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Sword and Scimitar audiobook cover art

Beyond fantastic

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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: 08-31-19

Rarely do I read a book of history so engaging as this! A lone voice crying against the insanity of an Orwellian denial of the true history of Islam, Ibrahim ties together the weaving of history so the reader can gauge the modern jihad against its historical antecedent.

12 Rules for Life audiobook cover art

Absolutely essential reading!

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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: 08-24-19

This is a rare gem of a book. Full of useable advice that comes from the ancient times yet is applicable to our day.

Sick of Murder audiobook cover art

Straightforward mystery for very young readers

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

SPOILER ALERT! Do not read the rest of the review if you don't want to know how it ends.

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O.k. if you dare read further then the spoiler is on you.

Author Amelia Morgan wrote this straightforward mystery aimed at readers 10-12 years old (in my estimation). Given that audience, the story is paced well and the characters engaging for a young reader's mind. Nothing offensive or inappropriate for a young reader appears in the pages.

The protagonist, Meg, is a charismatic good witch who solves homicides. She seems quite skilled in casting spells. This creates a problem; why can't she just cast a spell to solve the mystery? Suspending disbelief, the story is a good one and engaging.

The massive problem comes in the wasted opportunity at the end of book.

SPOILER SECTION:

After the real killer is captured and safely locked away, we are left with a scene of the voluptuous (read: dangerous) witch Pamela who has insinuated herself into Meg's life. In her book, witches can generate illusions of themselves. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine they can influence others to do their bidding since they can wipe memories completely.

Even a 10 year old would be rightly suspicious of Pamela, a natural antagonist if there ever was one. A young reader would never forget this book had Amelia simply had Meg slowly figure out that there was a reason there were so many murders in Enchanted Cove. All these years and these two witches had never crossed paths? Riiiight. Hopefully, Amelia is laughing at this review right now and the next several books in the series (there IS a series, correct?) will flesh out Pamela being Meg's nemesis.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

Bullets and Blondes audiobook cover art

Delightful, politically incorrect, heartwarming!

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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: 01-22-19

The moment the author used the term "magazine" instead of the oft-abused "clip" when Anna, a middle class, smart and sassy heroine reloads her pistol, I knew the author was someone I wanted to follow.

The author uses great self control to hold back Anna's name for the first 11 chapters...making the reader wonder just who the heck is this mystery woman? And so does the co-protagonist, Barry, a spoiled multi-millionaire. And with mystery comes allure.

The chemistry between the two opposites is wonderful and comedic. This book never needs to use swear words for effect.

My favorite line of the book? When the car rental clerk is trying to convince Barry to just rent a white SUV instead of the required white van for the undercover mission, he urges Barry to just use his imagination. "I don't have any imagination!" he retorts. Precious. Very few books poke fun at their protagonists but this book does it marvelously. When the bad guys hold the undercover team as hostages, they unexpectedly release them with a note handed to Anna. Turns out, Barry owned the company that they were raiding! He was so rich he didn't know what companies he owned. Hilarious.

During a spot-on debate of a McDonald's breakfast vs. fancy restaurant fare (with spinach and arugula gracing every egg), Anna holds her own against the slightly snobbish Barry who can't believe ANY human would eschew a sixty dollar breakfast for one that costs two bucks. Anna sums up the everyman's argument succinctly: "There are a lot of us out there, the majority of us, who weren't born with a silver spoon sticking out of our mouths. Those of us who have to work hard, scrimped and saved for a college education, fast food represents a cheap meal that we don't have to cook." Our elite political class look down their noses at the middle class, even as they profess to want to save it. They can't understand how anyone would desire to eat at a fast food joint. The author relates to and understands the everyman.

Bravo!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Broken Prince: A Protostar Prequel audiobook cover art

Author makes classic fiction blunders

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19

The protag is a spoiled prince whose only emotion is anger. He is self-centered to the point of narcissism. Yet it seems everyone is willing to risk their life for him. Why? Who knows? Author falls into the trap of making everyone the protagonist meet fall in love with him.

The plot is absurdly implausible (sending a monarch's only heir on a deadly mission...alone...during a war...).Yet despite there being "danger" at every turn I could not recognize any distinct antagonist.

I could have sworn the story switched from 1st to 3rd person, but I am not going to listen again to confirm.

The prince is afraid to enter a seedy bar but when a fight finally erupts he effortlessly puts scores of thugs out of commission with his(surprise!) Heinlein power-armor he is wearing that the author fails to describe until the fight! Now why was the prince frightened to enter a bar wearing a Terminator T-2000 Super Mech Suit?

Instead of putting the prince in a tension-filled drama, the author kills whatever tension he was trying to build with the seedy atmosphere of the Mos Eisley cantina scene by encasing his BELOVED protagonist in plot armor...literally!

I hereby sentence this author to watch Game of Thrones until he "gets" that falling in love with and protecting your protagonist KILLS ALL TENSION IN YOUR STORY.

Eat to Live audiobook cover art

I agree with all the recommendations of this book.

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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: 01-16-19

I have read many studies on nutrition and the wildly changing recommendations of fellow healthcare practitioners throughout the years and this book is pretty much accurate through and through. most people don't have the discipline to eat this way but I find that I begin to hunger for vegetables more as I eat them more. I think clearly and feel energetic.

The Magic of Thinking Big audiobook cover art

awesome

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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: 12-03-18

this book is life changing. there is so much hope contained in its pages. I an sp glad I read this book.

Not a Good Day to Die audiobook cover art

Right up there with Blaber's Mission, men, and me.

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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: 10-16-18

What a tremendous achievement! This book should be studied by war colleges. I enjoyed the narrator.

The Crooked Staircase audiobook cover art

Overwritten. Drags on forever.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Isn't Koontz supposed to be a fantastic author? This book was agony to listen through, mostly for overwriting and incredibly stupid antagonists. Hendrickson, a major antagonist, eschews armed security, even though he is one of the world's most powerful men. Seriously? The cabal of the assassins sends two, count 'em, two, guys to go after three heavily armed "targets." Koontz even has his antagonists worry about how heavily armed they were...and ex-military to boot! And they go into battle with one pistol each. Brilliant! Koontz is either lazy beyond belief or is actually mocking how stupid he must think his readers are.

The Undocumented Mark Steyn audiobook cover art

incredibly satisfying...well done, Mark!

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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: 03-22-18

Mark Steyn once again shows his great acumen in telling the greatest story never told. It is precisely because the media narrative has been so successful in keeping the conservative view hidden that this book is such a gem.