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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2374)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Lucifer's Hammer"
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    Nothing in the way of science. It's a very long "what if" story of natural catastrophe and the instinct to survive. Ok, for it's time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (935)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Executive Orders and Debt of Honor"
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    It has been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October. These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beginning of Executive Orders.

    Tom Clancy’s generation, the baby-boomers, was one of the Cold War, and as a youngster, listening to tales of World War II, and as time marched forward, the Gulf War, and the overall Muslim-country-based angst. Well, guess what … these books reflect exactly that … Japan is the bad guy in Debt of Honor – and the Muslim terrorist is foundation of Executive Orders. The U.S. Capitol is destroyed, threats against the president and is family lace the pages. Ebola is unleashed, there are good-guy politicians, bad-guy politicians, good ‘o boys, sex scandals, and more. Typical of Clancy, these books are very detailed in the war strategies and technology of the era. No cell phones, but a world-wide-web is born.

    Clancy, through his character Jack Ryan, is a flag-waving patriot … a red, white, and blue type A guy. The views are conservative. May have those readers with a liberal bent rolling their eyes a bit.

    My preference in audiobook narration is pretty simple. If I am enjoying the listen and not hitting re-wind a great deal, the narrator is doing a good job. No complaints.

    There are thousands of reviews on Clancy books, ergo not much for me to add. There is a baby-boomer writer flavor. The authors of this generation were encouraged to pen 800 page novels. Think John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, James Clavell, Allen Drury … these long, wordy, books are fun. The plots and sub-plots are rich and detailed … sometimes wavering from the story, but always intriguing and usually educational and historically accurate. Books are not written like this any more. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1226)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "Executive Orders and Debt of Honor"
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    It has been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October. These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beginning of Executive Orders.

    Tom Clancy’s generation, the baby-boomers, was one of the Cold War, and as a youngster, listening to tales of World War II, and as time marched forward, the Gulf War, and the overall Muslim-country-based angst. Well, guess what … these books reflect exactly that … Japan is the bad guy in Debt of Honor – and the Muslim terrorist is foundation of Executive Orders. The U.S. Capitol is destroyed, threats against the president and is family lace the pages. Ebola is unleashed, there are good-guy politicians, bad-guy politicians, good ‘o boys, sex scandals, and more. Typical of Clancy, these books are very detailed in the war strategies and technology of the era. No cell phones, but a world-wide-web is born.

    Clancy, through his character Jack Ryan, is a flag-waving patriot … a red, white, and blue type A guy. The views are conservative. May have those readers with a liberal bent rolling their eyes a bit.

    My preference in audiobook narration is pretty simple. If I am enjoying the listen and not hitting re-wind a great deal, the narrator is doing a good job. No complaints.

    There are thousands of reviews on Clancy books, ergo not much for me to add. There is a baby-boomer writer flavor. The authors of this generation were encouraged to pen 800 page novels. Think John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, James Clavell, Allen Drury … these long, wordy, books are fun. The plots and sub-plots are rich and detailed … sometimes wavering from the story, but always intriguing and usually educational and historically accurate. Books are not written like this any more. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

    W. Perry Hall says: "I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You"
    "Fahrenheit 451"
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    Read by Tim Robbins, Fahrenheit 451 is a short book, under six hours of listening. Narration by Tim Robbins is just great, can’t praise his effortz enough. Several voices, each unique, great production, smooth.

    That is the extent of praise. I’m a huge fan of Bradbury and although this book has been around “forever”, I just got around to reading/listening. Frankly, I’m at a loss as to how this book has become such a cult-classic. It’s bizarre. I wonder what sort of drug(s) Bradbury was on when he penned this book. After about 4.5 hours, I stopped listening. Couldn’t finish.

    The basis of Fahrenheit 451 is the fact that firemen in the dystopian future do not put out fires, they start fires … specifically to burn books and anyone who stands in the way of burning books. Maybe Bradbury is making some sort of a statement about Hitler’s book-burning in that Fahrenheit 451 was originally published in 1953 – less than 10 years after the end of WWII. Beats me. But, I found it silly.

    Again, kudos to Robbins.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (480)

    Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

    Sunshinelady says: "Great mystery, great narration by Joyce Bean"
    "Close to Home"
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    Just under sixteen hours of listening, read by Joyce Bean. Joyce Bean does a good job, voices unique, good tempo and timing, a nice audio production.

    I suppose one would have to say this story evoked emotion, which in a way, is a good thing. However, the emotion for me was one of aggravation. The character of Jade was one of an angst ridden, obnoxious, insulting, rotten brat. She is obsessed with no one but herself, which is typical rebellious teenaged behavior, but for me it was over-the-top and annoying, If I had spoken to my mother the way Jade speaks to Sarah, I’d have been picking up my teeth. I was hoping the author would kill her off ….

