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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,447

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Saddest John Grisham Book I've Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

First let me say Michael Beck is the best reader for John Grisham books. He has done many and he always does an incredible job with just the right amount of southern in his voice. I always miss him when he doesn't do one of his books.

The book is sad from beginning to end about a family tragedy. Usually I don't like these type of books but like always John got me glued and occasionally with tears in my eyes. The "LAW" as always is a depressing but necessary institution that by magic he makes interesting not to mention exciting.

While I recommend the book for those that are looking for a drama those that are looking for a thriller might be disappointed unless that are die hard Grisham fans like me.

  • Autonomous

  • A Novel
  • By: Annalee Newitz
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robots, future drugs, slavery, and patent reform

  • By Platypus Man on 10-25-17

Fun but a bit convoluted

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I liked the story but, to me, the story didn't flow to smoothly. It was easy for me to drift off or loose my train of thought as the author skipped around to much with genetic scientists that are also killers, a man sexually attracted to a METAL robot with no sex organs, back stories that instead of filling out a character made them harder to understand, and more. However the story was entertaining but choppy. Reader was good.

  • Hippie

  • By: Paulo Coelho, Eric M. B. Becker - translator
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tells It Like It Was

  • By Carl on 10-13-18

Tells It Like It Was

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Tells about the average "Hippie" more like we were than movies and conservatives would have you believe. For example what was called "Free Love" is what most adults do when dating with someone they like these days. The long hair and colorful clothes where about not having to be like everyone else not about rebellion. Paulo tells his own story to illustrate a time that opened our horizons, made us be more world focused than just our own tribe, and he tells about just learning to get to know ourselves to be better human beings. What a great journey. Wish I could go back and make road trip he did but lacked the self confidence in those days. Great book and reader. Don't miss.

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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A world controlled by cognitive dissonance

  • By Philomath on 09-05-18

His Best So Far

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Mr. Harari continues to challenge what we think and what we think we know but this one, more than his 2 previous, he strikes closer to home. As always you will not be the same after you've read this but this one will challenge your personal philosophies more than your world outlook. Amazing. Derek Perkins does a great job making the book exciting and attention grabbing.

  • WIRED

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania? David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-16

Fun Lite Science Fiction Thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Fun SciFi about enhancing our brains. Writers heroes are always a bit too lucky and pure but I like them anyway because they have a type of 60's comic book personality about them. Enjoy all the authors books and this is fun entertainment also with a bit of science to help one feel they learned something too.

  • The Rogue Agent

  • The Agent Series, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Judson
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Former covert ops agent Tom Sexton is living quietly in rural Vermont. Running a diner with his girlfriend, Stella, he thinks that the worst he's seen, done, and suffered is finally behind him. But when a long-hidden specter from his troubled past emerges, Tom is shaken out of his safe, furtive life. With no choice but to lock and load, Tom falls back into a world where valor and violence collide...and his isn't the only life in danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of action, action, action and more action!

  • By Wayne on 08-01-17

Thriller wit ha bit to much gun porn

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Story a bit far fetched but fun. Loads of gun porn and vigilante fantasy but fun in a super hero type way. Way to much gun porn but they did make it entertaining at least.

  • The Temporary Agent

  • The Agent Series, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Judson
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Five years after his life was saved in Afghanistan by Marine Force Recon Leader Charlie Cahill, former Navy Seabee Tom Sexton lives a bleak, nomadic existence, haunted by the debt he can never repay. Salvation appears in Stella - a woman as damaged, and resourceful, as he. But when a coded distress call from his former CO leads him to a shadowy NSA operative, Tom is recruited for a "black op" to bring back the now-rogue man who saved his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Pleasure!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-23-16

Excessive Gun Porn but Fun Thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Fun entertaining thriller but way overboard on gun porn. Characters use a bunch of different weaponry and author describes every one like he's talking about fine wine. Also the primary character are supposed to be among the best of the best but if so they sure makes lots of dumb calls. Fun book for basic Reacher type characters but with a ton more guns.

  • Full Service

  • My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
  • By: Scotty Bowers, Lionel Friedberg
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 227

Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My ears!

  • By Kimberly Brooks on 10-26-12

Great Book on the Real Hollywood Behind the Scenes

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Great book about the real lives (particularly sex lives) of famous Hollywood actors and icons. I think it also speaks to the varied sex lives, that unlike the very rich and famous, that most of us keep repressed or hidden. In other words straight monogamy for most is still a myth that our culture and religions push even though we are anything but. Note I'm a straight guy with nothing like most interests of Scotty but in him I recognize a person that I envy because of his ability to love and appreciate (not just sexually) most people. Book very enlightening and very very entertaining. Highly recommended.

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  • Warning Light

  • By: David Ricciardi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right. What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Excellent Superb etc etc etc...

  • By shelley on 04-23-18

Fun but lite thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Fun story but character very two dimensional, a bit too lucky, and story becomes to simplistic. Fun and lite but a book you won't think about again a day after you finish.

  • The Oracle Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Soule
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded website with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish it were more

  • By Topher on 05-14-18

Started out Good but ends flat

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Fun story but a bit to lite and unbelievable. Seemed like the story would end with a mystery solved but instead ends stupidly.