New Reviews

Posted by: Rick Rhodes on: Monday, November 30, 2009

Two reviews are up.

The first, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Read the review for it here or discuss the book in the forums

The second is Decoding The Lost Symbol by Simon Cox. Read about it here or discuss the book in the forums

Website Fixed

Posted by: rrhodes on: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Everything is back up and running "normal". Still some cosmetic flaws here and there that will be fixed much later.

System Problems

Posted by: rrhodes on: Monday, November 16, 2009

The Discussion board is undergoing a few changes. It works but doesn't look so pretty right now. Please bear with me while I get it fixed.

Review - True Compass

Posted by: rrhodes on: Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Latest Review is up. This time around, Senator Edward M. Kennedy's True Compass. Read the Review or discuss the book in the forums

November Random House Audio Releases

Posted by: rrhodes on: Sunday, November 15, 2009


CHERRIES IN WINTER - by Suzan Colon, read by the author. This is the inspiring story of a magazine writer who got laid off and rediscovered her true wealth: family, love, and a gift for making the best of bad times.

FORD COUNTY: STORIES by John Grisham, read by the author. In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

ICE - by Linda Howard, read by Fred Sanders. 'Tis the season for mistletoe and holly, Santa . . . and suspense. And the gift that keeps on giving is ICE: premier thriller author Linda Howard's breathless tale of a man, a woman, and a battle for survival against an unforgiving winter--and an unrelenting killer.

NEW YORK: THE NOVEL - by Edward Rutherfurd, read by Mark Bramhall. The bestselling master of historical sagas returns with the epic fictional journey of six New York families from the city's founding to the present day.

TOO MUCH HAPPINESS - by Alice Munro, read by Kimberly Farr. A new collection of wise, engaging, often startling stories from one of our most admired and beloved writers.

THE MORNING SHOW MURDERS - by Al Roker and Dick Lochte, read by Al Roker. Thirty million viewers. Ten Emmy Awards. One very dead body. Al Roker pens his debut mystery, in which a celebrity TV chef has to solve who killed his producer before his show -- and his life -- get cancelled...permanently.


NO LESS THAN VICTORY - by Jeff Shaara, read by Paul Michael. Jeff Shaara's magesterial conclusion to his sweeping, three-part series on WWII in western Europe. This final installment takes listeners from the Battle of the Bulge to Hitler's demise and the horifying discovery of his "Final Solution."

PROPHET OF PURPOSE: The Life of Rick Warren - by Jeffrey L. Sheler, read by Danny Campbell. The first impartial biography of the most influential man in American religion today.

THE GREATEST TRADE EVER - by Gregory Zuckerman, read by Marc Cashman. Written by the reporter who broke the story in The Wall Street Journal--the most popular article of the year--THE GREATEST TRADE EVER is the fast-paced, behind-thescenes tale of how John Paulson outwitted John Thain, Richard Fuld and the titans of Wall Street and, against the carnage of economic collapse, made financial history.

OPEN - by Andre Agassi, read by Erik Davies. A remarkable memoir by one of the world's great athletes--an indispensable inside view of the world of tennis that transcends its subject to relate with stunning candor the amazing story of Andre Agassi's life.

THE ULTIMATE HAPPINESS PRESCRIPTION - by Deepak Chopra, read by the author. In THE HAPPINESS PRESCRIPTION, bestselling author Deepak Chopra shows listeners how to experience joy despite difficult or trying times based on his unique and modern perspective on the Buddha's teachings.

HERE’S THE DEAL: DON’T TOUCH ME - by Howie Mandel, read by the author. As heartfelt as it is outrageously hilarious, here is the story of comedian, actor, and game show host Howie Mandel's life and career - which have been shaped in surprising ways by OCD and ADHD.

New Review: Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Posted by: Rick Rhodes on: Monday, October 5, 2009

My Latest Review is up. This time around, Troy Dennings Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss. Read the Review or discuss the book in the forums

Random House - New Audio Releases for September

Posted by: rrhodes on: Tuesday, September 8, 2009


THE LOST SYMBOL by Dan Brown, read by Paul Michael In this new tour de force thriller from the author of the bestselling THE DA VINCI CODE (with more than 1 million copies in print on audio), Professor Robert Langdon is back— discovering history’s secrets on American soil this time, in Washington, D.C.

