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  • gilwilson 5:52 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Destination: Void” By: Frank Herbert 

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    By: Frank Herbert
    Narrated by: Scott Brick
    Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    Release date: 10-28-14
    Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    All you have to do is tell me that Frank Herbert wrote it and I’ll read it no matter how good or bad. So, that should let you know up front, I’m a bit biased. Yes, I’m a big fan of Frank Herbert, actually maybe I’m just a huge Dune fan. That is actually why I picked this audiobook this time around, I wanted to see what his writing is about outside the Duneverse. The book itself was actually published in 1966 one year after Dune, so Herbert was at his creative best.

    So what happens to your ship when travelling the cosmos in a form of suspended animation and the brains keeping the ship going, go insane? That is the question to be answered in “Destination: Void.” Frank Herbert is pretty well known to create new religions and mythos in the Dune series of books, and somewhat continues that in this book. In fact the next book in this series is “The Jesus Incident,” which explores religion and science.

    What I liked about this book is that it seemed everyone knew something about everyone else and could use that as leverage. The dialogue throughout the book did not seem contrived and as all the relationships within the personnel of the ship seemed natural as well. The technical details did seem a bit overwhelming but were necessary. The exploration of Artificial Intelligence made for a very thought provoking book.

    One more thing before I leave you with this, I’m also a HUGE Scott Brick fan, and was extremely happy to hear he was narrating this. Brick is able to portray characters, emotions and dialogue as if it were a multi-cast performance. His delivery is perfect for Science-Fiction.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hibernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three organic mental cores – disembodied human brains that control the vessel’s functions – go insane. The emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: build an artificial consciousness in the Earthling’s primary computer that can guide them to their destination – and hope it doesn’t destroy the human race.

    Don’t miss Frank Herbert’s classic novel that begins the epic Pandora Sequence.

    ©1966 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • gilwilson 5:37 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: egypt,   

    Cleopatra’s Moon By: Vicky A. Shecter 

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    By: Vicky A. Shecter
    Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    Release date: 08-01-11
    Publisher: Oasis Audio

    Ahh, yes once again it is time to venture into the realm of young adult fiction. This time around historical fiction is the rule and we learn what could have happened to Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene.

    The Roman’s want all the wealth of Egypt, but Cleopatra is not ready to give up her reign. So her children Juba and Selene are captured and brought to Rome after Cleopatra’s and Marc Antony’s suicides. Selene is the ruler of her people and does everything to take back Egypt.

    While listening to this book, it seems the author did some serious research for the creation of this story. Sure it is a YA novel and there’s some romance, but there is much more historical representation and recitation here than that. The book is full of action, and plotting. The extremely refreshing thing is that the author actually represents Cleopatra as an intelligent and fair ruler, not some hussy vamp that most Cleopatra stories tell.

     

    Speaking of listening to the book, the narrator Kirsten Potter does a standout job of presenting this story. Her vocalizations of the different characters makes easy to follow along and know who is speaking. She also does a great job keeping the interest up and not sounding bored or boring.

     

    Being a YA book it is best kept age appropriate. While Selene is only 11 years old in the book, you may want to think about letting the younger ones read. There are times when Octavion refers to Cleopatra as a whore or slut. So if language is a factor, keep this in mind.

    There is plenty of action, intrigue, power struggles, and suspense throughout the book, but none of it unrealistic. The best part is that it is a very nice historical representation of the time. I highly recommend this to anyone over 16

    Publisher’s Summary

     

    Princess of Egypt…. Cleopatra Selene is the only daughter of the brilliant Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and General Marcus Antonius of Rome. She’s grown up with jewels on her arms, servants at her feet, and all the pleasures of a palace at her command, and she wants only to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a great and powerful queen.

    Prisoner of Rome…. Then the Roman ruler Octavianus, who has always wanted Egypt’s wealth, launches a war that destroys all Selene has ever known. Taken to live in Octavianus’ palace in Rome, she vows to defeat him and reclaim her kingdom at all costs. Yet even as she gathers support for her return, Selene finds herself torn between two young men and two different paths to power. Will love distract her from her goal – or help her achieve her true destiny?

