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  • Bloodshed of the Mountain Man

  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Smoke Jensen has journeyed up to the Colorado Rockies to a sell a prized bull to a local rancher. Instead, the rancher and his wife have been mercilessly slaughtered by outlaws only moments before Smoke's arrival. In a hail of bullets, Smoke pulverizes two of the murderers and drags two others to the town of Brown Spur for justice. Come hanging day, the two killers are on the way to the gallows when a thundering gang of raiders crashes into town and rescues them from the jaws of death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little to violent

  • By Anonymous User on 09-15-18

possibly the worst book I have ever tried to read

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Maybe "worst book ever" is overstating it. I have read some really horrible books, but having just finished this book, this one stands out right now. Normally I would not have finished a book this bad, but I happened to be in the middle of a long drive when I started it, and it was the only book I had to get me through the drive. It was still touch and go but I made it through the entire experience.

Take the script of every hokey 1950's TV western, toss them into a pile, sort them back out and make a book out of them but replace the mandatory "happily ever after" endings with a horrible unfair ending for a couple of your main characters and you would have something like this horrible book. I understand that a certain amount of hokey cliches are to be expected in this genre, but the author went way too far with this one for me to have any chance of enjoying it.

  • How the West Was Won

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

They came by river and by wagon train, braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They were men like Linus Rawlings, a restless survivor of Indian country who’d headed east to see the ocean but left his heart - and his home - in the West. They were women like Lilith Prescott, a smart, spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom. These pioneering men and women sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought the movie was good!

  • By Skaught on 03-08-13

Could not finish this one

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I think this is the only L'amour book I ever read that I just did not enjoy. One of the things I like best about Mr. L'amour's books is that the story always ends with the hero(s) living "happily ever after." But, in this book, it seems like we just keep meeting characters in order to see them fail and die.

  • Grizzly Killer: The Medicine Wheel

  • By: Lane R. Warenski
  • Narrated by: Louis B. Jack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Zach Connors is a man content spending his life in the wilds of the Rockies. However, in a land with no law, he must fight renegade white men, hostile Indians, and the wilderness itself to survive. He forges a home in which to raise his family, but to keep them safe, it will take more than the might of his guns or the strength of his will. It will take the power of an ancient Medicine Wheel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By K. White on 01-21-18

Another good addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I still enjoyed this third book in the series, but the author has once again added more and more mystical, magical, supernatural elements to his story, and I am finding those more and more distracting from the basic story. But, I am looking forward to the next volume in the series, and hoping the author gets "back to basics" with less supernatural woo cluttering up the otherwise enjoyable story.

  • Grizzly Killer

  • Under the Blood Moon
  • By: Lane R Warenski
  • Narrated by: Nathan Glondys
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

In 1828, few white men had seen the Rocky Mountains, those that had were the rugged few we call Mountain Men. Zach Connors was one of the best, known to the Indians as Grizzly Killer. He was both feared and respected throughout the Rockyies. Along with his dog, Jimbo, Running Wolf, his Ute partner, and their wives, they travel to Rendezvous, where they battle the dreaded Blackfeet and Zach fights for both justice and honor. After, they come face to face with a man eating grizzly, and confront those seeking revenge for the justice he dealt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping mountainman tale

  • By Gvido on 04-04-18

excellent second book in the series

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

If you enjoyed the first book in this series, you will enjoy this one as well. The story and characters continue on.
The one thing I did find becoming a little distracting for me in this volume however was the increasing "supernatural" behaviors of the hero's dog, among other things. Jimbo's abilities have become just a little too unbelievable, almost mystical/magical/supernatural. The author has begun to weave in several threads of mysticism in this volume, and for me personally, those threads do somewhat take away from and get in the way of the story.

  • Grizzly Killer: The Making of a Mountain Man

  • By: Lane R Warenski
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

When Zach Connors and his pa left their Kentucky homestead in the summer of 1824 to see the Rocky Mountains, he didn't realize he would never see his childhood home again or that he would find love, friendship, fame, and a new home in this wild and harsh wilderness. After a grizzly kills his pa, Zach struggles to survive a cold and brutal winter alone. After killing a rouge grizzly and fighting hostile Indians on his own, he becomes known as Grizzly Killer and is respected throughout the West. Along with his dog, Jimbo, whom the Indians call the Great Medicine Dog, he finds Running Wolf, an injured Ute warrior, and together they fight off a hostile war party. They rescue two Shoshone sisters from the brutality of a French trapper and take them as wives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining cool story

  • By Gvido on 03-24-18

Great book, great series

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18


I really enjoyed this series. It is certainly, in many ways currently very politically incorrect. But, I have waited close to 40 years to find this book. One of my greatest pleasures as a young teenager was reading stories about the frontier, the mountain men, the long hunters, etc. This series has the one thing I always wanted from those old stories but never found. The “heroes” of those old stories were invariably Natty Bumppo type characters who were quick to live and to survive by learning from and emulating the native Americans’ ways. But, at the same time they always considered themselves superior and were always quick to point out their own “white Christian” superiority to the heathen red skins “nature.” In those old stories the Native American’s were never more than the hero’s “sidekick.” They were never equals. It was a joy to find none of that in this book. If you are looking for a good solid story of good guys and bad guys, strong heroes and beautiful heroines then this is a book I can certainly recommend.

