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Daniel

1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 | Member Since 2008

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  • 12 reviews
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  • Band of Brothers

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

    A User says: "Band of Brothers"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    I loved the TV series, and this is another look at the same group of men from the series. A little more detail here and there than the show had. If you liked the show you'll like this. Only thing I didn't like is that it is a little short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1870)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1230)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Snore"
    Overall

    I just couldn't get into it, I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the story, or both. The narrator has a very proper british accent, and makes all the men sound like pompous buffoons, and the women sound like mrs marple. The writing style wasn't to my taste and when the concept crashed headlong into my plausibility filter I had to switch off.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (510)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    A User says: "black hills"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    Well read, and engaging. I just wasn't expecting a romance novel. Once hearts started throbbing and the sex scenes started I realised. I wouldn't have bought this book had I known it was a romance novel, but I listened through the whole thing. It has elements of thriller, but that is really a side show to the love stories.
    If you want a love story with steamy sex scenes, this is the story for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Triumph: Sharpe, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Paul McGann
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    India, 1803. It is four years since Richard Sharpe earned his sergeant's stripes at the siege of Seringapatam, and four years in which Sharpe seems to have discovered the easiest billet in the British army. But that comfort is rudely shattered when he witnesses a murderous act of treachery by an English officer who has defected from the East India Company to join the mercenary army of the Mahratta Confederation commanded by the flamboyant Hanoverian, Anthony Pohlmann.

    Daniel says: "Awful narration"
    "Awful narration"
    Overall

    I can't comment on the story, I made it in 10 minutes before I had to turn it off. The narration is just horrible. The narrator sounds bored and half asleep, drawing out the last word of every sentence, and whispering half of it. He reads the book like a fireside horror story, and the tone he sets is incredibly out of place.
    I just couldn't listen to it.
    I'm only giving it two stars because I've enjoyed the other Sharpe books, and assume the story of this second one is as good as them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When the army's most important spy is captured by the Tippoo of Mysore, Sharpe and a young lieutenant must infiltrate the Tippoo's forces. But once inside the island citadel of Seringapatam, Sharpe realises he will need a miracle to succeed.

    Hugh says: "Great Tale"
    "Good Fun"
    Overall

    This series was reccommended to me by a friend, so this is the first Sharpe story I have read.
    I really enjoyed it, the story is good action fun from page one, and is populated with great characters. It reminds me a lot of the Hornblower series, and is set in the same historical period, but the story takes place in India in the british army.
    I'm looking forward to working my way through the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (612)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Makes you think"
    Overall

    Well written and well read. The story meanders a little and isn't a simple story arc. I found it a little hard to figure out who the main character was, and who I was supposed to identify with, but I'd listen to this one a couple times, so I think it is worhty of full marks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3915)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1606)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Not what i expected"
    Overall

    I expected a thriller, but it is a very religious book, all about christianity. It is one of those books you read and reconsider the way you are living your life. I'd put it next to books like Siddhartha or the Celestine Prophecy.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (447)

    After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

    Kir Kanos TN says: "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    Pretty light entertainment. Nothing to deep, doesn't take itself to seriously. Well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1103)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Liked it"
    Overall

    A real thought provoker, some of the sections made me wish i had a written version so I could absorb it slower.
    Still room for action fun though.
    Shares virtually no similarities to the movie in content or tone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1289)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Thouroughly enjoyed it. Some great suspense in parts and a fascinating take on the vampire legend.
    If you like plausibility in your sci fi fantasy, you'll like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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