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  • Only Killers and Thieves

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Howarth
  • Narrated by: David Linski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

It is 1885, and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, 14-year-old Tommy and 16-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • how hum

  • By Tom on 04-02-19

more like Django Unchained than The Son

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Really cool to see a western set in Australia.

I read this because it was billed as being similar to the Son by philip meyer. not really on the same level.

good story, good characters, great setting. the issue I had with it was the comic book quality of the antagonists. the bad guys in this book are exactly that....bad guys. they do evil things for evil reasons and have none of the nuance or relatability that a believable antagonist needs. at times this novel felt like a children's book. overall I'd recommend it but believe that this novel could have been so much more than what it is.

  • Tapping the Source

  • By: Kem Nunn
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

People go to Huntington Beach in search of the endless parties, the ultimate highs, and the perfect waves. Ike Tucker has come to look for his missing sister and for the three men who may have murdered her. In that place of gilded surfers and sun-bleached blonds, Ike's search takes him on a journey through a twisted world of crazed Vietnam vets, sadistic surfers, drug dealers, and mysterious seducers. He looks into the shadows and finds parties that drift toward pointless violence, joyless vacations, and highs you may never come down from...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!

  • By T.H.A.E on 01-11-14

best surfing novel

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

if Thomas harris wrote surfing novels. great story, great feeling. good even if you're not into surfing

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,005

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

modern classic

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

one of the best books I have ever read.

they'll turn this into a movie in about 3 seconds hopefully it will be just as good.

modern classic makes top 10 overall for me

  • Caught Inside

  • A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast
  • By: Daniel Duane
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

A wondrous, uproarious, and surprisingly informative account of a year spend surfing, Caught Inside marks the arrival of an exuberant new voice of the outdoors. This remarkable narrative of Daniel Duane’s life on the water is enhanced by good-humored explanations of the physics of wave dynamics, the intricate art of surfboard design, and lyrical, sharp-eyed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Pacific wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By randall barbee on 09-22-15

guy is an amateur surfer, birder, rock climber

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Storyline was anecdotal, uneventful and left open ended. Not a whole lot of shop talk about surfing. no real discernible goals or driving force to the memoir....basically you could sum this entire book up in about 10 minutes.

started to find the writing overdone and bogged down with complex vocabulary and "poignant" observations.

overall kook was a better read, still looking for the great American surfing book though......maybe an Aussie will write it.

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  • Kook

  • What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Having resolved to master a big - hollow wave - that is, to go from kook (surfese for beginner) to shredder-in a single year, Heller travels from Southern California down the coast of Mexico in the company of his girlfriend and the eccentric surfers they meet. Exuberant and fearless, Heller explores the technique and science of surfing the secrets of its culture, and the environmental ravages to the stunning coastline he visits.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator....

  • By Jimmy P on 12-14-17

Useful but long winded and hard to believe

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

found it useful for beginner surfing tips, got a little tired of the dramaticizing...... too much waxing poetic, not enough waxing boards. lots of repetive themes and statements on environmentalism. personally would have preferred a more straightforward account.