     

    Epic in scope and ravishing in detail, this audiobook reveals the extraordinary life of a girl long hidden in history: the remarkable Cleopatra Selene.

    ©2011 Vicky Alvear Shecter (P)2011 Oasis

     
  • gilwilson 5:41 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backstrom, homicide, , murdery mystery, sweden   

    “Bäckström: He Who Kills the Dragon” By: Leif GW Persson 

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    By: Leif GW Persson
    Narrated by: Erik Davies
    Series: Evert Bäckström, Book 2
    Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    Release date: 01-20-15
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Sometime back Rainn Wilson had a role as Detective Bäckström on the series “Bäckström.” It was interesting, not enough to make me upset when it wasn’t renewed, but okay enough for me to come back each week to catch the next episode. Bäckström is this, well, sort of a bigot and alcoholic, and he hates everyone. It did provide some entertaining episodes but sometimes a bit too cliché.

    So now wondering what got this series started I found out about this series of books based in Sweden, Bäckström is even more non-pc than the TV series. Always grumpy and being told to take care of his health, Bäckström is the guy you love to hate. Not quite as loveable as Archie Bunker, but close.

    I have to say that the narrator, Erik Davies, could have stepped it up a bit. There were times when I nearly fell asleep because of his droning. But the story kept me interested enough to not stop listening. Normally when something is bad about a book, I’ll stop and move on to the next, life is to short to waste on bad books. By the way, that is why it is rare to find a bad review from me. If the book is bad, I put it away.

    It seems that homicide Detectives are the same around the world and that was the saving grace, many of the same formulas to catch a killer worked here. Many of the words, people, and locations were confusing or hard to understand but if you want a good homicide story it is there hidden under the bad narrating.

    Publisher’s Summary

    From a master of Scandinavian crime fiction – the first in a brilliant series of novels centered around the investigations of one irascible, obdurate, and very thirsty Swedish police officer: Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström of the National Murder Squad.

    Detective Bäckström is Persson’s persistently repulsive yet undeniably brilliant comic creation – an unforgettable cop winding his way through the black comedy of a crime scene, and managing to upset nearly everyone in the process. When a newspaper delivery boy finds a 68-year-old alcoholic lying dead in his apartment – beaten with a saucepan lid and hammer, and then strangled – everyone expects an open-and-shut murder case, everyone that is but Hawaiian-shirt clad Detective Bäckström who’s been assigned to lead the investigation team. Under strict orders from his doctor to improve his health as quickly as possible, Bäckström has begun stumbling to work on foot, and even eating vegetables. The police force isn’t what it used to be though, and now that it’s crowded with women and foreigners resisting a drink is harder than ever before. But when the newspaper boy goes missing, Bäckström’s suspicions are proven correct, giving his irrepressible mix of luck and laziness a chance to save the day, while managing to upset nearly everyone in the process.

    ©2015 Leif GW Persson (P)2014 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 6:07 PM on March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: discworld   

    A Blink of the Screen, Collected Shorter Fiction By: Terry Pratchett 

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    By: Terry Pratchett A. S. Byatt – foreword,
    Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    Release date: 03-17-15
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Many years ago, while I was in the Navy, a friend gave me a Discworld book to read. Being a sci-fi/fantasy fan I couldn’t resist. I mean, really, a turtle flying through space with elephants on its back holding up Discworld. Who can say no to that? So jump ahead many years to now, and recently I’ve been rediscovering books based on Discworld and Terry Pratchett’s writings. All the Discworld books have great characters, fun stories, and some really nice humor.

    This book is a collection of Short Stories written by Pratchett over the years finally available. The subject matter is diverse but still fun.

    Before I summarize each story I have to say that Michael Fenton Stevens and Steven Briggs do a great job sharing the narration and bringing the stories to life.

