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Ralph

Thousand Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (901)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "Ececutive Orders"
    Overall

    Several reviews suggested that Tom Clancy and his reader, Michael Prichard, had missed the mark with this edition of Jack Ryan. I am about half through with the book and find it exceptional and the narration is quite good.

    Perhaps if you have not read any of the other books in this series, or not seen any of the pictures, you might get lost in the plot. However, anyone who is a fan of Tam Clancy and these charcters should find this an outstanding read. The complaint about the detail is understandable, but this is what Clancy has built his readership.
    I was concerned with the negative reviews, but very happy I purchased this book, and find the unabridged version much to my satisfaction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1453)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Classic Rapp"
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    What did you love best about Pursuit of Honor?

    Excellent plot, new characters, very entertaining listen.


    What other book might you compare Pursuit of Honor to and why?

    Several of the Rapp books are somewhat similar, but storyline enough different to make this a very good listen.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    George is a first rate narrator. He could make a boring book very entertaining. Producers should be required to listen to some of the books they produce so they would appreciate the difference in a great narrator and the others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent listen and one of the better books in the Rapp series.
    Certainly worth the money for this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1351)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Classic Rapp"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Extreme Measures the most enjoyable?

    Nicely plotted and great narration by a real pro.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good plot, excellent characters.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Rapp


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Great book for long road trip. Finished in the time to travel from Southern California to Mendocino and back.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better books in this series.Highly recommend to fans of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (925)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Good for long trip"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Lions of Lucerne the most enjoyable?

    Past the time very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Did the job of passing the time on a long road trip. Not great, but entertaining and worth the cost of the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (438)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "Soap Opera for bored Housewives."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes, have listened to many of DeMille's books, this seems to be an exception to his normally great stories.


    Has The Gold Coast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, would not buy another that is so far from DeMille's normal style.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?

    Narrator seem to do an adequate job, just hard to create interest in a dull story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Gross disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Purchased this audio book based upon some of the reviews, and wished I had researched it a little more. Based upon past experience with DeMille, listened to almost 2/3 of book before I just had to stop before I through my IPod out of the car.Plot not believable, characters just too pat, and a very boring listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17037)
    Performance
    (15125)
    Story
    (15082)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Boring, King forgort to suspend our disbelief."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

    Story line just not credible and no attempt made to get the reader to believe the events could be possible. Story just dragged on and on and characters seemed to come from King's other works.


    Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The show down with Oswald


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Very well read


    Any additional comments?

    First audio book that I had to skip parts in order to force myself to finish the book.
    King is obviously a very successful author, but this must rate as one of his worst.
    The reviews got me to buy this book, but they do not reflect the quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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