Andy Anderson

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-16

Departure From All Other Powder River Seasons

What made the experience of listening to Powder River: Season 11, Vol. 1 the most enjoyable?

Since I abhor spoilers, I am going to be circumspect in this review.

I have every episode from every season of this outstanding production. Just as do the other episodes, Powder River Season 11 has, without qualification, the most beautiful blend of music, sound effects, acting and writing among all radioplays I've listened to.

Mind you, I have a great library of radio shows. Including several seasons of Gunsmoke and Dragnet, plus the complete series of James Stewart as Britt Ponsett in Six Shooter.

Not to take anything away from the three classics, but, it is Jerry Robbin's Powder River that is the most complete, most satisfying and most memorable. The voice acting is superb and, what really amazes me, is comprised of people whom, outside of Colonial Radio Theater, are pretty much unknown. That's a shame, because, in my book, each of them is a star in his or her own right.

Season 11 is a departure from all the previous productions though. Aside from the opening alluded to in the description page, this volume goes a little deeper into the history of Clearmont and its citizens. So, if you have listened to the other seasons, you may learn something about McMasters and his fellow citizens that you might have expected.

As with all episodes, my wife and I were glued to the car radio to learn what sort of mishap would befall Levi, Doc, or Etta and we were not disappointed.

Another reviewer states that Powder River is the best series ever. My only regret is that he got to make that declaration before me.

Five stars out of five.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-16

Interesting Insight but Tends to Overstate Case

Although I did appreciate many of the points made, this book was not as objective or balanced as it should have been.

The author, at every conceivable point tended to find fault even with present-day United States military methods. So? Many, if not most, of the best leaders I served with in the US Navy during the seventies were indigenous (one was Pueblo, another was Dine (Navajo) yet another was Hopi; several others were Filipino, Hispanic, and Black. The author is painting these patriotic defenders of our country with a discriminatory brush of stereotypical paint as she charges others who may or may not be guilty of narrow-minded prejudice.

Worse though is the risk of losing what she has gained by informing readers of some of the wrongs committed by our ancestors for which we, if objective, might actually agree to work to correct.

Still, I did enjoy much of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-14

Reviewperstar, the Book Writers Should Have

What did you love best about Reviewperstar?

Matt Stone narrates this book so well, I'm thinking he is the real author.

I think the advice regarding the over-rated value of reviews rings true. I love the candor. I also feel his tips for building a following is terrific.

I thought so highly of the book that after listening to it, I bought the Kindle version.

What other book might you compare Reviewperstar to and why?

I don't think there are any comparable audio books.

What does Matt Stone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Passion! He stress, by his tone and style, points that I might otherwise not have taken to heart.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I couldn't because I have a day job.

Any additional comments?

Every writer, at least every new writer, will want to stock Reviewperstar in the audio library on Kindle and on the iPhonenand iPad, for it is not merely educational, or inspiring, it is sometimes hilarious, even if the humor is a bit over the top and moronic.

Sort of reminds me of Good Morning Vietnam.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-14

Best autobiography - great audio

If you could sum up Dean and Me in three words, what would they be?

Joyful, heartbreaking, inspirational

What other book might you compare Dean and Me to and why?

There is no comparison. That's what makes this book so incredible.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

Why must I choose. Steve was great at Dean but had me believing he was Jerry Lewis.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The night the laughter died and the morning the joy returned.

Any additional comments?

If you can listen to this book and not break out in laughter or weep like a child, you have much more in common with Dean Martin than with Jerry Lewis.Listen to this book and learn the wisdom and insight that only an insightful, introspective genius, as Jerry Lewis, can possess.Thanks for your courage, Jerry, and thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-13

George Guidall IS Walt Longmire

Where does The Cold Dish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Cold Dish is at the top. I listened to George Guidall narrate the book and then decided to buy the book to see if appraisal of the book is in any way affected because of Guidall's outstanding narration.

Craig Johnson reads just as well as George Guidall narrates, and vice versa.

Only several titles later did I realize why Guidall had a familiar voice - I have a number of his titles, including Basque History of the World.

As well as Guidall narrated the other 450-plus titles as he has done, there is no character, no subject, for whom he is better suited than Walt Longmire.

What did you like best about this story?

He had such a realistic feel to the story and each of the characters sounds exactly like somebody I know.

I love the Clearmont-Buffalo Wyoming area and, even more so, the Bighorn Mountains and the region from Cody to Thermopolis to Greybull andback through Powell - my favorite area of the planet.

Should note that Colonial Radio also has a series, Powder River, set in the area (fictional town whose name is same as the real town but at a time the town didn't exist) and I listen to it on SiriusXM when it runs on Fridays and have bought the first five seasons through audible/amazon.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Guidall sounds like my grandfather when I was too young to be a grandfather - makes me feel like I'm listening to my grandfather tell me of an adventurous period in his life.

