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Niesa

Farmers Branch, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Last of the Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (239)

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

    Jim says: "Louis Lamour Fan"
    "GREAT!"
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    Where does Last of the Breed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First. This book was great.


    What other book might you compare Last of the Breed to and why?

    Can't think of a comparison. I loved the content, and thought the narrator did a good job--except for how he pronounced the Yakut character's name, which I found funny and imitated throughout the entire listen.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Cleaning Commando says: "Okay, enough is enough!"
    "Excellent Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the plot and the narration. (As a matter of fact, the valet at a local restaurant told me he hated to give me my car back because he was so intrigued by the narrator.)
    I thought the plot was interesting, although, I'm not really sure what the plot was other than Jack getting caught up in events and his efforts to untangle them. Some of these entanglements he does not wind up. The book ends screaming sequel.
    Now that I think about it, the plot was ok, and I was interested in Jack, but I liked the narration the best. Candese truly made the book for me. He slipped from character to character with ease. He didn't go over the top; each character seemed to have the appropriate accent or tone or delivery that made it easy to discern which character was speaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't remember the character's name, but the guy who owned the sporting goods store--Abe?


    Which character – as performed by Alexander Cendese – was your favorite?

    The sporting goods store owner.


    Any additional comments?

    I will eagerly listen to any book read by Alexander Cendese.

    1 of 1 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
    (3024)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2113)

    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"
    "Less Than A Mindless Listen"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    I may try one from Andrew Peterson, but NOT from Dick Hill. Peterson drags down the plot with "manly fluff" that reiterates--again and again--the lead character's super commando skills. That is more tolerable than Hill's narration. He just drones. It's almost as if he went for a "country story teller" personna. While there are parts that need little animation, he keeps the same plodding cadance when the action picks up or when the plot becomes intense, which removes 99% of the enjoyment. He tone completely contradicts the content.


    What could Andrew Peterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Far less "my super commando character is so super commando and here's why"


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3608)
    Performance
    (3022)
    Story
    (3044)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Worth the time and $"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version; I have no comment.


    What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

    Joe Pike/Elivs Cole. It was interesting enough to keep me listening, and didn't bog down in a bunch of details that didn't move the story along. The plot was plausible, and the action not too out of touch with reality. Baldacci handled the kid well. Her dialog and actions were on par with her age. The narrator was good. I would listen to more books with this character.


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

    I don't have that kind of time; however, I did listen to it exclusively over a period of several days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (579)

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Bob says: "The start of an adventure!"
    "OK, but didn't finish"
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    Would you try another book from C. J. Box and/or David Chandler?

    Didn't like Open Season enough to consider CJ Box again--unless I get it from the library. In my opinion, this was not worth spending a credit. I got very tired of all the foreshadowing without moving the story along. Figured out the plot/bad guys/good guys within the first few chapters. Once I knew this, I was bored.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Box again?

    Doubt it.


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

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3399)
    Performance
    (2704)
    Story
    (2692)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "A good listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was entertaining; however, he did seem to gloss over somethings, but it's his story and he can tell as much or as little as he wants. To me Rob Lowe was the guy on West Wing, I had no idea he was a Brat Pack member, or as connected and respected. At one point, I found myself thinking


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both the content and the narration are good, but I think Rob's narration set it apart.


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

    He knows his own life, and he knows what he meant when he wrote the book. He brought that insight and nuace to the narration. He did a great job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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