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L. Marino

San Antonio, TX USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (578)

    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"
    "Grabs and holds your interest"
    Overall

    As a retired military officer, who spent a year in Vietnam I can attest to the accuracy of this novel. His use of colloquialisms and military routines are dead on. His character painting is vivid and it makes you care about his characters. I couldn't wait to see how the Marines were doing each day as I got my dose of this audio book. It is one of those books that grabs you and holds you throughout. When its over you wish there was more.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2173)
    Performance
    (1931)
    Story
    (1916)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "I expected more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Following on the heels of his Blockbuster first novel, I expected more. The problem with this novel is there are too many story lines, shifting in both time an perspective. It lost me in the middle and never regained my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1641)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "A bit too far out even for Pendergast"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Two Graves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I realize fiction is to suspend reality in favor of imagination, but some of the plot lines in this novel are ridiculous. I'm a big fan of the series but this one seems like it's off kilter with a plot line and twists that defy reality.


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    without a doubt, Pendergast


    Any additional comments?

    It's been quite a while since their last novel, the prior one in this series. I'd recommend reading that prior to beginning this novel to refresh yourself on the myriad of relationships and the history of how the new book got to where it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (1907)
    Story
    (1896)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "This audio book appears to be missing chapter(s)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read every lee child novel. I love the Character. It is obvious to me that there were one or more chapters omitted from this audio book. One of the pivotal events is missing, discussed after the fact but not seminal moment when it happened. it took me quite a while and several references during the plot line to determine what was missing and how that event fit into the plot.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    Fix the problem and it will be worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2012)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1004)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "One of his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It's never easy to try to anticipate the plot twists and subsequent actions that Lee Child delivers through Jack Reacher. that is one of the primary reasons I enjoy the series so much. I read extensively (or listen to audio books). While many books are well written and enjoyable, you can frequently anticipate what will happen next. It becomes almost formulary. Not so with these Jack Reacher novels. the only consistent thing throughout them is reacher and his zen like existence with nothing but a toothbrush and disposable cheap clothes. I'm a retired Army officer and find his description of military life and actions to be fairly accurate (although most soldiers would be thrown into Prison for some of the things Reacher routinely does in each of these novels) So, yes.... it is necessary to suspend reality on occasion (Reacher whips the asses of small armies single handedly) you WANT to believe that these bad guys will get their just rewards (an ass kicking by Reacher). Child does have ONE formula that he repeats over and over in each novel. I guess he feels it is necessary at some point in each novel for a female associate to hop into bed with reacher as though he is irresistable to the female species (despite his admitted lack of showers, clean clothes OR the use of toothpaste. My wife gets a good laugh out of that part of his novels. Otherwise, I believe it ALL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (268)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "What a superb novel"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Shibumi again? Why?

    I was guided to this book during my quest to read all of Don Winslow's novels. I read SAVAGES and was hooked on Winslow's writing. He wrote a novel that was tied to this Trevenian classic as a prequel with many of the same characters. When i discovered this, I did a little research and found SHIBUMI, (on which Winslow's novel SATORI was based) to be held in high literary regard. I enjoyed it immensely. Like many of Winslow's novels it has broad historical scope with cultural and historical accuracy coupled with a plot that grabs you and won't let go!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

    Lauren says: "Least Favorite Davenport So Far"
    "Incredibly bad performance by comparison"
    Overall

    I've read most of these novels by John Sandford, it is one of my favorite series. However, this abridged version sounds as though it has been artificially speeded up to fit into some sort of time criteria. Much of the dialogue is delivered without much inflection, and music and sound effects are added here and there - not improving the performance much. this is the first audio book I've purchased in this series that has been "abridged", I won't buy another abridged performance. A couple of truisms I've learned listening to audiobooks, the first is NEVER buy an audio performance delivered by the AUTHOR, now I'm thinking about these abridged versions. The UNABRIDGED versions are done well in this series.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4150)
    Performance
    (2322)
    Story
    (2322)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Will grab and you and not let you go until the end"
    Overall

    This is the kind of book that when you begin, you wonder "why am I reading this", misery and suffering endured by young Marines. I spent a year in Vietnam as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot and found this narrative to be true to life down to the colloquialisms in use at the time. What makes it such an excellent story is the authors way of showing the human spirit in war. Combat scenes as good as saving private Ryan. It sets the hook and reels you in. When it is finished you wish you had a sequel or could continue reading. It is an exceptionally well written piece of literature, with a great story line and the enduring story of men in combat as it really is. I found myself looking forward daily to going back and seeing what kind of predicament the marines had found themselves in that day. If you are thinking about joining the Marines, don't read this, no fancy crisp uniforms with gleaming swords here, just reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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