    The story is a bit formulaic. Sarah moves her two girls to a the back-water town of her youth, to restore the homestead. Sarah’s childhood was abusive and secrets from her past filter through to the book climax and will ultimately involve her children. An old high-school flame is rekindled, a requisite part of this type of story. It’s the tale of a dysfunctional family with a few ghosts thrown in for good measure. I think this author might be a fan of Nora Roberts, as the entire story arc has that type of vibe.

    If you can take teenaged angst, go for it … I had no trouble finishing the story. The ending is a twist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Souls of Astraeus: Akallian Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeramy Goble
    • Narrated By Jeramy Goble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A fairly simple and submissive young man of the future is suddenly faced with losing the love of his life. Within moments, however, an extreme event makes him aware of the fact that he's had past lives and gains access to all of their knowledge and abilities. Will he be able to use this new knowledge and power to save his love? Are there others like him? If so, how are they using their gifts?

    BookReader says: "Souls of Astraeus"
    "Souls of Astraeus"
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    This story is over three hundred pages long in written format and just under seven hours of listening in audiobook format. Unusual for the self-published book, Souls of Astraeus is available in all formats, hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook. This reader took advantage of the ebook and audiobook options. The reason I included the audiobook, is that, also unusual, Souls of Astraeus is read by the author. How better to grasp the nuance of the written word than as interpreted by the author? An example is Bag of Bones … written, and read, by Stephen King, a wonderful story. Personally, I’m of the opinion that a new author approaches writing with truly serious intent if his first published work is available in all formats.

    Back to Souls of Astraeus. The story begins in a dystopian world wonderfully described. The human race has pretty much wiped itself out, with the exception of a fractional number of people who have defined a strict set of guidelines to insure the survival of humanity. About seven hundred years further into the future, the lead character, Akal, is thrown into circumstances of rebellion. His wife is banished from the safety of the collective group, simply because she gets angry about population control rules … she’s not able to have a baby unless they say so, well … she sort of pitches a fit. An angry Akal winds up getting himself killed. These events are the catalysts for Akal to rescue his wife from unknown fate and stop the life restrictive rules of this society.

    Throw into the mix the fact that Akal has lived a few billion previous lives, and not all of them on earth, and not all of them human! You’ll also witness Akal emotionally and mentally grow and mature. Of particular creative genius are amazing perceptions … the processes we have all wondered about death and possible reincarnation. Has anyone never asked themselves, ‘What happens when I die?’. Well, Souls of Astraeus will surely present more ideas to ponder.

    If you enjoy Sci-Fi, a future of unimaginable thrills and inventive artistry, go directly to Amazon. You’ll be glad you did. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1793)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1198)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "Blowback"
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    Blowback, book number four in the Scot Harvath series, is thirteen and one half hours of listening, read by George Guidall. The story conveys the potential world-wide unleashing a pathogen. Paraphrasing, the story tells us that muslims are not all terrorists, but terrorists are all muslim … well, that’s debatable. Timothy McVey and Oklahoma City come to mind.

    At any rate, Blowback is a thrilling mystery. The tale is a what-if scenario, involving terrorists acquiring a deadly virus found deep in an Alpine glacier. The evil doers have plans, and ultimately, so does Scot Harvath, a type A-take-no-prisoners operative. Scot Harvath is very much a Mitch Rapp clone. (Mitch Rapp is the Vince Flynn espionage hero. Most of those books are also narrated by Guidall. If you haven’t yet, buy them; they are excellent.)

    George Guidall, it goes without saying is super. Tempo, pacing, delivery, overall production … just great.

    There are literally thousands of reviews of Blowback. Ergo, there isn’t much I’m going to add. This story was written close to fifteen years ago. I liked it enough to listen a second time, years after it was released in 2006, per Audible.com. If you are fan of Brad Thor and his Scot Harvath character, you’ll delight in this book. It’s a stay-up-to-late page-turning thrill ride. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bad Place

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (363)

    Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?

    Root Dorn says: "THE BEST KOONTZ"
    "The Bad Place"
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    Read by Carol Cowan and Michael Hanson, The Bad Place is just over fifteen hours of listening.

    There are actually two simultaneous stories and you’ll wonder how Koontz will be bringing these to journeys together.

    First, the story begins with Frank Pollard waking in an alley. Frank knows his name but nothing else. Why or how he wound up in an alley, what he does for a living, where he lives, if there is a family … all is unknown. No car, only a duffle bag. He knows absolutely nothing other than the fact that he is running or hiding from ‘something’, and it is evil and scary. Frank also is plagued with what the reader will assume to be sleep-walking in that he wakes in hotel rooms with blood on his hands and clothes, or jewels in his pocket … and always bags of cash. Frank seeks out the services of a married team of private investigators … Julie and Bobby Dakota. Add to this duo Julie’s brother, Thomas, a gentle soul living in a shelter as a down-syndrome victim. Thomas is also gifted with extraordinary extra sensory perception; he just ‘knows’ things.

