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Jim

auburn, AL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    On a quiet park bench in Manhattan - just miles from the ruins of the World Trade Center - a spymaster delivers a chilling secret message to Jake Grafton: A rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam.

    Jim says: "Getting someplace but slowly"
    "Getting someplace but slowly"
    Overall

    This book introduces a lot of characters and I found it a bit much to keep track of it all. That being said the storyline is plausible and well developed. For me the first 2/3 of the book felt long and I found my mind wandering a bit. The last scene is a good payoff. The reader does a good job with various voices and inflections. I will listen to more from this author but I will be selective.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4060)
    Performance
    (3489)
    Story
    (3467)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "A bit disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much character development for people who do not matter to other books in the series. All that dialogue made the book boring in some parts.


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

    The most interesting was probably the action scenes. The least interesting was the storyline surrounding the French detective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rapp in the hotel room and his getaway.


    Could you see Kill Shot being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Kiefer Sutherland, Vin Diesel


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Russell Moore
    • Narrated By Russell Moore
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The gospel of Jesus Christ—the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family—means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world. Russell D. Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same.

    naomi says: "Love it"
    "Less than expected"
    Overall

    As a prospective adopting parent I was really looking forward to a book written by a man about his experiences with adoption. I was hoping for all sorts of stories and insights about the adoption process, meeting the kids, learning from them, teaching them, growing with a deeper understanding of their culture... Forget it! This book is like a doctoral thesis on religion. I'm a believer so I should have been a bullseye for his target audience and I hated this book. Kept listening to it for awhile, put it away, try it again. If you are an avid Audible listener you know what I mean--you hate to admit you wasted your hard earned money and were fooled by the previews. It happens. I'd recommend something else but Audible doesn't have much on this topic. The Gathering, another book on adoption, is read by a woman who is just plain annoying so I would avoid that one too.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2897)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (1997)

    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"
    "Fully engaged adrenaline rush"
    Overall

    Andrew Peterson is an amazing new author that has created a couple characters you can cheer for. There is plenty of action, cool gadgets, and interesting settings. Holly and Nate strike a bit of a love interest which is probably the slowest part of the book and not Peterson's strong point. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other twists and turns that kept me interested. Dick Hill really delivers with the narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6412)
    Performance
    (4408)
    Story
    (4386)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "One of Lee Child's Best"
    Overall

    This book was an unexpected surprise. While I am a big, big, fan of Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series, the title of this book was a bit misleading. It is not about some psychopath on the loose. Rather it features well written dialogue between Jack and a few down-home police detectives in rural Georgia. More than other books in this series, Mr. Child goes out of his way to carefully develop characters that I could identify with and have empathy for. You will like this book if you enjoy a good mystery and simple people faced with the challenge of doing extraordinary things. The only complaint I had is one far fetched connection between Jack and his long lost brother. Dick Hill did an excellent job narrating as usual. Thanks Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2624)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1736)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "My favorite book of all time."
    Overall

    The dialogue and character development is superb. As a man, the issues addressed in this book such as physical and mental abuse and bigotry toward those of Hispanic origin really made me angry (but in a good way). I have never wanted to jump into the storyline and help the protagonist as much as with this story. I've listened to over 50 audible titles and probably 5 from Lee Child. This is my favorite. Dick Hill outdoes himself with his timing and inflection. Some might find so much dialogue with a desperate woman annoying. Stick with it though and you really want to take part in the investigation. This story will draw you in and not let go. Loved it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Muhammad Yunus
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his world-changing efforts, here develops his revolutionary new concept that promises to redeem the failed promise of free enterprise: social business.

    Jim says: "Delivers less than I had hoped"
    "Delivers less than I had hoped"
    Overall

    This is basically an academic review of the history of social business, a very detailed analysis of what a social business is and is not, and some practical examples. Unfortunately it is not uplifting or filled with insightful stories of how social business has changed individual lives. The company I own is heavily involved in social responsibility with the sale of entire product lines donated to a charity that feeds impoverished children. I should have loved this book but it just became noise in my headset. It is probably best suited as a resource.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Healthy Eating: Smart Food Choices for Life!

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Penny Steward
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Do you wish you had more energy? Are you carrying a few extra pounds? Are you curious about how food really affects you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this program is for you! You are what you eat after all, and in today’s busy world, too many people are making the wrong food choices leading to obesity, lack of energy and a wide variety of health problems.

    Jim says: "Great summary of latest Health news"
    "Great summary of latest Health news"
    Overall

    Having listened to several other recent Audible titles on nutrition and health, I found this short book right on target. I highly recommend this book if you want the latest scoop in a bite size portion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (118)

    The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical - it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

    Michael says: "Eye opening look into the future of the US economy"
    "Part history, part advice, part sham"
    Overall

    Listen to this book if you want a different perspective on buying and holding stock--if you think the U.S. has seen its last hurrah. Listen to this if you want to understand an alternative view of investing in foreign stocks and gold. Listen to this if you want a long commercial of buying these investments from his firm. It's like listening to a good mechanic tell you what's wrong with the car and then telling you to leave the car with him. You appreciate the advice but wonder if there was an alterior motive. The narration was very good and the book was quite interesting. As a result I will do more research.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Early one morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. Now.

    Joel says: "Good but Not Great"
    "I wanted to like it, but didn't"
    Overall

    This book had all the key elements that could have made for a good listen--secret interrogations, tough protagonist, terrorists, a great narrator, etc. Unfortunately the story line fell a bit flat and there were too many people coming in and out of the investigation. I struggled through it and wish I hadn't.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Back Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    The boy was born and raised on the Main Line, but he vanished on Philadelphia's mean streets, last seen in a downtown cheater's hotel. The boy's mother, Linda Coldren, is a golf superstar and Myron Bolitar's client. When he goes after the missing boy, presumed kidnapped, he crashes through a crowd of lowlifes, blue bloods, and liars on both sides of the social divide. Meanwhile, Linda's husband is trying to stage a comeback at the U.S. Open, only to be found dead in a sand trap.

    Catherine says: "More motives than ever..."
    "Bunker Shot"
    Overall

    Too bad. I'm normally a big fan of Harlan Coben but I struggled through Back Spin. A teenage boy is kidnapped but since you know almost nothing about him you almost don't care. Unfortunately much of the storyline is built around that. Top that off with some ridiculous characters that are sometimes funny and sometimes just trying to be funny and you end up with a book that belongs in the sand trap. Still, my appreciation for this author keeps me from giving it less than 3 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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