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Geraldine

Verona, NY, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1238)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Classic Harvath"
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    Scott Harvath is back in form with this story. Brad Thor does a nice job of pulling together characters and storylines from some of the past novels, and weaves a structure that should carry the series forward for quite some time to come.

    The plot is better than many. The bad guys are bad. The good guys are good. And in the end everyone gets what he or she deserves. Recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1245)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "So badly performed that it's almost not worth it"
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    I love the Rapp series! The stories are well written and fun. But Ken Kilben is AWFUL! In fact I've nearly quit this book several times, and decided that I would just go buy the book instead. The flaws are numerous and severe. First, and most severe, is the fact that EVERY conversation, regardless of the context, is performed as if the characters are at each other's throats. A seduction scene in Italy? It sounds like they want to kill each other. A simple question from the President? Sounds like he's demanding somebody's head. A friendly conversation over dinner? You wonder when the steak knives are going to become murder weapons. Kilben also pauses in all the wrong places, mispronounces names of people and places every five minutes, voices all of the characters such that you can't tell the difference between them much of the time, and generally makes this story almost impossible to enjoy. I'll never again listen to any story read by him, and can't wait to finish this one so that I can move on.

    Notice I've almost completely ignored the story. The experience of listening to this one is kind of like that too. The narration takes you right out of the book. Yeah, it's seriously that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Athena Project: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (239)

    Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

    Don says: "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    "Awful. Thor really stumbled on this one"
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    I'm a big fan of Thor's Scott Harvath novels. And I loved the women from the Athena team in the last Harvath novel. So I was looking forward to this story too. What a mistake!

    This book suffers from a long list of ills. To mention just a few:

    1) The strong resourceful women of the Athena team, first seen in the last Harvath novel, have turned into a bunch of gossipy catty airheads who seem to be more interested in talking about romantic conquests and makeup than actually focusing on their mission, 2) There are multiple plotlines, which is fine, but some of them end up not actually going anywhere. A good editor could have cut 30% of the fat out of this story, and it would not have mattered to the overall outcome. 3) SPOILER ALERT.... The core storyline is absurd. Nazi scientists who figured out how to teleport matter, back during World War II??? Modern physicists that can't figure it out themselves, having to recreate the Nazi experiments???? Come on. This doesn't even pass the giggle test.

    Two other family members, without any prompting from me, have called to ask "Did you read The Athena Project? Did you think it sucked as badly as I do?"

    Yup. I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2507)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "A worthy sequel!"
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    This book is the sequel to "Daemon", by the same author. Daemon was SO good, that I was hesitant to listen to this book for fear that it would not stand up. I was wrong.

    Although a very different style of book, at least for the first half, "Freedom (TM)" picks up where Daemon left off. And very quickly you find yourself sucked back into Suarez's world all over again.

    If you haven't listened to Daemon yet, it is an absolute prerequisite. If you've listened to Daemon, you need to listen to Freedom (TM)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6225)
    Performance
    (3308)
    Story
    (3328)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Amazing story!"
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    A friend told me about this book quite a while ago. While it sounded interesting, I wasn't sure if it would really hold my interest. I'm a software engineer by profession, and the plot line seemed just a bit farfetched for my taste.

    Boy, am I glad that I gave it a try.

    This is an AMAZING story! Daniel Suarez is also a software guy, and he knows his stuff! He takes existing, familiar, technology and weaves it together in a completely plausible (and in fact feasible) way to create a frightening vision of where technology could legitimately go. And he writes a hell of a good story along the way! Yes, as the story progresses the technology starts to stretch to its limits. But none of it is beyond a logical extension of where technology is today.

    I always say that a book is truly great if, after finishing it, I look at the world around me a little bit differently for a few days. This is one of only 2-3 books that have ever had that effect on me. And when it ended, I felt a sense of loss for a day or two. Suarez has created a fascinating world, and I missed it when it was gone.

    If you like science, science fiction, technology, or just a great whodunit, get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1576)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Classic! Bring on more Pendergast!"
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    After slipping badly two books ago (zombies in New York City???), Pendergast is back to being Pendergast in the new trilogy. This is book two of the "Helen Trilogy", so if haven't listened to the first book yet, you should do so before jumping into this one.

    As is usual for Preston & Child, the story is captivating and well paced. There's the usual collection of great characters and plot twists. And, as is normal for any of their trilogy stories, this book leaves more questions and plot lines open than it actually resolves. And anyone who listens carefully will probably find hints of where Pendergast may be going in the NEXT trilogy. Guess who's probably still alive???

    GREAT stuff! The only fault is that we now have to wait a year or more for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (657)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Michael Connelly never misses!"
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    I've listened to all of the Harry Bosch novels, and several other Michael Connelly novels, and he never seems to have a bad story! Coming from a Harry Bosch perspective, I was prepared to not enjoy this story. But I found myself captured almost immediately. The characters are well drawn, the plot is interesting and well paced, and the narration is top notch. I'd love to see a sequel to this book. I'd love to know what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (270)

    A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.

    Matthew says: "made for the movies"
    "Not impressed"
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    The story hasn't kept my interest. For Alex Hawke's supposed age, he's been there and done everything. I don't find him to be believable.

    Unlike other reviewers, I do not like the narrator. True, he does a lot of accents and keeps the characters separate for me. However, he has a tendency to drop his voice very low and very soft. If I turn up the volume to hear him, I get blasted by the next sentence. Consequently I miss words here and there. The narrator's ability can be the deciding factor.

    The story just doesn't grab me; I haven't decided if it is the storyline or the narrator. If I continue with this author I will buy the paperbacks.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Good story, GREAT narration"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of Finder for years, and this story does not disappoint. However, he goes in a different direction this time. The normal Finder novel features a reluctant hero who just can't seem to make the right choices. You find yourself, over and over again, saying "Don't open that door! Are you stupid??!!!" This story doesn't follow that formula, but it's just as good. The reveal at the end is a little bit contrived. It would have been nice for some of the information to have come out during the course of the narrative. But it's well worth the time for the listen.

    The narrator, Holter Graham, is AMAZING! This is the first story I've listened to that he has narrated, but it won't be the last. Major props for the job that he does with Gabe's character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer.

    Stanley says: "Great Book"
    "The Best of Dean Koontz"
    Overall

    Several years ago I had the pleasure of listening to "Fear Nothing" on cassette. At the time it was my first introduction to Dean Koontz. I was hooked immediately! Since that time I've gone through every Dean Koontz story that Audible has made available. Some have been good. Some have been bad (i.e. "The Taking").

    "Fear Nothing", and its sequel "Seize The Night", are by far the best stories that Koontz has ever produced! I'm glad to see that "Fear Nothing" has finally made it to Audible! The characters are well developed. The settings are incredibly detailed and compelling. The narration is wonderful! And Koontz does an amazing job of leading you just far enough that your imagination runs away with you, providing just enough hints at what is really going on to lead your mind on some pretty amazing journeys. In the end some of the truth is revealed, but much is left to the sequel (which is every bit as good!). PLEASE listen to this book. You will not be disappointed! And Audible, PLEASE get "Seize The Night"!

    Note: "Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night" are the first two books in what Koontz has promised will be a trilogy. The final book in the series, "Ride the Storm", was originally promised two years ago. Koontz has said, in several interviews, that the story is half done but is turning into a magnum opus. Here's to hoping it comes out soon!

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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