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Thomas Allen

Divide, CO | Member Since 2011

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  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11346)
    Performance
    (7801)
    Story
    (7779)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Journey of great peril, heroism, and growth"
    Overall

    First, I have to say that the description of the crossing of the Delaware had me so excited that I was short of breath. I had the painting on the subject firmly in my mind and was thrilled to be hearing the retelling.

    As the book contains excellent lessons in strength in leadership, I was enthralled as it wound its way through the evolution of General Washington and his counsel. And it shows the great importance of surrounding yourself with great people but making strong and final decisions.

    And I came away from the book incredibly proud to be an American. The sacrifices and hardships described in this book give me great reason to stand with my head high.

    I'll finish by summarizing my thoughts in two words: "Get it!"

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Back Blast: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9523)
    Performance
    (8816)
    Story
    (8796)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

    Brad Currie says: "Excellent next step in this series."
    "The best of the Gray Man novels"
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    I started the Gray Man novels based on the recommendation of someone whose opinion I very much trust. I felt slightly better than lukewarm on the previous novels, but I kept going because of that recommendation.

    This book is the reward of that patience.

    The previous novel was pretty good, but I feel like it was written specifically to be a lead-up to this one.

    This novel twisted and turned, not just in the pursuit of Court Gentry, but also in the pursuit of the truth behind the hunt for him. I thought I had the whole thing figured out about two thirds of the way into the book, but in the end I wasn't quite right. That was the best twist of all.

    As far as story goes, this was my far and away favorite so far.

    As far as narration goes, I've really enjoyed Jay Snyder's narration and voice acting. With the narration, he's very slick. He's like a cool guy telling you a cool story. His voice characterizations are a blast, especially when he's acting out the roles of the action guys. And his Court Gentry is so good that I can see him in my mind's eye. Overall, outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3834)
    Performance
    (3418)
    Story
    (3411)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    PlantCrone says: "The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri"
    "A strong mysterious adventure"
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    One of the things that has always kept me fascinated with the Longmire stories is the way Craig Johnson weaves Indian spirituality into them. In this story, the spirituality takes center stage as this book explores not only life and death but also the living and the dead. It explores the whys of what we do and the things we should be doing instead. In all, the story starts as an adventure and ends as something much, much deeper.

    I think a series such as Longmire can only have a single story like this. I feel that it is an important part of the series, but it can only be told once. As much of a departure as this is, I feel that Craig Johnson is brave and talented in telling it.

    I've actually already been through all the Longmire books (up through The Western Star), and I'm going through some select ones as I work in my workshop. And I think this may be my favorite in an already excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6821)
    Performance
    (6039)
    Story
    (6009)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    Henry says: "If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5."
    "Whiny girlfriend, narrator did better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It appears someone got Nick Sullivan a director who could get use out of a narrator who was useless in the previous book. Still not a 5-star performance, but much, much better. He actually put some emotion into his reading, and he didn't sound like he was reading a fairy tale to a child. He also still mispronounces names of people and weapons.

    While the plot in this book was pretty enjoyable, I was put off by the girlfriend's unreasonableness and stupid decisions pretty early in the book. Every time she came up in the book, I thought "Ugh! Here we go again!" Her function seemed to purely be as a plot device to whine and make stupid decisions to bring extra tension to Mitch and push the plot along. I felt like, without her doing stupid stuff to move the plot along, the author would have run out of ideas to write a story of sufficient, publishable length.

    While I enjoyed all the previous books, this one has me thinking I'll drop the Mitch Rapp series if the author is going to continue to so prominently use Anna Reilly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8678)
    Performance
    (7715)
    Story
    (7706)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Exciting story, terrible narrator"
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    I'll start with the bad. I have 313 books that I've listened to in my library, with the addition a good number of books on CD and a handful that I've ordered from another service. Nick Sullivan rates as one of the three worst narrators I've ever heard. His minor speech impediment is grating, and he narrates like he's reading a fairy tale to a 4-year-old. His character voicing is extremely limited and unrepresentative of the characters he portrays. He's just very, very bad.

