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  • Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL

  • By: Jack Gilden
  • Narrated by: Kevin F Spalding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

As Don Shula and Johnny Unitas elevated the brutal game of football, the world around them clashed about Vietnam, civil rights, and sex. Collision of Wills looks at the complicated relationship between Don Shula, the league's winningest coach of all time, and his star player Johnny Unitas, and how their secret animosity fueled the Colts in an era when their losses were as memorable as their victories. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting even as a non-football fan

  • By Kingsley on 01-02-19

Book title might better be, "A rambling trip"

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I really wanted to like this book. I was born during the era which should be covered within this book and being a life-long Dolphin fan (until the whole knee protest be the richest 1% of Americans) I was very interested in Unitas and Shula, etc.

The author, however, takes us on a circuitous path through a variety of social and political correctness tangents. Most have little to do with the actual "subject" of the book. I have quit twice and I am still trying to slog through the rice paddies of the authors ramblings. Sigh.

  • Toussaint Louverture: Leader of the Haitian Revolution

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Stuart Liam McConville
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Historians consider the Haitian Revolution the most successful slave revolt in all of history. Though many fought in the rebellion, one man ensured their victory: Toussaint Louverture. With his political savvy and leadership skills, this former slave helped the inhabitants of what was then called Saint Domingue to challenge their French oppressors. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I never knew!

  • By Mathew on 12-18-18

I never knew!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This book provided a very interesting snapshot of Haitian history. I never knew that Haiti was the site of the only successful slave rebellion and Louverture was such an important part

  • The Drifter

  • A Peter Ash Novel
  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114

Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his "white static", the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars. But when a friend from the marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Toriangirl on 01-20-16

Jack reacher fans will enjoy this book

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This book is along the the lines of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher character. I enjoyed the story.
The books story line is pretty clean but be forewarned there is plenty of adult language. I do not find that f-bombs really add anything to the story and are often distracting

  • The Sorcerer's Concubine

  • Telepath and the Sorcerer Series, Book 1
  • By: Jaclyn Dolamore
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork - he doesn't realize that everything he has been told about Fanarlem is a lie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this much more than expected!

  • By J. Stickney on 05-09-17

The book title should be a give-away

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I guess I should have known better considering the title.
Did not finish the book.
Homosexual themes as well as “concubine” theme

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  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fonkin’ Terrific

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Fun story with lots of quirks and humor. R rating

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I enjoyed the story. It was not your standard space plot. The author demonstrates a good use of humor and satire.

FYI gratuitous description of body parts at the first of the book. A shame, completely unneeded.

  • The Thought Readers

  • Mind Dimensions, Book 1
  • By: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions, book 1

  • By Johan on 03-04-15

An interesting approach to sci-fi mind games

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I enjoyed the story line. I wish book one would have been longer.

Language - I do not recall graphic language or f-bombs
Content - the characters have some sexual/adult content, but not graphic
This book does contain and tacitly endorses homosexuality

  • Flatlander

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Gil 'The Arm' Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate, his detective skills second to none, and his psychic powers - esper sense and telekinesis - were awesome.

Now you can hear all the classic stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected in one volume for the first time - plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense, murder, and 5/4ths of a man.

  • By N. Geninatti on 08-25-18

Not the best scifi read

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I have read several of Mr Niven’s books, the Ring World Series, but a book based on society where everyone is spare parts? Mmmmmm
My willing suspense of disbelief wouldn’t do it.
Also, as in the Ring World Series, much of Mr Niven’s story line seems to be centered around his weird sense of social reforms. Sex is casual at best, transgender, homosexuality, sex change are the norm. Muslim and Mormon (why do sci-fi writers so often pick Mormon?) are portrayed as odd-ball or extreme.

Mr Niven has a wonderful imagination for possible story lines but the social reform themes come over as heavy handed to me. Sometimes I think many sci-fi writers are really pervs using their stories as a way to express their “perv-ness”.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exigency

  • By: Michael Siemsen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

Nine brilliant scientists travel light-years on a one-way trip to an Earthlike planet. Their mission is to study from orbit the two species of intelligent lifeforms on the surface. The first: an isolated people embarking on civilization and building their world's first city. The second: a brutal race of massive predators, spread thick and still growing across the dominant landmass - destined to breed and eat their way to extinction within a few centuries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exigency is entertaining

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-17-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I was not able to finish this book.
Contains homosexual themes.
I would not recommend

  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,642

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-31-14

Another writers wet dream on paper

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Graphic sexual content. F-bombs galore. I would rate it NC17 if it were a movie

  • Rookie Privateer

  • Privateer Tales, Book 1
  • By: Jamie McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Solid Storyline well performed

  • By KittJ on 08-03-16

Well written space adventure book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

I enjoyed listening to this book. I found it to be a well written space adventure book. I appreciated the candor of the author in addressing relationships.
I did not find offending language.