    The second tale is the grizzly and macabre; we’re talkin’ Dean Koontz, here. Candy is a guy who murders people and animals when he’s hungry, drinks blood, has sisters who do the same, has a mother buried in his back yard, etc. You know the type.

    No spoilers, but the stories merge with delightful hide-under-the-covers terror. Keep the lights on when you listen!

    The narrators do a great job, particularly Carol Cowan. Have you have listened to any Nevada Barr books read by Barbara Rosenblat? If so, Carol Cowan is very similar. She certainly had me thinking of Anna Pigeon :-). Enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (370)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "24 Hours"
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    Close to eleven hours of listening, narrated by Dick Hill. 24 Hours is a kidnapping for ransom thriller. This version was released in July of 2008. The story centers around Will, a doctor, and his wife and their five year old daughter. The nightmare begins with the abduction of the child by a mentally deficient man. His controlling brother, Joey, the mastermind, has control over the wife, and Will is initially clueless, at a convention. Will is approached by what he assumes is a hooker, a woman who is actually the third partner in the kidnapping scheme.

    The character of Huey, the mentally challenged brother, will bring to mind the character of Karl in the movie Sling Blade. Huey has a child-like innocence and treats the little girl well. But, like Karl, violence could erupt instantly, including the death of the little girl.

    There are several female voices in 24 Hours, and if you’ve listened to Dick Hill, well…female voices are not exactly his fortè. The female characters are aways breathless and moronic. Hill does a good job with the voice of the five year old little girl, however. If you can get past this picadillo, Dick Hill’s narration is wonderful, as usual.

    The story is tense, a page turner, twist abound … and pretty formulaic for a kidnapping for ransom yarn. If you’re a fan of Iles, you’ll enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1213)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "Only Time Will Tell"
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    At close to thirteen hours of listening, Only Tine Will Tell is read by Roger Allam and Emilia Fox. The reading did not distract from the disjointed story, so with that faint praise, it was fine. Emilia Fox is relegated to the point-of-view and voice of one or two female characters, however Roger Allam is the primary narrator. Being that Jeffrey Archer is British, as is the prose, the reading is with a British accent.

    Having listened audiobooks and read many paperbacks Jeffery Archer has authored, i.e., Kane & Abel, Sons of Fortune, The Sins of the Father, Shall We Tell the President, etc., too many to list, my opinion is that this story is far from his best. Scenes are repeated several times from the unique perspectives of the players. You’ll listen to the same scene from multiple angles, and rather than this moving the story forward you’ll be tempted to fast-forward…often. This, in my opinion, is a cheap shot on the part of the author. Why? Just to burn up word count, maybe? The approach adds little, if anything, to the story arc. It’s almost as if Archer created drafts of the same scene from the view of each character and decided to simply include them all. Jarring.

    As point of view changes regularly, the plot inches forward. The story opens with a promiscuous one-night-stand liaison in the early 1900s. The young lady in question is about to be married and, I guess, wants an experience. This results in a boy-child with unknown heritage and thus is the thrust of Only Tim Will Tell.

    The story, as expected in that the subtitle is a clear cue to subsequent volumes, ends with a buy-the-next-book cliff hanger. The repetitive point-of-view-head-hopping style of this story is sufficient for this reader to take a pass. Given the reviews and ratings, this reader is in a minority being disappointed. Ergo, if you are a die-hard Jeffrey Archer fan, you may have an entirely different take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "Suspicion"
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    Suspicion is just over ten hours of listening, read by Steven Kearney. The story begins with a struggling single father, a writer named Danny Goodman. Fun that Joseph Finder would create a writer-character. Anyone who has walked in those shoes will easily grasp the nuances of a writer’s life conveyed in these pages. Agent pressure, deadlines, life stepping into the path of productivity. Writing is work, a job.

    To the story, however … typical of teenagers, Danny's daughter, Abby, is self-absorbed. Mr. Finder is likely a father because this character portrayal pretty accurate. Danny does his absolute best to make the girl’s life the best he can. This involves keeping up with the Jones at an expensive school the poor guy can’t afford. Tuition, a European trip, etc., is killing him, and Abby’s best friend’s father comes to a financial rescue.

    Thus is the thrust of a web Finder masterfully weaves. No spoilers here, you’ll get this quickly … but, you’ll come to learn this philanthropic guy is connected to a Mexican drug cartel, and the DEA blackmails Danny into cooperation. Who can Danny trust? Who is really a good guy? Suspicion is aptly titled, because as a listener, I was suspect of everybody. Thrills abound and all of the characters come to life. You’ll think you have the mystery figured out, then Finder artfully makes you pause and think again.
    Steven Kearney does an excellent job. The many voices are distinctive and you’ll easily grasp who-is-talking-to-who. I searched for other readings by Kearney on Audible and was disappointed to find none. He has an excellent future in audiobook narration so I hope he continues down this career path.

    I’ve listened to many Joseph Finder novels and Suspicion ranks right up there with his best. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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