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Larry Cowsert

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  • Trouble on Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,947

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been part of Book 3

  • By W. Brooks on 07-11-17

The Continuation of a Spellbinding SciFi Adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Craig Alanson continues to weave an intricate, clever, "Star Trek meets Star Wars meets Galaxy Quest" space adventure that combines uninvented yet believable technology, unheard of but believable inter-galactic species, and well timed comedy relief.

In this book ... 3.5 in the series ... Bishop. the series' hero character, and Skippy, Bishop's arrogant and snarky AI sidekick, only recieve brief mention. The focus is on the infer-species cooperation between humans and their allies to foil the enemies of Earth and other peace-loving planets.

R. C. Bray's performance is almost flawless as he brings each character to life, adding to the believability of Alanson's story.

personally, I could see these books being made into a movie series that could rival the two biggies ... SW and ST.

Can hardly wait for the next installment!

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! A solid choice!

  • By Lee on 11-15-03

An Ordinary Man In an Extraordinary Role

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Harry Truman would never have considered himself "Presidential". Nor would have most people in America. Yet, through a series of coincidences, opportunities, and wise but subtle career moves, he not only rose to the position but also to responsibility ... as is so beautifully explained by Mr. McCullough in this short but robust biography.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,766

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Suspense, Thrills, and Social Awareness

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Baldacci always has a lesson or two in each of his books. The Fallen is as contemporary as a book can be, with real data and predictable outcomes from America's current, rampant opioid epidemic.

Almost preaching, at times ... which is not typical of Baldacci ... The Fallen exposes just how far even the best of us will go in the pursuit of self interest.

Kyl Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy bring each character to life and add tremendous depth to the story.

  • Divine Justice

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260

Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Does It Again

  • By poeticalbob on 11-20-08

An Intense Thriller in True Baldacci Style

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The combination of writing by David Baldacci and narrative performance by Ron McLarty is a guaranteed winner!

Oliver Stone takes a massive step in righting some wrongs, and the members of the Camel Club take daring risks to aid their friend in his escape from injustice ... with the help of the kind and humble people of a curious little coal mining town.

A very entertaining read with plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,056
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,739

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Most Entertaining Space Adventure I've Ever Read!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Craig Alanson is now one of my top 5 authors! Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force is incredibly entertaining and justly deserves the 20+ thousand five star ratings it has received.

The plot is well thought out. Earth's "enemy" is cruel and has destroyed our infrastructure, leading the United Nations into an alliance with "the enemy of my enemy". The UNEF (United Nations Expeditionary Forces) are called to action and, in the heat of battle, our hero emerges.

Northern Maine native, Army Sgt. Joe Bishop finds himself thrust into heroic endeavors, assisted by a motley crew of ill-trained but motivated UN forces ... and the most unique piece of AI. AI the size of a beer can that is thousands of years old, holds knowledge and capabilities that are beyond belief, and has a snarky, witty, snappy repartee.

The writing is fresh, the story is excillerating , and the characters are likeable and real.

For a great book -- such as this one -- to come alive in audio form, there must be a tremendous narrator. R. C. Bray is FLAWLESS in his performance! The 16 hours of listening were so mesmerizing that I completed the book in two listening sessions. Bray is able to give a unique voice to each character ... including "Skippy", the A.I. partner... and bring the appropriate energy level to each scene in every chapter. OUTSTANDING NARRATION!

For any SciFi fans ... or anyone who enjoys adventure, thrills, or even military combat ... this is a must read!

  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

  • 15th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Robert Fulghum
  • Narrated by: Robert Fulghum
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now, seven million copies later, Fulghum returns to the book that was embraced around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful

  • By Adam on 01-11-04

LIFE LESSONS THAT REALLY MATTER!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

This is at least my tenth reading of All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In all honesty, It's probably more like 16 times.

With this updated edition ( albeit, a 2003 edition) I have developed an even greater appreciation for Mr. Fulghum's insights, wit, and wisdom. Every essay speaks to the reader, to a greater or lesser degree, based on what they are experiencing at the time. Robert reminds me of a modern day Mark Twain, as he tells stories of his childhood, then of his grandchildren, and how it all relates to kindergarten "lessons".

The cherry on this Sunday is that Mr. Fulghum narrarates the book. Most authors should be able to deliver a convincing oral rendition of their work, but Robert's pleasing voice ... with an occasional undertone of mischief... gives the listener a sense of moving through time with the author as he relived the content of each essay.

My 17 year old son is now listening because he heard me laughing so much and exclaiming aloud ... forgetting I was wearing headphones ... that he had made a good point or some such.

All I can say is: Buy the Book. It is a classic.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,404

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Gamer or Not, Ready Player One Is Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

From the lead-in, I was casually ... then with consistently increasing velocity ... propelled into this "virtual" story/world.

Ernest Clone has an amazing knowledge (whether from extensive research, personal experience, or a lot of both) of computer gaming ... from its caveman-like beginnings to the virtual worlds we know now!

Will Wheaton does an exceptional job of bringing the plot AND the characters to life, making the book even more enjoyable.

If you love a good adventure drama ... laced with bits of recent cultural history ... this could be your perfect book.

Larry Cowsert

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,749
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,331

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Wonderful, Candid View of a Great Man

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Ron Chernow has done an exceptional job of telling us the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful about a man that we thought we knew.

A General that knew how to win battles, but a man who allowed "friends" to abuse his trust. A man who fought -- as soldier and as President -- for the human rights and dignity of blacks, but a man who is wrongly remembered as always being drunk. A man who could sleep on the ground in the rain during a battle, but suffered from insomnia if he feared that his family was in financial jeopardy.

Mark Branhall executes the text flawlessly, giving a voice to the characters and emotion to the passages.

GRANT is now one of my favorite biographies and I can't wait to read it again.

  • The Poetry of Robert Frost

  • By: Robert Frost
  • Narrated by: Susan Anspach, Roscoe Lee Browne, Elliott Gould, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations, and rural imagery, Robert Frost fashioned poetry of great lyrical beauty and potent symbolism. His language is simple, clear, and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully performed masterpieces!

  • By Vicky on 02-16-16

Beautiful Poetry Beautifully Reaf

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

The poetry of Robert Frost is do gentle, real, and human. When read by talented performers with dynamic voices, his words are even more moving.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,795

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

KEPT ME RIVETED FROM PAGE ONE

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Andy Weir is brilliant at creating near-future stories that are easy to believe and characters that come to life instantly. The plot of Artemis is logical and could easily have been ripped from the headlines of a news source a few decades from now.

Paraphrasing a line from THE MARTIAN, Weir "scienced the hell" out of this plot, too. But the reader doesn't feel as though they are auditing a college science course. Rather, the scientific explanations add to the credibility of the plot AND demonstrates just how complex and "pliable"" chemistry and biology are.

Rosario Dawson gives a brilliant performance that gives life to each of the characters, enforcing the believability of the story. I want to hear more of Ms. Daeson's works!

Another hit for Mr. Weir!

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