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Jack

Castleisland, Ireland | Member Since 2012

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  • Heroes Proved

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oliver North
    • Narrated By Peyton Tochterman
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    The year is 2032. The NRA has been outlawed; the U.S. military has been gutted; Conservative Christians, dubbed ANARKS, have been labeled a global conspiracy and have been largely driven underground. The Caliphate is now a superpower, residing in Israel. The White House is occupied by a repressive Progressive regime, obsessed with the upcoming presidential election.

    Michael says: "The story was pretty good, but the narrator wasn't"
    "Atlas Shrugged for Geeks, sorry Ayn Rand"
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    I really tried to like this story. I listened to a full 6 hours and 28 minutes before I finally gave up. While the blurb describes this as set in a dystopian future, it is clear that it is really written as part of some type of weird Sarah Palin election literature. While I quite happily munch my way through books set in the future, most have the advantage of being written for adults. This book, although audio, is clearly aimed at people with a limited reading age that need everything spelled out. Many times. On top of that I found it both patronising and utterly jingoistic. To crown it all, the characters are completely one-dimensional and utterly lacking in any redeeming features that would make the reader identify with them.
    This book contains every tea party scare story that keeps Rush Limbaugh in a job. It is anti-european, anti-arab, anti-hispanic. I didn't get far enough in to see if it also manages to target the asians. In one sense, I could have forgiven all that if it was written well. It isn't. If you value thirteen hours of your life, I am sure you could spend it more productively than listening to this.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (906)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "It was great until the last chapter"
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    Performance
    Story

    While this is definitely a book that falls into the ponderous genre, it still had just enough pace to keep me interested. It created a world that was full of detail and it seemed very real. Yet it is is not perfectly formed. When the last chapter finished I had to look at the paper version to see if something had gone wrong. While some may call the ending different, it has all the hallmarks of a student rushing a paper where they have run out of time. I was left dissatisfied.
    To finish on a positive note, the reader of this book was excellent, getting the many accents spot on.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2773)
    Performance
    (2435)
    Story
    (2446)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Vicky says: "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"
    "Fun, fun, fun"
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    I had not stumbled across the Gray Man series before but am looking forward to reading or listening to the rest of the series.
    This is a good yarn with loads of action. Like all action hero stories, you suspend belief and roll along on the tide of excitement.
    The story is topical, set in the nightmare that is Mexico's drug wars. While it certainly would not feature on the Mexican Tourist Board's series of recommended reading, it did evoke a nice picture of parts of the country.
    Villains were plentiful and were not simply stereotyped by ethnicity. There was no moralisation or sense that we were being preached at by the author.
    The reader was excellent and did a great job.
    All in all this was very entertaining and well worth a listen. The reason I did not give it 5 stars is because, as I write, a week after finishing the book, it is already fading fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Brown
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

    Rickapolis says: "Informative and fun"
    "Entertaining, engaging and sometimes exciting"
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    Its hard to believe that a book about astronomy, by an astronomer, could stir up any emotion exceeding casual interest. Yet I found this book both entertaining and occasionally riveting. While intensely personal at times, the book is fundamentally about the passion of a driven scientist.While blessed with a position that allowed access to the best tools of the trade, what separates the author from the mainstream is his ability to make best use of what was available. This book straddles detail, but not of a technical variety, with an overview that is specific enough to keep it interesting. The key sub-story of academic intrigue is genuinely telling, as well as really gripping. I was thinking of buying the book to give to a nine year old that is excited by the subject, but I think think that the personal parts might put him off. Maybe next year.
    It is not too long and plays well at double speed. All in all, well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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