    That's unfortunate, because the actual story is wildly exciting. With a narrator of talent, I'd probably have finished the whole book in a couple of days instead of almost giving up on it several times. The author makes great use of existing characters while introducing engaging new ones. The bad guy is very bad. The politicians are self serving to the point of blindness. The buildup is well done with an exciting climax and a satisfying ending.

    Overall, an unfortunate treatment for a very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10145)
    Performance
    (9503)
    Story
    (9470)

    More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

    Dreamer says: "read the book so of course I had to listen to it"
    "Exciting story with some warmth to it"
    Overall
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    First, I'll talk about R.C. Bray. I came to this story because he is the narrator. And he did not disappoint. Throughout the book, he kept excellent pacing and gave good and distinctive voices to each character. He really is the perfect narrator for stories like this.

    As for the story itself, it's exciting. Through most of it, you just know that something's coming, but you can't quite figure out where, when, or how it will happen. Really pretty gripping. I enjoyed the main characters, including a side story with the protagonist trying to identify with and grow close to someone important to him.

    One small gripe about the story I have: For a bunch of trouble-hardened individuals, the Hell Divers seem to spend a lot of time frozen in fear, trying to decide what to do next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan
    Overall
    (3233)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3050)

    When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

    Gina says: "By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle"
    "Ah, thank goodness!"
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    After how disappointed I was in Age of Swords, I was truly scared to listen to The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter. But thank goodness I was wrong. Riyira has lost none of its magic, and the return of Hadrian and Royce in this new volume is certainly an appropriate addition to the Riyria Chronicles.

    I enjoy how, in creating the Chronicle stories, Michael J. Sullivan has given us a young Hadrian and Royce, not weighted down with the life-worn weariness of the pair in the Revelations stories. They have some really great banter in this story that is fun to listen to and just as fun to hear about the people around them react to.

    Both members of Riyria have soul searching to do in this story, Hadrian about his past and Royce about the true nature of the world. And listening to them do so is fascinating.

    Tim Gerard Reynolds, as with the rest of the Riyria books is excellent in this. I only gave four stars because whoever either recorded or edited the audio did an extremely sloppy job, causing some real distractions in the later parts of the book.

    But other than that, this is Michael J. Sullivan back at making literary magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30365)
    Performance
    (27827)
    Story
    (27749)

    In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

    Evan M Carlson says: "Formula over fiction"
    "Fascinating story"
    Overall
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    Robert Langdon is running around in a murder mystery with a beautiful woman? No way!

    All kidding aside, I did enjoy this story as it twisted and turned. Dan Brown tried to throw several curve balls about the identity of the hidden antagonists, but it didn't really work. While the hidden antagonists were pretty easily figured out, the motives caught me by surprise.

    I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Paul Michael as narrator. While I found his character portrayals fair, I thought his narration voice cracked and crumbled and felt like it was going to fall apart through the entire book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quarter Share: A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nathan Lowell
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (537)

    In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive? When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice: leave the planet on his own, or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.

    Marc says: "Nathan vs Jeffrey"
    "Not what I expected, but surprisingly enjoyable"
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    Let me start out by saying that I was drawn in by the image-evoking name of this book. It turns out that the book is much more about the trader than the golden age of the solar clipper.

    If, like me, you come looking for interstellar adventure with destinations described as beautifully as the title suggests, you'll not find that here. The idea of the solar clipper is merely a backdrop as it provides ports for the story to take place.

    If you're looking for a story of people coming together and forming friendships as they form an as-yet unexplored way to reasonably make money in the ports they visit, then this is a tale for you.

    The characters are all at least relatable if not downright likable. And watching them come together to form plans and find success is enjoyable.

