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Nigel D. Emms

PA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "Wrong Order"
    Overall

    I managed to read Lost before I read Suspect but luckily that did not detract anything from this book, Michael Robothams main characters are so real, no Hollywood veneer used. I think the richness of detail in the flaws and mannerisms of his characters combined with his plots which like a long carpet that keeps unrolling reveal more detail and story intrigue with every passing page/minute and that makes both Suspect and Lost books that are hard to put down. I want to read more...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (189)

    In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

    Lana says: "Wonderful Story! Wonderful Narrator!"
    "An improvement"
    Overall

    The Burning Land is another episode in the life of Uhtred from the Saxon Chronicles, in my personal opinion I much prefer the narration by John Lee than that of Jamie Glover who narrated the 4 books of the Saxon Chronicle. His accents are very good and he manages to convey the right sense of occasion in his delivery. As always Bernard Cornwell's descriptive writing style makes it so easy to imagine the scene as it is described, all in all a compelling read with good pace and a reasonable plot.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trigger Men: Shadow Team, Spider-Man, the Magnificent Bastards, American Combat Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hans Halberstadt
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Combat veteran and author Hans Halberstadt takes listeners deeper inside the elusive world of snipers than ever before, from recruitment and training to the brutality of the killing fields. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, Halberstadt gets inside the sniper mind and shows how snipers think and interact with each other, how missions are planned and executed, how the weapons work, and even what happens when a bullet finally strikes its target.

    There are only a few hundred snipers from all the services put together in combat at any one time, making this true inside story a rare and important event.

    Everett says: "One Shot, One Listen"
    "From A-Z"
    Overall

    If you are interested in snipers and shooting and like detail then I feel this is the book for you. The author covers everything from Sniper School selection to actual missions and everything in between. He touches on just about ever aspect of the profession you can think of, from gillie suits to ballistics, rifle choice to hide set ups. Very informative and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frank Antenori, Hans Halberstadt
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    On April 6, 2003, 26 Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.

    Tomio says: "Excellent First-Hand Accout of SF in Iraq"
    "Roughneck Review"
    Overall

    I found this book disappointing, it read more like a report than a story, the characters were never fully developed and as a reader I never felt fully engaged in the situation. The event itself was amazing and the book gives a real life on the ground perspective to Army protocol and the problems our combat forces endure. Frank is very modest in his description of the abilities of Special Forces operatives, and gives a good insight into their training. I feel that the choice of Patrick Lawlor as narrator was not a good match with the content and style of writing. The use of acronyms becomes annoying as the book goes on, I am not sure if this is the case with the written account but as for the audio book after the first twenty cases I winced every time I heard the term "GMV". I know the Army is notorious for it's use of acronyms but do we as reader/listeners have to endure so much repetition. All in all a fascinating account but poorly written and produced (in my opinion).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Pleasant Surprise"
    "Lost in Lost"
    Overall

    Michael Robotham keeps the story going fuelling the plot with new details from the first chapter right through to the last. So often does the conclusion fall short, but not in this case. The case or plot is not far fetched and the characters are well developed. For me the narrator Ray Lonnen made the book all the better he does a superb job you can almost see and feel Vincent Ruiz as he works through his predicament. On the strength of this book I am very keen to read more Michael Robotham.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "From the Ground"
    Overall

    This is one mans view of the US assault on Fallujah, if you want an overview of strategy this is not the book for you. This is about the struggle of Staff sergeant Bellavia and his platoon as they fight house to house in the city of Fallujah. Personally I like the detail and the perspective from the man on the ground, no gloss, no political spin, just the raw details as he sees them. The saying "someone has to do it" in never more appropriate than in this book. War is not clean, surgical or all electronic yet... We still rely on the "Warrior" despite the spin often portrayed in the media. The book does not always read well but this is not meant to be a classic this is one mans perspective and I think he does the job well. You have to admire anyone who is prepared to place themselves in harms way in situations like this, God Bless our troops may we always support them, despite the social/political climate.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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