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Thomas

Huntington, WV, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2146)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Huge Fan, but...."
    Overall

    Love the Mitch Rapp series, but I gotta say I'm not happy with this book released in unabridged format with a narrator other than George Guidall. The book is well written, but the point of an audio book is to enjoy a performance. Otherwise, I could just actually sit down and read the darn thing. I don't mean to be snippy, but Nick Sullivan just doesn't do it for me or the book. I've waited a long time for some of the older books to be released in unabridged formats, but I don't think I'm going to be purchasing any of the other ones narrated by Sullivan. Just not very captivating considering the character that he's trying to portray.

    45 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10461)
    Performance
    (8744)
    Story
    (8821)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Good read, but not quite as satisfying as Day 1"
    Overall

    I've listened to both books in the past couple of weeks. I'll say up front that I'm dreading the long wait until Day 3. Overall, I love this writer's style and I think the narrator does a great job with all the characters. This book did run a bit long in spots, especially when he was in the Fae (?). Part of my dissatisfaction with this book comes from the lack of progress through the character's life and not as much action. We've finished Day 2 yet we're only through a small period of Kvothe's life. I like the various plot devices the author has created, such as the rings, and the way he has wrapped the story around them. I'm not sure that I find the actions of certain major characters whom Kvothe has helped as being very credible or likely. And, as much as I like the thought of Dena, this part of the storyline is starting to grate on me. They're living in a time where you either walk or go by horse yet they bump into each other all over the world. Really? I'd like some plausible explanation for these "coincidental" encounters. I hope that's forthcoming in Day 3. Maybe she's a plant by the Seven. Who knows? I'd like to see her be something more than just an irritant in the future. But, based on her flaws, I don't know that she can be anything more and still live within the boundaries of her character without seeming contrived. I feel like the author has painted himself in a corner with her character with no way out other than a convenient plot turn.

    Either way, I'm still looking forward to the next one. I know by the time it comes out, I'll have to listen to these again to have the details fresh in my head. But, it'll be worth it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    A marine sniper team on a mission in tribal territories on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed by professionals using the latest high-tech shooting gear. Badly wounded, the team’s sole survivor, Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz, aka “the Cruise Missile,” is determined to finish his job. He almost succeeds when a mystery blast terminates his enterprise....

    Jesse says: "Some issues with places and people"
    "Not even close..."
    Overall

    I liked Hunter's earlier Bob Lee books, but the past couple have been disappointing. There's something I just can't put my finger on when it comes to the dialogue, but it doesn't come across as real. Some of it's sing-songy, and some of it is just inserted to wet the whistles of the gear nuts. Real operators don't talk to each other about the way Hunter has them talking. Another example is the way Hunter has Swagger talking about himself. (Clint Eastwood voice) "I'm just a loner.", "I'm a simple man." Blah, blah. It's contrived and sounds fake. Maybe it's just the way the narrator is reading it, but I don't think so. Basically, I think Hunter has just run out of ways to come up with a story that can include a sniper and his gear and so we've ended up with these past couple of books. Give it a pass.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2754)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1859)

    It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

    Guy says: "Flynn's best Mitch Rapp Book"
    "It's about time!!"
    Overall

    I have refused to listen to any of the abridged books by Vince Flynn. I kept hoping they would come back and do unabridged versions of the older books and here we are! As always, I enjoyed the book immensely and Vince Flynn is becoming one of my favorite writers. He's not Hemingway or Faulkner, but his stuff is great entertainment and the George Guidall (once again) brings it to life. The only complaint I can offer is that I wish they did the unabridged versions from the beginning of the series forward not in reverse. I would much rather make my way through the series in the order intended. But, I'll take what I can get--as long as it's unabridged.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7090)
    Performance
    (3454)
    Story
    (3459)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Can't take it anymore..."
    Overall

    This sounded like a great premise for a book and there's a lot of potential for the plot. However, I just can't get into it. It is written somewhat like King in that the author misses nothing in what he writes about, but it's not very interesting. Points in the story that should be tense or exciting do nothing for me.

    All of it is very flat in my opinion, and there's not much action/drama for a story of this type. It reads a bit like a human interest story with vampires in the background. Believe me, I really tried. I made it halfway through part 3 before I gave up. I kept drifting and not being interested in what was going on, so I doubt I could tell you what this story is all about.

    I used to like Scott Brick, but his simpering voice does not work for this style book, especially one that's over 30 hours long. I wish I could give this book a better rating. I wanted to like it. I enjoy long audible selections most of the time. This one just fell flat.

    33 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3123)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1490)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Discovered a new favorite author"
    Overall

    I've been listening to audio books for quite some time, and this is the first time I've been motivated to write a review. Extreme Measures turned out to be a an Extreme Pleasure to read (listen). Take it for what it is, sit back, and enjoy. I've listened to one other Vince Flynn book and have gotten to like the characters. This book has gotten me already on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one.

    It might not be your cup of tea, but I like the outlook of the characters on the G.W.O.T. (not called "overseas contingency operations"), but then again, I like Clint Eastwoods movies too. So, this is a meat and potatoes kind of book with heroes that don't have a vegan mindset on life. If you don't like red meat, this book isn't for you!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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