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Carlos

Omaha, NE, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 322 titles in library
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  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (309)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Carlos says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
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    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I loved this book. The narration was clear and distinct, and the story was well told. About my only dismay was when I realized that this actually the fourth book of the Grail Quest series, and then I was seriously annoyed to find that books 1-3 are only available as abridged versions.
    I honestly don't know why publishers waste their time or effort with abridged versions, I personally won't waste time or money on abridged versions.
    Maybe someday someone at Audible will realize that there is a HUGE market for unabridged books.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (571)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Not Really A Sci-Fi Fan But I Like This Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters are all well defined, sometimes predictable, but still providing a good storyline


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I have never really been a sci-fi fan, but this series has gripped my imagination. About the only downside that I have had a issue with is that in Iron Grey Sea, the audio level was a lot lower. I drive a truck for a living, so I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and books 1 thru 6 were fine, but this one was so hard to hear over the truck noise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (684)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Finally!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad to see that some of the older books are coming out in unabridged audio formats. Please Audible, don't stop!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1189)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Still A Good One"
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    What did you love best about Shock Wave?

    The way Virgil is able to get people to talk to him with his own special personality is always a treat to witness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shock Wave?

    At the end when you realize that Virgil is alone and seems to be troubled about the woman who has obviously captured his attention


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

    Yes. The performances are always superb.


    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn' as heart pounding with excitement the way "Bad Blood" or "Heat Lightning" was, but it is still a very worthwhile read. I still highly recommend the entire series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mass Effect: Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (252)

    After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars---the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community. On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station---smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post, and for what purpose?

    Grant says: "Enhances the enjoyment of the games substantially"
    "I wish I would have been warned..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I despise video games. They're for losers who can't function in reality and I have no use for that kind of lifestyle. So when I realized that the 3 Mass Effect books were from a video game, then I realized why the entire storyline was so lame.
    This entire series is a waste of time and money.

    0 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (553)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Classic Cornwell !"
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    I've been a fan of Bernard Cornwell for a few years now, and I can say that if more high school history teachers could learn to make history as interesting as Mr. Cornwell does, then I dare say that history would not be the bane of so many high school students.

    This book was able to bring a part of European history to life and show us the daily perils that the average person had to endure:hunger, disease, death at the hands of outlaws or by a church that put itself above all. And in the midst of it, this utter chaos, there were people willing to stand and deliver for what they beileve in.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1016)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Eh..."
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    What did you like best about Some Girls Bite? What did you like least?

    I was so glad that it wasn't some whiny teen angst book like another well known recent series...

    But the main character, Merit, was so wishy washy and indecisive about what she wants that it really gets old after awhile.

    That and it took FOREVER for anything of real interest to actually happen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was a lot like the rest of the book, a let down.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Well, me personally, and I want to stress that this is a PERSONAL taste, I don't much care for female narrators. They just don't seem to have the vocal range to give the various characters more definition.


    Do you think Some Girls Bite needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The manuscript for this book should have been staked through the heart before it ever left the editors' desk.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew an hour into it that this was an opener for a series. All I can guess is that the author was trying to simply introduce the characters and give some background to the overall story. I'll try another since it is a series, but if the excitement level doesn't pick up dramatically I won't be going past book two

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Look Away

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harold Coyle
    • Narrated By David Hilder
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    At the heart of the story are two brothers, sons of a prosperous New Jersey businessman whose growing wealth and power are dependent on his ability to avoid choosing sides as the abolitionist movement takes hold. James and Kevin Bannon, who have always shielded each other from their father's tyrannical outbursts, see their fierce loyalty abruptly shattered by their rivalry over a woman - and her shocking, violent death.

    Bryan says: "disappointed"
    "Look Away"
    Overall

    I personally loved this book. The narrator seemed to bring a lot of life to the characters while he also brought death to the battlefields. And from a purely historical standpoint, you can always count on Harold Coyle to do his research.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (273)

    Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "The Outlaws"
    Overall

    I have had one complaint about Griffin's books all along, and I don't know why I was expecting anything different this time around. And that is his need to recap the entire previous series books that came before, several times throughout the current book. Hearing the same story rehashed over and over grows old. The overall story line and plot was good, the narrartion was good, but the constant revisiting of previous books caused me to lose interest several times.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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