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M. J. Laskin

Cayman Islands
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  • Black Frost

  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

What would you do to protect a loved one? Would you kill? Widower Ian Moore will do almost anything to protect his daughter from a threat that comes straight out of our darkest fairytales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW--This was such a good book 5/5

  • By LOYL-00 on 09-21-17

Not as good as previous efforts

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Lacking in character development, story is moderately entertaining but not developed in the way as former chronicles. Seems more like a small story for Gun Digest relying heavily on pages of discussion of weaponry at the loss of a cogent sorry or characters one can understand or relate to. Stick with previous works.

  • Snake Eyes

  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062

What happens in Vegas...could kill most of the human race. When all trails lead Chris, Tanya, and their entire team to the desert gambling mecca, the stakes become the highest possible. Facing a hybrid demon werewolf, his death witch mother, undead strippers, and pregnancy cravings, Chris must rely on his team like never before if he's to have any chance at saving the race of man, not to mention a spot in preschool for his unborn kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By James on 11-21-18

Very satisfying listen

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

Mr Monroe co times to engage and satisfy with beach new effort. Long may he co time without becoming boring , repetitive or wordy.

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,420

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My second Monster Hunter book

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Good book, character presentation and creativity

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Whilst a good book generally it is overlong and is lurching from one monster fight scene to the next with insufficient plot development interspersed with repetitiveness. It needed much better editing or abridging leaving character development and better thought out faster moving plot.

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  • Fool

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A man of infinite jest, Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years, from the time the king's grown daughters - selfish, scheming Goneril, sadistic but hot Regan, and sweet, loyal Cordelia - were mere girls. So he can see trouble brewing when Lear demands that his kids swear their undying love and devotion before a collection of assembled guests. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Stew of laughs

  • By M. J. Laskin on 02-12-17

Wonderful Stew of laughs

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

So wonderful that an American git can so embrace and improve on English language version of King Lear and multiple intertwined Shakespeare plays in an unholy amalgam which is brilliantly performed and a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Highly recommended . Unmissable ...

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,143

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Seek the truth and I will meet you there"

  • By Ryan on 09-04-17

He takes one concept and beats it to death for several hours

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

This must be a book for the intellectually challenged. He takes the Buddhist concept of suffering being the central element of life and the acceptance of this in the 21st century then hits you on the head with it for many hours. This epiphany comes after many years apparently getting it wrong and now at the sage age of 30 he rediscovers it like an undergrad sophomore and should perhaps reread his book again. Anyone who purports to get it, doesn't get it.

499 of 592 people found this review helpful

  • Rogues

  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147

Demon Accords number 10. When a hunter is brutally mauled in northern Maine, it's presumed that a black bear is the killer. But an astute local deputy suspects a more supernatural element. His call for assistance is answered by the supernatural community sending one of their very best. If it takes a thief to catch a thief, who do you use to catch a werewolf? But nothing is ever simple in the preternatural world. There's more here than meets the eye... nose... ear... or fang.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series.

  • By Robert on 08-25-16

Another excellent instalment

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

Aside from a much too long drawn out climactic battle scene this is an excellent instalment in the demon accord series and great story telling with well observed consistent characterisation, plot tricks and satisfying forward action. Outstanding performance as always by the narrator who infuses life into the characters and adds immensely to the effect of the narrative.

  • God Hammer

  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264

Declan O'Carroll is ready to start his summer internship at the hottest new company on the planet, Demidova Incorporated. What will he be doing? What tasks could he possibly handle for the most famous couple on Earth? After all, what could a second-semester college freshman hope to add to a multinational conglomerate? As the strongest male witch in existence, it might just be much, much more than anyone could ever predict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS SERIES. But start at God Touched

  • By Michael Gibson on 11-23-16

Gets Better and Better

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Congratulations me Conroe and team. Unlike almost all series this one gets better with each volume and this is the best in the full series. Imaginative, great characterisation, fantastic interpretation by Mr Cronin and leaves one wanting more. Keep up the great work and co grays on a wonderful entertainment

  • Promise Me

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Harlan Coben
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Effort

  • By Robert E. Scarcelle on 12-19-08

Good story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Very good story and Mr Coben is very good at characterisation plotting and suspense. He should leave the 'performance 'part to others though as he is not a great narrator and the New York type accent is hard on the ear to we Brits.

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,470

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like bacon for your ears

  • By Kyle on 01-03-14

Boorish egotistical and false humility all in one package.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

This book made me put it down several times but I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. The author who also narrates is seemingly a self obsessive who beloved his anecdotes are funny and for the greater part they aren't just boring like an old drunk who corners you in a bar to tell you all the self apparent stuff they have 'discovered' and which is put down to folk wisdom. Sorry it's just boring. Spend your money and time on something useful like watching paint dry.

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  • Play Dead

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun Whodunit

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-24-07

Excellent Andy Carpenter

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Another great book by David Rosenfelt and a superb performance by Grover Gardener. Excellent characterisation, witty, and a winning formula even as the plot is ever so slightly 'far fetched'.... Probably the title of his next book I imagine. No doubt the Pulitzer Prize is in the post and he hasn't mentioned it in the acknowledgements out of customary shyness and modesty.