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David

Ogden, UT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4240)
    Performance
    (3585)
    Story
    (3605)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Another winner by Baldacci"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book was simply fun to listen to. I found myself completely captivated by this fairly fast-paced thriller. I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viking Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By M. A. Lawson
    • Narrated By Cynthia Farrell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kay Hamilton, the beautiful, fearless, and audacious DEA agent who went rogue in Rosarito Beach, has paid the price for her subversive behavior. As Viking Bay begins, Kay has been fired by the DEA and needs a job to support herself and her teenage daughter. Kay moves to Washington D.C. and connects with the Callahan Group, a shadowy quasi-governmental agency with an enigmatic agenda. For her first mission, Kay is told only a few facts.

    David says: "Unimpressed"
    "Unimpressed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I am generally a fan of Mike Lawson's books and I looked forward to this novel. However, this was definately not one of his better works. I found myself re-listening to many chapters just to be certain that I was following the story line. In the first book of this series I found the protagonist, Kay, an exciting and intriguing character full of potential. However, in Viking Bay her behavior and manorisms felt out of character with the first novel. In fact, in several instances of "moral dilemas" I found Kay's decisions and actions diststeful and disappointing. At times I found it hard to want to support her and realized that if something bad were to happen to her I wouldn't care...in fact, I remember feeling that the story may progress better without her.

    Most books of this genre frequently jump outside the lines of reality. Perhaps that escape is why many people - including me - enjoy these types of thrillers. However, the jumps from reality in this book were too overwhelming for me to overlook. Getting through this novel was hard as I had to 'force' myself to listen to it. I will likely listen to Mike Lawson's next novel, but as for MA Lawson and his 'Kay' series...I'm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vector

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    New York City cab driver Yuri Davydov is a disgruntled Russian emigre poised to lash out at the adoptive nation he believes has denied him the American Dream. A former technician in the Soviet biological weapons system, Biopreparat, Yuri possesses the knowledge to wreak havoc in his new home. But before he executes his planned piece de resistance of vengeance, he experiments first on his suspicious live-in girlfriend, then on a few poor-tipping fares.

    Wayland Newson says: "Excellent book"
    "A fun popcorn-type book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I wasn't thrilled with Vector, I found it enjoyable overall. I like that Robin Cook generally avoids foul language which is nice when I listen to these books on trips with my family. Not great, but okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (201)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    The book starts off slowly, then gradually picks up its pace. This is essentially an examination of the Israeli (Jewish)-Palestinian conflict that goes into an appropriate depth. The characters are well-developed and the author does an excellent job with appropriate accents and intonation. Parts are predictable, but not to distraction. It captivated my attention and helped me understand and appreciate the conflict to a greater degree. I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2272)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (801)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Daniele says: "Don't try it"
    "Okay, not great, painfully long and obvious ending"
    Overall

    I listened to this during a long 1800 mile road trip. I found myself not particularly captivated by this very average not believable book. The plot is as see-through as a wet cotton shirt. The last 2 hours of the book are pain-staking and frustrating. The final "clue" is fairly straight forward and simple enough that my 9th grade son figured it out as soon as he heard it. The frustrating part was listening to the final 2 hours of world experts in cryptography and mathematics frequently stating and restating the obvious and still struggle mightily to break "the code." When writing this book Dan Brown must have had no faith in the reader's IQ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falcon Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying their target, the fighter jet is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.

    David says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Simply Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a very intelligently written mystery/legal drama novel. James Huston does a phenomenal job with character and story line development in this international legal thriller. Scott Sowers adds to the intrigue of this novel with his accents and variable intensity of his voice as he reads this captivating story. Simply one of the best audio books I've listened to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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