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North Carolina, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 2 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014

  • Ship Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    Rusty says: "Very good"
    Would you listen to Ship Breaker again? Why?

    Definitely. In this book, as in his book "The Windup Girl", the author has a very interesting take on the that is believable and not out of the realm of possibility (for the most part).

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The half-man Tool. I really liked this character because he was hard-edged on the one hand, but also was intelligent and trying to break out of the stereotypical role of his people in society.

    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've heard Joshua Swanson read and I thought he did a superb job. As we all know, the narrator can make or break an audiobook and Swanson definitely made this one with his outstanding voices and style of reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom: An Alex Hawke Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The first and most bizarre event nearly becomes a monumental catastrophe when something goes awry at an American theme park, wreaking havoc on visitors looking for nothing more than a sun-splashed holiday. In a different part of the country, a USAF F-15 pilot, escorting another jet in the skies over the Midwest, inexplicably loses control of his plane, endangering the lives of several people and deeply puzzling those following his mission on the ground.

    Susan says: "AI Gone Amok"
    "Another fun Alex Hawke adventure"
    Where does Phantom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been a Ted Bell fan for quite a while now and I've read all the Alex Hawke novels. They are all kind of "over-the-top" far-fetched in some ways, but hey that's part of the fun of this series. Phantom is no different and is exactly what you would come to expect from this series. I think Bell addresses the important issue of cyber-security in this novel, although working in the information security field myself, I found some of the logic regarding the main antogonist a little hard to swallow. But setting this aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I have the others in this series.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I think what I liked best is Bell's attempt to address an important not to mention very real threat of the day, cyber-security.

    Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?

    First, I can't say enough good things about John Shea. He is one of my favorite performers, absolutely grade A fabulous. I love how he performs all the characters, but I especially like Stokely Jones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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