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Larry

Fort Jones, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer.

    Matthew McLelland says: "Worst Bourne ever"
    "Save Yourself!"
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    What would have made Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative better?

    This ain't Ludlum. Makes you wonder how much this guy paid to rent the name. This is a collection of overly-worded preposterous banalities, poorly read. Saturday morning cartoons are less insulting to the intellect..


    What could Eric Van Lustbader have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    refrained from writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There is no end to the negatives. As much as it was possible, he destroyed a bad book


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

    yes, all three, I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell this "reader" ,and I use the term loosely, that vaudevillian melodrama is like so yesterday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (300)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "Master Storyteller"
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    What made the experience of listening to Night Soldiers the most enjoyable?

    Firstly, I think George Guidall could read a Chinese phonebook and make it compelling listening. Secondly, Alan Furst is a master at character development. Also, I found the subject matter fascinating. I like when I read or listen to a book, it becomes pictorially vivid in my mind. It takes very good writing to do that for me. Alan Furst does this extremely well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters, because they seemed alive to me. However, following the main character was extremely enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    On the Danube, in a rowboat with the Soviet soldier, when he encountered the grounded barge, and recognized the hull number as a significant code. I felt his excitement! I have a hundred favorite scenes in this book. I can't wait until I forget enough to justify re-reading it!


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

    I think I'd stick with the book title, Night Soldiers.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a departure from the shoot-em-up spy books, which I also enjoy, but it loses nothing by shedding gratuitous violence. It replaces non-stop action with true intrigue, and I found it no less exciting. It would be like comparing Casablanca and Die Hard. Both great genres to be sure, but each with an exceptional cache. This was my first Furst, and I just downloaded his "Polish Officer". Can't wait to get into it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1034)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Daniel Beck says: "Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan."
    "Now I know John Clark!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Without Remorse the most enjoyable?

    Great Story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Without Remorse?

    Too many to list!


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    Consistently mispronounced words.


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

    Was an overall good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Pritchard needs a new job...one that doesn't involve reading out loud. He provided the disappointment quotient. Hey Michael, it's pronounced

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4924)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Tremendous"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Company the most enjoyable?

    The pace allowed me to do other things while listening.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I never lost interest


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Narration is great, properly inflected without being pretentious.


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

    Patriotism is the province of all political ideologies. No one corners the market on 'true believers'.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic and engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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