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DWR

Minnesota, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 29 reviews
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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (307)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    Arthur says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Somewhat disappointing"
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    The book would have been more intriguing if the ending was unknown and not told at the beginning. Although there were some exciting passages, I found it slow going. Knowing the end, the difficulties became predictable failures.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Target

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (285)

    When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

    Colin says: "Solid!"
    "Contemporary Fiction"
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    I had listened to Joel Rosenberg's "The Auschwitz Escape" which was very good so I bought this, his follow up novel.

    It is an interesting take on the war with ISIS with a well researched base but obviously fiction. The hero is sort-of a Jack Reacher character but a journalist with more guts than common sense; however, this was probably written before all of the beheadings took place and leaving oneself open to ISIS had not yet proven to be a literally fatal flaw.

    Entertaining with enough action to keep one interested through to the strange ending,

    The reader, David de Vries, was very good in reading the action but has a very annoying habit in the dialog of putting the accent on the word "said" by lifting his inflection on all of the "he said", they said" phrases.

    I would guess there will be a follow-up novel, I hope they use another reader for that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (923)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Emotionally Grasping. Wonderfully Written & Read."
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    Although this is a book that has fictional characters, the story is real and an historically accurate depiction of the Holocaust. I can attest to this because I have visited Dachau and have a friend who is a survivor of Buchenwald.

    Joel Rosenberg did an outstanding job in all respects of his writing-- story, characters and descriptions. I got so involved with the characters that at times I had to take a break from the story to digest both the intense suspense and the passionate emotion that it evoked in me.

    Christopher Lane is a fabulous performer: giving each of the characters unique voices with truly believable accents; a rich intensity to the story; and a visual realism to the descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1050)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    A Frayed Knot says: "It's no Game of Thrones..."
    "And yet another young girl trying to overcome evil"
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    The story proceeds quite well without too many slow passages and some exciting battles but is definitely not enthralling. It seems that Maas throws in some magic and creatures in order to keep things interesting but the connection between reality and fantasy seems false which takes away from the believability of the story: I mean really, a castle made of glass!

    The characters are mostly very human (and surprisingly even sexual) but it appears that some have magic powers just to make the story more interesting. But why are the names so alike, for example, Celaena and Ilaena and Kane and Kale, which makes it difficult at times to keep them straight. I guess that if you were reading this, they would be more unique but not in the audio version.

    Elizabeth Evans is a good reader with a nice timber to her voice but she does have difficulty keeping the various male voices from sounding all the same and slightly effeminate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (2093)
    Story
    (2083)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Reasonable spy novel with contemporary setting"
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    Not a real nail-biter but keeps you interested. Some good action. Plausible plot.

    Well read by Scott Brick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

    B. Davis says: "Great Publication"
    "Excellent Book on Basic Economics"
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    Not really a "story" but it does tell the history and continuing effect of economics on our lives.

    Thomas Sowell presents Economics in a very easy to understand and well illustrated way. This is the 5th edition so is up to date with current examples. There is a lot of information and a plethora of quotable quotes, so probably warrants additional listens to absorb it all.

    Tom Weiner is perfect for this type of a book as he reads as one would expect an "expert" in this field might read.

    A great book that I will definitely listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Red Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Moira Young
    • Narrated By Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (251)

    Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

    Gena says: "A unique voice that sticks with you"
    "OK but not up to The Hunger Games or Divergent"
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    The story has some interesting moments but tends to be a bit flat and it is predictable, as are the characters. The writing is good and the descriptions are generally vivid.

    Heather Lind reads well and has an interesting way of interpreting shouting which is effective without being loud. Her accents are appropriate.

    All in all, an average listen with nothing really negative but nothing outstanding either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7347)
    Performance
    (6442)
    Story
    (6457)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Great book and great reader"
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    Between the way Antony Doerr writes and Zach Appelman reads, it was almost like listening to poetry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (897)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "Nice Murder Mystery, Interesting Location"
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    I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.

    His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.

    The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.

    David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.

    Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3426)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3038)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Ken Follet & John Lee a Good Combination Again"
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    Historically correct with fictitious characters blended with actual characters in the third installment of the Century Trilogy, Ken Follett intertwines the East and West during the cold war. His characters are, of course, at the forefront of the major events of this period, so much so that Follet has you thinking that they were actually taking part.

    John Lee does an adequate job of producing the various accents but does a better job of the Russian accent than the American accents, especially the Kennedy's New England accents and the M. L. King's southern accent. Of course, it would be difficult even for an American to capture these voices which are unique and so well known.

    My big problem was that there was a long time between the release of the first two books and the last one, so I had forgotten the family lineage of the main characters. This is important to the stories so I would suggest that all three books be listened to in close proximity of each other, and I will listen to them again like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5636)
    Performance
    (5127)
    Story
    (5122)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Not your Harry Potter"
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    I listened to this book without great anticipation for "who dun it", but it did keep me interested. As other reviewers commented, I found myself forgetting who was who. I'm not sure why as the characters were described well but I had difficulty keeping them sorted out. Unless you are really good at remembering characters, I would suggest that as each character is introduced, it would be good to write their name and position down. Even through my second listening (at double speed) I still mixed up some of the characters. Another reason for a second listening was to detect the subtle, almost obscure, clues that are occasionally dropped. The writing was good but I found the vulgarity of the story line and foul language (especially the continuous dropping of the F bomb), after the intended shock factor, became monotonous and distracting.

    The reader was very good and his characterization of the different voices was vivid and notable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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