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Jesse

Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

Lovettsville, Va United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 47 reviews
  • 520 ratings
  • 843 titles in library
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  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2158)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1304)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Charles says: "Bad Luck and Trouble"
    "Good story, hate the reader"
    Overall

    A good thriller. Not the best I've read/heard but good nonetheless. But Dick HIll? Is this guy even a professional reader? Worst reader I have ever listened to and I can hardly even begin to describe what he does wrong. His pronunciation is awkward as if he's almost drunk and is trying too hard to pronounce the words correctly. His words don't flow properly. Some of his character voices are halfway decent but his female voices are poorly done with some of them so soft you can't understand what they're saying.

    George Guidal would have made this book a joy instead of just passable. I'm taking two stars away for poor reading. Sorry Dick, audiobooks are just not your thing.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivalist: Frontier Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur T. Bradley
    • Narrated By Jamie Buck
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals.

    Jesse says: "Good Story Poor Performance"
    "Good Story Poor Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dr Bradley wrote a pretty good story about a post apocalyptic America but I have to say Mr Buck needs a lot of work to become a competent reader. His pacing is terrible with no pauses at natural breaks in the flow of the story. Periods seem to have no meaning to him as he keeps speaking right into the next sentence with no pause. The dialog is treated the same way. He speaks like he's speed reading. The characters voices need work as well. Some of the men are overdone and some are indistinguishable from one another. The female voices are terrible. Mr Buck has a good voice but he needs some more training and honing possibly with books that are straight narration instead of character driven. I'm giving the story 4 stars but dropping the overall score to 3 stars because of Mr Bucks amateurish performance. I'll continue with the series but I hope Dr. Bradley will give serious consideration to finding a better reader for the next audio version in his series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (454)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Finally, the end"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I really can't believe I waded through all 9 books in the series but I guess I got hooked. I think probably because I'm a lot like Kyle Riggs myself. An excellent series if a little awkward at times. I liked the ending although would have liked it if there had been some closure with Miklos and the other characters like Kwan, Gaines, Nukum and of course Marvin.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mexican Hat: A Kevin Kerney Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Critically acclaimed author Michael McGarrity’s powerful tale is packed with constant surprises and nonstop action. When retired Santa Fe detective Kevin Kerney discovers a mysterious body, his quiet summer in the Gila Wilderness is interrupted. Narrator George Guidall holds you spellbound as Kerney tangles with a modern paramilitary group and a vicious 60-year-old feud.

    Jesse says: "Why no Unabridged Version?"
    "Why no Unabridged Version?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story that suffers from the butchering done to make this an abridged audiobook. You can hear the cuts with long passages of silence before George starts speaking again as if they're chapter endings. I checked Amazon and the Audiocassettes are in unabridged format with George Guidall reading. So what happened?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (590)

    On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.

    James says: "Another winner"
    "First Rate Space Opera"
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    With practically non stop space battles or land battles with Aliens against overwhelming odds. Can't wait for the third book in the series "Homeworld" due in Sept 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (1016)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Great Hard SciFi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series ranks right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" Series. Good character development, good plot and high adventure. John RIngo is a great story teller. Starting off with what appears at first to be a silly premise - Maple Syrup - it just rockets up from there with several alien species, mass destruction on Earth and the still formidable problem of trying to work together back on Earth. With the US rising from the ashes of almost total destruction of it's infrastructure to still be the dominant player on the world stage we witness the development of endearing and believable characters who are able to meet the challenge of saving the Earth from an implacable foe. And then there's Tyler Vernon, a billionaire like no other who turns his billions (maybe trillions) to the task of building an almost indestructible Death Star and a space mining and manufacturing infrastructure that is exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

    Much of this third book deals with trying to integrate diverse cultures including former enemies (the Taliban) and a South American class based, misogonistic and manana attitude into a working military alliance in space where no mistakes are allowed if you want to live. It's interesting how Ringo handles this and weaves it into the storyline. Definitely not PC.

    Mark Boyett does just such an outstanding job as reader that you can't imagine any one else doing this story. His female voices are excellent and his ability to speak the almost un-pronounceable alien names is also great.

    If you're looking for a great series to make your commute something to look forward to then look no further. Well worth the credits. I very much look forward to the next book in this series and knowing how prolific a writer Mr Ringo is, I doubt we'll have to wait long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (395)

    In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "John Wells -- A new American Hero"
    "Starting to get a formulaic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    George Guidall gives his usual excellent performance. I'm giving it 4 stars overall for a good story but this series is getting just a little too formulaic John Wells is a killer, he hunts other killers, gets help from retired CIA honcho who uncovers clues a little too easily; John Wells finds killers; and kills killers. (Is that a spoiler?) People get pissed off in the process. End of story. All very predictable.

    Alex, time to find a new story line.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1041)

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "Continued Excellence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Have not yet been bored or disappointed by any of the Lucas Davenport series. Its like returning to old friends and you want to see how their lives have been since the last visit. Great story lines and characters (good guys not the killers!) that you wish really existed and this one is no exception. Richard Ferrone is one of my favorites. Wish he did more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fred Haynes, James A. Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    It was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, claiming a third of all marines killed in World War II. The relentless fighting on Iwo Jima lasted for 36 days, but most of us only know the iconic photo of five soldiers raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi. For Fred Haynes, a young captain in Combat Team 28, Surabachi was one marker in a ferocious blood-letting against an enemy of 22,000 warriors who were dug into caves and tunnels.

    Jesse says: "Excellent Account of the Battle"
    "Excellent Account of the Battle"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    On the west and north, almost nothing about what the other 5 or 6 regimental combat teams are doing but then it says this is about RCT 28 only. This book also begs to have a map laid out showing each battleground, but even in the print edition there is no map. You will have to google a battle map of Iwo Jima to properly see and place each of the locations described in the book. Otherwise a fine addition to any military history library. One truly gets a sense of how unrelenting the battle was - sort of like a Tarawa that goes on for 30+ days instead of only 3.

    3 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
    (294)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    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"
    "Some issues with places and people"
    Overall

    Much of the action that takes place near Camp Lejeune is described as taking place in SOUTH CAROLINA!??? What's up with that Mr. Hunter? ---

    As Marine centric as all your stories are I would have thought you'd get that right. Glaring error. Camp Lejune and Jacksonville not "Jackson" is in North Carolina on the coast. Just north of Wilmington. Some other place names are referred to as in SC also although they are only a few miles off base. ---

    You also refer to former Marines as "ex-Marines", a big no no as you should know. ---

    The antagonists in this story are cartoon clowns and not the professional hitman one would expect Bob Lee to have to overcome and defeat. Seems like you're just pumping out BLS stories for the heck of it without any real attempt at a good story. ---

    Also tell Buck Schirner to cut back to a pack a day. He often runs out of breath trying to finish sentences or say certain words and sounds like a smoker who doesn't have full lung capacity. ---

    Hate to do this because I'm a fan of all your previous stories, but only 3 stars for this one. ---

    - Jesse in Virginia.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1093)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Early Davenport"
    Overall

    Davenport's earlier years when he was a freewheeling Police Lt and very much a ladies man. Good stuff although pretty profane.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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