As I said, Guidall sounds like he IS Walt Longmire.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Good old boy Wyoming sheriff gets the job done without flamboyance.

Any additional comments?

I waited to post this until I had read all eight titles offered by Audible. Please, get more soon before I have to be committed - I'm addicted to this series far more than I ever was hooked on the Sacketts by Louis L'Amour.

Gotta get another Longmire book. Gotta have. Please...

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-12

Outstanding production with great voice actors.

If you could sum up Powder River - Season Five: A Radio Dramatization in three words, what would they be?

Great western adventure

What did you like best about this story?

Character interactions makes you feel at home with your best friends and favorite relatives.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They make you forget it is just a story.

If you could take any character from Powder River - Season Five: A Radio Dramatization out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably Doc. He'd be a riot in some of the bars I frequent, especially Hanson's Bar in New Rockford, ND.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for season, six, seven, eight, through season ninety-nine!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-12

Shane Sculley is James Rockford on Steroids

Would you listen to Cold Hit again? Why?

Yes. First though, I will listen to all the other Shane Sculley stories. Rockford Files was a great TV series and Shane Sculley is the closest approximation.

True, Sculley is a detective employed by LAPD instead of a private eye.True also, that Sculley seems unafraid of confronting danger and is therefore James Rockford on steroids, but, his thought process and demeanor is very Rockford-esque.

At several points in this book I could envision James Garner as Shane Sculley.

I now understand and greatly appreciate how well Garner was suited for Stephen J. Cannell and vice versa.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. I really didn't see some of the surprises in store for readers. Won't elaborate here as it would spoil the story.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Outstanding. Only person I could envision replacing him would be James Garner.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, I cringed at one point - won't spoil it for readers though.

Any additional comments?

We lost a terrific writer when Cannell passed. He wrote a lot of books so I will savor his memory for some time to come, but, wish he'd written a few score more!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

Outstanding story, excellent reader. A classic.

What did you love best about Contact?

Absolutely mesmerizing story about the wasted energy expended in choosing between science and God.

Without either there can be neither.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

What sticks out most is the dawning realization by the heroine of the real science.

What does Laurel Lefkow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is almost conversational in tone. Not quite as conversational as Jodie Foster, who read the abridged version, but sufficiently to permit my mind to concentrate on story instead of performance.

Great reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely even though I have seen the movie twice before.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book also and read along with Laura for double the pleasure.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-12

Outstanding story that reminds me of Asimov

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it helps to transport one from the events of today and think about the potential for tomorrow.

What other book might you compare Coyote to and why?

Foundation by Isaac Asimov, but there also is a world of difference in content and style.

Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim and Allen Steele ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, my reaction was one of wonder.

Any additional comments?

This book is read by two people - the guy does okay, but a little slow, but the lady reading Wendy's diary is excellent. The only thing is, I nearly stopped the book while driving because I had no expectation that anyone other than the first reader would be reading. Still, it helped to separate the two perspectives and game me an appreciation for Allen Steele's ability to write from a young woman's perspective - a mean feat.

I will be hoping the sequels live up to the promise of Coyote.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-12

The Best Explanation of the Kennedy Assassination

Where does Reclaiming History rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I rank Reclaiming History in the top 10% of my vast Audible Library of 400-plus books. I also rank it as one of my favorite five history books (along with Helter Skelter, a book about the Tate-Labianca murders in which I nearly was a witness for the prosecution and a story in which I believe a young man, Roger Guindon, may also have lost his life.

Most importantly, this is the only book that, for me, settles the question as to whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, did commit the horrific murder of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Until I listened to this book I had always felt the conspiracy was a fact. Thanks to Vincent Bugliosi, I now stand corrected.

Thanks to Audible for bringing this classic-to-be to me - C. William Anderson.

What other book might you compare Reclaiming History to and why?

I really don't know what to compare this book to. It stands in a class of its own, but, I would encourage readers to listen also to 11-22-63 by Stephen King, believe it or not, because it is a well-researched novel that actually spurred me to listen to Reclaiming History, which had been in my library for years, waiting for me to listen to it.

What about Edward Herrmann???s performance did you like?

His reading well communicated the story without getting in the way. Superb performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had an extreme reaction in the sense that I finally realized the conspiracy buffs were wrong. I was wrong. That, and I realized with horror just how often some little misstep by authorities can actually so affect history and our understanding of it.

Think, what if Oswald had been detained at the book depository? Tippett would still be alive. His son would not have gone fatherless.

What if Ruby had not been able to enter through the open garage door. Oswald would have been tried and might have told his story and we all would not have been deluded into conspiracy.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to Bugliosi's case against George W. Bush. That will have to wait until after I listen to Stephen King's The Stand!

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