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  • Raylan

  • A Novel
  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Brian D'Arcy James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 564

With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece. So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was awesome! good voice changes

  • By Cyndi on 01-02-13

Novellas, not a novel

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Raylan is a pretty cool character, but the stories really stretch plausibility. They are not that interesting for Elmore. I got the feeling he was pretty much phoning this one in. Using up some short stories that he had and reworking them. The characters are great though, and isn't that why we read Elmore Leonard?

  • The Mauritius Command

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists Turns and A Great Story

  • By Constance on 11-27-04

The weakest of twenty

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

This book has excellent characters and some truly thrilling scenes, but it cleaves too closely to history. The mirror images of Macadam/Maturin snd Aubrey/Clonfort feel forced.

  • The Great Escape

  • By: Paul Brickhill
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057

It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men for every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and crude homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German clothes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and exciting!!

  • By 6catz on 10-28-13

The gold standard

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

this is one of the greatest war stories ever written. Fantastic style and amazing detail of a daring, futile effort of hundreds of men.

  • The Yellow Admiral

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 600

While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Addiction

  • By Constance on 06-22-05

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

this piece has some of O'Brien's strongest writing, mostly stuff along the Jane Austen line of life in the 19th century Country House. the inner story of Jack's anguish is well-told, although not particularly interesting. this is distinctly light on action but sets up the next couple of books pretty well. And then we are out of O'Brian.

  • PT-109

  • JFK's Night of Destiny
  • By: William Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

A thrilling, moment-by-moment account of one of the most famous events of World War II - the sinking of PT-109 and John F. Kennedy's heroic actions that saved his crew - and a fascinating examination of how that extraordinary episode shaped the future president's life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hagiography, but a good one

  • By Joshua on 10-20-18

Hagiography, but a good one

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

JFK is painted as almost otherworldly here. The book is accurate, but it gets drippy at the end.

  • The Far Side of the World

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 788

The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What lies beyond is the far side of the world...

  • By Darwin8u on 05-08-17

Epic, but not the best

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

O'Brian is clearly revisiting other things by the time we get to this book. The Surprise has been given a reprieve, and many of the themes that he touched on in earlier books about circumnavigation are revisited here. an entertaining read but not my favorite. Patrick Tull is brilliant as usual

  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Ionian Mission

  • By Jonathan on 01-16-08

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

O'Brian books are always a treat, but some are better than others. This is not one of the better ones though it does have some excellent moments. I definitely recommend the entire series, but this is one of my least favorites.

  • The Surgeon's Mate

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 903

Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Dan Wynkoop on 07-04-17

Splendidly read

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Certainly one of the best in the series, with some truly epic scenes. Funny, too.

  • My Side of the Mountain

  • By: Jean Craighead George
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Student on 02-19-18

The classic, beautifully read.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

As great as you remember, and wonderfully read. It's also a tragedy, which I'd forgotten.

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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,549

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Ann on 03-06-11

Riveting and dull at the same time

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

was a decent book. it went on for quite a while and I could really see some of the stitching, which is typical for this author. with some writers you can see the outline shining through the rest of it. This book is better than The Goldfinch but I still don't particularly like her style all that much