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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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  • 955 titles in library
  • 86 purchased in 2014
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  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3195)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1524)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "My boy Mitch"
    Overall

    This is not great literature. What this is, is 10 or 12 hours of great escapist fiction. No holds barred. If you liked the others in the series you'll like this one too and only regret it's not another 4 hours longer.

    The ending is a little too pat but it doesn't detract from the overall story. George Guidall is a most excellent reader and does a great job.

    Gimme more Vince.


    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (532)

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    rich says: "Max Robicheaux - A Leader of Men"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
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    And if you listen to these books you'll understand the Headline. Equal or exceeds Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet Series without all the male - female interaction. This is definitely a guy's series. Think of it as a Submarine in Space. Good characters and excellent plot. If you like hard Sci-Fi mixed with space battles then this is for you.

    At first I thought Ray Chase sounded a little like Scott Brick but it is soon apparent that he is Brick's equal in all respects. Story flow is excellent and the character's voices are also very well done.

    Go ahead. Spend your credit. you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1172)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "I concur - great new series"
    Overall
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    Story

    I really can't add much to the excellent reviews below except for one little annoyance. Like someone said, Mark Boyett is a pro but after just finishing like book 11 or something in the Star Force series I got the feeling I was listening to Kyle Riggs again. This is the problem with great character actors like Mr Boyett and Scott Brick. They have a certain delivery that is so identifiable that it's hard to transition from one author to another with the same narrator. Does that make sense? I love Scott Brick but after awhile his laconic delivery sort of makes all stories sound the same. Same thing with Mr Boyett. Minor stuff. Still love the series and can't wait for the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (463)

    Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

    Jesse says: "Good Second Installment"
    "Good Second Installment"
    Overall
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    A decent follow on to a pretty gripping story. I generally haven't enjoyed British Sci-Fi but this one is good. Narration is first rate although it took a bit of getting used to. By the end of the first book though you'll not even notice. I do think the stuffy British Officer attitude is a little overdone. Commands and much dialog are barked instead of spoken and it's almost a caricature of a British Officer. But it's not a deal killer. I liked the Prince Henry angle. Perhaps more should be played up as Henry the Warrior King since he has become a genuine war hero.

    Waiting for the next book and that's the problem with Mr. Nuttall. He has two excellent series going at the same time. This one and the Empires Corps. While the print version of the next in this series (The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3) is out the Audio version is not scheduled until October. The next in the Empire's Corps series is not scheduled until November. I go through these things like once a week and am left holding my breath for the next installment.

    When you're done with this check out the Empire's Corps. You'll like that one too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (917)

    After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

    Justin says: "Scary good"
    "Not quite up to par"
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    Been a long time fan of Scott Harvath and Brad Thor but this story didn't quite add up. It looks like Thor has picked up on the EMP post apocalyptic genre (which I love if done well) that has become so popular and tried to work it into a state sponsored Act of War that Harvath has to figure out before it's too late. The story line just didn't connect the dots the way Thor usually does and I could see everything coming. It's not that plausible to start with. Why would China, our and their largest trading partner want to wipe us out and then try to colonize us with still millions of Americans running around with semi automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammo taking pot shots at the new "settlers"?

    Some good scenes from time to time but Armand Schultz is a little too matter of fact with a lot of his characters. When they should be showing emotion they don't and when they shouldn't they do. The North Korea thing was over the top. Can not imagine a SEAL team inserted in the DPRK and being anything but dead serious and operating with anything other than robotic precision. A CIA operator as 4th team member arguing with the team leader while trying to maintain covert status near a close held secret installation is too much. I would have shot him.

    Hoep your next one is better Brad. I'm a big fan but this one was a bit of a let down. I give it 3.5 stars across the board. Not bad but short of excellent. Please don't give me the evil eye if I run into you at a book signing!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (627)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    I guess if you're a Virgil Flowers fan this is right up your alley. Didn't work for me.

    Several things turned me off this book. First, the narrator, who've I've listened to before, does a pretty good job with female voices but his breathless narration really leaves me straining to hear the end of sentences. He kinda falls off as he completes the sentence and it's very hard to hear and understand what he said even with sound turned up.

    Second, I get the Virgil Flowers cowboy/pony tailed surfer dude/roadhouse tough guy cop thing but in this book it's overplayed. I guess I'm spoiled by Lucas Davenport, who has his own peccadilloes, but Sanford overdoes it in this book with Flowers.

    Third, I'm not antigay but much of this initial story line revolves around the sexual interactions of a bunch of lesbians at a resort in the woods; including cat fights, bisexual innuendoes, etc, etc. It just didn't hold my interest. I wanted some crime fighting.

    So far I'm halfway through and I really don't want to waste my time with the rest of the story. I just don't care who killed the Lady CEO.

    I'm glad Audible has a giveback program. I'll be asking them to let me return this one and wait for the next Lucas Davenport book (I've read them or listened to them all).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1120)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "One of his best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sanford either has a sick imagination or access to the sick reality of actual murder cases to base his stories on. This was one of the sickest and I have to say one of the most exciting. Edge of your seat stuff.

    Once again we're thrust into the world of Lucas Davenport and his band of crime fighters including his adopted daughter. You feel like you know these guys and that's what keeps Sanford's fans coming back for more. Good job Mr. Sanford. Looking forward to more stories about good decent people trying to stay sane in a sometimes insane world and stopping insane killers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

    Fritz says: "BAD CHOICE AS NARRATOR"
    "Good story Poor Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think this is a case of a good story ruined by poor narration.

    The switch off from David Chandler's excellent narration to Buck Shrimer's rather poor performance is jarring. As a veteran audiobook listener and a big fan of WKK's Cork O'Connor mysteries I find it very hard to listen to Shrimer's poor enunciation and terrible female voices. Additionally some of his male voices sound like almost comical versions of old men with cracking almost falsetto voices.

    Maybe it's just me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivalist: Frontier Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur T. Bradley
    • Narrated By Jamie Buck
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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.

    4 of 4 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
    (1105)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1035)

    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
    Story

    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    Rusty says: "Good Modern Western"
    "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?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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