HOMER & LANGLEY by E.L. Doctorow, read by Arthur Morey - An American master, E.L. Doctorow delivers a brilliant novel inspired by two bizarre brothers famous for their compulsive hoarding—Homer and Langley Collyer were two brothers from an old New York family who for decades lived reclusive lives in their Harlem brownstone, as they tried to resist the inevitable oncoming tide of history.

NO TIME TO WAVE GOODBYE by Jacquelyn Mitchard, read by Susan Denaker - The night Vincent Cappadora wins the Oscar for his documentary film on kidnapped children, terror strikes his family again. A grippingly suspenseful audio.

BLOOD’S A ROVER by James Ellroy, read by Craig Wasson - The stand-alone follow-up to American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand: a razorsharp new audiobook that takes us inside the labyrinth of corruption and lies, retribution and revenge, conspiracy and cover-up that has twisted the American dream in our time. This time: June of '68--the nation convulsing in the reverberations of two assassinations-- to May of '72 and the gathering of Nixon's "plumbers"...

NOCTURNES by Kazuo Ishiguro, read by Mark Bramhall - From one of the most celebrated and admired writers of our time--his first work of short fiction: a cycle of five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is as vividly defined and as central to the narrative as any of the characters.

THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood, read by Bernadette Dunne - The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and loyalties were wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners -- a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species, the tending of the Earth, and the cultivation of bees and organic crops on flat rooftops -- has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club, Scales and Tails; and former meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.


OFFICIAL BOOK CLUB SELECTION by Kathy Griffin, read by the author - Told with Griffin's unique and feisty wit, honesty and candor, and filled with never-before revealed details of her life, first-hand insider celebrity gossip, and the personal story of how she became the success she is today, OFFICIAL BOOK CLUB SELECTION will appeal to both dedicated fans and new listeners alike.

THE NATIONAL PARKS: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, read by the authors - A sweeping history of the creation of the American national park system--the companion volume to Ken Burns's new PBS film.

WHERE MEN WIN GLORY by Jon Krakauer, read by Scott Brick - The universally acclaimed, bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air and Under the Banner of Heaven returns with another masterful work of narrative nonfiction in which he intimately chronicles the remarkable life and controversial "friendly fire" death of NFL player turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, while powerfully illuminating such themes as the high price of idealism and the nature of modern warfare.

A FIERY PEACE IN A COLD WAR by Neil Sheehan, read by Robertson Dean - The untold story of the horrendous nuclear race that changed history and of the man who led it--by the author of A Bright Shining Lie, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

SIXTY FEET, SIX INCHES: A Hall of Fame Pitcher and a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk About How the Game is Played, by Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson with Lonnie Wheeler, read by Mirron Willis and Dominic Hoffman - Here is the ultimate inside-baseball book - a candid, funny, fascinating view of how players think by the greatest living pitcher and the greatest clutch hitter of all time.

SPEECH-LESS: Tales of a White House Survivor by Matt Latimer, read by Lincoln Hoppe - By a young conservative speechwriter who logged service with Congressmen, Senators, Cabinet members, and finally the President himself, this is a hilarious, fly-on-the-wall, spill-the-beans account of life inside the White House - but also a poignant lament for a certain kind of principled conservatism that disappeared in the last years of the Bush presidency.

THE CASE FOR GOD by Karen Armstrong, read by the author - From the best-selling author of A History of God: a balanced, nuanced exploration of the part religion plays in human life, past and present, and the trajectory of faith in modern times.

THE DEAD HAND: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy - by David E. Hoffman, read by Bob Walter - Like the Cold War classic Blind Man's Bluff, DEAD HAND reveals just how close the world came to nuclear annihilation. David Hoffman tells the riveting story of how two superpowers went from being a blink away from nuclear disaster, to the end of the arms race, only to discover a new crisis: how to secure the loose nukes, biological and chemical weapons lest they fall into the hands of terrorists.

