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Barnabas' Daughter

Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2018

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  • 22 reviews
  • 154 ratings
  • 749 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2018
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  • Rules of Deception : Dr. Jonathan Ransom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Reich
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse.

    Dan says: "Too fantastic"
    "A fine action yarn"
    Overall

    A somewhat believable "action hero". With foibles and weaknesses that are merely not quite believable. (In other words, not completely ostentatious like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.)
    I personally found the author's liberal bias a bit annoying, but perhaps others will find that refreshing.
    The plot was fairly fresh for a genre that tends to be somewhat overworked.
    Excellent good light entertainment. Nothing profound.
    I've listen to it more than once, and will probably listen to it again in the future.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2854)
    Performance
    (2619)
    Story
    (2629)

    The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

    JARED says: "Highly Entertaining + Great Narration"
    "ridiculous not whimsical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can join other books by this author but not this one. it just seemed too contrived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (437)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Fast Eddy says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "Tough guy detective cracking wise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Joe Mantegna's narration, and the humor really made this book come to life. I've listened to it repeatedly, and it is worth hearing again. I'm about to order another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5137)
    Performance
    (4646)
    Story
    (4636)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey Rose says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "He said nothing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    But he beat everyone, and then drifted away. Good fun. Typical Reacher. Don't expect a Ph. D. dissertation in Cosmology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1033)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Alex says: "Black mark on the series"
    "Most Likeable Teen Protagonist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The 15 year old teen girl is one of the most likeable, and reasonable teen characters I've ever met in fiction. Almost real, in many ways, and hey, if she's a little too good to be true, remember it's a fantasy. However, the book does deal with the physics of the scifi/fantasy elements quite well, making it more scientific than most "science fiction". This is the best I've read in several years, and the narration does the best possible thing: It stays in the background, at least appearing the story carry you along, without distractions, but with all the subtle nuances that a gifted reader can add to the overall experience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment: Frontlines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6970)
    Performance
    (6418)
    Story
    (6404)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "TICKET PUNCHER"
    "Good Military fiction in a SciFi setting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not everybody gets to be a General. This is the story of a new recruit who seeks a higher standard of living with a military career. He gets that, but of course, pays the price with the coin of personal risk, and submission to authority. It's somewhat realistic, from my perspective, though I've never been in combat.

    The discrepancy between military needs, political needs, and personal needs is explored with quite good realism. Regardless of the other reviews, this guy is NOT Joe Sixpack, ordinary guy in the military. He is, however, a normal guy with normal personal goals, seeking an optimal path in a regimented society. His performance is outstanding, but he's not in the fast track, he's stuck in the same limitations that constrain most of us. These conflicts, and good action are what make this book outstanding, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5048)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3437)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "This is the best spy/thriller I've read in a while"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Here's a hero who is just as extreme as Jack Ryan, but we don't have to fawn over his riches or political clout. He may not have the beautiful family, riches, prestigious job, or the "right" political connections, but he's able to get the job done, where the job concerns going deep undercover, operating with very little help, and getting deep into the affairs of terrorists, in spite of the lack of trust of his bosses, and his enemies. He seems to face more realistic problems, but overcomes with determination, luck, and believable intelligence.

    I like Child's Jack Reacher, or DeMille's John Correy as characters. But the I was able to suspend disbelief in this character, and for now at least, he seems to surpass them by an order of magnitude. Almost at the level of le Carre's Smiley.

    I'm a frequent repeat listener, and I'm sure I'll listen to this many, many times.

    The narration is perfect in the sense that I was never aware of it at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

    Ron L. Caldwell says: "Astonishing"
    "One of my very favorite listens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Kim the most enjoyable?

    I love this Kipling story. The adventure of a spy store, the respect for Indian culture, and the friendship of a young rascal and an old Llama give it a lot of depth. I can listen to it over and over, and appreciate it each time. It's a great bed time story, yet I'm never bored.


    What other book might you compare Kim to and why?

    You might compare this book to Huckleberry Finn. Both have the same respect for culture, the satire of racial perspective, and the sense of a higher moral framework than that of our immediate parochial perspective.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so, but he's perfect for Kim.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3157)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2413)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Readable! Entertainment, without annoyance."
    Overall

    A good reader, and a well done story. A good alternate history, though not very "deep" in its details, it lacks any annoying inaccuracies. I bought this in the 1st chapter sale, and it was well worth the price. I am buying more books in the series, based on the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

    says: "fast and furious"
    "Can't tell if you are serious?"
    Overall

    I think this was a serious attempt at an action spy novel. The problem is, the critical actions read like a spoof. I'll make up a analogous example: you are being shot at, so you defend yourself by pickup up a sledgehammer and knock down a load bearing wall, and the resulting collapse of the building spares you, but kills your attacker. That's very close to one of numerous incredible moments which ruin the otherwise decent writing in this book. I found myself regretting that the writer didn't give me more of the nonsense, and make it into an over-the-top spoof.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handling the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with this, with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become. Here is a horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

    Kimberly says: "Great Book But..."
    "Wanted more, got it, but not what I hoped for."
    Overall

    I had to try this after I read "Let Me In". This story doesn't glitter the way the other did, but it's satisfying, still. It's unique in its concept, and delivers interesting perspectives. What happens to family relationships if the dead stay around? Naturally, families are different. I think some people with enjoy this a lot more than others. It's thought provoking.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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