  • Resistance

  • The Invasion Series, Book 1
  • By: J.F. Holmes
  • Narrated by: Talon Beeson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In space, when you lose the high ground, you lose the war. Eleven years before, General David Warren was the best and brightest, in charge of defending the Earth from an attacking fleet. Overmatched in battle, the Earth forces were devastated, and the enemy moved into the high ground and proceeded with orbital bombardment. Civilization fell, and then two years later, the enemy landed and the occupation began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Post Alien Invasion Resistance

  • By Jack Daniels on 08-16-17

back to the 50's

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This book reads like some of the old "juvenile" sci-fi of the 50's and 60's. We have talking cetaceans and apes teaming up with the remaining human resistance against invading alien "dragons." If I was still 15 I would probably have enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trudge

  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep on Trudging, Cade!!

  • By Tracy P. on 09-06-18

Another book I could not manage to finish

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Any additional comments?

I picked this book up after reading through the reviews and finding them all over the place. There were so many reviews that were totally opposite that I decided to take a chance on it when it went on sale. Now, I do NOT understand where all those five star reviews came from. For example, some reviewers praised the author for things such as his extensive knowledge of military, guns and equipment. At the same time other reviewers commented on the author's total lack of knowledge on the same things. Unfortunately the one star reviewers turned out to be right about this book in more ways than one. As for the military, guns, equipment, the author obviously just did superficial research on Wikipedia or got his "extensive knowledge" from watching "war movies." The author makes mistakes about fundamental things. He violates the basic "weapons knowledge benchmark" calling magazines, clips. He mixed up simple, easily researched things such as brand names. There is no Sig M&P pistol for example. He does not understand how night vision works. He mixes up night vision and thermal. Basic mistakes such as this, indicate the level of the author's lack of real knowledge about what he is writing about and may not bother some people. But if you know about such things, these basic mistakes can be grating. The characters? The characters are cliches, one dimensional, totally predictable. All good guys drive cars, bad guys ride motorcycles. All people are totally evil or totally good, etc. and society breaks down totally and instantaneously. The book reads more like an outline of a book or maybe a report being given about a series of events by a ten year old telling his mom what he did that day. On the other hand, the author kills off his characters almost as fast as they appear, but since we don't care about them, it doesn't detract much from the "story." Where DID all those five star reviews come from? Even for this genre this was a REALLY bad book, superficial, inaccurate, predictable, poorly written.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 2
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Captain Ben Stiger captured Castle Vrell and rid it of a minion of a dark god. Now he finds himself cut off from the empire, with a hostile rebel army marching on the legion's fortress where they guard the entrance to Vrell Valley. It is not in Stiger's nature to simply wait for the enemy. Badly outnumbered and facing odds greater than 20 to one, he sets out to impede the enemy's advance and show them the steel that the legions are made of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better and better

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-07-16

No surprises if you have read Book 1

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed book one in this series, you will not be disappointed by this next installment. The story continues pretty much in the same vein as book one, although the fantasy and magick elements become more important to the story. I think the series would have been better without those, especially the ersatz Jesuit priest who has now taken up faith healing as well as suggesting confessionals might be used to buy healing for the repentant sinners, but that's just me. Through both of these volumes I get the distinct impression of a "made for tv movie" series. The only element missing so far has been the romantic tensions you'd need for that, but hints of that coming attraction have begun to manifest themselves a bit in book two.

All in all, if you enjoyed the first book, I think you will enjoy this one as well.

  • Stiger's Tigers

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 1
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South. A nobleman from an infamous family, an imperial legionary officer, a fighter, and a right proper bastard of a man, Captain Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful New spin on High Fantasy

  • By E. Atkinson on 10-25-16

Not what I was expecting, based on the description

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Any additional comments?

Based on the description of the book, I purchased it expecting an historical novel perhaps similar to some of Bernard Cornwell's works. What I got was a "sort of" historical/fantasy book. What was not clear form the description was that instead of a story of an Imperial Officer, we have what starts out as a quasi Roman Legion like suite of characters and settings, "but not really." It seems to be taking place in the Germanic forests, in the classical period, "but not really." There are references that are obviously to the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, "but not really." Then the author throws in elves, dwarves, magic, and a "paladin" who is a Friar Tuck like Jesuit priest, "but not really." References to Christianity and Paganism abound, "but not really." Anachronistic references such as the soldiers smoking abound. No, the author did not specify that they were smoking tobacco, and Romans did apparently smoke other herbs, but it read as if it were a sloppy anachronistic mistake. I found myself thinking at times, perhaps the "fuzzy" references are because this book is meant to be set in the future, or a different "time-line" and not "historical" at all. At times, I half expected the characters to walk over a mountain and find the statue of liberty buried to the neck or something. I have a hard time placing this book. It almost has the feel that the author wanted to write historical fiction, but did not want to take the time to research his topics to maintain historical accuracy, so he left the settings and characters as "fuzzy" suggestions of historicity, and then thought that throwing in some gratuitous fantasy elements might increase readership? If the description had been more clear about the nature of this book, I would not have given it a try. I do feel as if I were tricked into buying the book. That being said, as long as the reader understands that the book description does not adequately describe this book, that it is not even attempting to be an historical novel, but is in reality a fantasy novel, you might want to give this book a try. I do like the author's style. The narrator did a very good job on this book, and the book is very readable.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Portable Atheist

  • Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Ball
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged is not so

  • By Eugenio on 12-30-10

If only Hitchens had narrated the book!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Any additional comments?

I have to admit, I am prejudiced. If I had heroes, my hero would be Christopher Hitchens. My only complaint with this book is that Hitchens did not do the narration. His voice is sorely missed.