New Review - Dead Man's Walk

Posted by: rrhodes on: Monday, August 10, 2009

My Latest Review is up. This time around, Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk. Read the Review or discuss the book in the forums

New Audio Book Releases

Posted by: rrhodes on: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Random House has announced the following July releases:


THE BLUE NOTEBOOK - James A. Levine - Read by Meera Simhan - unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs, 30 mins. - $34.95 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8279-0 - On sale 7/7/2009 - A debut novel set in Mumbai, India, in the voice of a girl from the ages of 6 to 15, who was sold into sexual slavery.

IN THE HEART OF THE CANYON - Elisabeth Hyde - Read by Mark Deakins - unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hrs., 30 mins. - $39.95 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8365-0 - On sale 7/14/2009 - From the highly praised author of The Abortionists' Daughter, a gripping new audio about a rafting trip through the Colorado River rapids that changes the lives of all twelve people on board.

SACRED HEARTS - Sarah Dunant - Read by Rosalyn Landor - unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 hrs. - $40.00 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-2508-7 - On sale 7/14/2009 - Building on the success of bestselling novels The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, this new book is Dunant's third set in Renaissance Italy.

TWENTIES GIRL - Sophie Kinsella - Read by Rosalyn Landor - abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs., 30 mins. - $29.95 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8324-7 - On sale 7/21/2009 (Also available as an unabridged download.) - Hot on the heels of her latest New York Times bestseller Remember Me? and the motion picture release of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher, the hilarious Sophie Kinsella will return with a new stand-alone novel.


THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES: The Founding of Facebook a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal - Ben Mezrich - Read by Mike Chamberlain - unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs., 30 mins. - $35.00 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8358-2 - On sale 7/14/2009 - From the author of the runaway bestseller Bringing Down the House, comes another high-energy, strange-but-true tale: The story of how two socially outcast Ivy Leaguers concocted a scheme to meet girls, and ended up inventing Facebook.

A COLOSSAL FAILURE OF COMMON SENSE: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers - Lawrence G. McDonald with Patrick Robinson - Read by Patrick Robinson - unabridged, 13 CDs, 16 hrs., 30 mins. - $40.00 - ISBN: 978-0-307-70241-8 - On sale 7/21/2009 - An audiobook about Wall Street that reaches a broad Main Street audience; a gripping inside-the-belly-of-the-beast account of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the key event that sparked the slide of the world economy toward a Great Depression II. Co-written by Laurence G. McDonald, former vice president of Lehman Brothers, and Patrick Robinson, author of the NYT Bestseller Lone Survivor.

THE LEADER’S WAY: The Art of Making the Right Decisions in Our Careers, Our Companies, and the World at Large - His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Laurens van den Muyzenberg - Read by Laurens van den Muyzenberg - unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs. - $29.95 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8383-4 - On sale 7/21/2009 - Applying the principles and teachings of Buddhism to sound, secular business wisdom, The Leader’s Way is a powerful manifesto for leading change at every level--in our lives, our organizations, and the global marketplace. Cowritten by His holiness the Dalai Lama and Laurens van den Muyzenberg.

THE SNAKE HEAD: The All-American Story of How a Chinatown Grandmother Built an International Smuggling Empire - Patrick Radden Keefe - Read by the author - abridged, 4 CDs, 5 hrs. - $29.95 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8291-2 - On sale 7/21/2009 (Also available as an unabridged download.) - A mesmerizing narrative about crime and immigration told through the lens of a middleaged immigrant with no education who ran a multi-million dollar smuggling empire from her office above a Chinatown restaurant.

RESET: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America - Kurt Andersen - Read by the author - unabridged, 2 CDs, 1 hr., 30 mins. - $15.00 - ISBN: 978-0-307-70500-6 - On sale 7/28/2009 - “This is the end of the world as we’ve known it,” Kurt Andersen writes in Reset. “But it isn’t the end of the world.” In this smart and refreshingly hopeful book, Andersen–a brilliant analyst and synthesizer of historical and cultural trends, as well as a bestselling novelist and host of public radio’s Studio 360–shows us why the current economic crisis is actually a moment of great opportunity to get ourselves and our nation back on track.

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE - Stieg Larsson - Read by Simon Vance - unabridged, 15 CDs, 18 hrs., 30 mins. - $39.95 - ISBN: 978-0-7393-8417-6 - On sale 7/28/2009