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  • Rising Force

  • A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series, Volume 13)
  • By: Wayne Stinnett
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Retired Marine and charter skipper Jesse McDermitt takes on a passenger in Nassau, a young woman who is a breath of fresh air. She introduces him to the laid-back cruising crowd on an idyllic small cay in the Berry Islands. Living each day on its own terms is a new experience for Jesse, but it doesn't last long. When Jesse gets word that someone is destroying nearby patch reefs and poaching sea turtles - and that all this is happening in the same area where a trio of sadistic murderers may be hiding - it triggers his instincts for investigation.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Change of pace for Jessie McDermitt...

  • By shelley on 09-14-18

Another wonderful Jesse McDermitt series novel

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I want to reiterate a point made in another review: This novel will make more sense if Book 12 in the series is listened to first. The listener needs the background.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Juan Salazar on 09-20-18

Gossip from disenchanted Trump haters

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I'm a Republican who was a "never Trump" activist who considered Trump with contempt until he started to produce results. I'm certain that Bob Woodward in FEAR faithfully and accurately reported every quote he provides in this book. But Woodward does not in any case say whether the quotes were furnished by the person being quoted or came from some biased second or third party source. Of the many hundreds of specific quotations of Donald Trump, except those from his public comments and tweets, we know all are based on non-Trump sources because Woodward writes that he did not interview Trump.

Indeed, there is overwhelming evidence that many, perhaps most, of the quotations in FEAR are simply gossip. My issue is whether to believe Secretary of Defense and retired US Marine four star general James Mattis when Mattis specifically denies quotes attributed to him by sources in in Woodward's book. Should I believe the persons who supplied quotes to Woodward from White House Chief of Staff and retired 4 star US Marine general John Kelly or should I believe Kelly when he specifically denied quotes? Others who have denied quotes or actions attributed to them by Woodward's anonymous sources include key persons such as General HR McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Lindsey Graham, Rob Porter, etc. (Remember that book was just released yesterday so there are likely more denials to come.) At the beginning of his book Woodward says that he recorded most of his interviews and that he believes that the people who gave him the quotations were honest because the people he interviewed had no reason to be dishonest; come on Bob most of those people had an ax to grind and you must be aware of that; they were merely gossipers who were assured they would never be named as sources.

I accept that the Trump White House and his administration are chaotic; indeed, I believes he prefers it that way. Trump is a world-class narcissist and an ass of classic proportions. After 20 months in office he has been uniquely successful at implementing his agenda including the parts I like as well as those I dislike. He won an election that most considered unwinnable and his success at implementing his agenda is without equal among his 44 predecessors even as he was under attack by the media, almost all Democrats and many Republicans, the executive branch permanent bureaucracy, several left-wing federal judges, and the Mueller/Comey cabal. Like it or not there is a strong element of genius to his unexpected success. It could all blow up at any time, or as they say, "past performance are not a guarantee of future results".

In sum, FEAR should be re-titled WOODWARD'S BOOK OF TRUMP GOSSIP.

10 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Diversity Delusion

  • How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
  • By: Heather Mac Donald
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Heather Mac Donald - intro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definition of the campus 'diversity' issue

  • By Wayne on 09-10-18

Definition of the campus 'diversity' issue

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

It seems unlikely that two books so similar as The Diversity Delusion and The Coddling of the American Mind would be released on the same day. Author Heather Mac Donald goes into far more detail in her citing of examples of the negative impact of the campus diversity delusion than Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff while they offer specific prescriptive solutions that she does not. Along the way in The Diversity Delusion Mac Donald dismantles a central premise of The Coddling of the American Mind that the current campus lack of tolerance began in 2013 as the first of the Internet generation (I-gen) became college freshmen. She also does a much better job of describing how the politicization of the social sciences has already made huge inroads into the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines.

Despite my issues with the proposed solutions in the Haidt/Lukianoff book and despite the my lower rating for it, if the listener has time for just one of the two books I recommend The Coddling of the American Mind over The Diversity Delusion. But consider listening to both.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • By: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 155

The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Triumph.

  • By Darrel Bishop on 09-06-18

Ambitious and worthwhile social psychology book

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The three great untruths: (1) That which does not kill us makes us weaker. (2) Trust your feelings. (3) Life is a battle between good people and evil people.

I listened to The Coddling of the American Mind because I'm a fan of the work of the two authors. Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt released The Righteous Mind in 2012. It is easily the best social psychology book I have ever read. The subtitle promise, Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, is fully delivered in The Righteous Mind. Greg Lukianoff in the founder and current leader of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE is a very effective organization that takes on cases of individuals who have suffered abusive punishments by universities. In 2015 Haidt and Lukianoff wrote a very long article in The Atlantic magazine with the same title as this book. The book expands the article dramatically by delving further into both the definition of the issues and recommendations for solutions.

I rate The Coddling of the American Mind only 3 stars because it seems to me that some of the recommendations lack adequate scientific basis, specifically for its over-dependence on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)and its questionable redefinition of igen (Internet generation or Generation Z). But make no mistake; I strongly recommend The Coddling of the American Mind although I consider it a work in progress. My comment about the authors' use of CBT should not be taken as a criticism of CBT itself. CBT is the gold standard of modern psychotherapy.

