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Walter

I enjoy reading thrillers: espionage. I am ex Army. I work in the health care industry. I like to practice martial arts. I participate in IDPA matches. Genghis Khan is my favorite person.

Richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Pandora's Grave: Shadow Warriors Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen M. England
    • Narrated By Michael C. Gwynne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An American president who will do anything to win reelection...An Iranian leader who will stop at nothing to bring about apocalypse...An ancient evil, only waiting to be reborn....High in the Alborz Mountains of northwestern Iran, an archaeological team disappears. American citizens are among the missing...With the presidential election only months away, President Roger Hancock authorizes a covert CIA mission into the mountains of Iran. Their objective: rescue the archaeologists and uncover the truth.

    Walter says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. This book is filled with cliches and characters that have been taken from other books of this type. The narration was so bad I had to stop listening to the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen M. England again?

    No. Not unless he develops a style of his own.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was over the top with his attempt to add substance to the book.


    Was Pandora's Grave: Shadow Warriors Series worth the listening time?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1080)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "Good, but not the best"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Extinction Machine in three words, what would they be?

    easy to predict


    Would you recommend Extinction Machine to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, the other books in this series where better than this book


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

    this performance was just as good as every other performance


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

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1813)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Amazing Grace"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dragon Factory to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the print version. The audio version was very engrossing and held my attention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dragon Factory?

    When Grace died. I had to stop doing what I was doing and sit down. My heart hurt for Joe.


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

    Yes, just as good as previous readings.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The same as the title. The Dragon Factory. Why change anything?


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best series of book I have ever listened to on Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (3129)
    Story
    (3121)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Change Up"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a new twist on two old genres.


    What other book might you compare Patient Zero to and why?

    None. This is the first time I have listened to a book with both zombies and espionage in the same book.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, It mad me laugh out loud and appreciate that fact the author took his time to understand the appropriate use of tactical intervention.


    Any additional comments?

    More books like this to keep me listening to Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Termination Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leo J. Maloney
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    In the tradition of bestsellers by Robert Ludlum and Vince Flynn, Termination Orders introduces Dan Morgan, a retired black-ops agent who must return to duty to thwart a deadly international conspiracy.

    Once a trained killer for the CIA, Dan Morgan has built a new life for himself. But when he receives a desperate plea from his former black-ops partner - reportedly killed in a foreign battle zone - he flies in to help. It should be a routine mission, extracting a human asset from the region, but it’s not - it’s an ambush.

    Walter says: "Cookie Cutter"
    "Cookie Cutter"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was not time well spent listening to this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Vince Flynn


    What three words best describe John Pruden’s voice?

    Not entertaining


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    There was nothing unique about this book. The book was very perdictable and was a bore to listen to in my car. I had to make myself listen to the entire book which is a first for me with an Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Refuge: Dewey Andreas, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (651)

    p>With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet. Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial. What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation.

    Susan says: "Last Refuge but hopefully not the last of Dewey!"
    "New Hero"
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    Where does The Last Refuge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%. Really enjoy Dewey's character and the development of the surrounding characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dewey. Cause he would do anything for his family, friends and country.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Meir was on trial in the Iranian court room. When he told Abu Paria that he was afraid to fight him man to man.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No the whole book was filled with good moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    From coast to coast, the nation is witnessing a new wave of terror - suicide bombers incite blind panic and paralyzing fear, a flight attendant tries to crash an airliner, a police officer opens fire on fans in a stadium, and at CIA headquarters, a deputy director goes on a murderous rampage. The perpetrators appear to be American but are actually covert agents in a vast network of terror, selected and trained for one purpose only: the complete annihilation of America.

    Susan says: "Just OK"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Act of Terror?

    I like the development of the characters and the story line. The story was straight forward And the characters did what was expected of them. Would have been more enjoyable if there was more intrigue in the story line.


    What other book might you compare Act of Terror to and why?

    National Security


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Weiner?

    Yes, but would like more emotion from the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Motorcycle Heroes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (550)

    Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

    Lesley says: "lecanady"
    "EASY"
    Overall

    This was an easy listen. The plot was very straight forward as were the characters. There wasnt anything to technical about the weapons or tactics used in the book. This was a middle of the road effort by the writer. I would recommend his earlier books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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