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Dave

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2334)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Terrible narration"
    Overall

    The story is good but the reading is terrible. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh but after hearing Duma Key read by John Slattery I can't help but compare. The intonation is forced and the main female character is extremely weak when in fact she is a strong character. After listening to the preview I thought I could put up with it because of all the good reviews but I'm really struggling.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Die Now: Hoke Moseley, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Charles Willeford
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley receives an unexplained order to let his beard grow, he doesn't think much about it. He hastoo much going on at home, especially with a man he helped convict ten years before moving in across the street. Hoke immediately assumes the worst, andc onsidering he has his former partner, her newborn, and his two teenage daughters living with him, he doesn't like the situation one bit.

    Dave says: "Bitter sweet"
    "Bitter sweet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this book. The fourth in the Hoke Moseley series and it seems to me that Charles Willeford was just getting warmed up with Hoke. I would have loved to see how Hoke did in his new job (no spoilers). Sadly Willeford died soon after and we'll never know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sideswipe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Willeford
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant and very single partner, and a low-paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never to set foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang that includes a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree.

    Dave says: "Loved It!!"
    "Loved It!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I only recently discovered Charles Willeford and sadly there is only one book left as the author died soon after writing it. Yes these books are from the eighties but so what? The stories are rich and remind me so much of early Joseph Wambaugh. The narrator does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1648)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1287)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "The mantle has been passed!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent story, very good narration. Vince Flynn, you will always been missed. Taken too young, you had so much more to say. Ben Coes, you have big shoes to fill, but this book is a very promising start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark: Left Behind Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    His Excellency Global community Potentate Nicolae Carpathia is back, this time as Satan. Resurrected and indwelt by the devil himself, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy as the beast tightens his grip as ruler of the world. Ensconced in a new safe house, the Trib Force suffers tragic loss at the dawn of the second half of the seven-year tribulation, the Great Tribulation.

    Dave says: "Destroyed by narrator"
    "Destroyed by narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Mark better?

    To have been read by Richard Ferrone


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins ? Why or why not?

    Yes, by a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    After following the series as read by Richard Ferrone I was disappointed to fine that he had not narrated "The Mark". So I tried the most recent recording read by Jack Sondericker. What a huge fail. The accents are terrible, a New Zealander sounds Cockney, Zion the Jewish rabbi sounds like a Nazi!! His name is pronounced "see on" instead of Zion. And Carpathia and Fortunado are so over the top as to sound cartoonish. I didn't make it past chapter 3.


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

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1562)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Story good, narration terrible"
    Overall

    I really wanted to know what happend after The Third Option so in spite of all the bad reviews about the narrator I went ahead and bought this title. After 70 Audible books this is by far the worst narration I have heard. At times Mitch sounds like a petulant child. Please Audible don't let this narrator near another Mitch Rapp story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4719)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2693)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Best Haller story so far. Loved the Matthew McConaughey reference. I just have to rebut the bad narrator reviews. What recording were you listening to? Peter Giles is excellent and I wish he also did the Bosch books so that Harry could sound less like Archie Bunker as he does with that other reader. You know who I mean.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (517)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    Rebecca says: "You've love this Story"
    "Amazing narration"
    Overall

    I agree with most of the reviews here, i.e. that this novel is an amazing debut by Stuart Neville. This author is going to be one of the greats. What I really want to say is that from an audible book point of view Gerard Doyle is a fantastic narrator. It can not be overstated how much a good narrator brings to the experience of an audio book. I enjoy Michael Connelly's books but half of the Audible narrators used for Connellys's books are terrible. *PLEASE* Audible, use more narrators like Gerard Doyle and Peter Giles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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