My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Review #19: The Free, Not A Match and Homeland   

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quicky Review #19: The Free, Not A Match and Homeland

Welcome back to another Quicky Review.  
A lot of the time I like to read short stories, prequels and free audiobooks that are short and sweet.  But why do a full review on a story that is say...80 pages long.  So I do Quicky Reviews for the shorties and children books as well.  Basically, the short stories get short reviews.
Here are just a few sentences on three audiobooks  (about 2 hours or less) I got from Audible.com. 
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't worry there will be more to come. I like short stories because most of them are FREE and I can get in and out of one in no time.
Quicky Review #18: Night of Cake and Puppet, Agatha Christie, and England My England
Author: Willy Vlantin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher:  Harper Audio
Release Date: January 21, 2014
 Audiobook: 29 minutes
Narrator: Willy Vlantin
 Source: Free from Audible.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GGBE1NY

 Book Description

Award-winning author of The Motel Life, Northline and Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises in The Free.
While serving in Iraq, veteran Leroy Kervin suffered a traumatic brain injury. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, and unable to form new memories, he eventually attempts suicide. Lying in a coma, he retreats deep inside the memories locked in his mind. Freddie McCall works two jobs and still can't make ends meet. He's lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative—and dangerous—proposition. Pauline Hawkins is a nurse at the local hospital. Though she attends to others' needs with practical yet firm kindness, including her mentally ill elderly father, she remains emotionally removed. But a new patient, a young runaway, touches something deep and unexpected inside her.
The lives of these characters intersect as they look for meaning in desperate times. Heartbreaking and hopeful, The Free is a testament to the resiliency of the human heart. The Free also includes a P.S. Section (additional material in the back of the book) with interviews, insights, and more about the author. Vlautin is the founder of the alternative country band Richmond Fontaine and his debut novel, The Motel Life, has been made into a film starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, and Kris Kristofferson.

My Thoughts

The free version of The Free Audiobook is not a complete version.  Just a sampler.  I think the story is interesting and a bit dark.  I might get the full version based off of this sample.
Author: Brian Donovan
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: December 3, 2013
 Audiobook: 2 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator: Ax Norman
 Source: Free from Audible.com
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GGBE1NY

 Book Description

Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

My Thoughts

I thought this was a good audiobook.  It was funny and if you have online dated you will be able to relate with a few of the awkward situations.  The narrator was good too!
Author: Glenn Gers
Genre: Contemporary Thiller
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: 
 Audiobook: 29 minutes
Narrator: Damian Lewis
 Source: Free from Audible.com
http://amzn.to/1v6l2K3

 Book Description

Emmy Award-winner Damian Lewis, who stars as Former Congressman and U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the hit series Homeland, narrates this original Homeland story of Brody's journey into exile. Picking up at the end of Season 2 after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.
This powerful audio-only story is the perfect complement to your Season 3 viewing, and a great way for current and new fans to get to know what drives one of the most fascinating characters on television.

My Thoughts 

 29 minutes of a story that feels like The Bourne series and I was dropped in the middle of it all.  Just ok.  Wish there was more to the story but not enough to watch the show.

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