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J. Wilson

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Franklin, PA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1254)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    stephen says: "Be patient, it gets better"
    "Could have been good, but ...."
    Overall

    Story starts with too many story arcs and a massive waste of space.
    As soon as you get a grip on who and what the character is he/she is killed.
    No one survives the story other than the 'hero' who self loathes himself all through the book to the point that you just skip ahead in attempts to avoid listening to it all over again...
    The two story arcs that makes up the actual story is pretty good, but weeding out the rest of the junk is just too painful.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2528)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1771)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Great story with some anoying things"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
    The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
    It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
    Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (713)

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    ShySusan says: "I HATE the year-long wait for the next installment"
    "Wish I can have the hours back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The endless dialogs was taken 5 steps too far in this one...
    Only one thing happens and it is smack in the middle of the book. The rest of the dialog is so far fetched that not even rolling the eyes would do it justice.
    I really don't understand how this book can have such a good rating.
    It even ends abruptly and left me looking for a missing chapter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4259)
    Performance
    (3874)
    Story
    (3917)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Dragged out battle with no end.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just finished a marathon listening session...
    I was so looking forward to this book and feel somewhat disappointed in the way this finished, almost like leaving room for yet another book.

    The first half of the book is actually pretty good with the feel of a great epic story coming to an end, but then the battle starts and keeps on going and going and going and going.
    So many hero's die that I start to think that somehow they all will wake from the dream in the end.

    Then the end came suddenly and even though the epilog is almost an hour long things are not wrapped up properly, instead trying to become a massive tear jerker.

    I think a lot of the exhausting battle time could have been used to clean up a lot of the threads that is left untied.

    I know a lot of reviewers will give this book a 5 purely because the series has been that good, but there is no way this book should get anything above a 4.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (973)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Juvenile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Fury of Fire better?

    Better language, maybe I am old fashioned, but using F--k and Sh-t to make up word count puts me off.

    Dumb female character is so 60's...


    What could Coreene Callahan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Benjamin puts in a good performance and made this book almost listenable.


    What character would you cut from Fury of Fire?

    Not so much cut as upgrade. I know the author wants to "set a scene", but most of the work is just sloppy and rely on idiots for it to work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (456)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Could have been great.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Richard Bard and/or R. C. Bray?

    People who like Impossible situations and constant tension building would like this. Not sure I can stand to get through another drama queen attempt.The narration was decent and the reason I enjoyed the book to some degree.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    First halve of the book was great. Interesting listen, but then the author changed gears and seem to think that building tension means that you write one imposible situation on top of another and then miraculously the situation gets resolved. If I was reading, I would have skipped whole pages.Spoiler alert:I did not think the alien artifact/possible invasion should have been in here.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Tony


    Was BRAINRUSH, a Thriller worth the listening time?

    Barely


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the author did not try to "step it up" in the second part of the book and thereby turning it into a soap opera.This story really has/had potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hunter - Descent: Antarktos Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    "I've been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast."

    Gary says: "Ready to sit on the edge of your chair???"
    "Just tired of these "action" scenes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Focus on the meat of the story


    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Robinson’s story?

    Overdoing the movie style Rocky scenes. (hero gets beaten to death and then miraculously gets up and beat the other guy)


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the series and have no interest inlistening to the others.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blade of Tyshalle: The Second of the Acts of Caine

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Matthew Stover
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    On Earth, Hari Michaelson was a superstar. But on Overworld, he was the assassin Caine. Real monarchs lived and died at his hands and entire governments were overthrown...all for the entertainment of millions back on Earth. But now Hari, stripped of his identity as Caine, must fight his greatest battle: against the powerful corporate masters of Earth and the faceless masses who are killing everything he loves.

    Daniel says: "Why the bad reviews?"
    "In desperate need to be abridged"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I rather enjoyed the first book, but this one disappointed.
    The story line is OK, but the monologue is so bad that I find myself tuning out from time to time.
    If you want a time filler this is for you, but if you want a page turner...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3647)
    Performance
    (2345)
    Story
    (2380)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Eric says: "great fantasy series"
    "My eyes hurt from rolling them..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series has real potential, but Jim need to step back and read his own stuff again.
    In this one book one of the main characters are as good as dead and then miraculously escapes so many times that my eyes literally hurt from rolling them in my head. He also uses the same words over and over to describe these "a second from death" scenes. (20 plus times, I would guess...in one book!)
    Write an adventure, but leave the "B" movie stuff for others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (809)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Bonneville says: "Simply awful."
    "Must have been writers block"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sam tried to bring some life to this book, but the story was underdeveloped and left incomplete, probably with an eye on bringing out another book. A waste of my time and money, please don't waste yours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Slays: Kate Daniels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (881)

    Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be - now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

    Yuriko says: "Another wonderful additon"
    "Good story, but still cannot get to like Ren??e..."
    Overall

    Some over the top action scenes, but everyone seem to do that these day.
    It is a good mindless story, but the narration is off at times. ( whiny voice ..)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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