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Jackie

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Berets: Brotherhood of War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    They were the chosen ones - and the ones who chose to be the best. Never before had the United States given so select a group of fighting men such punishing preparation. Now they were heading for their ultimate test of skill and nerve and sacrifice, in a war unlike any they or their country had ever fought before, in a land that most of America still knew nothing about - Vietnam...

    Jackie says: "Griffin at his best"
    "Griffin at his best"
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    Brotherhood of War is the series that introduced me to WEB Griffin. All of these characters are like old friends. I was so excited when I saw that the series was being offered by Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2884)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (900)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Dan Brown's work always makes you think"
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    Great book, wonderful story. Who knew what when? Anything else would be a spoiler. Has this happened already? Could it happen?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (262)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "I'm glad I knew it was a parody"
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    This book was just plain silly. It would have been better to end the series with the book before this. The author says he did this in protest but the book before this was leaning toward silly too. shame on you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russka: The Novel of Russia

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country’s geographic crossroads, Russia’s Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry. Rutherfurd’s grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself.

    Angelyn says: "Wonderful Historical Novel"
    "Another Success"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Russka to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the continuity. This was an epic tale.


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

    No, my reaction was pretty even


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1960)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1342)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Great Premise but Very Disjointed"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cryptonomicon to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the connections across the generations. The least interesting part was when Randy went home to visit his parents.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    I liked Randy


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book has some major flaws. Things just happen out of the blue. Like what happened in the jungle toward the end. There was no explanation as to why that happened. All of a sudden he was there. The book was long but you felt like parts were missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6377)
    Performance
    (5863)
    Story
    (5918)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Great ending to a powerful story"
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    Would you listen to Allegiant again? Why?

    Yes, I loved this book. A lot of other reviewers didn't appreciate it but I loved it. It didn't have a happy ending but stuff happens, that's why it's called life. This as the perfect ending to this roller coaster ride. A dip at the end that you just didn't see coming!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My first thought was that I am torn between Trice and Tobias but actually, I think it might be Kara. Throughout the book she has been who she is, no pretense, just Kara. She accepts the good and the bad about herself where some of the other characters are not as self aware.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


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

    What would you do if you found out that everything you thought you knew about life and the world was a lie?


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Great series. Can't wait to see the movies. As good as the Hunger Games.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6858)
    Performance
    (6279)
    Story
    (6285)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I was very disappointed don't waste the credit"
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    I will probably not try another book by Donna Tartt. This one had such great reviews and I absolutely hated it. Obviously this author's work doesn't meet my requirements for an enjoyable read. It was long just to be long. The story line was not advanced by the length of the book. It just gave her the opportunity to use 3 words instead of one.

    I didn't like any of the characters. After over 30 hours instead of that usual feeling of missing old friends, I feel like I just got rid of house guests who out stayed their welcome.

    David was a fine narrator and I would have no problem listening to him again.


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have made it a lot shorter. She could have given me one character to like. She could have made Theo more likable. She could have given Boris a conscience. She would have let Theo's father actually feed him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love reading and listening to audio books. Usually my motto is the longer the better. Not this time. This book drags. The length does not get you anymore invested in the characters. And then, after over 30 hours of torture, the ending is totally unsatisfying. Don't waste your credits.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I am really a fan of James Rollins but this just did not work for me. It is the first purchase from audible (and I have several hundred titles in my library) that I will not finish. I am very dissappointed. I did not like the narrator and I did not like the story. I listened for over 4 hours and was just not inspired to waste my time. I found myself listening to other titles rather than going back to this waste of my money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spartan Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (704)

    Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

    C. Johnson says: "A little bit National Treasure..."
    "Great start to a new series"
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    This book was a refreshing step away from NUMA. I love all of Clive's characters but I am enjoying the non-ocean related series. As usual, Scott Brick did an outstanding job with the narration. I hope Clive sticks with him or all of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (342)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "The wrong narrator can kill a great story"
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    I loved the various story lines in this book. However, I almost stopped listening because the narrator did such a poor job.. He may be good at othr genres but he should never read another romantic adventure. The narrators in the rest of this series are much better and do justice to the books..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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