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Thomas

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  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4248)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1483)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "Journey of great peril, heroism, and growth"
    Overall

    First, I have to say that the description of the crossing of the Delaware had me so excited that I was short of breath. I had the painting on the subject firmly in my mind and was thrilled to be hearing the retelling.

    As the book contains excellent lessons in strength in leadership, I was enthralled as it wound its way through the evolution of General Washington and his counsel. And it shows the great importance of surrounding yourself with great people but making strong and final decisions.

    And I came away from the book incredibly proud to be an American. The sacrifices and hardships described in this book give me great reason to stand with my head high.

    I'll finish by summarizing my thoughts in two words: "Get it!"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (273)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book may have been the best of the series, and that is saying a lot! The constant intensity of the story asked me wondering HOW IN THE WORLD the villain was going to be defeated. But Jonathan Maberry led to the story to a resolution that was hugely exciting, while maintaining its sensibility. Another thing that I really liked about this story was that we got a couple of glimpses of Joe Ledger as seen through the eyes of other characters. Though I had a good picture in my mind of who the Joe Ledger character is, this view helped round out that picture.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm really glad that Ray Porter stayed on for the entirety of this series. His representation of Joe Ledger is key to the picture I've formed in my head, and the way he adds emotion to the entire reading really nails the story's ideas into my head. At no time does Ray Porter become bland or seem disinterested. He reads with energy and emotion the whole way through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeah. This book had several moments where I found myself on the edge of my seat, the rest of the world tuned out, and my only focus on the story. Also, some of the interactions towards the end of the book between Junie and Joe, and between Rudy and Joe were very deep and emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (426)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Backstabbing and straightforward killing... Great!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Ghosts of Belfast?

    I loved pretty much everything about the book. The development of all of the characters that needed a backstory was excellent. The story arc was enjoyable. And the historic premise worked well. This book was over before I knew it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. This isn't really that kind of book. I just had a really good time being carried by the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (324)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Not very clever, but okay"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    Nothing about this story really stands out as a "best". It is squarely okay through and through. I was looking for something clever and mysterious about discovery and intrigue, but instead this book was little more than a watery shoot-em-up. Now don't get me wrong... I love a good shoot-em-up book, but this one wasn't too good at that, either. The story just seemed to lose itself while it tried to figure out what it wanted to be.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. G. Riddle before, how does this one compare?

    I have not and probably will avoid doing so in the future.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narrator bland, almost to the point of irritation. To me, that pretty much matched the story, pace and all.


    Was The Atlantis Gene worth the listening time?

    Had I a better idea of this book's content, I would have not purchased it. About half-way through, I found myself struggling to keep going. So I suppose I would have to say, "No."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Enjoyable, but not MHI"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Larry Correia is an excellent storyteller, so this book was time well-spent. However, I didn't find this book as outstanding as MHI or Grimnoir. To me, a large part of Correia's talent and enjoyability lies in developing cohesive teams out of his characters. This book did indeed have teams, but they weren't necessarily very cohesive. But it was a fair enough action story.


    What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s voice?

    Kind of tired


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2812)
    Performance
    (2667)
    Story
    (2670)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Hooked from the first read word"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    From the moment the story started, I was captured by the main character, Watney (who was perfectly portrayed by R. C. Bray). The issues that he would either identify or that would befall him and the way he developed solutions to them were fascinating. Also, Watney's outlook on his situation and his ways of dealing with things made him a very likeable hero. I enjoyed how Andy Weir wrote the technical details that were so very central to the story without either bogging down the story or leaving the listener behind. I came into this book wondering how this story was going to fill 11 hours, but all of a sudden, those 11 hours were gone. This book is plain old good storytelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    Pilot?
    Go.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was trying to work in my woodshop with this playing in the background. More than once, I caught myself standing there and listening instead of working. Also, yeah, the book had two moments that made me tear up a little. I also laughed out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book in two days. I carried my iPad with me everywhere I went to keep the story going on the Audible app. I almost listened to it in one day, but I had to grudgingly go to bed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back on Murder: A Roland March Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Mark Bertrand
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity. All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track: a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything.

    Zulu says: "Good Whodunit"
    "Great murder mystery, but why all the preaching?"
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    Any additional comments?

