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Jake

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STONE, ID, United States

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  • 22 reviews
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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3459)
    Performance
    (3023)
    Story
    (3038)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Wrong Title"
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    Not a fan of Jack Ryan or his son Jr but I thought I would try again. I am bored to death and think the title should be "Sleepy Vector". Returning the crappy Tom Clancy rip off now. Words, words, words words, words words words words no story, no plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5053)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3083)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "It Can and Will Happen."
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    I had to write a review on this book which I really liked mostly in response to Cidney from New Orleans. She states that you more or less could ride your bike to work. LOL. What kind of work do you do that operates without power, computers, printers, bathrooms, water, do I need to go on. The emergency generator doesn't work. In the event of an EMP strike there would be no power for perhaps six months to a year. With out the big trucks that you all hate taking up the road you run out of food and water in the grocery stores in three days. Less if panic sets off riots and a rush on the stores.. I am over weight and could lose a few pounds but they say starvation is the most painful horrible way to die. If you have food stored are you ready to protect it from a once friendly neighbor who is out and has to watch his children die slowly. Sure share it is the moral thing to do but then you watch your own die. Then the roving bands of thieves that spring up looking for the weak easy targets. Look what happened at the Super Dome in just a short time after Katrina. Nothing made within the last forty or fifty years will work. Modern farming takes big machinery and a lot of water to feed the people. And how that that is ready for harvest get to market any way. Experts estimate 30% dead in the first few weeks. 50% as the diseases start spreading. This book is right on in every way and to take EMP lightly is folly on your part. No disaster natural or man made to date will match the loss of life on the horizon due to an EMP strike. We spend billions on the junk science of stopping global warming (which to date has not proved to have killed anyone.) when a real danger of biblical proportions is only the push of a button away. Iran, and North Korea know they can not defeat us in a confrontation. They also know the don't have to. They know all about EMP. Do you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (838)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Awesome Story."
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    I almost thought it was John Corey and Kate Mayfield in this book. The storyline gets you thinking, "could that be where all our MIA's are at? Its possible and if true could end what relationship if any the USA and Russia has. I was sceptical about listening to a russian accent for that long but Scott Brick as usual made it easy. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The General's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (298)

    Captain Ann Campbell is a West Point graduate, the daughter of legendary General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. She is the pride of Fort Hadley until, one morning, her body is found, naked and bound, on the firing range.

    karen says: "One of DeMille's best, an American classic"
    "A lot better than the movie"
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    As Mr. DeMille said in the forward about the movie and being sceptical of John Travolta as Paul Brenner. I like John Travolta but Paul Brenner in the book is not John Travolta. (does that make sense?) Needless to say the book is a great listen and I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (491)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "Very Hard listen."
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    Someone said that they would listen to George Guidall read the tax code. I feel about the same for Dick Hill after listening to the Nathan McBride series. But, Dick Hill can not save this book. I love WWII stories but come on! A pacifist is the only hope of the Allies to stop Hitler in his diabolical plan to use a new nerve agent on the Normandy invasion troops. Even when shown the evidence the sissy lilly livered scientist cowers down and will not help destroy the gas or manufacture our own. It takes the deception of concocting a story that the cowards brother was shot down and is a prisoner before chicken little mans up to do his duty. By then I had lost interest and decided to read the tax code.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (516)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "The Best Dewey Andreas yet."
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    Ben Coes needs more books. More Dewey. This book is the best but very sad at times for what Dewey goes through. But in the end The hero comes out on top but is left with the scars of an emotional struggle that is worse than anything Dewey has endured to date. Mr. Coes hurry up with Book five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (422)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Worst DeMille ever!"
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    Don't take this wrong, I have loved every Nelson DeMille book I have listened to with the exception of this one. I was bored out of my gourd and kept fast forwarding to find somthing more than the main character arguing with his wife or his lawyer. Idle talk that went on and on with no real substance. I waited, I was persistant, I knew DeMille would show the John Corey wit or Paul Brenner skull bashing but It never came. No one like the lovely Kate Mayfield to contrast with the main character. My review is more entertaining than this book. I gave up and will return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (415)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "A very very sloooowww DeMille."
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    This Is the second worse DeMille book but much better than Word Of Honor. Story is about the search for the Holy Grail after an old monk locked in prison for 40 years gets out due to an attack on his prison. That is the best part. Then the three amigo's, two competing men and one women of questionable morality set out to find the black monastery. Sounds interesting? It aint. I think they sat at a table in a cafe and talked about it for about an hour. Then they moved to the library and talked about it for an hour or two. Then they went to the hotel room and talked about it for a long while. Then the woman has sex with one of the horney men and they talk about it some more. Then the slutty woman has sex with the other man and she knows that he knows that she knows he knows that she had sex with the other man but she loves the one man and did it to end the relationship. (pause for breath) Meanwhile back at the Quest, the book is almost finished and the Quest isn't even started. But, in the last few pages they cross the continent, find the monastery, see the grail, are overcome by the spirit of God and leave empty handed feeling great about life in general.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (556)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "Not bad"
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    I stumbled opon Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts in the 4.95 bin and really liked it so I thought I would try another. I have always been fascinated by the black hills so the book of the same name caught my eye. It was not as good as Chasing Fire but a good story none the less. Young rebel boy and level headed girl grow up on the farm. As they mature the roles reverse with Cooper being more stable and Lil being..... a...... well.... a girl. I never understood why she loved him then ran from him and claimed he hurt her so badly. But in the end the story twists and turns a bit with killer animals and killer humans. The good guy subdues the girl and wins her heart, again and they live happily ever after. The End

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure.... In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

    J. HITTINGER says: "I loved the book!"
    "Introducing Shawn Courtney!"
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    I read this book in paperback a long time ago and loved it. But I read the abridged version that cuts out a mile of Wilburs rambling that authors do to write more and more and more words cause the apparently get paid by the letter or something. Wilbur Smith rambles as good as any of the best. About as well as Dean Koonz. It all sucks and wastes my time. But I cant make myself pay for abridged. Seems like I am not getting my moneys worth. Overall this is a good book and John Lee does well as a narrator. The next book is Sound of thunder and is better. Number 3 is a great listen in "The Burning Shore". One of Wilburs best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    At the close of Wilbur Smith’s Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled on the high seas. 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, which takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

    Jake says: "Another Wilbur Smith Failure"
    "Another Wilbur Smith Failure"
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    There is a story here and I love the Courtney saga and I love the early Wilbur Smith novels and series. But fifteen minutes or more of an old man having sex with a little girl just shows where Smith has regressed to and where his mind is at. I hope he has no grand children, if so he shouldn't be alone with them. Will the real Wilbur Smith plaese stand up. Unless you like perverts save your credit. When the lion feeds (unabridged) is now availible. I think I will return this one for that one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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