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Gregory

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Rain Storm: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (403)

    John Rain flees to Brazil to find peace - but inevitably finds himself with a new assignment: take out an arms dealer in Southeast Asia.

    David says: "Very much more of the same"
    "Skip this book entirely!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story, better dialogue, better reader.


    What could Barry Eisler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a more believable story with much better dialogue between characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Nishii?

    Anybody


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

    Gross diaappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I have purchased hundreds of audio books over the years and this is the FIRST review I have ever written. I use them on long trips to distract me during plane and car travel primarily and upon occasion during work commutes. My standards are relatively low, just a reasonably believable story and some decent dialogue (again believable) between characters with a somewhat interesting subject to maintain at least a low level of interest. This book failed in all areas, the story line was so stupid I lost interest repeatedly and if I hadn't paid $21 for it would have deleted it in the first 100 pages. The reader is so mono-tonal and BORING that it is painful and when you combine that with non-realistic dialogue (a marine sniper assassin, "oh my goodness", come on!) that leads virtually nowhere and does nothing to develop the character it didn't even meet my minimal standards.

    This is the WORST audio book I have ever suffered through, should have been free and then it would have been overpriced. Will never buy this author again and absolutely never listen to another book by this reader, he was terrible. Would have given it less than 1 star if that was possible.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "Convoluted"
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    What would have made The Lincoln Myth better?

    Way, way too much religious mumbo-jumbo. Droned on and on with unbelievable dialogue, if my spine was going to tingle it was long gone by the time anything happened.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

    Yes probably, I do like the Cotton Malone character. But this one was way too unbelievable, his girlfriend is a super model quality, super rich, castle building ex-spy and he doesn't know about it. Huh?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick is ok but he needs to vary his tone and delivery. Every sentence sounds like a major effort.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    I probably should have gone with the abridged version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2962)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1680)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    ""one would have to rate this book...just horrible!"
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    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Christopher Hurt?

    Absolutely not. As much as I loved "Atlas Shrugged" I hated this book, its hard to believe its by the same author. Agreed, I fell for the unabridged version but this is 32 hours I will never recover it my life. Boring, on and on stilted dialogue by totally unlikeable characters. Normally I enjoy books where I can at least like one of the characters. There were no characters in the book worth remembering.. If I have to hear "one does this or one does that" another time I will scream. "Pseudo-intellectual nonsense for 32 hours should be standard torture tactics for the CIA. Psycho babble drivel about characters that were so boring it was mind-numbing. Writing an interesting novel about architecture must be tough but this was just terrible. The best and only part I would ever listen to again was Howard Roarkes speech. The entire book could have been condensed to a 2 hr novel and maybe saved. Still pretty dull stuff.Buyer beware.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    NO


    What character would you cut from The Fountainhead?

    All of them!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur: Jake Grafton, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union. Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he’s assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues die mysteriously, test flights are sabotaged, and the program is threatened at every level.

    George says: "Staff Job?"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Minotaur better?

    don't know. Unless you are fascinated with the intricacies of Naval avionics and the detailed description of planes and their flying characteristics, this book is NOT for you. Way, way, way too much technical argot and discussion, not interesting to the layman.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    won't be another Coonts.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was as boring as the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring plot, boring characters, boring reader, not much more left.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (271)

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    Dennis says: "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"
    "Just terrible"
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    What would have made Cold Wind better?

    Name it, more likable characters, faster pace, less idiotic dialogue with the children, main character that is interesting, plot and characters are dull as dishwater.


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Box’s story?

    Characters, plot


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    He was terrible also but I'm not sure anyone could save this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cold Wind?

    Any dialogue with the insipid children and for the supposedly successful wife they made her sound like a simple librarian.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it 1 star only because I had to. This is one of the worst audible books I have ever downloaded. No more Cox. This was the longest 11 hours of my life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (374)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Keeps getting better..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Story line was good, characters were well developed and strong. After so many DR novels Burke still finds a way to keep the stories interesting, new settings, maturing characters etc. I have read just about every one and hope he has more in the tank.


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

    Patton is the best. His southern accent and voice tones are perfect for this character and many other Southern based novels. I will listen to his books regardless of author. One of the best readers in the business and he adds immensely to the value of the production.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Burke and the DR character, just buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Santini

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

    cort says: "an excellent book"
    "the (not so) great santini"
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    What disappointed you about The Great Santini?

    boring, tedious, mind numbing, seemingly endless adolescent dialogue punctuated by abusive rants by an intolerant, overbearing jerk. It doesn't take 18 hours to develop these characters that were so uninteresting that it was hardly, no not, worth listening to. Conroy said in his introduction that his father hated the book after his first read...so did I. On the other hand, Conroy gets huge credit for evolving from this dog to writing some of the best novels I have ever read, namely "Beach Music" and "Prince of Tides". I evaluate the book based upon whether I received $20 worth of entertainment value, I got $0.00. Would have been a rip off if the book was free!


    Has The Great Santini turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Dick Hill is an awesome reader. His work with Lee Child's Reacher and others I have heard are really first rate. In my opinion the reader provides well over half of the enjoyment value of any audible book. A bad reader can easily kill a good book and a good reader can save or at least make enjoyable a marginal one. Even Dick Hill couldn't save this dog, it was simply boring from start to finish. Certainly not his fault.


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

    Gross disappointment, Conroy is much better than that. I fail to see why the book gets the credit it does.


    Any additional comments?

    Just terrible book, extremely predictable, childishly dedicated to documenting archaic military traditions that are in themselves ridiculous and worse when read aloud. I totally respect the military and those who choose to serve and the sacrifice they give to their country but to have it graphically described in this level of detail was very tedious and somewhat embarrassing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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