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J. Miner

Rochester, Michigan
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  • The Hush

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

It's been 10 years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm...Good and Bad

  • By Lizzystick on 03-09-18

Verges in to the supernatural.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

That is always a turnoff for me. A few stars off for that, otherwise an excellent book.

  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Redneck repartee

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

No one does it better than John Sandford with Virgil "f***ing" Flowers! The only disappointment is when it has to end and the long wait for the next.

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All for England

  • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

Regrets

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Legacy of Spies to be better than the print version?

Yes

What other book might you compare A Legacy of Spies to and why?

the spy who came in from the cold

Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Regrets in most of those five star reviews I have given for far lesser works. This, if not a masterwork, is very close and I will re listen many times.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Sulfur Springs

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. Krueger you never fail to bring great stories. Thank you

  • By Barbara on 08-28-17

Couldn't finish!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

What disappointed you about Sulfur Springs?

The political message.

Has Sulfur Springs turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What didn’t you like about David Chandler’s performance?

The performance is fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sulfur Springs?

Most. WKK is a good writer until his politics get in front of the story.

Any additional comments?

I have bought all his books till now, this is the last.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Country lives up to it's title.

  • By mar on 12-14-12

Similar to Lonesome Dove, but different

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Would you listen to Hard Country again? Why?

Like Lonesome Dove, one of few I'll never tire of listening to again and again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Country?

Very hard to narrow down to just one.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Everything

Who was the most memorable character of Hard Country and why?

Cal and Emma. Cal for his humanity and good humor in the most difficult of times and Emma for her indomitable will to survive the worst, make the best of it, and leave things better.

Any additional comments?

Not since Lonesome Dove have I fell absolutely in love with a book and its characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endangered

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more: Joe's 18-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway - alive but just barely, the victim of blunt-force trauma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Chuck Box book!!!

  • By bluesky on 03-14-15

The one problem with the Joe Pickett series

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

Any additional comments?

is that you are so soon thoroughly hooked in that you binge listen to the end and then are disappointed in only that it had to end.

  • Wayfaring Stranger

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514

It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-22-14

Love hate relationship

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

What made the experience of listening to Wayfaring Stranger the most enjoyable?

I have either read or listened to ever work of this author. I am constantly put off by his negative view of humanity. Yet I keep coming back, because he is such a magnificent writer.
He spends the time setting the scenes, developing the characters, that most don't.
Add to that some mysticism and poeticism.
If you want a dark theme, fleshed out characters, protagonists with a slight hint of redemption in the end, JLB is the master of his genre.

21 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition

  • Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I hated for it to end

  • By J. Dominy on 08-08-12

Fairly Entertaining and Amusing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-13

Any additional comments?

The author's lament for the fall of the Soviet Empire which he thinks was founded on such a noble idea in contrast to America which was founded on self interest and greed is a bit much. The man is a blithering idiot, though amusing.