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Gerald Schoen

Timbercreek Canyon, Texas
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  • Holes

  • By: Louis Sachar
  • Narrated by: Kerry Beyer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525

Stanley Yelnats isn't so surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a juvenile detention center. After all, his family has been ridden with bad luck ever since a one-legged gypsy put a curse on his great-great grandfather. He is told that the hard labor he must perform, digging five-foot holes in the dried up soil where Green Lake once sat, is meant to build character. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected delight!

  • By Jennifer on 09-15-04

A Very Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

We listened to this during our vacation to Yellowstone National Park with our nine year old granddaughter. We enjoyed listening and anxiously awaited the next chapter.

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  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,458

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Exciting and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I read the book in a very as quickly as my time would allow. It is exciting and informative.

  • A Universe from Nothing

  • Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read Review Before Buying

  • By Claire on 04-26-18

A Great Book for Understand So Many things

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I enjoyed the entire book, especially the chapter where the Greek philosophers engaged in a discussion of their world views and argued the differences between Athens and Sparta.

  • 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 19,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,552

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
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

It is Fearsome

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I appreciated having all of the points connected in this inciteful book. I now understand much more about why our nation is in the sad shape it is in.

  • Tom Clancy Under Fire

  • A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel
  • By: Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,095

On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory: an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Greaney is much better than Grant Blackwood

  • By Wayne on 06-19-15

Typically great Clancy book. I have enjoyed .<br />re

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Typically great Clancy book. I have enjoyed hearing it. The narrative was well done. The book was a good read.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was so boring and it was the abridge version

  • By LexiMuse on 10-28-17

I did not want to put it down

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

The lack of ability to know what would come next

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about the characters and their interaction.

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

The reading was excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

If Dan Brown wrote it, you knew it was well researched and you would learn a lot.

  • American Wolf

  • A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic American Story

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 10-17-17

I learned of the splendid wolves introduced to YP

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

If you could sum up American Wolf in three words, what would they be?

Educational
Interesting
Exciting

What did you like best about this story?

I worked in Yellowstone in the early 1960s, returned to visit it as often as possible, and was there the summer the wolves were reintroduced to the park.

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle between the Lamars and the new packs.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't but wanted to.

Any additional comments?

Great reading or listening.

  • Forged

  • Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Faith shaking

  • By Fletch on 09-05-12

Facts Not Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Where does Forged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was one of the most informative factually.

What did you like best about this story?

The large number of distortions in the New Testament, about which they never told you in Sunday School.

Which scene was your favorite?

All were interesting and I especially liked the new picture of Paul, not as a male chauvinist, but as a real man who valued women as essentially equal to men.

Any additional comments?

I have long questioned much of what was written in the New Testament. I believe Jesus was one of the greatest people who ever lived; however, I have felt his life was misrepresented by many of the writings of the New Testament. This book confirms much of what I, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and other founding fathers believed of the New Testament.

Any document written over one hundred years after events must be filled with what the writers thought, not what actually occurred,

  • Waging Heavy Peace

  • By: Neil Young
  • Narrated by: Keith Carradine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Young’s storied career has spanned more than 40 years and yielded some of the modern era’s most enduring music. Now, for the first time ever, Young reflects upon his life - from his Canadian childhood, to his part in the '60s rock explosion with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, through his later career with Crazy Horse and numerous private challenges.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the ultimate entertainer...

  • By Sabine on 11-05-12

Really Interesting, But Where's the Beef

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Waging Heavy Peace to be better than the print version?

No Idea

Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Young? Why or why not?

Yes, this was very interesting.

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

No idea

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His discussion of drug and alcohol addition, and the ongoing recovery.

Any additional comments?

Listening to the book was like hearing an interesting, rambling conversation with Neal. I enjoyed the stories he told and the history of his life; however, I though the book was going to give details of Pono, Young's new audio format. Instead it discussed how good Pono is but gave no details as to format, equipment needed to play it or any additional data. The same was true about his electric car.

I would recommend the book to any fan of Neil Young for the life story it tells.

  • Letter to a Christian Nation

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be cheaper

  • By Rod Johnson on 07-06-15

Factual, Educational and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

What did you love best about Letter to a Christian Nation?

The openness of the discussion.

What did you like best about this story?

Mr. Harris's ability to discuss subjects that would be a taboo to most writers

What does Jordan Bridges bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good Clear Commentary

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mr. Harris addressed tough issues that most would be afraid to discuss.

Any additional comments?

I appreciated the honesty to address what many of us feel but are not comfortable to discuss openly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful