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Gregory M. Boen

Big Mike

Brainerd, MN, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 559 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (769)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "Not so good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who live in St.Paul. Sanford relies on his Twin Cities background way too much on this book...maybe Joe Soucheray liked it....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll finish up the last 30 minutes of Team of Rivals.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Ferrone?

    He is good. Yes I would.


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

    I'll pick door three.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm 'off' on this but I wonder if Sanford wrote it.
    Enough sex for teenage girls but to what purpose?
    Just not well written. Plus, where is the 'who dun it' part?
    I haven't finished yet so maybe it will get better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2146)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Wow, has Vince improved since this 1999 effort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I ordered this Audible book I didn't realize it was only Flynn's second published novel.
    The writing is filled with cliches and platitudes that I haven't noticed in his later works.
    The first half was slow reading with unnecessary diversions that must have been intended to be character development.
    The second half works much better with a lot more plot elements divulged and more action in general.
    Apparently I am at odds with most reviewers since the work earned 4+ stars. Don't get me wrong, I really like Flynn's stuff. I just wonder if he too doesn't see the weakness in this novel since it took so long to make it to audio book status.
    I look forward to comments from other readers....am I all wet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's War: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Howard Gordon
    • Narrated By Carlos Bernard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    GIDEON DAVIS, whose behind-the-scenes negotiating skills have earned him the role of peacemaker in conflicts around the globe, knows more about hush-hush discussions in Capitol corridors than he does about hand-to-hand combat. But his more practical, tactical skills come into play when he’s called on by family friend and government bigwig Earl Parker to chaperone a rogue agent from Southeast Asia to D.C. The agent, Tillman Davis, has promised to turn himself in— but only to his brother, Gideon.

    Thomas says: "Gordon might consider going back to Producing!"
    "Worst of 100 Audible Books in my library"
    Overall

    I didn't make it through the first hour. Terrible writing, narration just as bad.
    For starters, thriller heroes don't have three syllable names....Gideon? Really? That was the first tip off....my favorite protagonists have single syllable names....Mitch, Dave, Jack....OK maybe two....like Harry...never three.
    The writing was sophomoric. When trucks blow up, they are 'like Tonka toys, thrown by an angry child". And, when Gideon picks up a branch to defend himself, it's "a branch from a fallen tree".....Please! Where else do branches come form? Oh yeah, also from my first and final hour of torture...Gideon escapes capture in a flooded ditch by breathing through a corn cob pipe, using it as a kind of snorkel. If you've ever used a corn cob pipe, you know a hamster couldn't breath through it. Shame on you Vince Flynn for endorsing this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12339)
    Performance
    (8261)
    Story
    (8300)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Hard to read but also hard to put down"
    Overall

    Unbroken is in my top ten of over 100 audiobooks I've downloaded. Louie's strength, determination and resilience are inspiring. The listening experience is intense. Just when you think nothing worse could happen...it does. There are a few humorous interludes to help counteract the depressing starkness of the pow's lives....I particularly liked the incident in which one of the pow's is befriended by a guard in return for English lessons.....the guard is taught that the appropriate response to "How are you?" is "Why the F*** do you care"?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (252)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Beware of Ratings"
    Overall

    What a great read! Poetry...dazzling story telling....believable characters...just wonderful.
    Also a good lesson on interpreting reader review ratings. If you throw out the four or five reader ratings from those who just 'didn't get' the book, the remaining twenty or so readers averaged nearly a perfect 5 rating.
    Perhaps Audible should provide a 'mean' rating number as well as the pure average to let readers know when a small group is skewing the average rating (either up or down.)

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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