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C. Brown

Columbus, OH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Philip Hodges
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Who am I? My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Horrendous story - makes me angry I wasted money"
    "Disappointed..."
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    I truly love much of Ted Dekker's writing. He's given me scores of hours of listening pleasure. While this one didn't suck, it also just didn't resonate with me. I found the story to lack action and intrigue and even dialogue...mired in thoughts and observations. The general premise is interesting, but I didn't find the whole story to hold my interest (although I did slog through), although there were definitely places where it was pretty good. I wouldn't be interested in hearing more from this series...but based on his track record, I will still buy most anything Dekker releases.

    Regarding the narrator, Philip Hodges has a decent voice and is a somewhat capable reader, but he's very inconsistent and sloppy. He needed a producer holding his feet to the fire to make his performance what it should have been. As it was, I found his sloppiness distracting and felt that it detracted from the story...whereas a narrator should at worst be transparent, if they are unable to enhance the story.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1201)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Can't Take Any More Dick Hill"
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    I've never enjoyed Dick Hill's work...but sometimes the material made it worth tolerating his bizarre tough-guy affect. But the more I hear him, the more he just sounds like a caricature of a human being. And when the writing is as cheesy as it feels in this one, well, I'm just done. I enjoyed some of his Peterson's earlier work, but this felt like paint-by-numbers writing. I made it to Chapter 8...just because I was too busy to turn it off. But, as of now...stick a fork in it...this one's done. *sigh*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1569)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Average All Around"
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    I've enjoyed Baldacci's work in the past, and wanted to like this one.

    I felt that much of the dialogue (especially between the two leads) was sappy...pure drivel. Not worthy of my time. And while I have enjoyed some of McLarty's work in the past...I didn't enjoy this one. Especially his terrible character voice for the teenage kid and the computer sleuth. Cassidy was OK, but not impressive. Just felt like another day's work for the voices.

    I nearly bailed on this a few chapters in...but ended up sticking with it. It picked up somewhat around Chapter 70. But there were just too many dead spots for me to recommend it. Pretty disappointing. A very average experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1290)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Good story. Great men."
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    While I can't say there were twists and turns, I still really enjoyed the story...especially the knowledge of tactics and weapons. I have tremendous admiration for the men who serve our country in this manner.

    Steven Weber did a rock-solid job of narrating. I've heard him before, and would be glad to listen to him read any day. There were a couple of niggling pronunciation issues that came up often (Kalashnikov and corpsman), but other than that, he was the perfect blend of articulation and accessibility as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3204)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2275)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Good Story, Not a Dick Hill fan"
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    I enjoyed this one overall. I know it's older, because the technology seemed dated. But the character was likable and the story moved along well.

    I'm not a fan of Dick Hill's narration, although I have listened to many of his works, including Reacher and others. His female character voices are pretty awful, and I feel like he's just generally got one gear...little texture and flexibility. He's certainly not terrible, but just not really my cup of tea. There are many, many others I'd rather listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for change. He told his congregation he needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. He thought maybe 200 people would sign up, instead he witnessed a movement unfold as 15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick and thousands of people began a journey to transform their lives.Welcome to The Daniel Plan.

    Demetria says: "What a change!"
    "Warmed-over Content, Weak Narrator"
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    If you've read any nutritional books or listened to nutritional podcasts, you've heard this stuff before. Not saying it's not valuable, but it's nothing I haven't heard before. Maybe it's just not scratching the itch of what I need right now. The authors of this book doesn't seem to realize that many of us do not speak the language of food, or barely know how to prepare our own food...thus, statements like: "eat seaweed and mushrooms...live a little, go crazy" just completely fall on deaf ears. Also, I think the content here would have been absorbed better in visual form. Listening to it just isn't connecting with me.

    The Pro: I did like the stuff about depending on God, rather than on your own willpower. This is NOT something you get with most other eating plans. I appreciated it, and it may well be my big takeaway from the book.

    The Con: I found the narrator plodding and distracting. From odd pronunciations -- (exercise (eck-shur-size), strength (shtrength), impediments (im-peed-uh-mints) -- to a generally detached reading style, he became an issue for me. And a narrator should never be an issue, unless he is an enhancement.

    I am already familiar with Rick Warren and Daniel Amen. I respect them both. I know less about Mark Hyman, although I have read some of his stuff in recent months. I think he's the reason I'm not connecting here. Probably just a stylistic thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (881)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Loved the setup..."
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    I really enjoyed the setup of the story. Unavoidable nuclear war involving India and Pakistan, and dragging in their allies, China and the U.S. Putting that whole thing together was great. I felt that it became a bit more workaday thereafter. I enjoy Dewey Andreas (this was my 2nd) and will probably listen to more.

    The narrator did a solid job. The voice characterizations were very strong...at least for someone who doesn't hang around a lot with native Indian speakers. There were a number of terms where I felt he missed the common pronunciations, but it wasn't enough to distract greatly from the story.

    Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison. The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he'd loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong.

    Albert says: "So much fun!"
    "Good Story. Superb Narrator."
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    This is my first Koryta listen. Enjoyed it. Some fresh elements, and a story well told.

    For me, Mark Boyett was a revelation. I guess I've heard him before (IQ84 and a couple others), but he hadn't stood out for me until now. Very solid on the straight reading, and exceptionally strong characterizations. I will definitely seek out more of his work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2085)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Solid Story. Enjoyed It."
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    These man-against-the-world thrillers, of course, have a typical rhythm...which I generally enjoy, and this was no exception. This is my first Gray Man listen, and I enjoyed the character and the landscape upon which he is painted. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another.

    Jay Snyder did a good job with the narration, apart from some minor niggling pronunciation issues...such as the first name of the Israeli PM (read as ee-hudd...should have been ā-hoo-d). He has a pleasant voice and I wouldn't mind hearing more for him in the future.

    Good stuff.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7015)
    Performance
    (6539)
    Story
    (6564)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A Good Ride!"
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    This was a fun read. I am a sucker for a good superhero story, and it was interesting to see the supers flip roles and become the abusers and dominators. At the end, I still felt there were some loose ends not tied up, but still...I'd recommend it.

    The narrator did a fine job creating and sustaining voices for all the major characters. I was impressed. However, the project desperately needed a producer who was paying attention. Way too many occurrences of the narrator missing the plain meaning of the sentence. A producer should have been there to say, "Let's take that one again."

    All things considered, however, still a good ride!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1406)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    I am always impressed when an author is able to create a fully fleshed-out world, and then has the communicative skills to pass that vision on to the mind of the reader. I definitely felt that occurred for me as I read this book. Set in a dystopian future, in the UK, this world is populated with Amaurotics (non-clairvoyants), but we spend most of our time with the Voyant (clairvoyant) segment of the population. We encounter an alien species who has been on Earth for 200 years and who are in complete control...cruel taskmasters who have little use for human life. The various types of gifting among the Voyants. And, of course, there is a restless spirit (our protagonist), who is unwilling to bend the knee to the powers-that-be (shades of Hunger Games, but of course, there were many before that as well). Frankly, had I been reading the physcial book, I'm not sure I would have fought through all the terminology. But Alana Kerr's narration was very inviting for me. It carried me through all the complexities and brought me along as a passenger tuned into the heart of the story. Her cool, dispassionate narration struck the perfect tone for such a bleak setting throughout, and she also handled a variety of accents with apparent ease. I'll confess that I love a Irish accent, so she charmed me with her delivery. I was quite surprised to hear that this was her first audio book narration. I look forward to more from her in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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