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David

An old tech geek with a love of reading, but with limited time. I love just about any genre'. A good book is a good book.

Saint Charles, MO, United States

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  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (871)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    LL says: "Big let down"
    "My First Brad Thor Book and Not My Last"
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    Where does Hidden Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listened to a few audio books so far. This book is definitely one of my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ryan was my favorite character, and I would love to know who Brad Thor would want to play her in a movie.


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Harvath, or the last bad guy whom shall not be named.


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

    Crazy Honor....or Money Maker Assasins


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book containing more than a few interesting historical and current tidbits. One of the few books I have read that actually has a good wrap-up ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5923)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2748)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "What? A TV Show Adaptation??"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a fun whimsical story that would be fun for parents and their 9-10 year old kids. It was fun and different. Yes I would recommend the book to a friend or friends.


    Would you recommend Neverwhere to your friends? Why or why not?

    This is a fun whimsical story that would be fun for parents and their 9-10 year old kids. It was fun and different. Yes I would recommend the book to a friend or friends.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Gaiman is just a talented guy. It is obvious to me that he loved these characters and took time to bring them to life. Great humor in the voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did watch it as it was a TV series first. I watched the series after listening to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This probably shows just how shallow I can be. My daughter loves all things Gaiman. I asked her which of his books she should I start with, and she told me Neverwhere. My wife and I were loving this story. It was just different with that great Brit dry humor. It was quirky.

    Then I found that this book was not a book first with an adapted screenplay, but a screenplay first which was adapted into a book. After learning this I thought less of the story. It does not make any sense, but there you have it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "Well read, but not up to my expectations"
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    I grew up with the 'Frankenstein' of the movies and television. Of course I knew these had little to do with Mary Shelly's novel. Many say the novel is the mother of Sci-Fi, and a great literary work. This is what I was expecting, but not what I got.

    The book has a good story and great characters. Dan Stevens gives a stellar performance.

    That said...

    There is very little if any 'science' in the novel. It is at its heart a tragic love story of a rich kid that goes a bit over the top when it came to his studies. When he regains his focus it is far too late.

    There are many ethical and moral parables within this book. It is a thought provoking work that is still, maybe even more, relevant today than it was at the beginning of the industrial revolution.

    The beginning of the story made me double check to see that I had actually started listening to the right audio book. What a fun way to start the show. It was not that the start of the story was so novel, but it was fully unexpected.

    After the start we run into a series of first person soliloquy interspersed with a few third person letters. I found these to be tedious as the point was made early and additional information simply pounds that point over and over and over.

    If it were not for the ethical and moral questions brought about by this book I don't know if it would be considered a great book. Of course, I am no literary genius so what do I know.

    The monster is the poorest wretch to ever walk the earth. Not even given a name as it is not a man or animal, but a thing. Is monster a thing, or is this just what man makes monster based on his outward appearance?

    Much better than anything I have seen on film. Worth the read, but I was just expecting something spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3773)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3117)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "I Hate Zombie Stories, This One Was Different"
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    Where does Patient Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book itself is right in the 80% mark, but the reader is probably the best I have heard. Very well done.


    What other book might you compare Patient Zero to and why?

    A light version of Clancy or Brad Thor book. It was intrigue with special forces and a hero.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Where do I begin. His pace and timing was perfect. His character voices were perfect, and the voices themselves painted a great picture of the characters being voiced.


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

    I suck at answering this question. Power corrupts.....


    Any additional comments?

    As the title states, I hate zombie stories. I feel the genre is played out. This one was a bit different, and I liked it. I think the reader made the book better than the story itself. It had nice action. It was just a fun romp with heroes. I would tell you how it was different, but SPOILER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (384)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    Joel says: "A heart warming read."
    "If you only listened or read one book this year.."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Friend and enemy should read this book. It is a powerful story based on powerful reality. It is very well written and very well read. It is a great book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abby was my favorite character as I fell in love with her because of her actions, and her description.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so very many, but the very first few paragraphs describing Luke. A single man that saw the truth of the coming storm, but he could not get people to see the reality around them. He felt like a small man in a huge world that he had no control over. This is as I feel today.


    Any additional comments?

    I really cannot tell you enough how great this book was, and at the price it is a steal. It has love, action, humor, sorrow. It touched my soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By James Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?" And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

    terry says: "Understanding Pain Spelled Out"
    "A Must Read"
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    Would you listen to The Problem of Pain again? Why?

    I will listen to it many times. I will do so because the subject matter and the philosophical/metaphysical lecture is very deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the mind of C.S Lewis, and this is a discussion concerning a huge problem I have with believing in a caring God.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is probably a cultural issue, but the narrator spoke too quickly for the subject at hand with very little inflection. He also had an English accent which was hard for me to understand at times with the speed of the narration.


