and into the water right before the boat blows up. Holy Sheepdip what a coincidence that was and how ridiculously cliché!

Then we find out this evil CIA guy who makes people disappear was HIRED by the cheating husband the wife loves more than life itself was hired by THE HUSBAND to kill his wife and kids. The brother in law is just a bonus.

Since writing this at the half way point in the book. I'm very certain the final cliché will be that the husband decided to kill his wife and kids because he signed a pre-nup and DEATH OF ALL FAMILY would be the ON!Y WAY the husband could get HER 100 milion dollars her husband left her. Oh my god...CLICHÉ MUCHO GRANDE!!

I can only hope the other single novels I've bought and yet to listen to are MUCH better than this very amateurish novel on every level. One last thing... for those who might have watched the Michael Douglas - Demi Moore movie called DISCLOSURE. The actor who plays the personal lack of business owner Donald Sutherland has the SAME voice as he does, but according to the The credits here and on the movie, the names don't match. For me this narrator's voice so exactly like the actor, I find it quite distracting seeing the actors face as I hear this narrators voice.

  • The Kennedy Brothers

  • The Rise and Fall of Jack and Bobby
  • By: Richard D. Mahoney
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Books about the Kennedys are legion. Yet missing until now has been the exploration of the bond between Jack and Bobby, and the part that it played in their rise and fall. Richard D. Mahoney gives us Jack and Bobby in all their hubris and humanity, youthfulness and fatalism. Here is American history as it unfolds. The Kennedy Brothers is a fresh and masterful account of the men whose legacy continues to hold the American imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different view of Camelot

  • By Mike From Mesa on 04-12-13

Good unbiased story of two brothers and their fate, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Is there any real reason to CONSTANTLY SAY quote and unquote EVERY TIME someone speaks? If not for that incessant bit of dialing, this would have been far more enjoyable to listen to.

Too bad this author didn't get further into all the contradictions there was between the 'Nice Irish Catholic boys' John and Bobby were supposed to be, and delve a bit more into the truth of just what a family of scumbags the Kennedy's were beginning at least with Grandpa Joe the gangster and bootlegger multi millionaire who BOUGHT JFKs presidency which eldest son Joe was supposed to best died in WWII. That's is the ON!Y reason John was made into the president. Papa Joe WANTED to HAVE a Kennedy in the Oval Office.

If he were still alive, I'd like to ask him if he felt the price of all the deaths of his family male and female was worth it? Since I highly doubt he's in Heaven, I won't have the chance to ever ask him unless there is reincarnation.

Very good book regardless of my personal feelings about the Kennedys and the very disturbing spoken quote unquote throughout the novel. The facts presented seem well,researched and presented fairly.