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Chris

Interlochen, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (13202)
    Performance
    (9903)
    Story
    (9949)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "A story going NOWHERE"
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    What did you like best about A Storm of Swords? What did you like least?

    Having spent over 70 hours over the last two books, I really don't know that I got anywhere. Oh sure, some of the main characters are killed off, but really, where are we left at the end? I know I am going against the trend here, but this is nothing more than a fantasy soap opera!

    And sorry, I vested quite a bit of emotion into the Starks, and for over 70 hours, they are no better off and in fact, are worse off. Nope, this one kills it for me. Time to move on.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I love Roy's performance. It is one of the reason's I am not going any further. He doesn't do book for and in book 5 all of his characters voices are different.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (983)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Constance says: "WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!"
    "A good ride after a slow start"
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    Ok, I almost gave up on this one. The performance at the beginning could not be more monotone than it was. I don't know what happened in the production, but holy cow, it was a rough start, but after that, well worth it.

    A really good terrorist story with the plot unlike many I have read or heard. Some have said Dewey is like Mitch Rapp. I could see the similarities, but boy, hard to beat the Rapp character. For all the Mitch Rapp books, however, I think the plot in this one is every bit as good as any Mitch Rapp storyline. Give it a tumble, you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4963)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3564)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Harry Dresden treads deeper into otherworlds"
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    Where does Summer Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an ok listen. It pays to listen to the previous Dresden books, but I am a bit leary of how much more Harry gets into the worlds of fairies, and other fantasy type characters. The original book dealt with magic and kept Harry in our realm. If you have listened to the other 3, this one is a worthy followup.


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

    Yup, the previous 3 Dresden books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4645)
    Performance
    (2452)
    Story
    (2466)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "OBL fictionalized, but still a good listen"
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    If you could sum up Dead or Alive in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, timely, fun


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to a Clancy book in a while, but it wasn't too far off from his other works.


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job. Always a bit hesitant when actors read books, but Lou did a great job.


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

    NOPE!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1255)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    stephen says: "Be patient, it gets better"
    "Really enjoyed this one"
    Overall

    looks like Clancy / Telep are developing a new character. Look, if you are looking for literature, I guess, this isn't it! This is fun, tense and while I was a bit put off by Weber, his narration got better as the book went on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26046)
    Performance
    (12700)
    Story
    (12741)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "It's ok guys, it is a great book"
    Overall

    Boy, I really didn't want to use a credit for this book. Nothing but women, a story about women. I just came off "Hour Game", "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", and "Unbroken". Some tough stuff. Why would I want to listen to a story about maids in the south, during the 60's. Well, the voice actors are wonderful. The book is wonderful, and you really would be selling yourself short to not give this a listen. Set aside the machismo, and enrich your life by listening to this superb story. Now I can't wait for the movie (though, there is NO way it will be as good as this audio book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (572)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "Awestruck"
    Overall

    I am literally beyond myself in how much I admire the brave men and women who serve our country. While some may take Mr. Luttrells rants against the liberal media lightly, consider the movies Hollywood has thrown at us over the last decade. Most paint our brave men and women as rapists, murderers, etc. Let us not forget GENERAL BETRAYUS! The greatest military movie of the last 2 decades (Black Hawk Down)is similar to this. This would make for great Hollywood drama, but in todays climate, I very much doubt Hollywood wants to promote true heroism. My thanks and sympathies go to the families that lost their loved ones in this operation. Thank God Mr. Luttrell lived to tell the tale. I thank him for his service.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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