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Xavier

I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1707)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "Exciting read"
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    Vince Flynn novel Executive Power excites and thrills again via the distinct and powerfully entertaining narration of George Guidall. I'm a top fan of the Mitch Rapp series! Loved it!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

    Tim says: "Another Good Read by Forsyth"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"
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    Very contemporary theme of stopping the flow of cocaine from S. America to the United States and Europe. The plot was fascinating starting with a history synopsis of how the cocaine drug system operates. Next, exciting characters were developed together with an action packed story to defeat it. I listened to this book twice and I'm sure in the future I will enjoy it many more times. Frederick Forsyth is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Isoms: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    After burying their parents, the three young Isom brothers faced starvation. Desperate and penniless, they set out in search of work. Their long, difficult journey forces them to discover themselves, and the harsh reality of life in the late 1800s. With hard work, determination, and a dream, they emerge as one of the greatest success stories of the old west.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Read"
    "Manly story"
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    Love the Dusty Rhodes western novels. Enjoy men overcoming adversity. Working hard, fighting hard, living by a sense of right and wrong which is not governed by human laws but by a inner sense of moral right and wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

    Ilinca says: "good intro"
    "Priceless!"
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    I am a child of the 50's. Everybody bought a set of encyclopedias for their house. Research was accomplished by visiting the library and researching articles and books via the research dept using the readers guide to periodical literature. Today we have everything at our fingertips with a laptop computer and the internet. In high school and college we took American history,and world history(divided into sections over the past 2000 years. This amazing series begins much earlier with the "Big Bang theory" and takes us to the evolution of stars, the universe, the Sun as one of the stars, photosynthesis and early life in the ocean, single cell, multi cell, life movement from water to land, evolution of early life to more advanced life, human life evolving from hunters, gatherers, to agrarian people. Buy this history and learn in a concise series of lectures "Big History". If you read this series together with Jean Auel's trilogy beginning with "Clan of the Cave Bear: You will have more enjoyment of the pure history matched with enjoyable fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (507)

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    Deborah says: "For me"
    "Fire! How it became easier to ignite and more!"
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    Part 3 of a 3 part trilogy chronicling the early life of a female born to survive a prehistoric earthquake, early childhood being raised by "knuckle dragging" pre homo sapiens humans, and being abandoned to survive alone. Cast out of the Clan at the age of a teenager she is now skilled with medicinal herbs, hunting skills, and early notions of what causes" the spirit" of a man or woman to create a newborn baby. Ayla, the primary character dispels myths, in her mind, of what she was told as a child of the reason for what we today would think of as religion or sacred history or mythology. She learns new things via travel and her use of horses as a friend and beast of burden. She discovers how to strike fire within seconds, which revolutionizes the ability of humans to bring heat relief within minutes, enhancing survivability. She discovers cultural differences from other people through her travels, aided by her discovery of horses as a mode of transportation, Then we learn how connection to other human communities helped humankind grow at a exponential learning of hunting and better socialization skills/discoveries e.g.. sex for pleasure vs. sex for increasing your hearth. I read this trilogy decades ago. Now I've enjoyed these 3 stories in audiobook format 2 times before I wrote these reviews on all 3 of Jean Auel's novels. Enjoyable way to enjoy prehistory. Great narration. Jean Auel made me wait too long to allow Ayla and her lover to finally find peace with their commitment. That frustration made me "drop a star" on the "Story" rating. I loved this trilogy and recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (628)

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    Lois says: "Engrossing story that needs some abridgment"
    "Part 2: Very enjoyable 3 part Prehistoric humans"
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    Ayla, the prehistoric woman character in this book, is abandoned by her clan. Hunting for food she discovers a earth shaking discovery: horses can offer more than food to eat when hunted and killed. They allow you to cover more distance to explore uncharted territory. They allow you companionship. They allow you to carry more food from the kill area of the hunt to a safe area for butchering away from other predators eg. hyenas and lions. Enjoy Ayla's discovery of an evolutionary survival breakthrough for humankind. Ayla is an amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (807)

    Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.

    Terri says: "Clan of the Cave Bear"
    "Loved it"
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    I read all 3 novels over 25 years ago. I don't have the patience to write a proper review but this listen is great. Do you love history? How did we evolve?,,,,, presented in a totally entertaining way,,,,, without the boredom of typical boring history classes. Men, understand women in a different way from thousands of years of history. See women in awe and love and respect. I am now in the second book and can't wait for the 3rd. You may love this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: Victor the Assassin Series, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...

    John says: "1 Review for 3 books in series"
    "3 out of 3 wonderful Thriller"
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    Read my review of Book 1 of 3. This writer is outstanding! Get all 3 and you will be happy. I can't wait for the next book. Same satisfaction as "Mitch Rapp" who works to protect our nation, but this character works for money as an assassin but has a conscious and "monster skills"(weapons, strategy, technology, intelligence). Fun and exciting.

    0 of 0 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
    (258)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (232)

    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.

    Margo says: "Not as Fond of Book 2"
    "I loved it!"
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    Read my review of Book 1! I loved this new addition to suspense! This is totally worth the money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (382)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    David says: "Rootin' For The Bad Guy!"
    "Totally enjoyable"
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    I am 4 months overdue in writing this review. I have listened to all the books in this series and I just want more. We have another top writer of suspense! This author introduces us to a assassin who is as clever as Sherlock Holmes( in his deductive thinking), He only needs minimum clues to find his prey. He is as cold blooded as they come yet does not tolerate people who use swear words. Great fun! Great Listen! I listened to all the books in this series 2 times. I am late in this review because I wanted to write a outstanding review, but I don't want to wait any longer so this is short and sweet. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1300)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Narrator tranquilizes/story too complex"
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    At the end of my first listen I understood so little of the story I decided to start all over, and not because I enjoyed it so much. I felt I must not have given enough of my concentration to a novel designed to stimulate the mind of a smart person. I said to myself "I'm smart. I'll listen again but this time I'll try to listen better". I no longer blame myself. I rate the plot and the narrator poor. The plot is not close to linear. The plot jumps from WW1 to WW11 to Cold War era to post 911 to dream sequences to Civil war recollections to more dream sequences to what you may think is a dream sequence but is not one. The author introduces prehistoric anthropology, genetics, global war, theology, nuclear technology all woven in a web of science fiction. The story is crystal clear when it is reverting back to a 1917 scene because the author clearly states "it is 1917". But all the other periods in history, in which the author time warps, you have to continually unravel.

    I imagine the the narrator's tenor voice with excellent diction and mild inflections earned A's in high school and college speech classes, however his tone and only "mild" inflection invite "daydreaming" and no real personality development. If you daydream for even 30 seconds you are lost and have to rewind. The number of times I had to rewind because I was "lost" are countless.

    If you can solve a "Rubik's cube in 30 seconds you may enjoy this book. Personally, after 2 listens, I wondered if the author was self medicating on a mind altering substance while mentally writing a sci-fi novel showing off his knowledge of pre-historic anthropology, physics, biology, genetics, "master race" themes, world and sacred history, and theology. At first I thought it would be mind provoking and thought the reviews I read before my purchase were mostly 5 stars. Now I think I must have been lured into buying a book which only had, at the time, around 100 reviews of 5 stars. Now a lot of negative reviews have brought the average down to 4 stars.

    The story was a great idea but the plot and narrator variables did not do it for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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