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Michael

Bend, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "Dud"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was certainly not a barn burner. W.E.B.'s stories are becoming to predictable and are ok to pass time with but certainly not up to the quality of when he was first being published.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just a bland story


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Netural


    Do you think The Spymasters needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this dog won't hunt any longer


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (421)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Excellent Inside View of the Defense Department"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the very best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War?

    Those parts that dealt with Secretary Gates many visits to wounded vets and the impact those visits had on him.


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern and Robert M. Gates – was your favorite?

    Secretary Gates.


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

    No, too much detail to absorb and digest in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book provided a very clear insight to the bureaucracy and political infighting that goes on in the DOD and Whitehouse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Hazardous Reading!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More sophisticated story line, as written it is almost on a comical level.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    I have been a W.E.B. Griffin fan since his first book, "The Lieutenants", however, the quality of his stories has declined significantly over the last 5-10 years. I would probably not buy one of his stories again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No way, Mr. Hill would be better served by reading for animated cartoons!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    Unfortunately it is in need of a total rewrite. As written it is is too sophomoric to be taken as a serious read!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Time for Patriots: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    When murderous bands of militiamen begin roaming the western United States and attacking government agencies, it will take a dedicated group of the nation's finest and toughest civilian airmen to put an end to the homegrown insurgency. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant-General Patrick McLanahan vows to take to the skies to join the fight, but when his son, Bradley, also signs up, they find themselves caught in a deadly game against a shadowy opponent. With A Time for Patriots, the New York Times bestselling master of the modern thriller Dale Brown brings the battle home....

    Jim. Soltis says: "boring"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made A Time for Patriots better?

    A more realistic story line


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dale Brown again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration could have been for a valley girl type story


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

    Extreme disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    certainly not worth the price paid, even as deeply discounted as it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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