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John

Semi retired computer field engineer.

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  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1118)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "An awesome read"
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    Would you listen to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor again? Why?

    Yes, I might listen to this again, but my read/listening patterns is to only listen once and move on. Still, this was a awesome book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes action, with a military theme, a strong sense of love for defending principle, true friendship and country. A very patriotic work that is not cheesy. One thing that is important to me in a story is strong character development. This book has that which creates a strong foundation for everything else.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor?

    Oh, the ending. There may be tears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boat scene.


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

    Same as the title, (which is what they did for the movie).


    Any additional comments?

    If this kind of book is your thing, I doubt you will be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1952)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Suarez Delivers... Slightly short of a perfect"
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    I love Daniel's work. One of my favorite authors of all time and I always have to wait impatiently for his next release. Jeff is THE reader for Daniel's work.

    This story is about 95% of what I have grown to love and respect in a Daniel Suarez book. Has all the features; techno thriller, mystery, courageous approach to making the cutting edge tech a reality.

    My only small complaint with this book, is that Mr. Suarez, who usually makes the possibly impossible plausible, went just a little too far in some cases. It's always a very fine line he walks, and the balancing act is often mystifying. There were just a few points where the feats, features and fantasy, staggered into the realm of a cartoon I would watch as a young kid, where "anything is possible to a point beyond plausible "if it were only possible", belief.

    Mr. Suarez, if you read these reviews, and I hope you do! I LOVE your work and I will undoubtedly buy your next one. Please don't be in any way discouraged. Just remember your "roots" "Daemon", "Freedom TM". They are the standard by which all techno thrillers should be measured.

    Lastly, "Kill Decision" screamed 'sequel'... Just a thought.

    Yep. If you like this style and genre, you will not regret buying this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2509)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "5 Stars and Worth It"
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    This series is likely one of, if not the most fav of all for me on Audible.

    I'll put it this way... I was really sad when I thought I might have reached the last in the Micky Haller series. I hope Mr. Connelly would write another one, because I just loved the character so. I like his other series, but this one is the better of the two in my opinion.

    I love this narrator in this character as well. For me, Peter Glies IS Micky Haller. He makes brilliant writing come alive with "just right" characterizations. Not over the top, just enough to differentiate the characters in a subtile, yet totally effective way.

    The path of the storyline over the course of this series has kept me engaged. The right balance of legal, thrill and mystery adventures.

    Mr. Connelly, please PLEASE don't let this be the last one. Mr. Giles, I hope you are on deck for the next narration. A winning team for sure.

    I can hardly wait!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Contractor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charles Holdefer
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    George Young is a devoted family man and a Gulf War veteran. After a hometown business venture flops, George accepts work overseas as a contracted civilian interrogator for the U.S. government at Omega, a secret holding facility for suspected terrorists. The work pays well, but his personal life is crumbling.

    carl801 says: "An allegory for our times"
    "I guess I am missing the point?"
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    Take great writing as for the development of characters, one of the best readers, (if not THE best) on Audible, and then use the whole book to not really go anywhere that might leave one thinking afterwards. I like a book to "stick with me" and have me return to ponder things more afterwards.

    Maybe I totally missed the point. Character development and great writing is a gift, and the author has it. Really, he does. He just didn't really take me anywhere other than the storyline of the struggles in the main character's marriage. I went away feeling "what a waste of true potential".

    Maybe I was hoping for more "thrills", "mystery" something, which is one of my fav styles of book.

    The book just sort of filled the time for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2593)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2187)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "I used to like Scott more"
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    I remember liking Scott Brick more in other readings. It's odd, he did really well on the characterizations, but in the more narrative parts, he kept droning on with this weepy tone that detracted from the necessary or needed. I found myself relieved when he would go into character as the narrative voice really got painful.

    Now the book, the writing and mostly the story, kept me listening. It's a slow burn kind of plot. It does get better as it progresses. The reasons and motives at the end were not shocking, or thrilling, but interesting. You get very interested in the characters and their story. That is the core value here.

    The characters are almost laboriously developed, but I think a lot of the feeling of labor steamed more from the narration than other factors.

    Would I recommend this book as a worthwhile (read) listen? Sure. The writing is above average for sure. It's Scott that kinda' let me down this time, but mostly in the narrative. Characters "voices" were fine. Less weepy narrative would have made the book 4~5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1683)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Ted says: "Twistier Than A Twizzler"
    "Story good, narration fatiguing"
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    If you could sum up A Conflict of Interest in three words, what would they be?

    Tension between the Law and the heart


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is what kept me listening. I think the story could use more "peaks" in the revelation flow of the plot. It did also surprise me a few times, but as I will say below, the narrator was difficult for me to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This may be an unfortunate association, but one of my ex-employers used to talk just like this narrator. Although the over enunciation may be amusing at first, I soon grew very weary of it. His voice and speaking style reminding me of this other person the whole time did not help, but it feels so "forced", that it sucked a lot of the energy out of the story. I found myself distracted by the narrator and so the actual story wasn't given the chance it deserved. Interesting, some reviewers liked the narrator. Be sure you listen to him a few times before you decide to invest in the whole reading.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good story and plot. Worth a listen. Just be advised that the narrator may get to you after awhile.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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