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Stephen

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "Not Michael Connelly's Best Effort"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like Michael Connelly, you'll probably enjoy this, but don't look for Harry Bosch to save the day. Story line a little thin, even for a short story/novella. Better than Connelly's book of crime articles from the LA Times taken from his reporter days.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ending was appropriate with adequate suspense leading up to it but not a huge surprise .


    Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    don't know


    Was The Safe Man worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Union

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (649)

    The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

    Tomas says: "Thrilling!"
    "Standard Scott Harvath drama; consistent."
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    Would you listen to State of the Union again? Why?

    no. I'm catching up on the series with no current need to go back


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insider details Re. black ops and international terrorism.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Consistently good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    don't know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (594)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "An Incredible Bore"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Blind Watchmaker?

    Extremely dated. Unnecessarily laborious in a-b-c logic. I have read more recent books by Dawkins and thought this would prove entertaining; it wasn't. I am a university professor in a surgical field. Although I personally am an atheist who marvels at those who refer to the "theory of evolution", I make no effort to convert others to my own philosophy of life and man's rather limited and transient role in the universe. Dawkin's dawdled on details of his arguments to the point I forgot what his original argument was. He became more entertaining and mercurial in his later years, but evidently started off slowly. I thought this would give me some historical context of Dawkins but instead gave me a nap.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No further Dawkins or Hitchens. I'm comfortable with my beliefs and don't require further validation.


    How could the performance have been better?

    How could it have been worse?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a good book on membrane theory?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexandria Link: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    Glenda says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Berry mines public interest in history vs religion"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone interested in ancient history (500BCE-500AD) will enjoy this thriller which blends the possibilty of the existence of ancient documents from the Alexandria Library with the potential impact of such documents on current world geopolitics and the relevance of the 3 largest world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Fascinating and wonderfully woven story line.


    What other book might you compare The Alexandria Link to and why?

    Dan Brown's trilogy (Angels & Demons, etc), Berry's Templar Legacy and Third Secret.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure he brought anything to the book I wouldn't have gotten reading it, nor did he subtract anything. I use audiobooks and printed books for different purposes but read or listen to 2-3 books/week.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No and no.


    Any additional comments?

    A good "read."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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