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Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI

Bloomington, WI, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 12 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 401 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Great book, narration lacking"
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?

    I am a huge fan of Bill Bryson. His wit, his insights and style are amazing but this narration is disappointing. There is no depth or inflection...

    What did you like best about this story?

    The book. Read it and pass on this listen

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Basically lik ehe read the phone book....boring

    What character would you cut from A Walk in the Woods?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great opportunity to use Audible's return policy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    J. Green says: "So entertaining"
    "Predictible. Adrian has written better."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was at best, okay. Kind of trite and predictable. I like his style but this kind of fell flat.

    What was most disappointing about Adrian McKinty’s story?

    Characters. Not evolved or intriguing.

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

    Everything I can. He's the reason I keep downloading McKinty's novels.

    Did I Hear the Sirens in the Street inspire you to do anything?

    Question why I used a credit for it.

    Any additional comments?

    Kind of disappointed in this effort. Great narration but story....not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Oceana says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "I doubt a worse book exists"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is not only trite and tiresome the narration is perhaps the worst I've experienced. Perhaps better read that listened to I just couldn't take it...

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that Will Sutton narrates...

    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Awful inflection, no ability to change voices and inept diction

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration at spending a credit for this book

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "I've heard it before"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As a reader and listener of Burke's novels I've eagerly awaited each new book in whatever series he has written. I'm a huge fan of Dave and Clete but I just heard too many story lines and similar characters in other books.

    As usual, Will Patton's narration is spot on. I love each character and how he allows the writing to be the "voice", not his voice.

    Worth listening to....yes....But not quite what I was hoping..

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too many similar characters from other novels

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

    Dead on. I'd repurchase Burke's novels if he redid those done by Mark Hammer

    Was Light of the World worth the listening time?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alan Glynn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Susie Monaghan was on the cusp of stardom when her life was cut short by a tragic helicopter crash. After a full investigation, her death was ruled an accident: case closed. But a hungry young journalist named Jimmy Gilroy isn't buying the official story. Before dying, Susie's path had crossed with an unlikely gallery of powerful men: an ex-prime minister with a carefully guarded secret; the businessman brother of a U.S. senator angling for the Oval Office; and a billionaire investor with his eye on an extremely rare commodity.

    Nick says: "Ah, what happened to the ending?"
    "Ah, what happened to the ending?"
    Would you try another book from Alan Glynn and/or Peter Berkrot?

    Not if this is any indication. Good story and characters but the ending..did I miss something?

    What was most disappointing about Alan Glynn’s story?

    The ending...If I was able to download the entire thing....what happened Audible?

    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

    No. Tried too hard..

    Any additional comments?

    Is this really the ending?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "Pass the white rice please"

    I really like Peter Hessler's writing and find it a true reflection of my experiences in China an a accurate account of Chinese attitudes. River Town was a great book and I enjoyed it..however, Country Driving, although a well written book is narrated by Peter Berkrot. He does zero justice to the work..remember the Public Service films about crawling under your desk for a nuclear attack....this guy has the same voice, inflection and makes it just about as exciting...pick it up at the library or bookstore but skip this version..

    36 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "If you can't sleep try this one"

    I am usually a fan of mystery type books, especially if there is mystery and well written. This offering is contrived, predictable and without merit....I'd pass...was almost impossible to finish...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe.

    Richard says: "The Steel Wave"
    "Great idea that falls just a tad short"

    I am a huge fan of Jeff and Michael Shaara, however I think this book falls a little short. Can't put my finger on it but I do love the other books...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Content maybe but the worst narration"

    I tried. I really tried. In the evening, in the morning and while driving...the story seems to be a good one but the narration is downright awful...I'll try this one from the library...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."

    I have enjoyed several audio books by Nelson DeMille read by others but this has to be the worst audio book I have ever encountered. The narration is dull and flat and well suited to a high school shop text book....

    Couldn't listen to it all....pass on this one..can I give it less than one star?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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