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James

Woodbridge, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Athena Project: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

    Don says: "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    "Just Not Good"
    Overall

    I'm a big Thor fan but I wish I would have listened to the other reviewers and passed on this book. This one lacks the realism of his other books. Character development is lacking, there is zero suspense, his females operatives don't come across as professionals with all the discussion of who's dating who, fashion choices, etc. It's just....not good, and not a representation of Thor's usual ability.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (292)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Sharon says: "Hunting Season"
    "Good Author, Excellent Narrator"
    Overall

    This was is a good read by a great narrator. This is my first P.T. Deutermann novel, but I'm a big Lee Child fan, and this reminded me of many of his stories. Some of the decisions made by the main characters were questionable, as are aspects of the plot, but if readers can suspend disbelief and just go with it, I'm sure it will be much enjoyed. I liked it enough that I'm now searching for my next P.T. Deutermann book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1378)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "A Favorite"
    Overall

    I normally avoid this genre, preferring mysteries and thrillers, but this was one of my favorite books this year (and I've listened to over 50.) I even gifted it to the rest of my family. Fantastic creativity by the author. He even manages excellent character development in a dog! I had no problem suspending disbelief with the more surreal aspects of this novel. It made me laugh and brought tears to your eyes, and caused me to see my dog a little differently Anyone that likes animals will love this book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9860)
    Performance
    (4793)
    Story
    (4821)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Rediscovered Enjoyment"
    Overall

    I'm glad I finally rediscovered King. It's been a while but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Interesting and terrifying premise. Wish King would produce more of this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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