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Brian

Encinitas, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Dawn Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

    Brian says: "Awesome"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    I am from Encinitas, CA which is Don Winslow country. I love mysteries and surfing so I decided to check it out. I fell for this book right from the beginning. I loved Boone and his friends. I loved Winslow's storytelling.

    But this book totally surprised me. It turned from light and even a little funny to intense and dark. I simply could not put it down. I was so drawn to the characters and the plot action and wanted to find out what happened to Boone and friends.

    BTW, the narrator was just great and and really added to the enjoyment. I am reading Frankie Machine right now, by Winslow, and am really enjoying it.

    Don Winslow is my favorite new author. Check it out.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5972)
    Performance
    (5422)
    Story
    (5437)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Best Book In A Great While"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was fabulous. Great story. Great characters. Great narrator. Exciting. Touching. Believable. Hard Magic is unlike any other magic book I have read, and I have read many. I haven't written an Audible review in several years. But, I wanted to voice my enthusiasm to encourage others to read/listen to this book.

    I have already downloaded the follow up in this series and look forward to checking out Larry Correia's other books.

    I also want to give a big shout out to Bronson Pinchot for his awesome narration. It is so refreshing to listen to a narrator who is a gifted actor and who is truly great with voices. Each character was unique. Each voice distinct. Kudos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10539)
    Performance
    (9533)
    Story
    (9618)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Not Great! Not Horrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. it is just more of the same old Brown stuff. The Da Vinci Code was fresh, exciting and deeply intriguing. This book is stale and felt very contrived.


    Would you recommend Inferno to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. I almost quit listening many times, especially in the first 2/3rds of the books.


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

    Not heard this narrator before. He reminds me a little of Scott Brick, but does voice characterizations much better.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I finally got pretty interested in the last 1/3 of the book. So, by the end, I kinda enjoyed it.
    Faint praise at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
    "Magical and Wonderful"
    Overall

    My wife read this book first and fell in love with it. So, I gave it a try (even though it's not my favorite genre). It was love at first listen. I took a month to finish it because I didn't want it to end.

    The author gives a simply amazing narration. He is among the top narrators I have ever heard. He perfectly captured each of the wonderful characters and instilled in them their unique personalities (as possibly only an author could do).

    Summerland is filled with love and wisdom. And on top of that, it's an incredibly fun read.

    My highest ratings.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2325)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (496)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "What a great book"
    Overall

    If you loved Da Vinci Code and The Matrix you'll love this book. Well written. Well read. Can't wait till Book Two in this trilogy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "Great book to take you away"
    Overall

    I loved this book and the characters of Jimmy's tale. Tender, funny and rich in Island wisdom. I became deeply immersed in this land and touched by the humanity of its characters. Tully, Cleopatra, Ix-nay and the others have become a part of me and the rat-race of modern life has faded to a more acceptable place.

    Oh yeah. I have decided to take a Journey to the Islands this year to find my own Salty Piece of Land.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (529)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Misguided and unbelievable"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book. I thought I might find that rare combination in a book of excitement and deep ideas. What I found was a totally unbelievable story with one stupid escape after another. I stuck around to hear more of Chrichton's ideas and see where he was going with this thing. Unfortunately, I just don't buy most of his ideas and the book got more and more preachy.

    Over and over, he spouted his views that Global Warming doesn't exist. Then he stated as another example of public fear - the silicon breast implant controversy. He stated that the implant fears were proven to have no basis is fact. Finally I had enough. As a doctor who has treated the side effects of implants in a number of patients, I know they are far from benign for many women. Chrichton revealed his mainstream bias and ignorance on the subject.

    Why in the world would I believe him on the subject of global warming?
    I don't. Bottom line. this is a crappy book with unbeliveable ideas and plot line. Save yourself some money and time.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Rats. They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good Piper to lure them away.

    David says: "The best of Prachett!!"
    "Great book and narrator"
    Overall

    My wife and I really loved Maurice. I loved the characters and the narrator's multiple voices. This book constantly makes you laugh out loud. Really, really enjoyable. I still walk around playing my favorite characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company was born in California in 1981, when three young men who had watched too many hours of Bugs Bunny cartoons began performing half-hour versions of Hamlet in the street, alleys, and rubbish bins of San Francisco. The resulting mixture of classic theater, left-wing literary analysis, and punk-rock sensibility proved exhilarating, as the company members rejected traditional approaches to theatre and began bouncing props off audiences' heads.

    Doug says: "Nowhere near as good as volume one..."
    "Outrageous and really funny"
    Overall

    Stoner humor, full of "sight gags", slap stick, chain of consciousness stuff. Of course, some jokes fall flat. But much of it is over-the-top funny. Listen to the sample - you'll get the idea.

    I am looking forward to listening to the other editions.

    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
    (5109)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2203)

    "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"
    "Totally worth the time"
    Overall

    I am only 10 hours into The Company. I am just so enthused about this book I wanted to encourage anyone thinking of reading this book but scared of the length to go for it.

    This book is so well written and totally engrossing. The narrator is wonderful. It feels like you are a part of history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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