My Audible library now consists of approximately 2500 books, 90% fiction mostly of the mystery/thriller genre, and I have now written 2160 reviews. I've decided to stop reviewing all books I listen to choosing instead to write only occasional reviews. However, as I have done for several years I continue to follow Audible listener Shelley's reviews for recommendations of novels of my favorite fiction genre.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of a Lion

  • A Lone Cat's Walk Across America
  • By: William Stolzenburg
  • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story

  • By Hutto on 09-28-16

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Using the "Connecticut cougar" story of 2011 the author make a very strong case for bringing back the eastern US cougar to control deer populations which are damaging our forests (and motor vehicles). The book also makes the case that cougars are not natural human predators.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Africa

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration of so-so memoir

  • By Wayne on 08-16-18

Great narration of so-so memoir

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I enjoyed OUT OF AFRICA more for the narration than for the content. The content of this short personal memoir is itself very worthwhile. I seldom allow narration to impact my overall rating, but in this case it does.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Fistful of Charms

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Got Tired of the Main Character Whining

  • By blissy on 11-30-12

Not for me!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

A FISTFUL OF CHARMS has been in my Audible library for more than a year. I've listened to one-third of this highly rated novel and cannot get into it. I do not care for the paranormal.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Sweet twisted retribution!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Romance novel author Victoria Dahl writes her psychological thrillers using the pseudonym Victoria Helen Stone. The protagonist (Jane) is a sociopath who does not relate well to other humans in general and whose behavior is seemingly without limits; Meg, her only friend, was driven to suicide by the verbal and psychological abuse of her boyfriend Steven. Jane moves from Malaysia to Minneapolis to get revenge against Steven. Steven does not like or trust women but he uses them for his own pleasure while trying to destroy their sense of self worth. Jane gets herself employed where Steven works as she sets out to destroy him. Jane Doe is a wild and fascinating ride mostly because Jane's behavior is totally unpredictable while Steven's behavior is totally predictable. Listeners who appreciate richly deserved vengeance will enjoy JANE DOE because Jane's behavior is so creatively beyond boundaries. Narration is superb as Nicol Zanzarella really gets into the Jane character.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The King Tides

  • Lancaster & Daniels
  • By: James Swain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter - every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing - their alarming obsession with Nicki. Nicki’s father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty. But this case is unusual. Why so many men? Why this one girl? Does Nicki have something to hide? Or do her parents? Trawling the darkest depths of southern Florida, Lancaster faces a growing tide of secrets and deception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent series from James Swain!

  • By Wayne on 08-14-18

Another excellent series from James Swain!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

THE KING TIDES, set in Ft. Lauderdale, is the first novel in the new Lancaster and Daniels detective series by James Swain. Jon Lancaster is an ex Navy SEAL and cop who does not look the part and is now a private investigator. Beth Daniels is an FBI agent who was on her way to being a physician until she was the victim of a kidnapping crime while in college; her kidnappers are now serial killers. Daniels takes very unusual and unlikely steps to catch her kidnappers and in doing exposes her 15 year old niece to many stalkers who are perverts.

James Swain novels tend to be offbeat. His earlier private investigator novels include his Tony Valentine series and his Jack Carpenter series. My personal favorite is Swain's about con man Billy Cunningham; the series is light and fun, and at times silly.

I like Swain's novels so much that I may tend to overrate them. He is a very clever author who is a expert at making the unlikely seem credible. I really enjoyed THE KING TIDES! Patrick Lawlor narration is excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Advocate's Illusion

  • The Advocate Series, Volume 9
  • By: Teresa Burrell
  • Narrated by: John Bell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Attorney Sabre O. Brown takes on three disconcerting new cases, each with its own illusion: a woman claiming she's been impregnated by a ghost, a threatening parent prone to violence, and a child bride with a heartbreaking First Amendment issue. At the same time, Sabre tries to protect her mother, who is dating a suspicious widower she met online. In Sabre's search for justice, she is found near death after a magician's illusion deviously goes wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As expected-excellent solid addition to series...

  • By shelley on 08-09-18

Very busy plot!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Attorney and author Teresa Burrell was a child legal advocate in San Diego herself. Her fictional protagonist Sabre Brown in this continuing nine novel legal thriller series has exactly the same job. I have liked enjoyed is the wrong word due to the tragic subject matter) and reviewed every series novel. There is a lot going on in The Advocate's Illusion, but the central case is about a 12 year old girl being forced to be married to a middle age man by a religious cult.

Sabre's is now in love with her southern accented investigator JP who by the way often verbally expresses himself using creative and corny similes. There is also a plot to kill Sabre and JP. Sabre's widowed mother has found a love interest using an Internet website causing Sabre and her brother to be very concerned. I like courtroom scenes and this novel has several.

Teresa Burrell's novels are about court cases concerning abused children. They are difficult to listen to due to the heartbreaking subject matter, but they are very worthwhile. Burrell is a self published author who did a lousy job of selecting narrators for the first five novels in The Advocate series. She is not sticking with John Bell who does a stellar job.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful