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John

Columbia, TN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 37 reviews
  • 111 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (533)

    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

    Michael says: "Fun, action packed and nontheless interesting"
    "Don't operate heavy equipment while listening."
    Overall

    I am listening to the series. This book has been the easiest to follow so far. They all seem to jump around, unless you are paying close attention you will loose your place. I would have rated it lower, but I am comparing it to the rest of the series.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1293)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Very pleased with this listen."
    Overall

    If you like a good story that follows a logical order with strong characters and lots of well described action you will enjoy like this selection. The story keeps moving and descriptions take you to the place and allow you to see the plot unfold in front of you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (490)

    Women are dying. Women who have nothing in common except the fact that they once worked for the military. And they knew Jack Reacher. How and why these women are in danger completely baffles the elite FBI team working the case. There is no trace evidence. There are no links between victims. Their bodies have no fatal wounds. And the killer entered their homes and exited again like a summer breeze.

    Ed says: "Great book with a single flaw"
    "Another Great in the series"
    Overall

    I am a Reacher Creature. As with all of this series in less than ten minutes I am drawn into the book. Lee Child has the perfect formula for keeping you interested. You get to run down enough rabbit holes to feel you are privy to inside information on Jack Reacher, and he is confiding in you as the story develops. Dick Hill has the perfect voice for the story. He changes tones in his voice for the different characters, and never allows you to become confused as to which character is speaking. You will enjoy this selection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "Very Pleased with EMPIRE FALLS"
    Overall

    I found the characters well developed. The narration is very well done. There is no difficulty in knowing which character is speaking. The plot is totally believable. If you are looking for super heroes or extraordinarily conniving villains you will not find them here. The appeal to me is these are ordinary people facing problems anyone could face, and how they choose to deal with them. Richard Russo also wrote Nobody’s Fool and Ron McLarty narrated it also. They are a great team with talents that compliment each others talents. I think you will enjoy this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2556)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1800)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "A wise choice for action"
    Overall

    I am a Reacher Creature. As with all of this series in less than ten minutes I am drawn into the book. Lee Child has the perfect formula for keeping you interested. You get to run down enough rabbit holes to feel you are privy to inside information on Jack Reacher, and he is confiding in you as the story develops. Dick Hill has the perfect voice for the story. He changes tones in his voice for the different characters, and never allows you to become confused as to which character is speaking. You will enjoy this selection.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (600)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "Don't Die but Do Try"
    Overall

    I am a Reacher Creature. As with all of this series in less than ten minutes I am drawn into the book. Lee Child has the perfect formula for keeping you interested. You get to run down enough rabbit holes to feel you are privy to inside information on Jack Reacher, and he is confiding in you as the story develops. Dick Hill has the perfect voice for the story. He changes tones in his voice for the different characters, and never allows you to become confused as to which character is speaking. You will enjoy this selection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (643)

    In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend.

    Mark says: "OK...but..."
    "Another Great Choice"
    Overall

    I am a Reacher Creature. As with all of this series in less than ten minutes I am drawn into the book. Lee Child has the perfect formula for keeping you interested. You get to run down enough rabbit holes to feel you are privy to inside information on Jack Reacher, and he is confiding in you as the story develops. Dick Hill has the perfect voice for the story. He changes tones in his voice for the different characters, and never allows you to become confused as to which character is speaking. You will enjoy this selection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1391)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I am a Reacher Creature. As with all of this series in less than ten minutes I am drawn into the book. Lee Child has the perfect formula for keeping you interested. You get to run down enough rabbit holes to feel you are privy to inside information on Jack Reacher, and he is confiding in you as the story develops. Dick Hill has the perfect voice for the story. He changes tones in his voice for the different characters, and never allows you to become confused as to which character is speaking. You will enjoy this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Lie Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Ruth Bussey once did something wrong-horribly wrong-and was nearly destroyed by her punishment. Now, she has tentatively rebuilt her life and unexpectedly found love with a man named Aidan Seed. But Aidan also has a secret-he killed someone years ago, a woman named Mary Trelease. Ruth's horror turns to confusion when she realizes that she knows Mary Trelease, and Mary is very much alive.

    John says: "The Dead Lie Down"
    "The Dead Lie Down"
    Overall

    The story line is great. The author did an excellent job of painting a mental picture of what the reader/listener should see in their minds eye. The narrator had an excellent and very pleasant voice that was appealing to me as a listener. The one drawback for me was that I could not easily keep up with which character was speaking. I wish the narrator had changed her voice or inflection to indicate the different characters. If you don’t suffer from needing to hear different voice inflections for different characters you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Even if you do you will like the plot and pace of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3441)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1429)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Jonathan is not the only Strange one in this book"
    Overall

    If you like ennie meanie chilly beanie the spirits are about to speak you are going to love this book. It is fantasy on steroids. All said it is captivating in the way the story unfolds. It is well laid out and follows a clear enough path. The narrator easily brings the listeners across the slow and mundane sections needed to build the story. I have gone away from it several times to listen to something else and easily pick up where I left off. I’ll bet if you have read this many reviews from listeners you are going to enjoy this book.-----------Please vote and let me know if this review helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "Your vote appreciated"
    Overall

    This is one of the most descriptive books I have purchased. Tim Willocks is a master of language, and the artful way he draws you in to the story. For myself, there was to much description of sex, and its frequency. I wish we had been allowed more imagination on our parts. The narrator is outstanding. He delivers, with his tone and timbre an excellent voice to the characters, better than I could have imagined myself.
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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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