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

    I would not make a film of this book, but maybe I would create a story like Animal Farm to display the concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    I have now read and listened to this book. I think this is one of those occasions that reading along with the narration would be good. I can't remember if this was whisper sync enabled or not, but that would probably be great.

    Please note that this is philosophy/metaphysics based upon Christian doctrine. If the thought of a deity in charge or of Jesus offends you this is probably not the book for you. If you are in this camp you may want to read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis though.

    My hope is that you would believe, but I would never try to convert anyone. Conversion must be based on logical thought and Christ's enlightenment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6310)
    Performance
    (5570)
    Story
    (5619)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "One of My Favorites"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Stand the most enjoyable?

    I have loved this story for many years, and the reader did a marvelous job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most apocalyptic works spend very little time showing the decay of normality as the cause triggers the affect, but The Stand does a wonderful job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many scenes, but my favorite would be the radio show that was silenced by US troops.


    If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?

    I really think any title that I came up with would be inferior to Mr. Kings.


    Any additional comments?

    I like much of King's work, and dislike much of his work. As with many of King's books I find the final climax to be a bit of a let down, but that may simply be because his story telling is so very good by comparison.

    This is a long book, but worth every minute. I would buy the book in print and read it prior to listening to it, and finally watching the mini-series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Death Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Sean Kenin
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

    Morelos says: "Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror"
    "Ugh Not Another....."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this story to the die hard Star Wars fan. There is another particular fan that I would recommend this to as well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved the sound affects.

    I am so very tired and bored with the plot as it has been done a billion times.


    What about Sean Kenin’s performance did you like?

    Just a great voice with a good sense of timing.


    Did Star Wars inspire you to do anything?

    I am not certain that I understand this question. I purchased the book because it was a Star Wars universe setting.


    Any additional comments?

    This really was not a bad book. I think young adult readers would love it. I did enjoy the radio play elements, and the reader.

    *****Spoiler*****
    Warning
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    Zombie book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Reiland
    • Narrated By Mazhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.

    BEEJ says: "An Authentic Tale"
    "Not Necessarily BPD Recovery"
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    What did you love best about Get Me Out of Here?

    This story does a good job relaying the effort and time needed to overcome mental illness, or at least to control the issues caused by mental illness. I do recommend this.


    What other book might you compare Get Me Out of Here to and why?

    I really have not read another book like this one.


    What about Mazhan Marno’s performance did you like?

    What a fantastic performance. A reader could very easily have made this text unbearable, but Ms. Marno made it come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The barefoot run into the bad part of town sticks with me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are seeking in-depth information on BPD recovery you will need to look elsewhere. While BPD is explained briefly, and the protagonist exhibits many traits of the borderline this is a story of mental illness, recovery, and psychoanalysis.

    But, even those seeking information on BPD would enjoy this book as it relates the struggle of mental illness recovery very well.

    It is also just a good work of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1097)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "A Long Time Favorite of Mine"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Screwtape Letters the most enjoyable?

    I did not realize it at the time, but I actually had this reading of the book in cassette format. I loved the book then and still do now. The book has actually been read by me on numerous occasions as well, but the format lends itself to speech so much that it is my preferred method of delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    Each and every moment that I see myself in the convoluted machinations Screwtape employs to keep his charge in a fog.


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

    Just a superb reading.


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

    Please don't make this a film. It needs to be read or heard. My tag line would be....you are right where I want you to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Make no doubt about the fact that this is a book dealing with the Christian worldview, but the philosophical truth that is displayed/portrayed is just that, truth.

    If you hate everything about Christianity this book will not be for you, and I doubt that it would bring you to the altar, so-to-speak. If you are looking for a great yarn as in Narnia you won't find that depth of storytelling here.

    The story is enjoyable in and of itself. The sarcasm is thick. Those with the Christian worldview will find so very much more than the story. A must on every shelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6269)
    Performance
    (5815)
    Story
    (5834)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "The Shining is Not Complete Without Dr. Sleep"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it highly. I like most of Kings books. That said, I find most of them to be character works that do not scare me in the least. But I love them.

    This book is best read after you read the Shining as it is a follow-up to that work. My favorite King work is The Stand, but this may be my second favorite.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Unlike many of King's works this has a rather firm ending. Dr. Sleep was a strange cross between The Shining and Salem's Lot I think.


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

    Just a wonderful job of narration/acting.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    Doc Grows Up, or Leave it to Doc. In the end King named the book well.


    Any additional comments?

    One of King's better works at this stage of his writing. For King the writing was actually fairly tight. Good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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