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charles

Edison, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3618)
    Performance
    (3156)
    Story
    (3136)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "the right stuff"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Man to be better than the print version?

    yes- I do not think i would have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it. This was, at least for me, a very fun listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    Flynn delivers.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed listening to this book. Made the time pass and could not wait to hear the rest.
    If you have read or listened to other Flynn books this is more of the same, and I mean that as a compliment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "Good performance but not for me"
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    What did you like best about Forging Zero? What did you like least?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sara King again?

    not in this series- but I look forward to other books


    What about Liam Owen’s performance did you like?

    he was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    usually Sci-fi just for me. This one did not work for me at all.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (403)

    Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

    David says: "I want to be killed by Victor!"
    "another fun read or should i say listen"
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    Would you listen to The Enemy again? Why?

    probably not. I really enjoyed it the first time and the time listening flew by. But once you know what happens and how, I think the thrill would be gone.


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    easy to listen to, the characters all were different, I would gladly listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    a good action/spy type read. Kept me interested till the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1841)
    Story
    (1842)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "great listen as good as the 1st"
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    Would you listen to Red Seas Under Red Skies again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this one, loved the 1st and now listening to the 3rd....


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    loved his narration across the board.


    Any additional comments?

    well done, enjoyable, always waiting to see what sort of trouble they get into and how they get around the problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (2873)
    Story
    (2873)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "a fun listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the better fantasy books I have listened to lately.


    Any additional comments?

    Head and shoulders above the standard fare. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (3045)
    Story
    (3038)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Another fun ride"
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    Where does Warbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very entertaining as long as the subject interests you


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

    He really is fantastic. Who knew he was so good at this.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Correia you have to read this one. The new characters needed to be used more, but it was all fun and very enjoyable. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2287)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "a fun ride- like always"
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    If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

    A fun listen-however, there seems to be not much new here. Don't get me wrong, if you are a reacher fan, and I am one, you have to read it. Is it as compelling as the earlier ones, I dont think so. His best effort, not really. However, I find even a middle of the road work by Lee Child more enjoyable than most others. I just think Lee has more to give and look forward to reading all his future works. Long may he continue to write.


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

    Always good


    Any additional comments?

    See above

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (5535)
    Story
    (5552)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "great stuff and a great read"
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    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the scope and flow. Sounds crazy, but he is in no rush, takes his time and does it right.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    he was fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    a very enjoyable listen, I could not stop and was happy and sad,. Happy that there is a sequel sad that there is only one more (to date) in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (924)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Always a great listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, great narrator, great author, interesting story


    Any additional comments?

    anything he writes is very enjoyable. Although his books can easily be read standing alone,
    start from the 1st in the series to get the full treatment. Remember if there is one thing they say, it is to start at the beginning of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5105)
    Performance
    (4683)
    Story
    (4711)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "not as fantastic as the prior books but not bad"
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    If you could sum up Trapped in three words, what would they be?

    furthering the tale


    What other book might you compare Trapped to and why?

    Dresden


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

    sure


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable, cause I liked the smart ass comments and attitude. I did not think it was enjoyable as the others, but still fine for a quick read/listen. Hope you enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (357)

    The follow-up to Mark Lawrence' s thrilling debut novel Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns continues the tale of antihero Jorg Ancrath. After wresting back control of his kingdom from those who murdered his family, Jorg sees the land erupt with hundreds of battles fought by lords and petty kings. More daunting still, he faces an enemy many times his own strength. Jorg may not be able to win this battle in a fair fight, but he wields a rage and cunning that just might even the odds.

    Stephen says: "Great sequel!"
    "Wonderful stuff"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of King of Thorns to be better than the print version?

    yes


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

    He was excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Not a run of the mill story pumped out in a heartbeat. Different enough to keep me interested...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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