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Peter

Prince George, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Agent 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious. Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.

    Grant says: "Well Executed, (but didn't stick the landing)"
    "TRS keeps it going, but.."
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    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, several. As good as he always is.


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

    .


    Any additional comments?

    Not great like the first two, but still good enough. If you are a fan of TRS, then go ahead.
    The last 3rd of the book missed a great opportunity to enrich the story. It felt a bit rushed in spots.
    I gave it a 3 overall, because there was no 3.5 choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3653)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (2034)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Narrator and Book. Perfect!"
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    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my all time favorite #1 title. Audio or read.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    All were performed to perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only applaud. Without hesitation the best book I have ever listened to.
    Written 175 years ago. I have a new love for classical lit and have high expectations.

    Most highly recommended!

    side note: I was surprised when I learned Dumas had a co-writer with this and many other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (419)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Ridiculous - Narration fail"
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    Would you try another book from China Mieville and/or John Lee?

    CM - probably not, but I'll snoop it out
    JL - absolutely


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. Simply put, he is great at what he does.
    With this book however the sound engineers or Director may be to blame.
    Lee's voice is very stacato and choppy. Like the SNL's parody of Obama. Each of his sentences start with an abrubt loud bark and trail off to a whisper.

    The trailing off to a whisper forces me to turn up the stereo (and I have a good stereo). Therefor the ensueing bark at the beginning of the next sentence actually hurts the ears. Overall it was a very diffucult book and I was copmletely unable to enjoy it.

    It got to the point where I would wince in anticipation of the next sentence.

    I'm sure Audible knows alot of the books are enjoyed in cars(small spaces) or with headphones but maybe overlooked this when they signed a sure bet like John Lee to this title.


    Any additional comments?

    Ever hear of Opposite Day? Or Wear Your Pants Backwards Day?
    This book has about as much creative genius.
    The author just pulled a slightly abstract idea from a hat and ran hard with it.
    Hard enough to write an entire book!

    To be fair I should have done more research beyond the Hugo website, but I was in a hurry. The book is a runner up for the 2012 Hugo's. Hugo's are Scifi awards, but this book was contemporary fantasy. Which to be fair is a category of scifi (really?).

    The story is set in an otherwise completely normal modern day Earth. With the exception of some small part of the USA that contains a large city. Superimposed on this city is another city where inhabitants must un-see and un-hear and completely avoid one another. They share the same streets and sidewalks. Sounds like the next big screen comedy right?

    The book is not a comedy. If you get caught seeing or hearing a member of the other city you will be taken away by an agency called Breach. Breach is an agency that no one person or government has ever seen. They hare a myth, but everyone knows they are real.

    Anyway. It was all just a bit too ridiculous for me. So much so I could not follow the story one bit and the audio portion pushed me into returning the book.

    By the way. The book is police proceedural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "Fun and Interesting. No tech experience required."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Exactly what i expected! 5 Stars!
    A book about the history of gadgets used in spycraft.
    Lots of excellent little side mission stories within. Also a few of major events explained from a different point of view. Explained in a such a manner that no technical aptitude is required to understand and enjoy.
    A fun listen. Very satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Yu-Chin says: "Offers excellent objective perspective!"
    "You dont need a tweed jacket to enjoy these books!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed history. This is my second book of "The Great Courses".
    My first one was "The Other Side of History".

    The Professor in both cases are contagiously passionate. They are authorities of thier respective fields yet demonstrate natural humility. World class speakers giving exciting lectures meant for anyone interested in history. Not just scholars.

    Extremely refreshing audiobooks after listening to so many bestsellers.
    I hope Audible continues to expand The Great Courses library.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold War: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Lewis Gaddis
    • Narrated By Jay Gregory, Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    Drawing on new and often startling information from newly opened Soviet, Eastern European, and Chinese archives, this thrilling account explores the strategic dynamics that drove the Cold War, provides illuminating portraits of its major personalities, and offers much fresh insight into its most crucial events. Riveting, revelatory, and wise, it tells a story whose lessons it is vitally necessary to understand as America once more faces an implacable ideological enemy.

