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Andrew

Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Good, but not as good as "Ghosts of Belfast"."
    Overall

    Well written and descriptive, but the plot is much thinner than "Ghosts". This is more a revenge tale with a fairly predictable ending. I love Gerard Doyle's narration - I find myself using much of the slang from the book for days after finishing the listen (sometimes that's dangerous). As a sequel to "Ghosts", I felt it didn't add much to wrapping up the story. I'll miss Gerry Fagan since he was a much more interesting character than Jack Lennon. Buy Gerry's a stud - maybe he'll come back in book three since his "death" was somewhat ambiguous.....

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (324)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Cayce says: "She does it again!"
    "Terrible"
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    This book was so bad I want to figure out a way to remove it from my library so no one can find out I read it - or should I say tried to read it. I couldn't finish it because it was so pathetically bad. The wiring was sophomoric and full of cliches. The dialog was embarrassingly juvenile. The facts are wrong - Who the hell shoots a 375 magnum? Whoever said this was like a Harry Bosch novel is 180° wrong. This book doesn't even come close to a Michael Connelly novel. Save your credit or your hard earned $$ and pick another book, any book but this one. I mourn the credit I wasted on this piece of literary trailer park trash.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (170)

    The novels of Conn Iggulden bring the past to thrilling life, from ancient Rome to 13th-century Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Now he delivers the spectacular story of the rise of Genghis Khan’s grandson, a man destined to become one of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived - the legendary Kublai Khan.

    Squeak says: "Great Finish to the Khan Historical Fiction Series"
    "Great Series"
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    I enjoyed all the books in the Khan series. Great historic perspective. Great storytelling. Makes me glad I live in the present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Fishman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it.

    Lynn says: "Informative Book"
    "Should be required reading for all HS students."
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    This is a great book. It does a great job of describing water issues in an interesting and entertaining way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1148)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Good but not great."
    Overall
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    I loved the Michael Forsythe trilogy by Adrian McKinty.. This series isn't as good. It's a bit slow, but it still holds together well, hence the 4 star overall rating. I LOVE listening to Gerard Doyle - hence the 5 star performance rating.

    0 of 0 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
    (622)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (547)

    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"
    "Good, but not great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the Michael Forsythe trilogy by Adrian McKinty.. This series isn't as good. It's a bit slow, but it still holds together well, hence the 4 star overall rating. I LOVE listening to Gerard Doyle - hence the 5 star performance rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1158)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "A little depressing and a tad hard to follow."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of those books that is probably better read than heard. Because of the names, places and shifts in time, I had a hard time following this audio-book. I LOVE Will Patten as a narrator, and he didn't disappoint here. His sections of the narration were excellent. Overall, the story was depressing and sad. Didn't seem like anyone had a happy, satisfied life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943): The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

    Gene says: "It doesn't get any better than this."
    "Couldn't Finish It"
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    I really wanted to soak up this book, I'd never studied WWII in Africa in detail and I was itching to learn about it. But listening to a detailed book about it was not the right approach for me. While very well researched and written, it's a constant barrage of names, places, facts, dates, scenarios..... I simply couldn't keep it all straight in my mind. I think that a book like this is much better read in print, where you can look at maps, stop and let something sink in, remember a person, look up a reference point for clarification, etc.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1677)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "It feels like the end of an era."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My audiobook addiction began in 2005 with "The Closers" by Michael Connelly. I was blown away. The story and the narration were so good, I knew right then I was hooked. In the following years, I listened to virtually every Michael Connelly book, and I enjoyed all of them - until The Black Box. This story felt shallow and uninspired. Harry Bosch has become a shadow of his formal self. The story was chock full of cliches and simplistic writing, and the character development was almost non-existent. The narration was terrible and made me feel like the narrator was speaking in satire. I think this will be the last Michael Connelly book I read. It's the end of an era.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1275)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I looked forward to this book since I loved Snow Crash. Boy was I disappointed. Not sure if the author was on LSD, or if LSD is required to listen to this book, but it's weird, disjointed and confusing. There are so many strange sub-plots that weave in and out of reality and bizarre fantasy. Don't assume that if you liked Snow Crash you'll like this - I didn't.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6986)
    Performance
    (6171)
    Story
    (6166)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "I couldn't finish it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The writing is juvenile, the narration boring, the story goofy. The characters alternate between trying to be serious and funny, but achieving neither. Don't bother with this one. Thank goodness I got it as a buy on get one free so I didn't waste a credit on it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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