    The stories you can look forward to hearing (or reading if you prefer the physical book):

    • “The Hades Business” (1963)
      Pratchett wrote this when he was 13. He calls it “juvenile” but it’s not. Not many 13-years-olds write like this. The story is that Hell isn’t too popular lately, and the Devil needs some good PR.
    • “Solution” (1964)
      An inspector badly botches a smuggling investigation.
    • “The Picture” (1965)
      A man in an institution is obsessed with the disturbing picture on his wall. It has a great twist ending that reminds me of some of the old pulp sci-fi stories.
    • “The Prince and the Partridge” (1968)
      The story behind the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song?
    • “Rincemangle, The Gnome of Even Moor” (1973)
      Gnomes and Grand Theft Auto, that pretty much sums it up.
    • “Kindly Breathe in Short, Thick Pants” (1976)
      A satire concerning the rights of citizens to natural resources.
    • “The Glastonbury Tales” (1977)
      A poem based on Pratchett’s one-time experience of picking up hitchhikers on the way to Glastonbury Festival.
    • “There’s No Fool Like an Old Fool Found in an English Queue” (1978)
      Terry Pratchett vents in a way only he can about people ahead of you in line.
    • “Coo, They’ve Given Me the Bird” (1978)
      Working with pigeons in Russia.
    • “And Mind the Monoliths” (1978)
      The secret lives of employees at historical-reenactment villages.
    • “The High Meggas” (1986)
    • A non-humorous science-fiction story involving parallel Earths, and the murderous plots of agents jumping between universes.
    • “Twenty Pence, with Envelope and Seasonal Greeting” (1987)
      Getting stuck inside a variety of Christmas cards.
    • “Incubust” (1988)
      Super-short joke piece about a magical spell… with limitations.
    • “Final Reward” (1988)
      An author kills off his most popular character and, is shocked when said character shows up at his doorstep to “meet his maker.” The fact that said character is a 7-foot-tall barbarian with a soul-drinking sword doesn’t make things easy.
    • “Turntables of the Night” (1989)
      Record collecting nerd meets Death (also a keen collector):

    – “OH, I’VE GOT THEM ALL. ELVIS PRESLEY, BUDDY HOLLY, JIM MORRISON, JIMI HENDRIX, JOHN LENNON…”

    • Have you got the complete Beatles?
    • NOT YET.
  • “#ifdefDEBUG + `world/enough’ + `time'” (1990)
    A cyberpunk story concerning virtual reality, viruses, and possibly, a murder.
  • “Hollywood Chickens” (1990)
    Maybe the question isn’t ‘WHY did the chicken cross the road’ – but HOW.
  • “The Secret Book of the Dead” (1991)
    A poem about the disturbing trauma of childhood pet ownership.
  • “Once and Future” (1995)
    Arthurian legend meets travel.
  • “FTB” (1996)
    A computer writes a letter to Santa. Kids these days might be too savvy to believe, but perhaps a computer has no choice.
  • “Sir Joshua Easement: A Biographical Note” (2010)
    This bio certainly doesn’t flatter the anonymous sitter, but it might have given him a good laugh.Discworld Shorter Writings
  • “Troll Bridge” (1992)
    Fairy tales of trolls under bridges, and acommentary on nostalgia.
  • “Theatre of Cruelty” (1993)
    The humor of Punch and Judy shows isn’t always ‘nice.’ But have you ever considered how the ‘puppets’ might feel, forced to act out such nasty and dehumanizing roles?
  • “The Sea and Little Fishes” (1998)
    By far, the longest piece in the book. A Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax tale. Asked not to compete in an annual witchery contest [which she always wins], Granny Weatherwax decides to ‘be nice about’ the hurtful slight. The problem is, her neighbors aren’t used to her being nice.
  • “The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem” (1999)
    As the title states. Apparently, a recorded version exists, somewhere.
  • “Medical Notes” (2002)
    A few satirical entries on medical ailments commonly found in Ankh-Morpork.
  • “Thud: A Historical Perspective” (2002)
    The ‘history’ of a popular game in Discworld, played between dwarves and trolls.
  • “A Few Words from Lord Havelock Vetinari” (2002)
    A speech written upon an occasion naming a British town a ‘sister-city’ to Ankh-Morpork.
  • “Death and What Comes Next” (2004)
    Philosophers apparently frequently think they can argue with Death. However, Death can apply some philosophical logic, too.
  • “A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices” (2005)
    Brilliantly skewers academic bureaucracy.
  • “Minutes of the Meeting to Form the Proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts” (2007)
    As the title indicates… the is, exactly, the minutes from a meeting where an Ankh-Morpork committee decides to form Boy and Girl Scout troops.
  • “The Ankh-Morpork Football Association Hall of Fame playing cards” (2009)
    Baseball-card-style bios of a variety of Pratchett’s Discworld characters.Appendix
  • Deleted extract from “The Sea and Little Fishes” (1998)
    This excised chapter has Granny Weather wax being rather introspective, thinking of the past, and philosophizing on the topic of ‘being nice.’

