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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
    (356)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (318)

    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.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "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 9 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3137)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (944)

    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
    (625)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (220)

    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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    Story
    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
    (1054)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (992)

    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
    (290)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    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

    2 of 2 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
    (831)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (290)

    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
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1648)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (960)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Exellent all the way to the very end!"
    Overall

    If this type of book fits your description then do not hesitate to buy it, it's classic Preston/Child at there very best IMO. I found the book to be very descriptive and easy to picture the scenes clear in my mind, and what awesome scenes they are. I could read/listen to books like this every night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Breach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States.

    Tim Valenta says: "Unspeakably surprised; No regrets"
    "Good stuff"
    Overall

    Very entertaining, The Breach is basically part one of two with Ghost Country being part 2 and even then there is obvious room for another. It took me all of two nights to get through The Breach and Ghost Country, yes it's one of those. You must know what happens next while guessing searching for answers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1544)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    This is more of a scientific adventure than anything else don't expect many twist or a big hook. If you can get past that the character development is the heart of the book with very good detail throughout, I would really look forward to a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4968)
    Performance
    (2502)
    Story
    (2511)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Not as good as expected"
    Overall

    Maybe I expected to much for my first Flynn novel evolving his popular character Mitch Rapp because as another reviewer pointed out I felt it lacked any real intrigue or suspense, I don't like to quote others but I believe that really sums up my first experience with a Vince Flynn novel. I found the first half which evolves Mitch Rapp's introduction and training into black operations enjoyable but his first adventure (mission) following said intro and training to be rather flat and mostly uneventful, again lacking suspense. Maybe it would have been better if I would have been like so many others and read previous books from the Mitch Rapp series but I know this is the prequel to the first book in the series so I started here, maybe I will enjoy the next book in the series more which is actually the first in the series, got to start somewhere I guess.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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