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Tundrabeast

Grand Forks, ND United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 51 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 1052 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1793)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1094)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Wrong Narrator"
    Overall

    Maybe I'll find this more exicting, but half way through I have to say this is the wrong narrator for this....His voice is so sing songy that it almost lulls me to sleep at times...And you don't want that when pushing 40 tons of tractor and trailer down the road....The story is fine but the reader is too damn soothing

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (629)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "Sean Duffy Is Always Great"
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    I'm really into anything that Andrew Mckinty writes that's read by Gerard Doyle. Between the two of them you really feel the actual Irland around the times of the big troubles with the IRA and such. Gerard Doyle sounds 100% old country Irish, and McKinty really knows Irland and the culture. Listening really gives mer a sense that I actually have been to the "Emerald Island."

    McKinty is a great author who can really spin a yarn that keeps you guessing to the end, and really feeling a kinship with the primary characters. My sugesstion is to get the whole series because they're all winners

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1462)

    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!!!"
    "Good Series"
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    I really like the characters in this series. I generally stay away from anything that Dick Hill reads because his style gets under my skin from time to time. Somehow this series his style isn't that irritating to me. Good stories with what seems like a lot of good knowledge about things like sniper tactics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2776)
    Performance
    (2437)
    Story
    (2448)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Vicky says: "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"
    "Grey Man Chews Up The Road...Again"
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    I have all the Grey Man novels to date. As a trucker I can tell you these are great for chewing up roads. I'm on elogs so that means when my time is up it's up. Grey Man is one of those series where you just want to keep driving and listening a while longer to see what happens next.

    Unfortunately the Mitch Rapp series is gone since the author passed away, but this series is every bit as good in my opinion. So if you like that kind of fast action you really want this to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend as the character, John Rambo, took his place in the American imagination. This remarkable and critically acclaimed novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know what he will unleash after their first ill-fated encounter - a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.

    Michael Rogers says: "Not everything I expected, but exciting"
    "What A Difference"
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    It's hard to comment very much without including spoilers so I won't other than to say that you might want to skip the authors intro, because he should have put it at the end of the book instead of the beginning since there's a couple substantial spoilers in the intro. It's interesting because he gives the history of the book and the movie, but he does go into it more than he should have at the beginning of this book.

    As my title says. This is quite a bit different than the movie if that's your only knowledge of this story. It takes place in KY instead of WA and this Rambo, the Sheriff, and the Colonel are far different than the characters in the movie.

    As for comparing one version to the other. I like both versions on their own merit, and don't see any reason to try to weigh which one is better because they just take a different view of things the same way that the movies version of The Shining did with the book version...Separate, but both really good stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked as protectors for the world's best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies.

    Aleeta R. Hall says: "Mediocre, at best"
    "Too Much Info"
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    Would you try another book from David Morrell and/or Dick Hill?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    After Listening to Rambo I thought I'd listen to this book. The author is a good story teller, but in this book he really dragged the story down with an over abundance of minutia time and time again. There'd be some really good action going on, and then we get into some long explanations of things or a several minute description of them going through a car for a bomb. When I'm going down the road I want the story to flow and not keep going through a slow and go mode so much.

    My other problem is Dick Hill's reading. His voice reminds me of James Gregory who played Inspector Frank Luger on Barney Miller. His voice would be great for old gangster stories, but for stories like this it came off as over dramatic quite often. Unfortunately Frank doesn't have a lot of range on his voices so the female voices pretty much sounded all the same, and not a lot of difference on the male voices either.

    The book and presentation isn't terrible, and some would most likely enjoy it more than I did. Like I said. The story itself had a lot of good parts to it, but kept getting bogged down in my opinion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (924)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Great New Perspective On Zombies"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very unusual look at the whole Zombie apocalypse. I really like how the author claims that The Walking Dead was a documentary on the first wave of the dead raising. Then how the dead just goes through a feeding phase for a day or two and become the living dead without a desire to eat human flesh. This story deals with the Zombies who are the living dead, but with a desire to be like the breathers who are alive. With an attitude that, "Our bodies might be dead, but we think and have emotions like Breathers do.


