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Charles

Winston-Salem, NC, United States

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  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "Nicely Wound Story"
    Overall

    This first book in the two-book series following the flawed Will Piper is wonderfully done. The story is well developed, believable and simply an enjoyable listen. In the genre of Dan Brown... you can read either book first and you will find it completely understandable and enjoyable... tying the two together makes it remarkable.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

    Tim says: "Another Good Read by Forsyth"
    "Surface Level Story"
    Overall

    This is more of a story about how a country (willing to invest billions) could slow down (not eliminate) the flow of cocaine in the world. It is not a story, it is a narration and a poor one at that. It was difficult to listen to a policy-wonk explanation of "how to" in the disguise of a novel. Save you effort.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (375)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "A great idea - poorly delivered"
    Overall

    The plot concept is wonderful and the author does a nice job setting up the main characters and the location. The "action" comes in very predictable spurts and is so unrealistic that it feels as though the reader is the one on the roller coaster ride. It is clear that no-one important will be hurt and yet the main characters are remarkably at every major event. It is so unbelievable that I began laughing out loud at the later critical scenes. The final acts include a robot dog with C4 strapped to its back and a short fuse that is lit... incredibly it takes minutes for this fuse to ignite the C4 and to our amazement, this accidentially happens in just the right spot. The author fails to address what happens to one of the main characters at the end even though he has clearly tried to tie up all the loose ends! A frustrating read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "Well Written and Delivered"
    Overall

    The writing style is a very effective blend of current day and historical background. The mix works well and seems to arrive at just the point that the reader is looking for more information. The plot was sufficiently complex to make it an enjoyable listen. Well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriots Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Reich
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he's managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit.

    Elizabeth says: "horrible narration"
    "Poor Writing with disconnected action"
    Overall

    The author certainly has an interesting story line, but does such a poor job with the story that the reader is forced to make up events. At times the plot is connected and developed as when the author builds the main character. However the action sequences are rushed, inexplicable at points and wrapped up in such a simple fashion each time that they are simply not believable. The final 3 hours of the audiobook are painful and frustrating. Too bad, because the potential is there.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8487)
    Performance
    (4919)
    Story
    (4975)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "A Quality Book with Some Frustrations"
    Overall

    Speaker for the Dead is an excellent book that is the perfect companion to Enders Game! Ender and his family have brilliance beyond most humans and are able to use light-speed travel to extend their lives thousands of years as Ender searches for himself and to replace the Hive Queen!

    The problems with this are cautionary and are strictly related to the production:

    1) The production uses 8 different voices for the book. However, they do not relate to the characters, instead they seem to come and go at random. You get used to Ender with a particular voice, the chapter changes and a new voice is there. There is no rhyme or reason for this change.

    2) Periodically (and unfortunately at the most important points in the book), the production company inserts music on top of the words that is so overpowering that you virtually can't hear the words. I have listened to dozens of books and have rarely been as frustrated. I want the words, not the music that some producer wants to insert.

    All in all an great listen if you can keep your level of frustration with the way it was presented down to a minimum.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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