You no longer follow John

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow John

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

John

I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

Carrollton, TX, United States

ratings
88
REVIEWS
25
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
4
HELPFUL VOTES
75

  • Retirement Plan: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits? Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois' sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice. When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life.

    'Nathan says: "Rooting for the "bad guys" has never been so good!"
    "A Fast - Fun Read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Retirement Plan in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting - fast paced - surprise ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Retirement Plan?

    When I found myself rooting for the "Bad Girls".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the next door neighbor got shot.


    If you could take any character from Retirement Plan out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Vic the bar keep.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4103)
    Performance
    (3040)
    Story
    (3067)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Read the whole series. You'll love it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read every thing Scalzi has written since I stumbled across "The Little Fuzzy". Bare in mind, I don't typically like Science Fiction, I'm a really old man. Scalzi is the only exception. He writes with consideration for people who are not young techno-wizards who can visualize anything tech and ascribe an actual entity to a verbal description. In other words; I could understand every paragraph. His plots are intriguing; his characterization is complete; and his stories are very interesting and fast paced. Last but truly best is Scalzi's sense of humor. His Characters have great humor; making all of his books fun to read. I would really like to crawl through Scalzi's brain. That would be a very interesting and fun trip. Really, I have loved every book he has written and I'm waiting for the next. Lastly, I watched Will Wheaten grow up on T.V., but didn't expect to ever hear him as a narrator with that whinny voice on STNG. I was so wrong. He is a great narrator with flexibility, humor, expression, and a depth that blows me away.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Below, Sky Above: The Human Division, Episode 13

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (434)

    At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future - a chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth. But not everyone wants the human division to be repaired.... And they will go to great lengths to make sure it isn’t....

    Joshua says: "Thrilling Yet Open-Ended Conclusion"
    "Scalzi is without equal."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read every thing Scalzi has written since I stumbled across "The Little Fuzzy". Bare in mind, I don't typically like Science Fiction, I'm a really old man. Scalzi is the only exception. He writes with consideration for people who are not young techno-wizards who can visualize anything tech and ascribe an actual entity to a verbal description. In other words; I could understand every paragraph. His plots are intriguing; his characterization is complete; and his stories are very interesting and fast paced. Last but truly best is Scalzi's sense of humor. His Characters have great humor; making all of his books fun to read. I would really like to crawl through Scalzi's brain. That would be a very interesting and fun trip. Really, I have loved every book he has written and I'm waiting for the next. Lastly, I watched Will Wheaten grow up on T.V., but didn't expect to ever hear him as a narrator with that whinny voice on STNG. I was so wrong. He is a great narrator with flexibility, humor, expression, and a depth that blows me away.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6121)
    Performance
    (5702)
    Story
    (5702)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Scalzi hits another one out of the park."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read every thing Scalzi has written since I stumbled across "The Little Fuzzy". Bare in mind, I don't typically like Science Fiction, I'm a really old man. Scalzi is the only exception. He writes with consideration for people who are not young techno-wizards who can visualize anything tech and ascribe an actual entity to a verbal description. In other words; I could understand every paragraph. His plots are intriguing; his characterization is complete; and his stories are very interesting and fast paced. Last but truly best is Scalzi's sense of humor. His Characters have great humor; making all of his books fun to read. I would really like to crawl through Scalzi's brain. That would be a very interesting and fun trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (3091)
    Story
    (3095)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Scalzi at his best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read every thing Scalzi has written since I stumbled across "The Little Fuzzy". Bare in mind, I don't typically like Science Fiction, I'm a really old man. Scalzi is the only exception. He writes with consideration for people who are not young techno-wizards who can visualize anything tech and ascribe an actual entity to a verbal description. In other words; I could understand every paragraph. His plots are intriguing; his characterization is complete; and his stories are very interesting and fast paced. Last but truly best is Scalzi's sense of humor. His Characters have great humor; making all of his books fun to read. I would really like to crawl through Scalzi's brain. That would be a very interesting and fun trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4173)
    Performance
    (3813)
    Story
    (3837)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    ""J.R.R. Tolkine just got blown out of the water.""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Rise of Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the whole series. Hated the bad guys, loved the thieves, and the Princes. Heck, I love all of the characters. They were all developed perfectly in the course of the series.

    This whole series ranks right at the top.

    .


    .


    What other book might you compare Rise of Empire to and why?

    Lord of the Ring trilogy.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've not listened to him prior to this series, but no one could have done better


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't have a clue.


    Any additional comments?

    It doesn't get any better than this.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3922)
    Performance
    (3609)
    Story
    (3631)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "J.R.R. Tolkine just got blown out of the water."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Heir of Novron?

    I loved the whole series. Hated the bad guys, loved the thieves, and the Princes. Heck, I love all of the characters. They were all developed perfectly in the course of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Royce captured the dragon and turned it in to a pet.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've not listened to him prior to this series, but no one could have done better.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read. It has every thing anyone could ask for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bolero: A Nick Sayler Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joanie McDonell
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist, and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit. Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything....

    Eric says: "Good Idea, but cliched with excessive exposition"
    "Don't waist your money!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I couldn't get past the first five chapters.


    Has Bolero turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    Scott Brck


    What character would you cut from Bolero?

    I didn't get that far.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been an action/mystery fan for years and will continue to be. This book bored me to tears in the first two chapters; I couldn't continue after the fifth chapter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Murmurings: Ely Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Walks-As-Bear
    • Narrated By John Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ely Stone returns to the wilds of upper Michigan from the military. A jaded and wounded warrior, he accepts a job as his tribe's special agent and sets off to troubleshoot the ominous Muskcrat Island. He finds love in the form of a beautiful girl, but things only go badly from there. Chinese agents, an old Russian spy, and secretive U.S. Air Force operatives are all after something on the island; and the former Coast Guardsman is right in the way.

    Ely escapes death, but, at the end of his tribal mission, he finally hears the "The Murmurings"....

    Elaine Fallah says: "Great story, looking foward to more in the series."
    "Great story line with detailed characterization."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Murmurings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks pretty high for a first publication, and it is off the Rector Scale for one of our own American Indians.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raining Bear is my favorite and rightly should be. After all, he is the protagonist in a first person story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Practice, Practice, Practice! The narration got better towards the end, but he lost his place numerous times in the script. Perhaps it was the Editor, but these lapses were amateurish and should have been removed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments in the story that moved me. However, the last sentence killed me. The story was far too good for that ending. It seems the end of the story failed to be published.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to David Walks-As-Bear's next effort, especially if it is the end of this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Sifting through reams of seemingly unrelated intelligence, CIA analyst Katherine Rule discovers a chilling pattern: an ultrasecret Baltic submarine base...a crafty Russian spy-master in command...a carefully planned invasion about to be launched from dark waters. Her suspicions, however, are dismissed by those higher up; her theory, they say, is too crazy to be true. But to Katherine, it’s just crazy enough to succeed - unless she can stop it. If she’s right, an attack sub has already penetrated friendly waters.

    Bill says: "Could not finish the book"
    "Great story line with detailed characterization."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Deep Lie?

    Psychological depth of the characters, and the quick story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest that the narration could be improved greatly by using both male and female narrators. Additionally, the references to very antiquated technology significantly dates the story. The constant technology comparisons taking place in the back of your head while listening to the story is disruptive to a degree that it actually corrupts the smooth flow of the story line.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.