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  • Valley of the Guns

  • The Pleasant Valley War and the Trauma of Violence
  • By: Eduardo Obregón Pagán
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In the late 1880s, Pleasant Valley, Arizona, descended into a nightmare of violence, murder, and mayhem. By the time the Pleasant Valley War was over, 18 men were dead, four were wounded, and one was missing, never to be found. Valley of the Guns explores the reasons for the violence that engulfed the settlement, turning neighbors, families, and friends against one another.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for Arizona History Buffs!

  • By Chester on 02-14-19

Must read for Arizona History Buffs!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Unfortunately most listeners will never have heard of this event in US history so there probably isn't a great demand for more information. Obviously very well researched, it can't help but be a little dry. Anyone that is a buff of Southwest US history will be fascinated. For the rest of us it takes Peter Lerman's enthusiastic narration to keep your interest sustained. He does a great job of presenting a huge amount of facts in a way you want to hear. This is one of those books that I feel is much better listened to than read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sing Me Back Home: Southern Roots and Country Music

  • American Popular Music Series
  • By: Bill C. Malone
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

For more than 50 years, Bill C. Malone has researched and written about the history of country music. Today, he is celebrated as the foremost authority on this distinctly American genre. This new collection brings together his significant article-length work from a variety of sources, including essays, book chapters, and record liner notes. Sing Me Back Home distills a lifetime of thinking about country and Southern roots music. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive and entertaining...

  • By Christian on 01-19-19

Everything you ever wanted to know about Country!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Everything you ever wanted to know about Country Music and then some. Fascinating information about Country in all its various forms. Blue Grass, Gospel, and discusses the differences between traditional more contemporary styles. Truly an encyclopedia on the topic.

Peter Lerman isn't the good old boy you might think they would use for this book, which for me was a relief. His business like approach is just serious enough to impart a sense of importance to the information, yet he clearly enjoys the topic and his role in educating the listener. Good pick.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sean Kruger Series Complete Boxed Set

  • By: J. C. Fields
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 28 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

This is the box set of the Sean Kruger series, books 1 through 3: The Fugitive's Trail; The Assassin's Trail; and The Imposter's Trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, no time to catch your breath

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-14-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I should have really liked this. Instead I got 4 or 5 hours into it and bailed. It moves too slow for me. Maybe book 2 or 3 are better. Couldn't finish number 1, so I will never know.

Paul McSorley is obviously a very talented narrator. He does a great job differentiating voices and styles for all the characters. Handles the females very well. I would not hesitate to try him again. Unfortunately someone decided that the protagonist here needed to sound like a very over done staccato Sargent Friday. Makes Jack Webb's "Just the facts, Mam" sound melodic. That did it for me. Mediocre story with annoying voice direction of that main character. If either had not been true, I might have made it.

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  • The Revolution of ’28

  • Al Smith, American Progressivism, and the Coming of the New Deal
  • By: Robert Chiles
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Revolution of ’28 explores the career of New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith. Robert Chiles peers into Smith’s work and uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans in the early 20th century. The book charts the rise of that idiomatic progressivism during Smith’s early years as a state legislator through his time as governor of the Empire State in the 1920s, before proceeding to a revisionist narrative of the 1928 presidential campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Smith paved the way for FDR

  • By Chester on 10-27-18

Al Smith paved the way for FDR

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Al Smith gets little press today. It is a shame as he was probably as important in 1928 as Bernie Sanders is today. Without Smith there may never have been a New Deal and much of the important things we take for granted today like Social Security might not even exist.

Peter Lerman does great job telling the story with just the right combination of seriousness and respect.

Something you will listen to again.

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  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice little mystery bundle

  • By Julie on 03-07-18

Great Narration makes the stories even better!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

These are a set of darn good Cozy mysteries. Pearl Hewitt performs then perfectly making them even better.

  • Dark Visions

  • By: James Byron Huggins
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Joe Mac was a legendary homicide detective until his vision was lost in the line of duty and he was forced into retirement. Now he lives a life of darkness, his only friend being a huge Raven that Joe Mac names "Poe." But when Joe Mac's grandson is murdered by an unknown killer, Joe emerges from his self-imposed solitude to resurrect the skills of the detective he once was. And, although he is blind, Joe Mac begins to hunt down his tiny grandson's murderer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Involved from the start.

  • By Cindy on 09-27-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

There is a reason Huggins is on such a high pedestal. Great story told very well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War

  • Trivia War Books, Book 1
  • By: Dwayne Walker, Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two?

It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, “Wow, I never knew that!” 

With this audiobook, you can be that person. 

You can listen to it just a few minutes a day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little known facts about the biggest war

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-17-18

Interesting facts, easy listen

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Somewhat strange presentation (Really, question and answer at end of chapters?) of interesting topics. Short enough to listen to in one afternoon.

Very well narrated even if a little tendansy to be over dramatic.

  • Harry Starke

  • The Harry Starke Novels, Book 1
  • By: Blair Howard
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

It's almost midnight, bitterly cold and snowing, when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge into the icy waters of the Tennessee. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, corruption, and three murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry is awesome!

  • By C M Anderson on 04-23-16

Great beginning

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This was a fun listen with the added bonus of not being able to figure out who done it!

Good narration as well. Will be looking for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting the Cold War: A Soldier's Memoir

  • American Warriors Series
  • By: John Galvin USA (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

As NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the tumultuous five years that ended the Cold War, Galvin played a key role in shaping a new era. Fighting the Cold War illuminates his leadership and service as one of America's premier soldier-statesmen, revealing him to be not only a brilliant strategist and consummate diplomat but also a gifted historian and writer who taught and mentored generations of students.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An understated title for a great memoir

  • By Kingsley on 03-08-16

A True American Hero

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

How do we get the people in the White House and Congress to understand what dedication to your country really looks like? Have them read this one. Should be mandatory reading at our military academies.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Calaway Jones

  • The Harry Starke Novels, Book 10
  • By: Blair Howard
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

"Stand absolutely still, Amanda," she read, "and you won't get hurt." Two seconds later a bullet from a sniper's rifle shattered the driver's side window of her Lexus SUV. That's how it began, early on a Friday morning when Amanda, Harry's wife, found the note tucked under her windshield wiper. The incident was quickly followed by a series of events that would put his family and friends in deadly danger and test Harry to his limits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Starke stories never let you down!

  • By bec on 08-10-17

This one is very intense

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I love all of Howard's Harry Starke books. If he writes anything else I don't know and don't care.

This one is probably the most intense. Violence is not a big part of most of the others and it is all this one revolves around. Even though the climax is kind of predictable you still want to cheer when it arrives.

Once again Tom Lennon does a terrific job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful