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James

Sandy Hook, CT, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5002)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2786)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Dead, Alive or Somewhere in the Middle"
    Overall

    First of all, Lou Diamond Philips is brilliant in his performance. I look forward to more. I wish i could say the same about Tom Clancy. He's never been the same since the USSR collapsed. The story was okay, not his best by far, but better than his other recent efforts. I did find his intrusion of right wing politics only annoying, with one exception. His pandering portrayal of the Saudi royal family and the implication that the Democratic Party was more corrupt and "ungodly" was insulting to every American, and beneath him. I am surprised and curious as to what the reason was behind this, but he should be called out on it. He uses 9/11 for his own gain when it's convenient, but obviously learned nothing from it.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1607)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Timothy McVeigh's wet dream"
    Overall

    What if we killed all the black, brown and asian people.? Who would save us? Why, rednecks from Vermont, of course! Reading like an editorial from the WSJ, this book is so silly, the plot so obvious and that characters so one dimensional it's pitiful. If you are so far to the right that you think Fox News is liberal ( as does the author), then this book is for you. And if you are so sad that you dream of a world where blond women are forced by alien manipulation into coupling with anyone who wants them, your dreams will come true.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4453)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2607)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Engrossing, not horrifying."
    Overall

    So many reviews made this book seem to be depressing and horrifying, so I waited a long time after I downloaded it to actually listen. It was excellent, well crafted and authentic, without being over the top gory as some had implied. Well worth the time and credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (518)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "write by checklist"
    Overall

    This book was painful, an endurance test. The writing is wooden and predictable. Every 2 or 3 paragraphs the writer stops the flow to expound on some subject you need to know about, why he couldn't find a better way to explain things is beyond me. Suddenly he describes the wine in detail (check), then veers off into an explanation of a hotel (check) then a quick aside about how great and superhuman the israelis are ( check, check), then back to the story, which advances at a glacial pace. Then, repeat the pattern. (check) Too bad he didn't check his facts- there are numerous errors of fact. And if that's not enough, the reader seems to have only two voices- the plain readers voice, and the "foreigner voice", which sounds russian whether he's doing an israeli, italian or russian. At least there were some russians in the book. Don't waste the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Hit the stop button"
    Overall

    Somewhere in here is a good story. This book is in desperate need of an editor with the guts to cut out 2/3 of the book. Endlessly we hear the same story, told in a corn pone accent, over and over, from different points of view. Rashomon it's not. It's a shame, because it was just interesting enough to keep me going until about halfway through, when I had to say "NO MAS!"

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "painfully verbose"
    Overall

    It wasn't until the narrator had droned through the first 5 minutes that i realized that...i had read this book! I figured,well, I'll give it a chance. Bad move. This book is a short story so larded with endless descriptions that it made my head throb in pain- a relentless pounding pain, as though my skull was being pounded by a hammer- the kind with a worn wooden handle, used for countless eons by stonemasons to pound rocks into rubble- the kind of rubble that gets in your soul, and causes you to wonder if there is any way to get this rubble out of your soul, and all the while the pounding won't stop, because the descriptions won't stop, because if they did, something would have to actually happen. And it never did.
    Now I realize why i had forgotten that i had read this book- because I wanted to forget- the kind of forgetting that takes away the pain- the pain of wasting my precious time- that fleeting thing that all of us have so little,,, well, you get the idea.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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