    Cordell eddings says: "WOW"
    "Boring, routine policy. Could not finish."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I simply could not finish 1/2 the book due to the monotonous narration.
    The recording studio was excellent however.
    Topics changed without me even knowing we had moved on.
    From what I recall. The book is mostly about routine policy within various Government departments on both sides of the pond.

    Listening to "The Great Courses" books predisposed my expectations of history books.
    In this series the narrators "want" you to understand and "explain" the subject matter as if they are sharing great treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12424)
    Performance
    (4824)
    Story
    (4859)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "My Big Fat British Story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Many of the reviews state this is a book about the building of a cathedral. So I bought the book. Not what I expected.

    The book is more about the back room deals required to build a cathedral. Not much of the book is dedicated to the actual building of it or life in ye olden days. The book contains only minimal information about actual planning, construction, methods and life styles. I was expecting something different.

    The book is more of a soap than hard historical fiction. About 80/20.

    Still. A nicely written big story. Mostly fast paced. Good, but not excellent characters. Good plot twists. The narrator was exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1553)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Falls short of expectations."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Not much forethought put into this book. For example. A perfectly usable, well stocked bunker is considered a total loss and abandoned because a few feet of burned 2x4's are stacked over the man-hole entrance. I've happily cleared worse than this simply for minimum wage. Yet peoples lives are on the line and no attempt is made to gain entrance to life saving supplies.

    The actual writing and performance are not bad. The story lacks imagination and is very weak and very lazy.

    The scenario has potential and the book starts off great. It falls completely flat after about an hour. It's missing so much of what I wanted to see in a survivalist book. ie: details and realistic solutions to problems.

    It ends very abruptly in a "to be continued" manner. Persuading the listener to buy the next in the series.
    I will not be pursuing this series. Book 1 was enough.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

    In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber's Road". It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

    Peter says: "A solid 3.5 stars. High end Mind Candy."
    "A solid 3.5 stars. High end Mind Candy."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    A great adventure. Characters are easy to follow but a bit shallow. Most of the side plots are predictable. If it were not for the girlfriends and wives needing rescue, the Courtney boys would have little to do besides their manly pursuits of hunting, sailing and riding stallions.

    I remember reading the book when I was a younger man and enjoyed it more so than listening to it now.

    The adventure is what holds this book together. It may have been better if the women were not always so helpless. All the male white characters were virtually identical as were the male black characters. There seemed to be no depth of individuality that separates the characters.

    I was glad when it was over. Still, I enjoyed it enough to not ask for my money back.
    Some say his books are sexist and racist. They must consider the book is set in early 1700's. This is what made me glad the book was over. I don' t think I'll listen to anymore W.Smith. (Take Master and Commander for example - much better)

    0 of 0 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
    (5568)
    Performance
    (5294)
    Story
    (5304)

    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"
    "5 Stars across the board!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is fiction but the tech is not. Based in the near future maybe 20 years from now. All the hyper-technology described exists or close to it and is very cutting edge.

    The story involves NASA, a stranded astronaut and a crew of astronauts in space on the way home from Mars.

    We have what I can only describe as a tight NASA procedural. The story and the technology alone make this book excellent. No unrealistic "feel good fluff" or melodrama is represented or required.

    If this ever gets to be a movie the director should be Paul Greengrass. He is the same guy who directed United 93. One of the best directed movies out there despite the tragedy. If you watched the movie you will know what I mean.

    The narrator R C Bray is now on my choice list of voice actors. He fell into the roll perfectly. He does not sound fake or forced. The humor is offhand and you don't see it coming which is a mark of an excellent narrator. I gave performance a 5 because he and the sound crew deserved it. Well done people!

    Can't wait for more from Andy Weir!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1349)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Complex and big story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I missed a few key points here and there throughout the book while daydreaming. The book does require more than your passive attention to enjoy.

    The WW2 part of the book was fun and I enjoyed the characters. The present day characters were far less realistic and shallow. The main story / plot could use some condensing and organization (sorting out).

    There was more than one time when I thought to myself "hurry up and be over". It seemed to carry on in places. Maybe the abridged version would be better.

    Performance was great. Audible producers seem to have a big stable of some very good talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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