    I found it refreshing to have a story where the Zombies are the ones struggling to not be killed by the breathers instead of the other way around. Quite a refreshing look. I'd really like to see a second book even though it doesn't seem likely, but you never know.....Oh, and here's another twist.....The primary Zombie is basically the one narration the story....Now that's real Zombie progression

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nostrum: The Scourge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Roberto Calas
    • Narrated By Nico Evers-Swindell
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The journey north ended with The Scourge. The journey for a cure has just begun…Sir Edward Dallingridge survived his journey through the anarchy that is now England, leaving in his wake the bodies of mad lords, foul invaders, friends, and the risen dead. There was nothing on earth that could keep him from the woman he loves. Nothing but the horror that has already consumed her. His journey is over, but his mission is far from complete. As a knight of the realm, he has defended England from every enemy it has. But how does one drive away a plague sent from hell?

    Marilyn Morrison says: "Not all chickens are clever!"
    "Dark And Dirty Ages"
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    Even though I liked this book almost as well as the first book because of the continued story line, and how well it's preformed....I did find myself a bit disappointed by his going ointo a total gross out mode for a while, and some of what I consider to be illogical decisions without much explainations as to why.. I can't really discuss them without spoilers, but a couple people spared in the end did irritate me. I'm yelling at the stereo "Come on....Kill them all ready....They really have it coming"

    If you read or listened to The Scourage, then you'll want to continue the story with this book since book one did leave the reader wondering what's going to happen with the mission. The primary character and his often extremely funny wisecracking side kick continue on with the mission and continue evading death over and over (It'd be a short book if they didn't right?)

    All in all it exciting, funny, and helps chew up a lot of highway because it's a really entertaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roberto Calas
    • Narrated By Nico Evers-Swindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her.

    Tracie says: "An interesting new spin on a zombie apocolypse"
    "Extremely Dark Ages"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very interesting twist on the Zombie genre. In this series zombies attack more as a plague some time after the plague we know from history. I actually like the idea that maybe the so called zombies aren't actually zombies at all, but infected with a plague that makes them tough to kill.

    This book has a lot of very exciting parts to it. It really helped me chew up a lot of highway while keeping me wide awake in my semi. The kind of book that makes you dissapointed that you've ran out of time and have to shut down for 10 hours.

    All in all a very well written and very well performed book. The author did a section by section "Historic Reference" at the end of this book which was interesting, but a bit teadous....In book two he did them at the end of each section, and that seemed much better. This reader/performer really did the parts well enough that it seemed like a cast of characters instead of the same reader....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (642)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "Good Dated Story"
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    Would you listen to Phantoms again? Why?

    Maybe, but I have so many books that it's unlikely


    Any additional comments?

    The story was pretty good, but it was from the 80's so when they describe a super computer as having a whole ten gigs of memory it was a good give away. Otherwise the story did keep me interested once the action started.

    As for the reader. He's good, but his style is better for news or documentaries. His primary problem is he has little range for voices in general and basically no range for female voices. This was really a problem at first when the primary dialog was between the two sisters. I was thinking I might not get far on this one, but I hung in there a while and once the story got interesting I basically forgot about it. Fortunately there's only three female voices he had to deal with so that made it easier to ignore.

    All in all this is the kind of story I love to listen to going down the road. A story that gets you involved into wondering whagt's going to happen next. In this story there's a menence that seems unstoppable and I kept trying to think of how they'd be able to stop it, but never even came close. I really like that because all too often I can figure out what the author is going to use.

    One last note. This story gets into comparing this situation to other disappearences throughout history. Those unexplained disappearences really make this explaination as good as any guess since it really isn't as far fetched as some others might be. Because of that I think this story is even more fun to get in to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3814)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3258)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "The World Isn"t That Simplistic"
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    Any additional comments?

    As the story goes it is a good drama with a lot of action, but having heard Mark Greaney's books I'm thinking he's probably the one who made the book more exciting. The big problem with Clancy books, and seems to be getting worse with every new book in the Jack Ryan series is that he's coming across as a tea bagger that puts the world into simplistic black and white catagories. If you have concerns about a military with over reaching power that can basically do whatever it wants....Then you're the problem so naturally anyone who thinks that way who has wealth and power would naturally try to bring down the government. I found myself thinking, "Come on Clancey...You have to pull your head out of that fox hole and see the real world." Damn shame...Could have been a much better book otherwise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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