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Rick Anderson

Edmonds, WA | Member Since 2006

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  • False Friends: Dan Shepherd, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The most wanted man in the world is dead. Now those loyal to him seek revenge. When Navy Seals track down and kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it's obvious there was a traitor on the inside. After the false friends are revealed to be two British students, Malik and Chaudhry - former Islamic fundamentalists recruited by MI5 - they become targets themselves. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd must teach the pair how to survive undercover with al-Qaeda closing in. But Spider is not used to playing the handler.

    Rick Anderson says: "Not nearly as good as others"
    "Not nearly as good as others"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Stephen Leather’s story?

    Way too black and white. Shepard is the only smart guy on the team. His moral opinions are without nuance and contradictory. He is furious with the fact than osama is killed but later berates the Americans for risking soldiers lives by not simply bombing the place.

    In other books his treatment of terrorism and the English/Irish conflict is substantially more nuanced. If I'd wanted superman, I'd have bought a comic book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3556)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1953)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Absolutely outstanding and unique story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Windup Girl again? Why?

    The story is entirely unique. The characters are nuanced and grow in the midst of their circumstances. The reader does a remarkable job telling the story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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