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Jose G. Meras

Jose M.

Houston, TX | Member Since 2013

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  • 12 reviews
  • 177 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"
    "AN EXCITING AND EDUCATIONAL READ!"
    Overall

    I was tempted to download "The Man from Beijing" when it was first released on Audible, but I wasn't sure if this was a story I would enjoy. Then last week during my lunch hour, I picked up a copy of the book and started reading it. I was immediately hooked. I went home that evening and downloaded this exciting novel. This is probably the best audio book I have listened to this year. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Best audiobook this year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to I Am Pilgrim again? Why?

    It is complex thriller with a seemingly plausible plot. It is engaging, exciting and doesn't insult one's intelligence. I highly recommend and plan on listening to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were great.


    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    Just a damn good narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is suspensful.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I listened to this audiobook on a nice long drive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Oligarch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Morgan Jones
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Deep in the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources sits a nondescript bureaucrat named Konstantin Malin. He draws a nominal government salary, but from his shabby office he controls half the nation's oil industry, making him one of the most wealthy and feared men in Russia. His public face is Richard Lock, a hapless money launderer bound to Malin by marriage, complacency, and greed. Lock takes the proceeds of his master's corruption, washes them abroad, and invests them back in Russia in a secret business empire.

    Jose G. Meras says: "An Intelligent Captivating Thriller"
    "An Intelligent Captivating Thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is absolutely one of the best books I have listened to in the past couple of years. It's a combination political thriller, mystery, and good ole novel. The story centers around the moral dilemma of the man in charge of laundering money for a wealthy and politically influential Russian oligarch. The novel is a nice change from the America versus Islamist terrorist/China/Iran plots that seem to compromise most political thrillers. This is one reason I have been listening to more British and European-based writers recently. Christopher Morgan Jones writes knows who to write a an intelligent thriller that informs and entertains the reader. This is also a rare instance where it truly feels like the narrator is the one who wrote the book. Five stars all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Satori

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or "naked kill," fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense" - an extra awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.

    Sherri says: "LOVED IT!"
    "An excellent companion to Shibumi!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don Winslow is an awesome writer. He continues the story of Nicholai Hel in "Satori." Trevanian's novel "Shibumi" is a classic and that is due in part to the character of Nicholai Hel. Nicholai is a master assassin with a gift for languages and a passion for the game of go. Oh, by the way he is also the ultimate lover. I enjoyed "Shibumi" so much that I was really afraid to listen to "Satori." I took the chance and listened to "Satori" with the same pleasure that I got from listening to "Shimbumi." This is a great audiobook complemented by Holter Graham's narration. Awesome audio book...definitely a 5 star!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Submission: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amy Waldman
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Claire Harwell hasn't settled into grief; events haven't let her. Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the 9/11 widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack.

    Barbara says: "Some books were meant to be read..."
    "Why Can't We All Get Along?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "The Submission" is an excellent tale of what it means to be an American or Americans as the United States becomes more diverse. It is also an insight into the lives and backgrounds of people striving to create and keep a sense of community during tumultuous times. This is not a story that invites thinking through the issues of culture, religion, community, and nationalism from an academic perspective. It's about people who are contemplating, testing and redefining these ideas and assumptions in real time. From the offices of the mayor of New York City to the neighborhood pharmacy we see people tackling the most sensitive of issues. The story starts out a little slow but it gets better and better. I give this audiobook a 4.5- 5 star ranking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vortex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (287)

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled.

    Ron says: "well-written, well-narrated, but..."
    "Vortex is captivating!"
    Overall

    I lost interest in the Spin trilogy after listening to Axis and almost decided not to listen to Vortex. I'm really glad I decided to listen to the last book of the Axis trilogy. Vortex is captivating, exciting and has well-developed characters. I think Vortex is better than both Spin and Axis. Bottom line: Vortex is a great story and one that I look forward to listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6785)
    Performance
    (3832)
    Story
    (3859)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Awesome book, but Freedom (the sequel) is better. A very promising writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4887)
    Performance
    (2866)
    Story
    (2882)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This novel is one to savor. A cut above other sci-fi novels.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tsar: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    Russia gains a new tsar, a signal to the world that the imperial Russia is back and plans to have her day. In America, a killer known only as Happy the Baker brutally murders an innocent family and literally flattens the small Midwestern town they once called home. Just a taste, according to the new tsar, of what will happen if America does not back down. Alex Hawke is the only man who can stop the madness.

    A User says: "pure masculine entertainment"
    "Intriguiging!"
    Overall

    Who says only Rush Limbaugh could enjoy a good thriller? I'm a liberal democrat, veteran and someone who enjoys well-written fiction. I found Ted Bell's "Tsar" enjoyable, and also informative. I highly recommend.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (380)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Compelling tale of the modern day drug trade."
    Overall

    I rate "The Power of the Dog" a 4.5. Don Winslow has written a first rate thriller that also provides the reader with insights into America's so-called "War on Drugs." Entertaining, substantive, and compelling - I loved "The Power of the Dog." I will make a confession: I hesitated on purchasing "The Power of the Dog" for weeks. I wasn't sure I was in the mood for a thriller. The story creates the mood. Just listen and go for along for the ride.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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