Publisher’s Summary

A collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day.

In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People, and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.

Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; and adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with Terry’s inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, this is an audiobook to treasure.

©2013 Terry Pratchett (P)2015 Random House Audio

 
  • gilwilson 5:42 PM on March 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , heresy, , , theology   

    City of God: A Novel By: E. L. Doctorow 

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    By: E. L. Doctorow
    Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    Release date: 03-04-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Having just read “Billy Bathgate” by E.L. Doctorow, I was curious to hear what some of his other books would sound like. For some reason I was under the impression that Doctorow only wrote gangster like stories. This book was the first to prove me wrong. I had also considered listening to “World’s Fair” but went with this one. Maybe later.

    First let’s talk about what makes this audiobook unique. The narrator, John Rubinstein, delivers the story with perfect voice and emphasis. The problem is the story is just so disjointed it get’s boring and tedious. Actually Rubinstein’s voice saved me from stopping after the first few chapters. He kept it interesting and pleasant to hear.

    Not only is the subject matter (religion) difficult to approach but going back and forth between Catholic and Jewish characters, there are times where I just got lost. At first I thought it was going to be one of those who-is-better types of approaches to religion, but that was not the case. Then I thought it was how faiths can get along, but that was not fully right either. To me this book seemed like Doctorow had a few ideas for novels but never finished each and just slapped them together here. There were some nice moments, mainly with the dialogue, but not enough to make me like it.

    “Billy Bathgate” was way better, maybe I should have gone with “World’s Fair.”

    Publisher’s Summary

    In his workbook, a New York City novelist records the contents of his teeming brain – sketches for stories, accounts of his love affairs, riffs on the meanings of popular songs, ideas for movies, obsessions with cosmic processes. He is a virtual repository of the predominant ideas and historical disasters of the age. But now he has found a story he thinks may become his next novel: The large brass cross that hung behind the altar of St. Timothy’s, a run-down Episcopal church in lower Manhattan, has disappeared…and even more mysteriously reappeared on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism, on the Upper West Side. The church’s maverick rector and the young woman rabbi who leads the synagogue are trying to learn who committed this strange double act of desecration and why. Befriending them, the novelist finds that their struggles with their respective traditions are relevant to the case. Into his workbook go his taped interviews, insights, preliminary drafts…and as he joins the clerics in pursuit of the mystery, it broadens to implicate a large cast of vividly drawn characters – including scientists, war veterans, prelates, Holocaust survivors, cabinet members, theologians, New York Times reporters, filmmakers, and crooners – in what proves to be a quest for an authentic spirituality at the end of this tortured century.

    Daringly poised at the junction of the sacred and the profane, and filled with the sights and sounds of New York, this dazzlingly inventive masterwork emerges as the American novel listeners have been thirsting for: a defining document of our times, a narrative of the 20th century written for the 21st.

    ©2001 E. L. Doctorow (P)2014 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:35 PM on March 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The BFG By: Roald Dahl 

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    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: David Walliams
    Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    Release date: 06-24-13
    Publisher: Listening Library

    To start things off let’s get one thing clear; The BFG is not the name of a weapon in a video game. The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant. This book was extremely fun to read. The language is pretty much a cross between cockney English and nonsense. Roald Dahl was great at playing with the sounds of words here we get such words as chiddlers, swollomp, whizbangs and so much more. The play on words just makes this so much more fun to hear.

    Narrated by David Williams this audiobook version will definitely keep you entertained. There is no voice to large or too small for him to convey. He also puts some great accents on some voices that make them just fun to listen to.