    This central murder mystery of this book is unexpectedly complex. We follow the plot down one logic path, just to have one or two suddenly spring up. But it all connects well, making sense in the overall story. I did feel the resolution was kind of rushed, because,all of a sudden, the murder is resolved. Then the author launches into lessons about how to be a good christian like suppressing ambition, turning away from revenge, forgiving the worst violations against you, and going to church to get over life's worst tragedies. The main character even kicks out a very personable and helpful liberally minded guy from the rental apartment they own in favor of a christian couple and all is portrayed as being better that way.

    Bottom line: I REALLY enjoyed the murder mystery. But after being preached to so heavily at the close of the story, I wanted to throw my iPad across the shop I was working in.

    By the way, the narration is typical Mel Foster. I like his reading style. So I enjoyed that aspect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "Vampire Noir"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Already Dead?

    I really liked the dark and gritty feel of this book. It had an attitude like a '40s detective story, but set in modern times. Unlike many modern vampire stories, this one does not revolve around cliched sexuality. Instead, it paints the picture of an underground where power players (both natural and unnatural) bend the life of a cynical lone operator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Joe, was my favorite. I really enjoyed the portrayal of him as the reluctant good guy, someone almost mad at himself for not aligning with the more sinister elements.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I'm not normally a big Scott Brick fan, but his work on this book is genius. He portrays each character so perfectly that I can easily visualize whoever he is voicing at the time. And his style in this book is appropriately hard nosed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triple

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Egypt - where a top-secret project to build a nuclear plant that will give the Arabs the bomb nears completion....

    Israel - where the Mossad's top agent, Nat Dickstein is given an impossible mission....

    Russia - where top KGB officials tip the atomic balance in Egypt's favor....

    England - where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford...

    The High Seas - where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust.

    Scott says: "Great Spy/Action Thriller"
    "Old-style spy thriller"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend who likes stories of cunning and intrigue over stories heavy with action and slick one-liners.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the Egyptian double-agent. I found his motivations fascinating. And I was very interested as he took actions that looked evil on the surface, but turned out to be necessary.

    My favorite character to hate was the Egyptian spy who was working with the Russians. I found his character to be realistic and evil. The realism of him was enhanced in how I found his motivations to be completely unreasonable in my American mind, but to also be in complete agreement with many of the Middle Easterners that I have encountered in my life.


    What does J. Charles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An Australian accent to a Cockney Englishman.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. I was listening to it while I was in my workshop woodworking. When I was done, I continued to listen to it as I made and ate dinner. When I wasn't listening to the audiobook, I was thinking about it's twists and turns.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (445)

    For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President's Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade's existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of. When a new outbreak of an ancient evil-one that he has seen before- comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source.

    Ryan says: "Excellent series - keep reading"
    "Near constant attacks against the military"
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    Would you listen to The President's Vampire again? Why?

    I'm not really sure. The character development and interaction is very enjoyable. The general overall story is also enjoyable. But it is laced with a fairly pronounced anti-military slant. And he relates hit attacks against the military like someone who watched the wars on TV and doesn't really have any first-hand knowledge. The attacks are tiresome and unoriginal, and they really aren't necessary in the telling of an otherwise very enjoyable story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Christopher Farnsworth is a very talented storyteller. I came into this book fearing that characters from the previous book were going to be shallow rehashes. But the reality is that this story started with characters that were developed well by the events that took place between books, and I really enjoyed the main collection of people.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I followed Bronson Pinchot over to this series from another series that he did. He is incredibly talented in building the characters as he voices them. And that talent carries into this book. I can almost picture the characters as he is voicing them. I'd never guess they all came from the same person if I didn't know better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I nearly did. As I mentioned previously, once I adjusted my mind to ignore the obvious agenda, I found the story to be very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in the Marines or the Army and are considering this story, be ready for uninformed and repetitive mention of uncaring military shooting children and torturing prisoners, and hints that terrorists are justified. And be ready for them to be obvious attacks outside the content of the overall story. But if you can ignore this content, you may find that the rest of the story is a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

    Andrew says: "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    "Told from a different angle"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Watchman the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the change of having Joe Pike as the central character. We actually experienced the story with him, as opposed to having him just pop into the story from time to time. This was a really refreshing change that furthered my understanding of Joe Pike's personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Crais readers have spent plenty of time seeing the world from Elvis Cole's point of view, so I have a good bead on how he sees himself. In this book, I really enjoyed seeing Elvis Cole from the point of view of others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually almost did. While listening to this book, I took a wrong turn in the back roads of the Colorado mountains. So I decided to go exploring. This book made an outstanding companion for that time on the road.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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