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Larry Bassett

Lynchburg Virginia
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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,509

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Old guilts come together

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-16

The performer of this audiobook sounds like a 20 something-year-old man just as the narrator of the book. The mystery has many twists and turns. As with many mysteries some suspension of disbelief is required. It is especially required in this book due to the young age and inexperience of the sleuths. The story was filled with many social issues and Vietnam popped it hoary head up.

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,117

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

A great book with many issues

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-16

This book questions whether there is justice in the judicial system as well as bringing love between a parent and child into the forefront of a murder case. It makes you wonder about the reality of a murder gene. And an ending that will stun you.

  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10:22 p.m., 10th of January, 2018

  • By Anonymous User on 01-11-18

Can the thoughts of 1849 be applied in the 21st-century?

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Henry David Thoreau gave us a lot to think about how we ought to organize our lives. You can listen to this audible book in about an hour. It is one of the most quoted essays by the war tax resistance movement.

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  • The Circuit

  • By: Francisco Jiménez
  • Narrated by: Adrian Vargas
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the "American Dream."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tutors review

  • By Anonymous User on 10-04-18

The childhood life of A migrant farm worker

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-16

This is the autobiographical story of the life of a child in a Mexican migrant farm worker family. The author tried to write a story which would be accessible to both children and adults. It is the story of a hard-working family faces most of the problems of a migrant family but the boy who is the narrator of the story very positively wins out over the problems until the man in the green uniform from the border patrol comes into his eighth-grade classroom and take him away.

  • The Jack London Collection

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Patrick Girard Lawlor, Richard Rohan, Gary Telles, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Jack London was an American author who wrote The Call of the Wild and other books. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first Americans to make a lucrative career exclusively from writing. Here are four of his best stories: "The Whale Tooth", "To Build a Fire", "The House of Pride", and "The House of Mapuhi".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Four short stories by Jack London

  • By Larry Bassett on 06-08-16

Four short stories by Jack London

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-16

There are four different readers for four stories. There are three stories set in Pacific islands and one in the frozen Yukon.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,333
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,264

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

An extensive compiliation

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-16

49 years of the life of one of the founding fathers presented with eloquence and detail,

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected! Close to a 5 🌟

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 04-21-15

Another feminist London detective novel?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-16

This audible presentation had all the appropriate English voices and words. Mysteries with the protagonist being a woman are very popular these days. Efforts to portray the detective as a feminist are also quite common but in this case I thought the effort at feminism fell quite short. The effort to present the psychology of several of the major characters was very good I thought.