    You’ll cheer for Sophie and the BFG as they keep London safe from other giants that eat little chiddlers. This book reminded me a lot of “Willie Wonka and the Cocolate Factory.” In Willie Wonka it was the candies and strange animals that had the funny sounding names, here nearly everything described by the giant is a new word which you will have fun translating.

    If you are looking for 4 hours of pure fun, this is the book for you. Follow Sophie as she is kidnapped through her bedroom window and meets with the Queen of England through the Queen’s bedroom window.

    Enjoy.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Captured by a giant!

    The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants – rather than the BFG – she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

    ©1982 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:46 PM on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Who Asked You? By: Terry McMillan 

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    By: Terry McMillan
    Narrated by: Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Boatman
    Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    Release date: 09-17-13
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Wow, all I can say is Wow. Okay I guess I’d better say more it is a review after all.

    What totally sucked me in to this audiobook was the various voices narrating. Phylicia Rashad and Michael Boatman are the most famous, other than the author herself and with their caliber of delivery you expect no better. However Carole DeSanti should not be left out. She is able to deliver the story and just suck you in to the story. All of the narrators make this audiobook the perfect listen.

    The story itself is a struggling African-American family just trying to make life work. While it may be an African-American family it is actually a universal story about families that struggle, whether in poverty or even middle class that just have some bad situations to work through. Terry McMillan has written in this book an everyman type of story where all characters are relatable and realistic.

    Poignant and funny at times this book will run the gamut of emotions for you to experience. Finding happiness in life, building confidence, being full of yourself, being overprotective and having faith are just some of the main points that will guide you through this story.

    This white male enjoyed the book and so can you.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships – Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Shortamong them – Terry McMillan has touched millions of listeners.

    Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now – at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.

    Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan’s inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams – all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can’t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.

    Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree. McMillan’s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.

    ©2013 Terry McMillan (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:27 PM on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Matilda By: Roald Dahl 

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    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    Unabridged
    Release date: 06-13-13
    Language: English
    Publisher: Listening Library

    I think I may have become addicted to Roald Dahl. Listening library has released most if not all of Dahl’s stories in audiobook form that just makes the books so much fun. On top of that it brought to my attention that he wrote more than “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” and “James & the Giant Peach.” Those were the only two I had known, but now I have been introduced to a world of other great writings by Roald Dahl.

    This book I had heard of and actually saw the movie before I read this. I’m glad I saw the movie first because I would have been let down. As in all movies from books there is so much more to the story. The big difference that I loved in the book is that Matilda reads a lot of books. It’s always great when you can have a character that likes to read in a children/young adult book. This will help push them into reading more. The movie had a lot of things wrong, but that was the one thing I would have liked to have seen in the movie.

    Kate Winslet narrates this hilarious adventure and does so without error. Kate made you feel as if you were an eavesdropper in Matilda’s life. Great delivery with a humor where needed.

    Explore Roald Dahl, he’s got lots of fun stuff.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Audie Award Winner, Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

    “The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

    Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    ©1988 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:56 PM on March 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Loot of the Shanung By: L. Ron Hubbard 

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    By: L. Ron Hubbard
    Narrated by: R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Robert Wu, Christina Huntington, Tadao Tomomatsu
    Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    Release date: 08-12-14
    Publisher: Galaxy Audio

    Once again it’s time for some fun from
    the Golden Age of Stories. It’s another pulp fiction story from L.Ron Hubbard, who I think was the king of the pulps, he at least was one of the busiest. This time we have the story “Loot of the Shanung,” which was originally published in 1936 in “Smashing Novels” pulp magazine. Here we have an American reporter in China, and the heiress daughter of a missing American oil magnate, combining forces to find her father.

    Hubbard wrote several stories that take place in the mysterious “Far East.” Asian countries prettsmashing_novels_193605y much were the thing of mystery, imagination and mysticism to us in the Western Hemisphere. Hubbard was well experienced in that portion of the world having spent a few years there. His stories that take place there always relay the social, economic, and political struggles of the area. These super action stories always featured a hero who was there to save a damsel in distress. Hey it was the ’30s, misogyny was a way of life.

