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Harvey

Barrington, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (468)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Urban Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    Class warfare in the dismal/distant future.. A good Sci-Fi adventure yarn..with an imagination, i enjoyed the literal vertical stratification of societies .A bit of analogy to what's here now. By the way, the narrator, John Lee is the best..

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1155)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "King doing Horror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Avoid gross horror stories...but then it would't be Stephan King.


    What does Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They were important at emphasizing the story when necessary. The narrators were both excellent.


    Was Full Dark, No Stars worth the listening time?

    On balance, even with my reservations, it was worth the listen. I could not finish the repulsive initial story at first. I went back to it after I finished the other stories, perhaps by then oriented to King,'s horror style.I enjoyed some of the stories but at least two of them I could have done without.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18719)
    Performance
    (16666)
    Story
    (16628)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Fun Time Travel,and the future is to be determined"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, wonderful treatment of a brutal event to a sitting President. King hits a homerun with this engrossing, most readible chronicle of the Kennedy assassination.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    How time travel can be a disaster, when the main character had the opportunity to visit the revamped future.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    The main charactor, but can't remember his name.


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

    Back to the Future and Back Again and Again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1365)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "A rarity, a book I could not get into."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Wolf Hall better?

    Some action in the first three hours.


    What was most disappointing about Hilary Mantel’s story?

    In my alloted time(3hrs) to get into a story, the narrative lacked vigor, action, and was a plodding, boring story. Historical novels is my usual fare, but not this one. I assume I lacked patience on this one, May try to listen again later. Presently, I have other enjoyable storiies to hear,


    What three words best describe Simon Slater’s voice?

    OK


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did not stick around long enough to know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Havoc's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    It's 1798, and Dewey Lambdin's lovable but incorrigible rogue, Captain Alan Lewrie, and his crew of the Proteus, have their work cut out for them as they sail through the war-torn Caribbean. First, Lewrie has rashly vowed to uphold a friend's honor in a duel. Second, he faces the unwelcome arrival of HM Government's Foreign Office agents. And last, he must engineer the showdown with his arch foe and nemesis, the hideous ogre of the French Revolution's Terror, that clever fiend Guillaume Choundas!

    Dennis says: "Great book sorry it is the last one audible has"
    "A solid Sea Adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Havoc's Sword in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoy Naval adventure in nautical and personal detail.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Captain Allen Lewrie..center of authors attention. I wanted to see what he caused to happen next.


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

    Yes, John Lee does a good job in English, not so well in other languages. But John Lee is a powerful narrator and is excellent in this series, too.


    If you could take any character from Havoc's Sword out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Allen Lewrie, along with his father, the Colonel.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the last of the Allen Lewrie series to be on Audiobook with Audible.com. I assume because its not all naval battles, but deals with personal issues as well as the minutia of a life at sea, the Brtish Naval organization with its colorful characters , as well as the effects of leaving loved one's behind for years at a time.I found the authors concentration in these areas to be rewarding on balance. Not necessary the best of listens for one up mainly for the adventure of Naval warfare. I was interested enough to keep touch with how Allen Lewrie was fairing that I have read the remaining books. And the author is not yet done, as I am certain that the War of 1812 has to be included before the Capatin can retire.Im sure an Admiral by that time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1620)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "A make believe naval adventure,start of a series"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Into the Storm the most enjoyable?

    I enormously enjoy nautical story telling, esp in a historical setting , like the British Navy in about 1800. This tale carries WW2 American Naval action well beyond its history and creates a sci-fi adventure every bit as entertaining as the old British Navy in action. Only negative I noted was it seemed more like a young readers book selection, employing very simple phrasing and sentences. All in all, tho, I look forward to the next book in this series as I enjoyed the author's use of his imagination..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Mathew


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Approaching the Home, Big Sail and first sea battle with the Grek.


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

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jester's Fortune: The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    It is 1796 and a diminutive, Corsican-born French general has inherited a ragtag army and turned it into an unstoppable fighting force. Within months, Napoleon's storm rolls across Italy and strikes a lethal blow against the Austrian empire. But while the soil of Piedmont and Tuscany runs with blood, another battle takes shape on the mysterious Adriatic Sea. Alan Lewrie and his 18-gun sloop, HMS Jester, part of a squadron of four British warships, sail into the thick of it.

    Bonnie says: "Book eight of the series"
    "Narrator should stick to English pronounciations"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Jester's Fortune? What did you like least?

    A good history of more obscure naval activities in the Adriatic. But I would have liked a bit more military action with real combatants rather than beating up on the illegal merchant trade. A unusual glimpse into muslim and non muslim sensibilities of 200 years ago that still are inplay today. Who would have thought that the Brits would play this race card, even in a clandestine fashion. In this book and the last 2 books in the series, John Lee has been merciless to my ears in his rendition of other than English pronounciations. John spare your loyal listeners your take on French, German, Serbian, etc.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The sailing part.most interesting.The military action and its time in history also of interest. The hero's lustful torments is the least interesting.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes, speak clear English only.


    Do you think Jester's Fortune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There's a long series of books.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The French Admiral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (106)

    1781: Held by the British, the Chesapeake Bay port of Yorktown is under siege. Pounded by the American forces on land and the deadly warships of their French allies at sea, the once-proud city is aflame and near ruin. But on the horizon, the Royal Navy fleet, with heavily armed frigates, is poised to break through the French blockade. Aboard HMS Desperate, Midshipman Alan Lewrie sets his gunners to their lethal work firing broadsides of 24-pound shot at the enemy vessels.

    Craig Walker says: "Great Read but CAUTION!"
    "More than I expected!"
    Overall

    If u enjoy the British war novels of the late 18th and early 19th century this one stands out. Set in revolutonary, colonial america east coast waters, this is an opportunity to learn what war against the rebels was like for the brits and the loyalists.I enjoyed both the sea and land military battles. My only complaints was that this cost 2 credits, but worth it. A trip to the library for more audio fare filled my needs for the rest of the month. I already have spent another 2 credits for the next book in the series..II've become an Allen Lewrie fan. Of course having been in the US Navy myself I'm a sucker for stories of sea adventure. Reading this author is recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "A Thriller"
    Overall

    Wow, this is a excellent listen of WW2 espionage in Nazi occupied Denmark. Mostly I was on the edge of my seat hopeing for the best.The Hornet's(a small airplane)flight out was something else!! If u want to escape from the present and enjoy defeating the Nazis once again, read/listen to this book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (340)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    Cherry says: "Wish I could rate it higher - skipped audio"
    "Escape from a mundane life, this will help!"
    Overall

    Of course you have to suffer a somewhat slow beginning, but once the action starts it never ends, until it's over. This read/listen made a srong impression on me, far more than a typical fantasy, as Mieville develops analogy and metaphor useful in noting how our own culture compares. Evident in both "Perdido St Station" as well as in "City and the City". If you are willing to imagine the unbelievable as a thesis for people coexisting(or not) with each other, experience this authors work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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