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R. Herz

Syracuse, NY United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (239)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Couldn't finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is good but the reader is so phlegmatic that I had to stop. He makes me sleepy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot. Love the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader. This one reads like a bedtime story. No excitement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2068)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Not His Best—Alas!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Personal better?

    I've loved this series, but about 60% of this book is filler. That kind of "She said the wall was blue. The wall could have been blue, but it wasn't. It wasn't grey or orange either. Grey would have meant that someone chose that color, and some people would say that orange could have been an accident...." and another 1,000 or so more useless words. Drop the GD filler is the answer.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The plot was okay, but there was so much "and then" feeling to it — as if the story had been randomly constructed with a goal more or less in mind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Little Joey.


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

    Disappointment. I kept thinking, Ok, this is a boy's own life fantasy. Don't usually get this with his books, but this one was too limp.


    Any additional comments?

    Anxiously waiting for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5492)
    Performance
    (3208)
    Story
    (3218)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Shawn Burton says: "Superb! More Clancy/LDP!"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    I thought it was slow at first, but then as the several plots began to intertwine, it got momentum -- it is a terrific read into contemporary events, and the narrator, Lou Diamond Phillips, does a truly outstanding job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (510)

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "MAGNIFICENT"
    Overall

    Brilliant reading of a brilliant book. It is a coming of age story, but unlike any other that I recall; very male, very testerone-filled. But what a delight! Even the minor characters are beautifully etched, the prose is full of descriptions and rhythms that linger long afterwards. Honestly, I can't praise this enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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