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Dalton

Prosper, Texas | Member Since 2007

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  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6706)
    Performance
    (3112)
    Story
    (3168)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Absolutely wonderful. Must buy!!!!"
    Overall

    I hesitated buying a book about "vampires" but the reviews were just too good to pass up and I'm so very happy I purchased this series. I started with Twilight, then New Moon, then Eclipse and finally Breaking Dawn. I loved them all. I liked New Moon the least and liked Twilight and Breaking Dawn the most. I turned my wife on tho this series also and she too was in doubt. She read the first two books in about 14 days and is now reading Eclipse. I had to get use to the reader's voice but now I really like it.
    Anyway, without a doubt this book / series is the best I've read and is even better than Pillars of the Earth. I'm a big John Grisham fan and have listened to/read all of his books. Stephenie, I loved this series better than ANY of those also.
    Great job and I'd really like to see the characters live again.
    Best Regard
    Dalton
    Chapel Hill, NC

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    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2490)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (783)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Very boring. I made it through about 3 hours"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm a techie and also love adventure and science fiction -- especially around time travel but I was so bored. Maybe someone who is really interested in the minutiae of mid-evil France and I do mean the details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton again?

    Not sure -- this is my first and I would probably give him one more try.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bedford Lloyd’s performances?

    He certainly is not my favorite performer but my dislike for the book can't be placed on his shoulders in this case.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Timeline?

    Wow, a lot of them. I love some detail but Michael went in to way too much detail. I got to the point where I was thinking of other things while listening to the book and in other books I'd always rewind if that happened -- but in this case I just started letting it play anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3850)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1865)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "Best book in the series so far. Awesome."
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    Where does Consent to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Mitch Rapp series is one of my favorites. I've listened sequentially in order and this is the best one so far. Loved it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Consent to Kill?

    When Scott Coleman said Rapp was going to kill them all!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scenes were pretty nice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (368)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "Barely made it through this book"
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    What would have made The Blood Gospel better?

    Better story line. The story went nowhere.


    Has The Blood Gospel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator tried too hard. Every sentence he read was like the world was coming to an end. Just read the book normally --- too much hyperbole.


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

    Impatience -- wanting it to end already -- yeah, I know I could have just stopped listened but wanted to just finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16022)
    Performance
    (13297)
    Story
    (13923)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "One of the bottom 3 books I've downloaded. Unless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This book was written for women. It is all about some virgin college girl deciding some rich guy is really hot and decides she likes him. The book reads as though it is written by a high-school girl with a crush. Really, it is that bad.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    After listening for 4 hours (at least), there was absolutely no plot and very limited characters. The plot was "omg, this guy is hot. Not sure I'm going to like him or not. Oh, I do, I'm going to have sex with him." I can't believe this book has any good ratings. Save your money.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did the best she could with the material given.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No plot. Not even a good story line. Characters are as predictable and as the boring story line. Rich guy has helicopter and flies college girl to residence where they talk about sex for 45 minutes. There is absolutely no intrigue to this book unless you want to listen to a bunch of sex talk.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1713)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Completely surprised at how good this book was."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Pushing Ice again? Why?

    When a book makes me stay up listening until 2am, it's a good book. The description of of the storyline really does not do the book justice. When you think you have a grasp on the limits of the situation they find themselves in, you will be surprised with yet another twist.

    Also don't think that the story is about crew on a comet. The crew is only on the comet at the very start of the book. This book is about first-contact, aliens, survival, the human species, the future, technology, friendship, trust, betrayal, living forever, good aliens, bad aliens, etc, etc, and Reynolds does a great job filling your mind with imagination. Wow, what-if!!

    Highly recommend this book!


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

    I've listened to John Lee in the Pillars of the Earth, World without End, and a couple more. This was my favorite performance for John Lee. Great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me think and imagine and hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26811)
    Performance
    (20577)
    Story
    (20660)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Smoking Hot book. Loved it."
    Overall

    Wow, this guy can tell a story. The bad part about a book this good is that my wife gets mad with me because I have a hard time putting it down. The story is definitely NOT predictable. If you think it's going to be a story like all the rest, you'll be surprised. The ending is like we're just getting started. Guess I'll have to move to book two -- yahoo!!! Dude, you can write.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (783)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Great Book. Highly Recommend."
    Overall

    I've read all the John Grisham books and was looking for another good legal thriller. I found it. Great book. Well written and well read. Narrator Grover Gardner really impressed me also -- he nailed it. The book was serious but David kept making wise crack remarks throughout the writing that was perfect. My wife kept asking me why I was laughing. Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13120)
    Performance
    (5465)
    Story
    (5511)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "The Pillars of the Earth"
    Overall

    When I downloaded this book I was very hesitant because I don't really enjoy Europe that much nor enjoy epic stories really. However, it came highly recommended. This book completely surprised me. This is probably the best book I've ever read. It has been a couple months since I've finished it and I still think of the characters in this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone. If you are hesitating, don't, just buy it, you won't regret it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Tuohy
    • Narrated By E.H. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (70)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "good book"
    "The Bravest Man"
    Overall

    This is, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever purchased/downloaded. An example is the author will take 30 minutes to explain every detail of the submarine, or name every person during WWII that operated a sub and performed a certain action -- fearing that if he doesn't list that name that someone will contact him reminding him he forgot to mention someone.
    This was a total waste of money unless you're engrossed in History Facts and every detail of a sub. Very little story-line here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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