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text 2019-01-09 18:45
Reading progress update: I've read 70% and
The Power of the Dog - Don Winslow

 

this book is simply: OUTSTANDING!

 

To be honest, I purchased the audiobook THE CARTEL by this author in error, not realizing that it was book 2 of a series. 

 

When I discovered my error, I decided to buy this one-mostly because of Ray Porter, the narrator. 

 

Now I'm pretty much consumed by this story of:

 

Iran-Contra

Panama

Drug Cartels

The Mafia

The Catholic Church

Armies trying to take over South American countries

(and how they are backed or not backed and the reasons why.)

 

If I didn't already know what happened back then I might not believe what's going on in this book. But I do know the truth of some of what happened and I have no choice but to believe it. Don Winslow has done his research.

 

It's compelling, it's believable, the characters are engaging, (not even the bad guys are ALL bad - making them quite believable in the process), the story in turns shocking, sad, stunning and un-put-downable.

 

Lastly? Ray Porter is a narrating GOD. 

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text 2018-12-27 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Audiobooks of 2018!
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Hidden Bodies - Santino Fontana,Caroline Kepnes,Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch,Michael Page
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
The Shining - Stephen King
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter
Becoming - Michelle Obama

 

 

 

Welcome to my TOP TEN AUDIOBOOKS list!

 

These are books that I listened to this year. They were not necessarily released this year. This list contains a mix of both fiction and non-fiction. 

Let's get started!

 

 

 

 

 Both YOU and HIDDEN BODIES were written by Caroline Kepnes and narrated by the absolutely terrific Santino Fontana. YOU was adapted for television by LIFETIME, and now the second season is being picked up by Netflix. I can't wait! (Click the book covers to see my reviews.)

 

 

 

  You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes  and  Hidden Bodies - Santino Fontana,Caroline Kepnes,Simon & Schuster Audio  

 

 

MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon, narrated by Nick Sullivan. 

A re-read for me. This audio made me raise my original rating of the book. 

 

Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon 

 

 

KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark.

This book mad me believe that a good haunted house story is not a thing of the past.

 

Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

 

 

THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN , JIM JONES AND THE PEOPLES TEMPLE by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern. 

This was an extensive biography on the man. It was heartbreaking.

 

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn

 

 

THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page. The audio of this series are outstanding and since all three have the same narrator, I've come to adore them. 

 

 

The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch,Michael Page 

 

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah, narrated by the author. I thought this audio was hilarious, shocking and interesting all at once.

 

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah 

 

 

THE SHINING by Stephen King, narrated by Campbell Scott.

This was a re-read-mostly just because I wanted Campbell Scott to read it to me. 

 

The Shining - Stephen King 

 

ALL THESE WORLDS, (BOBIVERSE #3) by Dennis Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter. I loved all three of these audios, but this was my favorite.

 

All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter 

 

 

BECOMING written and narrated by Michelle Obama. This was wonderfully narrated by the author and I just loved learning more about her and her life, both in and out of the White House.

 

Becoming - Michelle Obama,Michelle Obama,Penguin Books 

 

 

 

Thanks for staying with me this far if you're still here. I appreciate you!

I hope you'll join me again at the end of 2019.

 

 

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review 2018-11-25 18:44
Hugh Hefner's Lasting Influence on America
Playboy's Hugh Hefner: Empire of Skin - ... Playboy's Hugh Hefner: Empire of Skin - Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince

Playboy's Hugh Hefner: Empire of Skin offers an approach to understanding Playboy icon Hefner that goes beyond the empire he built to consider his lasting impact on sexuality in America, delving into his approaches to entertainment and male privilege (among many other considerations of his life and influence).

 

Readers must throw out any preconceived notions about what a Hefner biography would look like in order to consider the multifaceted approach of Playboy's Hugh Hefner: Empire of Skin because it toes the line between a gossip piece and a broader inspection of Hefner's authority.

 

It should also be mentioned that this is no light piece. Over five hundred pages of facts about Hefner are culled from some 50 years of research from a former bureau chief and entertainment reporter at the Miami Herald. Playboy's Hugh Hefner contains a satisfying blend of factual reporting and discussions of affairs, Playboy politics, and Hefner's psyche, motivations, influences, and ambitions.

 

Readers who want to learn more about either Hefner or the Playboy empire's evolution, and who like their facts couched in a gossipy tone of drama to create compelling insights and reading, will relish Playboy's Hugh Hefner, and won't consider its length to be daunting.

 

Black and white photos of people, places, and memorabilia abound, complimenting and breaking up text and providing a fine visual embellishment to interviews and Hefner's own perceptions of himself.

 

The result is spicy, revealing, fact-based, and compelling: the kind of reveal read that appears weighty and daunting, but proves to be accessible, involving, and hard to put down. Playboy's Hugh Hefner is highly recommended reading for anyone who would learn more about Hefner, his world, and his times.

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text 2018-11-01 18:15
October 2018-That's A Wrap!
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories - Joe R. Lansdale
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn
Bright Ruin - Vic James
Mister Jack - Chris Kosarich
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter
For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 - Audible Studios,Dennis Taylor,Darwin Porter
The Fungus - Leroy Kettle,John Brosnan,Harry Adam Knight
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
100 Fathoms Below - Nicholas Kaufmann,Steven L. Kent

I read 12 books this month!

 

 

Audiobooks

 

 

For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor narrated by Ray Porter 5*

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn, narrated by Jeff Frangione 4.5*

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, narrated by Stephen Lang 4*

All These Words by Dennis E. Taylor narrated by Ray Porter 5*

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

 

Worms by J.R. Montague 4*

Out Behind the Barn (novella) by Chad Lutzke and John Boden 4.5*

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden (Anthology) 4*

The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight 4*

Driving to Geronimon's Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale 5*

Bright Ruin by Vic James 4*

Mister Jack by Chris Kosarch (Novella) 4*

100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufmann

 

Total: 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

(I'm failing miserably)

 

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt

 

Running Total: 134

Total Goal: 150

 

Books read for Halloween Bingo: 20!

5 Bingos Total

 

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review 2018-10-25 17:01
ALL THESE WORLDS (Bobiverse #3) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter

 

I don't even know what to say about this, the final entry in the Bobiverse series.

 

I guess I'll say it's funny, suspenseful, interesting and sad all at once. Some of the Bobs, (the original and all of the clones in their various incarnations), are getting tired, (I know, clones? Tired? But it's true), and who could blame them? Their entire reason for existing is saving and protecting humanity, even those that don't think they need protection or saving. Every human that the Bobs know is dying. When they do die, the Bobs will continue on. Forever. Imagine how that must feel. Even as clones, the Bobs all have distinct personalities and they still have feelings. (I know, feelings in clones? But in the Bobiverse it makes sense, trust me.)

 

Regarding their main goals-will they save humanity from the "Others" (a species similar to that of Species 8472 from Star Trek: Voyager), will they save it from the mad Brazilian's clones? Will they be able to finally evacuate all of earth before it can no longer support human life? You'll have to read or listen to find out!

 

I say goodbye to the Bobs and to Ray Porter's voicing of him with tears in my eyes. Thank you Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter for bringing Bob to life. I really enjoyed getting to know him.

 

My highest recommendation for this entire series, available on Audible only.

 

*I bought these audio books with my hard earned cash and this opinion is honest.*

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