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Jeffrey C. Coyne

Jeff Coyne

Chapel Hill

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  • The Last Templar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

    Ed says: "A Good Listen"
    "Good Title Poor Story"
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    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    No


    Has The Last Templar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

    Unknown


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Not a page turner. This is a book with an agenda. If it had a decent plot line or even a decent character or two, it might be simply boring. This book has a contrived hatred of the Catholic Church coupled with every trite plot element. The author has little command of the history. He has a hatred and he wants to share it. I regret I wasted so much time on this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Djinn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Kent Holloway
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

    Squeak says: "An Awesome Fantasy!"
    "Fine Concept, Failed Execution"
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    Story

    The concept of a Djinn interacting with twelfth century crusaders was a fine one. Sadly, the author ran out of steam early in the story and reverted to formula solutions. Having a primary character use a flint lock gun, which he invented and shot for the first time, five hundred years ahead of actual invention was disappointing. The examples of failed history research and inaccurate context were legion.

    The narrator regularly mispronounced words and missed sentence meaning. The performance could have been mailed in.

    If you enjoy good Sci-Fi and Fantasy, this is not the book, author or narrator you were looking for.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1467)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "An education wrapped around a fine story"
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    Clearly the writer had a command of the history and technology underlying this story. The read was thoroughly entertaining and gave insight into little discussed yet interesting topics. The book is long with numerous side stories, some of which bear little direct impact on the plot. There was for example, an endearing vignette on the perfect way to consume Captain Crunch cereal that exposed perhaps excessive understanding of obsessive, compulsive character. The portrayal of the key Marine was beautifully done and you would swear you have met this person somewhere else. The history of China and the Philippines during WWII was graphic but portrayed that era in an understandable manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (653)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "So very Russian"
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    This is a fine story with imagination. The plot develops reasonably at first then there is a lengthy period of deep suffering and humiliation that is reminiscent of Tolstoy. I am sure this is a matter of personal taste but I was bored by the lengthy crushing weight of the development of this singular point. Perhaps that is the authors' intention; the hero must undergo this tedious crushing experience. Much like going to law school!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4299)
    Performance
    (3754)
    Story
    (3805)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Difficult to finish"
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    The characters have not developed since the first book. The situations are contrived. The plot thin and slogging. This is a most difficult book to complete. I enjoyed the earlier books but found this to be filled with meaningless tensions and cheerless results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1122)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "A Classic"
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    Beautifully written, well performed and quite enjoyable. If you have any interest in the King Arthur legend, it is a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6974)
    Performance
    (6161)
    Story
    (6156)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "Great Entertainment"
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    If you have had a horrible day and need some fresh horror coupled with mayhem, this is your read. The concepts are fresh, the violence is over the top but the story contains humor and insight. The human condition is well observed. There are always victims and survivors. The characters are believable in their various bizarre contexts and the story is fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (824)

    Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

    Deborah says: "YA?"
    "Slow even for a children's book"
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    Nothing in the Audible description suggests this series is written for the ten and under crowd. Yet, the style, pace and content of the book are clearly pointed to a very young audience. Significant portions of this work were devoted to how special it is to have a pony. Portions of the book were dedicated to dealing with bullies. Sadly, the conclusion on bullies is that you beat them bloody and take away their profession. The plot is slow and simplistic. The characters are shallow and predictable. The alternate, pre-technology universe is like every other such fantasy writer's universe only more boring. There is nothing here to recommend that any reader of any age spend their time or money on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    July 12, 1939: Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.

    Jeffrey C. Coyne says: "Should have stayed in the shoe box"
    "Should have stayed in the shoe box"
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    I have been a Heinlein fan for a long time. It is for this reason that I find this work so disappointing. Heinlein was prone to a certain amount of preaching but this book contains little else. I fear the author would have been terribly embarrassed by release of this work. It is clear that the writing was preliminary to several other stories but was not complete in itself. It contains lengthy expositions that are simply wrong and always have been. The work is poorly conceived, having little plot, scant character development and amazingly wrong guesses as to the future. I winced at the descriptions of the futuristic space program. I suppose Heinlein's inclusion of the future use of cigarettes and asbestos is understandable but the entire work seems to contain little besides these archaic bits of guesswork. Of course there are the truly mind numbing lectures on religion, politics, economics, law and sociology. These run for hours as you wait for a story. If you are a fan, skip this one and reread The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress or Stranger In a Strange Land.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2049)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "Harry on Ecstasy"
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    Perhaps Freud would have enjoyed this novel as a study in dysfunction. The characters are deeply flawed and their actions evoke either pity or revulsion. The only new plot device in the story involves self centered adepts on drugs and alcohol. Throughout this confused and plodding mix, the author exposes his hatred for the Narnia series and its author. Far from being a contemporary Narnia, this sad work is merely a showcase for the author's angst. Even so, the Magicians moves from its study in depression to a contrived "happy ending" tacked onto the last pages. This appears to be an attempt to commercialize the work and open to the next book. I will not be reading the next book as it is certain to be as shallow and depressing as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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