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Jason

jasonmadmovies

Mount Juliet, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (386)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Ryan says: "Good, could have been great."
    "A must read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Outpost the most enjoyable?

    Very detailed everything from the bigger picture to the soldiers day to day lives. He also did a great job leaving politics out and letting you the reader decide for themselves but moreover this is a book about our troops and their sacrifice along with their families.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the men mentioned in this book and also those who may not have been mentioned.


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

    I've never listened to this narrator but he did a excellent job, he keeps the same voice throughout not changing for different characters but I found this to be a good thing not only because nothing sounded silly but it also does not put a "fake" voice to those that sacrificed, not unless the narrator knew exactly what these men and women's voices sounded like should he attempt their voice, and he does not.


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

    I wanted to but couldn't so I did it in two.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books like Lone Survivor, American Sniper etc. then you will most likely enjoy this book, it reminded me more of the Vietnam book Matterhorn which was excellent.



    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The First Bird, Episode 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Matt Kearns and the remnants of the scientific team return to a ravaged America. Modern medicine has failed to halt the spread of the flesh-consuming parasite, and humans have been forced to hide, even from one another. The infected roam the cities and suburbs of a ruined nation. But the devastating effects on human physiology are only the beginning. Something has been let loose, something that the team were not prepared for - human nature itself.

    Kim Venatries says: "One Cliche Too Many; But Still a Good Listen"
    "Mr. Beck please fact check first it kills the mood"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I guess yes but only because I had time invested into reading the first two episodes so I had to see how it ended.


    What could Greig Beck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ok look I love Greig Beck's work I actually enjoy everything he puts out but in this book a fairly large scene takes place in a small town called Tullahoma in Tennessee which I'm very familiar with and it has just under 19,000 population. However Mr. Beck describes the place as a population of 500,000 and actually says its not a backwaters place when in fact that is exactly what it is. I had trouble getting past that plus he refers to one rifle as .99 caliber which is ridiculous there has never been such a thing, there is however a sniper rifle made by Barrett that is a monster .50 caliber and called the model 99 which I think possibly got mixed up in Mr. Becks or editors research. That sort of stuff really puts me off because now I have to wonder if everything else I'm reading needs fact checked. There is science fiction where authors can get away with well just about anything I get that but then there is real life things that need to be told accurately


    What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

    Sean Mangan is again a great narrator, I hope he continues narration in all of Greig Beck books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Green Hell: Alex Hunter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Deep in the steaming jungles of Paraguay, Aimee Weir is in trouble. The petrobiologist has found what she was looking for - a unique microorganism in a natural gas deposit - but it proves to be more destructive than anyone could have imagined. A contagion is striking down all in its wake. The camp is quarantined, but workers start to vanish in the night. Is it fear of contamination - or has something far more lethal come to the surface? Something that has been trapped beneath the miles of stone, waiting... for us.

    angie says: "Love Love Love Alex Hunter!"
    "Green Hell raises the series to another level"
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    Where does This Green Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Green Hell is the third in the Alex Hunter series and by far the best, the series has always taken a slight horror element nothing to scary more Sci-Fi but Green Hell certainly cranks the horror element up a notch in the creepy factor, again not really scary just darn creepy in some parts.


    What other book might you compare This Green Hell to and why?

    I'm not sure the series is quite unique taking a enhanced soldier up against nightmarish creatures with also a little techno thriller. I would suggest you listen to the series from the beginning, you don't have to because central story elements are slightly retold from book to book but you really need to get the low down on some of the characters that show up in each book, there are not many but it still helps.


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

    Sean Mangan is terrific like he was manifested just for this series, his character accents are perfect, his female voice great and his delivery and pace is some of the very best I've listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    If your reading this then you are indeed considering this to listen to, well look no more and buy it because it is better than you are probably imagining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1179)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "B.V Larson and his new series = GREAT!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust World?

    No Spoilers from me I will just say book 1 ( Steel World) and this book 2 (Steel World) are my most memorable moments, the stories are A+.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    McGil,but let me say Mark Boyett is a exellent narrator he brings nothing but greatness to all of B.V Larsons audio books. I have listened to nine Star Force books and now two Undying Mercenaries all 11 narrated by Boyett and I can honestly say I never get tired of him he is one of the very good ones.


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

    They just put me in a good mood and I don't watch the clock while listening like I do with many other books.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my own personal opinion and we are all maybe looking for something a little different, maybe not but either way for me B.V Larson is the absolute best Military SiFi writer right now and has been since Star Force, heck IMO he is the best SiFi writer period. His style is not hard SiFi it is just his story laid right out in front of you easy to follow yet very full of SiFi substance. If you can't already tell I highly suggest you listen to this series and if you have not already listened to his Star Force series do that as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Switch: Tucker Wayne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (337)

    The mission seems simple enough: Extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call thrusts Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins. Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme.

    Lawrence says: "A good start to a series"
    "Just flat out good!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kill Switch the most enjoyable?

    The adventure and the narration.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

    All of them he completely nails it fantastic I wish he narrated every single audio book I listen to.


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

    I had a very tough time putting it down, there is no dull moments where I said to myself well I can stop here.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the start of what is going to be a very successful series so get in now, I'm not a big dog person so don't think to yourself you must be to really enjoy this book! As I said above Scott Aiello narrates every character perfectly. I really enjoy novels by James Rollins and here with this book he sets the bar very high. Awesome!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1130)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "WARNING:Publisher SPOIL HALF BOOK WITH DESCRIPTION"
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    Where does Spin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high but do not read all the amazon description it really spoils half the book with major spoilers. I have never seen anything like it


    Any additional comments?

    Only read the first couple sentences in the book description, you have been warned don't ruin it I promise. After you read the book go back and read the description you will see what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (301)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Awesome adventure and a great thriller"
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    Where does Black Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15 maybe even better


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Order?

    Hard to say I hate spoilers so I will just say the castles.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Lisa


    Any additional comments?

    Grover Gardner is fantastic reading this book I wish this was not his one and only reading in this series, if your reading this review to get opinions on narration for this audio book don't hesitate it is wonderful nothing is forced and the female voices are great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: Star Force, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1361)

    Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

    Professor says: "EMPIRE OR COLONY?"
    "Another fantastic adventure - unbeatable series"
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    If you could sum up Empire in three words, what would they be?

    fun, addicting, flawless


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marvin - You just really never know what he is up to or what he is going to do.


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

    Mark Boyett does a fine job narrating, his voice is smooth and does not distract the listener.


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

    This is a book/series that is very hard to put down, I finished it in two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    This is book 6 and is not one you can read without reading the previous novels starting with book 1 Swarm. Science Fiction is not normally something I would get heavily involved in but this series has captivated since book one, hopefully book 7 Annihilation is released on Audible soon. If you are here reading these reviews then that means you are somewhat intrigued so do yourself a favor and start reading the series you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (382)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "I just could not connect"
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    Would you try another book from Greig Beck and/or Sean Mangan?

    Sean Mangan was absolutely fantastic, a new favorite reader of mine. Perfect on the narration in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the idea(s) behind the book but I just could not connect with the story. I don't really know how to put it but I did not feel as though as was there in the cave with the characters, some of my favorite books make me feel as though I'm there myself. Details of creatures and the main characters was great but I'm not sure I felt the same way about the world the story is set in, I believe this is the area I felt distant from.

    The author references the Spyderco Manix knife as one of the only folding knives that can be opened one handed yet this is just ridiculous as most

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexandria Link: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    Glenda says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    These are my types of novels and I highly enjoyed it but I think it kind of dragged out towards the end but because the history and context of the book I will still give it 4 stars and not 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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