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Marc SAUNDERS

College way, San diego | Member Since 2005

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  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (915)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Shattered Hopes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Should have heeded the advice of other reviewers ... but I loved the other books in the series so much.

    I found the "grab ass" macho dialog between the military types to be a huge distraction. There was none of that rubbish in the previous books. I've served in the armed forces (Australian) and worked with a lot of professional US servicemen. No one talks like this. Reminded me of the Morningstar series. Annoying.

    And what's with the main character's new name? I guess once the author dropped the journal style, the characters had to call him something ... but "Kill"? The initial reference to "Kilroy" back in book 2 was good for an ironic laugh (given the circumstances) ... but to pick it up as the name even his girlfriend calls him .... c'mon!

    Remote 6? Almost laughable ... like a Bond villain ... or Doctor Evil.

    I think that Bourne, if he in fact wrote this book, lost interest towards the end and wrapped things up fast to get back to whatever else he does with his time. It was all too aimless.

    Only plus is the Narrator. Jay does his best and is clearly worth looking up for his other efforts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forty-Seven Ronins

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Takashi Takamia
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    This famous story chronicles the end of the lives of the Forty-Seven Ronin, also know as the Forty-Seven Samurai. It is described by one noted Japanese scholar as the country's "national legend". It recounts the most famous case involving the Samurai code of honor, "bushido".

    chris says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Japanese pronunciation will make you wince"
    Overall

    This is an awful rendition of a classic tale. Don't waste your money. Narration to fall asleep by.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (218)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "A wonderful listen"
    Overall

    I'd like to echo the excellent reviews provided by the other listeners. I have one reservation, however.

    The British intelligence services are uniformly portrayed fairly poorly as incompetent "tea swillers" throughout. There is no real acknowledgement of the vital work done by the British SOE or SIS in the theatre well before the existence of the OSS.

    While I am Australian, I have read widely on the history of the OSS. In my experience there is at least a grudging acknowledgement of the assistance provided early on to the fledgling US service. A little more balance on this issue wouldn't have taken anything away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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