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Steve

Tracy, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (564)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Great Listen and Great Reader"
    Overall

    I don't know what the one reviewer listened to who said the reader was terrible. I thought the reader was great and the story line compelling. I couldn't stop listening to this book, and only wish it went a little further at the end to better wrap up the story. I was a little disappointed with the ending but over-all I loved this book. This is the third book of his that I have listened to and it was well worth the book credit. I also highly recommend The Lion's Game and Night Fall.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (830)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    Robert says: "Less of a story, more of an interlude"
    "Not his best work..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend all of the earlier works, but wouldn't recommend this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok, nothing special or notable.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Luke Daniel does a great job with Atticus, Owen (arch druid), Oberon, but the female voices of Granuale and the new dog are just meh.


    Do you think Shattered needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This definitely needs a follow-up with more Atticus, more Oberon, more Owen, but much less Granuale or least much less from her perspective. I like her in the story, just don't like the story from her perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could rate this book higher but in my opinion this was by far the worst book in the series. Had I started with this book I would have stopped with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2816)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1668)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Heinlein was a visionary!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best I've listened to, best definately worth the credit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

    The awakening of the computer called Mike, the descriptions of life on the moon, and the battle for freedom.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    Great performance!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I like a wide varitety of novels and while this book was written well before my time the story is relevant to these times. I typicall read more modern day novels, buy the story telling of Heinlein keeps drawing me back in to want to listen to more of his novels. This is the fourth book of his I've listened to and like his others well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group-Covert-One. It is only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out. In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book"
    "Great Story, Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision the most enjoyable?

    I love this story and series, was happy to see another book from it.


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

    The plot was fast and kept me entertained in-spite of the awful narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Iranian characters sounded like they had a Scotish Accent. Worst narration I've ever experienced in any audio book I've listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1159)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Great 2nd Book with this Author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Forced to Kill again? Why?

    I would and I already have. I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. Can't wait for the next book in this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forced to Kill?

    The torture revelations.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reader, he brings real life to the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1239)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Fantastic Listen!!"
    Overall

    I liked the movie because it was fun. I absolutely loved this book. This has got to be one of my favorite listens to date, and I've listened to more than 100 books. It is so good that I can gurantee that I will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (359)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I read the reviews about this book before I purchased it and was somewhat concerned that it might be a dud, but that was misplaced concern. I thought this was a teriffic book, I will definately listen to more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Expectancy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

    Nicholas says: "Not my favorite Koontz, but still engaging..."
    "Outstanding Book"
    Overall

    From start to finish I couldn't stop listening to this book. This was one of the funnest, most engaging books I have listened to. The reader did an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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