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James

Gilbert, SC, United States

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9797)
    Performance
    (4740)
    Story
    (4768)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Great story until the end. I feel let down that justice was never served. Big Jim should have gotten his come uppance at the hands of the people he abused, but oh well.

    Raul Esparza does a great job with all the different voices.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14403)
    Performance
    (11812)
    Story
    (12440)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Horrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reading of this book is terrible. It sounds like a teenager with no acting experience is reading. I gave the story 3 stars because I can't finish the book and it isn't fair to give the author a bad rating because of the narrator.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By H. W. Crocker III
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Get ready for a rousing rebel yell as best-selling author H. W. Crocker III charges through bunkers and battlefields in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. Crocker busts myths and shatters stereotypes as he profiles eminent and colorful military generals, revealing little-known truths, like why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African-Americans than Lincoln did.

    Vincent says: "The American Civil War Made Simple"
    "Yawn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nothing to see here folks. For anyone who has a knowledge of the Civil War beyond what the teacher told you in high school, there are no revelations in this book. The book is of course slanted in favor of the South and is full of opinionated writing that is weakly backed by questionable facts. One of the issues I have with the book is that it still doesn't take responsibility for the South firing the first shot. Had the South waited and gained support from Britain and France first, history might be very different. An outright falsehood in the book is the statement that Lincoln owned slaves. Lincoln's family left Kentucky when he was a child and he never again lived in a slave state. Lincoln did hire both black and white servants, and may have come into possession of an indentured servant (someone working to repay a debt, not the same as a slave). There is no definitive proof that this person was indentured.

    Overall this book is a waste of time. If you want to learn about the war, read McPherson and Foote.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Carl Steiner, Tony Koltz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    In this factual account written with General Carl Steiner (Ret.), a commander who held responsibility for all U.S. Special Operations forces across all service lines, we get special insight into a largely secretive community whose members do not talk about their work. We hear about it only afterwards: the Achille Lauro hijacking, the "takedown" of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the efforts to find Aidid in Somalia. These are men sent in to do the impossible - and often, they achieve it.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "Shadow Warriors"
    "Great book."
    Overall

    As usual Clancy has written a great book. The problem with it is that this is more an autobiography of Carl Stiner than a history of Special Forces.

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the autobiography, but that's not what I bought the book for.

    The other problem is Jonathan Marosz. He has an easy voice to listen to, but his pronunciation of military terms (USAREUR), place names (Huachuca is pronounced wah-chuca not haw-chuca) and common words (ruck sack not ruke sack) is annoying as heck.

    I would expect a professional to do some research and learn to pronounce the military terms and place names. I would expect a production team to correct the mis-pronunciation of common words that happened throughout the book.

    Overall this was a good book even if it wasn't what I expected.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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