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Rurouni

Albany, NY USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Transfer of Power

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    A group of terrorists invades the White House, driving the president into an underground bunker, where he can't communicate with his government. Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counter-terrorist operative, sneaks into the executive mansion to take control and finds that the terrorists are the least of the president's and the nation's problems.

    Rurouni says: "A good book, flawed by its audio counterpart"
    "A good book, flawed by its audio counterpart"
    Overall

    I haven't been an audible customer for long but most of what I've purchased I've been happy with. I'm a large fan of Vince Flynn's works, and I was looking forward to listening to the Mitch Rapp series. While this would be a good listen to someone who hasn't read the book before, Audible hurts the book by not labeling it as abridged. Huge portions of character development, plot points and major scenes are completely left out. This would have been an easy 5 stars if Simon & Schuster Audio had done this book in its unabridged glory.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (346)

    Barrie Travis is a damn good reporter stuck at a low-budget television station when the First Lady calls her—and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime. Stunned by the loss of her infant son, the president’s wife hints he may have been murdered. Barrie sets out to find the truth, fighting for the exclusive story with the help of Gray Bondurant, a mysterious former presidential aide.

    Rurouni says: "Had promise but...."
    "Had promise but...."
    Overall

    I have to say that I am pretty disappointed in this story. It started out great, with lots of potential. The main character is an intriguing woman, who's had a few embarrassments in the past, but with her mentor/friend, continues to try and forge ahead. She's built up as this independent woman who, although has had some setbacks, is a solid investigative reporter.

    Then she meets with a man and the independent woman seems to just vanish in a flurry of unrestrained lust. That doesn't bother me, as long as it remains in the moment. But after that scene, her character becomes increasingly more cliche and irritating to deal with. I stopped listening because I honestly didn't care about her story anymore. This may sound harsh, but I was upset with what happened to the character. Perhaps its gets better after I stopped listening, and maybe I'll try it again, but for now, it simply doesn't grab my interest.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Denied

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When a brutal assassination rocks New York, chief homicide prosecutor Butch Karp launches an investigation. Then Butch's wife uncovers a tie between the assassination and a vicious, Mafia-related homicide she's investigating. With his family now caught up in the case, Butch fears the next murder may strike closer to home.

    Rurouni says: "Can you say speed reading?"
    "Can you say speed reading?"
    Overall

    I don't know what to say about this book. After listening to it for a 1/2 hour, I had to stop, simply because I couldn't stand listening anymore. The narrator seems to think that reading an audiobook is a competition sport or something. It's the only possible reason I could come up with for why they spoke so fast. It really detracts from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (570)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Great but Abridged might be better for some"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of this story since I was in middle school. To this day, I still believe it's one of the greatest stories ever written. However, I do have to insist that for the average listener, the abridged version might be better. In this unabridged version, Victor Hugo goes off on tangents that, to really understand, you have to have a great deal of European history knowledge. To someone who can't remember their days of world history class, it can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming at times. But it's not all bad, as Hugo's inner-story commentaries are insightful and interesting. The narrator does an excellent job, switching to french when necessary for a given effect.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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