    Billionaire George Harley Rockham appears to have been abducted from the Shanung, a coastal steamer, when that ship comes up missing. Rockham has his hands in oil throughout China, and if he doesn’t show within four days his stock will fall, and his oil rights will be up for the taking. Jimmy Vance, a reporter who goes after any story till it’s been solved, has been working on the story since the ship went missing. Rockham’s daughter walks in his office offering a big reward if Vance will find her father. Vance refuses the award, but smells a good story and joined the girl in her search. She’s abducted by crooks, but Vance turns the table on them, then they had for Kowloon, an island near Hong Kong, where he suspects pirates may have boarded the Shanung. The hero being a writer is a common occurrence in Hubbard’s adventure stories. Write what you best know about.

    Pirates, Gangsters and Military all create an adventurous atmosphere that will allow you to get lost in a pulp fiction story. The best part is if you were to get the audiobook version, like I did, you get a full production. Galaxy Audio puts these together as if they were old fashioned radio dramas. The actors all create fun, believable character that are worth rooting for or hating.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Stop the presses! One hundred thousand dollar reward offered for the return of George Harley Rockham! That’s more than enough to turn Shanghai newspaperman Jimmy Vance’s head. Throw in the gorgeous dame who’s offering the reward – Rockham’s daughter Virginia – and he might lose his head altogether. As fast-talking as Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, Vance jumps at the chance…the money…and the girl. But as Jimmy quickly discovers, there are several billion reasons to watch his back. Because that’s how much Rockham is worth, and there are some very hard cases out there willing to kill to separate the old man from his money. Next thing Jimmy knows, Virginia’s tied to a chair, and he’s got a couple of guns pointed at his head. But it’ll take more than a little rope and a couple of firearms to keep this reporter down. The truth is tied to the mysterious fate of a steamship named Shanung – and what Jimmy finds could be the biggest story of his life…if he lives to tell it.

    In the issue of Smashing Novels where this story first appeared the editor wrote: “‘Loot of the Shanung’ is a soul-stirring tale of the China Sea, a story of modern piracy set in the Far East. L. Ron Hubbard wrote it. He knows China. He has been there. He traveled through the country and met the people and observed their customs. Smashing Novels will have other stories from him – stories of far-off places and little known people. He knows of what he writes.”

    ©2014 Galaxy Audio (P)2014 Galaxy Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:16 PM on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , napoleon hill, , think and grow rich   

    Think and Grow Rich ‘Stickability’ The Power of Perseverance By: Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation 

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    The Power of Perseverance
    By: Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation
    Narrated by: Joel Fotinos
    Length: 4 hrs
    Release date: 10-10-13
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Who doesn’t want to Grow Rich? Hey I think. Wait, what is Stickability? Well once again the Napoleon Hill Foundation has answers and more ways to better yourself. The gist of this book is take the principles of Think & Grow rich and make them stick.

    Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom, interviews with numerous business celebrities like Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make a Wish foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members, this book reveals:

    • The “Three Causes of Failure” from Napoleon Hill’s hidden vault of wisdom
    • The importance of flexibility
    • The principle of relaxed intensity in action
    • How to define and conquer your “cul-de-sac” moments
    • How to overcome the ghost of fear
    • The importance of insight through necessity
    • And so much more!

    If ever a discouraging moment arrives and the temptation to stop becomes greater than the dream, to keep one simple observation from Dr. Hill in mind: “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step BEYOND their greatest setback and failure.”

    I haven’t grown rich but I have definitely found ways to make this information stick with me and how to use it in my work environment and better myself in many ways.

    Publisher’s Summary
    You’ve learned the principles in Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich—now give them STICKABILITY!
    The path to personal and professional success is not a one-way street. Most people encounter setbacks and obstacles that threaten to derail them from their chosen route. The most successful people, however, adhere to their principles and goals, capitalizing on hidden opportunities, even in the face of what many would consider unconquerable obstacles. To coin a new word – these people have STICKABILITY!
    This thought-provoking book shows readers of all ages and backgrounds how they, too, can not only apply the self-motivation principles of Napoleon Hill’s timeless and groundbreaking self-help volume Think and Grow Rich, but make them stick. Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom, interviews with numerous business celebrities like Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make a Wish foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members.

    ©2013 Greg S. Reid and the Napoleon Hill Foundation (P)2013 Penguin Group

     
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