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Steven

westfield, NJ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (713)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Thouroughly Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Excellent book and narration. I enjoyed the story and found the characters well developed and quite interesting.

    For those with an interest in the German invasion into Russia - you'll thoroughly enjoy this compelling tale. I didn't find the language or sexual discussions to be offensive at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1877)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (858)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Fascinating - true story of courage and adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a great story about Teddy Roosevelt. The writing was excellent and the narrator did an excellent job. Hard to believe this is a true story - really provides some depth of character around one of our most interesting presidents. This is the second book by Candice Millard that I've listened to and they are both very well done. The book will take you on a wonderful journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1501)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Not up to par"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read or listened to most of the Reacher series and anxiously await new additions. While the book does provide good background on Reacher's military past and the Special Investigative unit, I found the story itself is boring and slow paced. Not much action or intrigue to hold my interest. Not to give anything away, but the culprits seem like a bumbling group of Keystone Cops - you're left wondering how they could be such a formidable opponent.

    Hope the next one is better...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5006)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (2992)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "A big letdown"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really loved the first book (Daemon) - the mix of technology and sociology was fascinating. Based on the other reviews, I couldn't wait to listen to Freedom. Unfortunately, I found Freedom to be a big letdown. Not much in the way of any new technology and the political agenda/point of view was over whelming the story. Just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1683)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Left me wanting more..."
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    I've read or listened to many of the Preston and Child books. This is the first one that left me feeling cheated. This was already a sequel to another book so I was prepared to jump into the story. What I wasn't expecting and didn't appreciate was the way it leaves you hanging at the end. Obviously another book is coming - just didn't need that much of this story line. Two would have been fine, three is one too many. How many more times can the main character be mortally wounded but recover with no ill effects two chapters later. Time to move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (595)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Excellent book and narration"
    Overall

    Truly enjoyed this story - found it well narrated and well written. The story backdrop is New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and while the book deals with difficult issues, I never found it too preachy.

    Found the story quite engaging - a good "read".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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