    I never heard Nathan Lowell as narrator, so I can't chime in on the Lowell vs. Kafer debate. But I will say that I thought Jeffery Kafer did an admirable job. His narration may have leaned ever-so-slightly to the dry side, but overall he kept me interested and kept the voices between characters distinct enough to tell everyone apart. Actually, I kept thinking that he sounded like Charlie Sheen when he was reading scripture as Aramis in the '90s Three Musketeers movie.

    I'm personally not going to go onto book two of the series. But that isn't because I didn't find the book well written and performed. On the contrary: if I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't have finished it. But this book just isn't my kind of subject matter.

    But if this falls under your preferred subject matter, I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Ledger: Unstoppable

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry - editor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (687)

    Everyone's favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he's brought friends. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times best seller Jonathan Maberry's "friends in the industry".

    Thomas Allen says: "18 freaking outstanding stories, 2 meh stories"
    "18 freaking outstanding stories, 2 meh stories"
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    By and large, this is an outstanding achievement by the writers who contributed. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. The writers really did a great job working with the DMS characters that we all know, keeping them true to canon while giving fresh looks into their lives.

    We don't just wander with Joe Ledger, either. We get a great chicks-kick-butt story with Lydia and a fun story about off-time with Top, Bunny, and Lydia.

    We also get a story in Joe Ledger's days as a uniformed police officer. That was a really exciting and fun one.

    Then there are the stories told from the point of view of people traveling with Ledger, and I found the external view of him fun to experience.

    I thought that the tie-ins to other universes risked cheesiness, but that was not at all the case. The tie-ins were very well done, introducing me to some characters that I may find the books for and listen to.

    And the last story written by Jonathan Maberry himself... WOW! Freaking outstanding.

    I did, however, have two stories to gripe about.

    My top two favorite authors are Jonathan Maberry (Ledger) and Larry Correia (MHI and Grimnoir). I finally to got the Larry Correia's story with great anticipation. And I was kind of let down. The story was told in vivid detail with fascinating concepts. But in the end, it just kind of went nowhere and fizzled out right when it could have become really gripping.

    The other is about a reporter who is supposed to be super virtuous. It's written by a former reporter and is an obvious attempt to show that reporters and their editors aren't monsters willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to create chaos they can sensationalize to promote their careers. Having seen how reporters operate on several tense occasions first hand, I found the story to be a transparent, self-serving, and insulting.

    Other than those two stories, I absolutely loved the rest of the anthology and will be giving it a second go-around.

    And then there's Ray Porter. That guy is an incredible reader, and he in top form in this series of stories. Of course, any Joe Ledger audiobook fan will recognize the established characters of the DMS world. But Ray Porter seemed to give real life to new characters and the ones from other universes. I suspect that he could read a math textbook and it would be exciting.

    Overall, a great buy and highly recommended!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Flametouched

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brian K. Fuller
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    Davon wants a quiet life, but the Queen orders her new clerk to delve into the affairs of the lovely Lady Hightower to uncover the truth about the mysterious plot. He discovers that powerful and prestigious conspirators don't like meddlesome clerks, and Davon must dodge bullets and increasing scrutiny, fearing the exposure of his past life. As the clues fall into place, Davon finds that the fate of Bittermarch and the Eternal Flame itself are in his flame-branded hands.

    daniel frederick says: "Ten out of ten"
    "Another winner from Brian K. Fuller"
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    This is a rather heavy handed love story. That is something I'd usually turn away from. But the way Mr. Fuller told it, and the way he intermixed the elements of magic, war, politics, and intrigue had me spellbound throughout. I can't believe that over 17 hours of audiobook have passed, as the time really flew while listening to it.

    Davon, the main character, is an easily relatable guy. I immediately sympathized with him as he made difficult life decisions followed by difficult life changes. Around Davon are a host of enjoyable characters, both good and bad, that really kept me connected.

    As narrator, Simon Vance performs with his customary mastery. And he is the perfect choice for this book. His pacing is perfect. His character voices are diverse and well chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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