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Nicholas E. Ertz

Bolingbrook, IL USA
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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,227
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,097

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Wow

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Those who have praised this book have fallen short in describing what a remarkable book this is. It is the memoir of someone who has dragged herself from the depths of her childhood to the light of the modern world. This is an easy book to read, the prose flows effortlessly to make so many points. It's not just about escaping fundamentalism; it is a study of how one learns about "self"; it is about how fundamentalism and madness work; it is about how those things trap so many people without the strength to grow. The book shows what it is to define "self". This author will do great things, hopefully, she will continue to write.

  • The Western Wind

  • By: Samantha Harvey
  • Narrated by: Nyasha Hatendi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Fifteenth-century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder? The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can't?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written

  • By Pauline C on 12-05-18

Slow, slow, slow

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I was misled into reading this book because of its favorable reviews. I did not enjoy it. The principal character is always fretting over what should be done, did he do the right thing? There is no action in the book and I'm not sure it really resolves itself. That said if you like to read in that period and don't mind a lot of soul searching - go ahead, read it.

  • The Poison Squad

  • One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

By the end of 19th century, food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry and were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before health. Then, In 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, "The Poison Squad".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you eat you must read this book!

  • By Jerry on 11-27-18

What's in your food?

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This is a good lesson on politics that is germane even today. Here is the birth of the FDA. Without two things, it wouldn't have happened. The chief chemist (Dr Wiley) was the great advocate supported by a vast majority of consumers - who were vocal. The villains were big food business in cahoots with the lawmakers and the bureaucracy. You can be glad today that you don't have formaldehyde in your milk and many other things. Lessons here need to be applied to the gun laws and environmental protection. Read and learn.

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,112

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn, Baldacci is good!

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Lifting Lady

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This is a typical Baldacci thriller. Plenty to get excited about as you follow the action. The locale is special too, up and down the Grand Canyon. However, I can't decide if the lead character is one of the author's male leads dressed in a woman's body or a real woman. She is a tough guy and a weightlifter. Atlee certainly isn't a Kinsey Millhone or a Mary Russel. It will take another story to figure it out.

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,176

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

Holy Minnesota!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

That f*n Flowers. He's always finding the "funnest" cases to work on. I wish he was a real guy that I could hang with. He is certainly someone who would be liked an respected by all. This time he is working around a miracle to solve a murder or four. Nothing fancy going on, just regular work, talking and talking with all who may know. Eventually, there is only one guy left. Read this.

  • Consumed

  • Firefighters Series, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Hillary Huber, Jason Carpenter, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed - by her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer. Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story - Why So Many

  • By Therese M. Woolley on 10-04-18

Who cares

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

about their love life? I tried this book because I was hoping it would be the fire procedural equivalent to a police procedural.
There is a mystery there, but it takes forever to resolve what with the intervening drama. The four narrators were a MAJOR distraction.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,038

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Skippy come home

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Even the second novel in the series is fun. Skippy and Joe go off to find a phone only to discover they are all dead. Meanwhile, the Earth is in danger again so they must find and destroy the bad guys. This series is just plain fun. The banter between Joe and Skippy is laughing out loud funny at times. The plot is solid and the characters surrounding the leads are starting to have a life of their own. I'd read them all right now, but I have to pace myself.

  • The Oracle Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Soule
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded website with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish it were more

  • By Topher on 05-14-18

What would you do if you knew

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

A very interesting premise - what happens when you know 108 facts about the future? The story follows this problem that Will Dando has. It does it in a compelling manner and always entertaining. The suspense is solid and the conclusions are logical. The knowing of the future doesn't make you an oracle - only telling someone does.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Escape Artist

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,188

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

A new fresh character - she's mean

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Nola is an enigma. She is hyper-observant, an artist and a soldier. This book is her introduction. Her not quite friend, Zig, is a mortician. Such a pair can only make an interesting story. This one does not fail. It is thrilling each step of the way as they follow independent paths to find the bad guy. It a fun ride. These are characters I'd like to know more about.

  • Milk!

  • A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the best-selling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic and culinary story of milk and all things dairy - with recipes throughout. According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the goddess Hera's breast milk became our galaxy, the Milky Way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration nearly kills Kurlansky

  • By Scarlatti's Muse on 05-15-18

Don't cry over it

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

There is a lot of time to cover. This is not an exciting book, too much "and then this and then that" to make it very engaging. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that milk has been debated since the beginning. First, which is better, cow or goat or camel or buffalo or... Then, why does everyone die after drinking this milk? Yet, who doesn't like a good piece of cheese?