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tristan

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  • The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (453)

    It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.

    tristan says: "Excellent, really enjoyed this one."
    "Excellent, really enjoyed this one."
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    Where does The Striker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The striker does very well against the other Cussler books, it's probably the best Isaac bell book so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Issac Bell character, especially with Brik's performance really works well. The story doesn't often leave Bell so you don't really get enough time to form any strong connections with anyone else.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's asking me what my favourite scene is, but that would surely be spoiling it.


    Any additional comments?

    The Wrecker and The Theif are both great, after that I felt the series was getting a bit tired, this one goes back in time to the early part of Bell's career, and it's just what these books needed!
    Most of the hero's in adventure books (apart from Bond) grow old and end up being the president, and it gets well boring. Issac was heading that way, so it's great to go back to the whippersnapper days.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2408)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1759)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "My first spacey fiction book."
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

    I can't decide....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The universe is well thought out. Seems heavily based on real world navy stuff, which was a good choice I thought. It meant the author could spend his time explaining more of the technology along with the story. Took me a while to get into it, but he does a great job of sprinkling in the rules of the world he's created. I found myself tuning out some of the lengthy conversations between various space lords, but I think that might have been the narrator not doing a good job of different voices for so many characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Johnson?

    David Rintoul.


    Could you see On Basilisk Station being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would love to see a movie of this. It's in the Star Trek Battlestar Galactica territory, but would hold it's own if the right person made it. Not sure who I'd cast. Maybe LaRoux as Harrington. I honestly can't remember many other character, there were loads.


    Any additional comments?

    I imagine this series gets better over time, since the world is so well defined. So I guess the review has convinced myself to try book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2021)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1796)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    Donna says: "STILL IN PROCESS OF LISTENING TO IT, BUT....."
    "hard time buying into the story."
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Jonathan McClain?

    Not sure, probably try another.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    If you read this after the Killing floor, and appreciated the plot and how the story unfolded then this one, in my opinion does do it as well. The whole story thing seems unlikely.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I never noticed in The Killing Floor, how often the character's conversations end with someone saying "Right?" Almost all the characters say this at the end of sentence,. In this book, with this narrator it's immediately jarring and continues throughout. I found it pretty distracting on top of a mediocre performance. If I listen to another of Child's books, I'll probably listen to a Dick Hill one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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