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Christopher

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Forest Grove, OR, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (818)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "Unique Setting Makes this One a Winner"
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    Thrillers with a female lead aren't too common and often feel a bit forced, but Stevens only pulls this one off thanks to the unique setting of this novel.

    Taking place primarily in some of the most lawless parts of the world, the listener gets a peak into subsaharan Africa. I was never really convinced that the view was authentic, but I could suspend my disbelief and revel in the story for awhile.

    Honestly though I was expecting a more original/interesting character in Monroe. I never thought she developed into a true heroine. Sure she has a Type A personality and can kick some ass along with an interesting life, but that's a dime a dozen in thrillers. Nothing stood out to make her stand out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6394)
    Performance
    (2495)
    Story
    (2509)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Not Exactly Shogun but Entertaining on it's Own"
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    The author sends us back in time to feudal Japan where we meet Toshi and a host of other characters that dive into a fast paced adventure that is part politics and part warrior vendetta. The descriptions are adequate and did a fine job of immersing me in the life and times of the characters, but they never jumped off the page in quite the same way that James Clavell succeeded at.

    The narrator has one of those voices that is soft and soothing yet charismatic. Far from putting me to sleep his voice rather pulled me into the story with a cadence that perfectly suited the story. I'm going to keep my eye on Kevin Gray and the other stories he narrates.

    A decent book that shined just a bit brighter thanks to the narration. I've already added the second book in the series to my Wish List.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul McEuen
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    When Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead at the bottom of one of Ithaca, New York’s famous gorges, his research collaborator, Cornell professor of nanoscience Jake Sterling, refuses to believe it was suicide. Why would one of the world’s most eminent biologists, a 86-year old man in good health who survived some of the darkest days of the Second World War, have chosen to throw himself off a bridge? And who was the mysterious woman caught on camera at the scene?

    Andrew says: "Unbelievable, implausible plot"
    "Bio-terror Thriller that Breaks the Mold"
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    I'll admit up front that there were a few times I thought the pace lagged a bit. McEuen spent a lot of time developing interesting and intriguing characters, and in the process the plot slowed.

    On the other hand though, I became attached to the characters. Well developed and interesting, the list of characters was kept short leaving plenty of time to get to know each character well. The killer mold threat (a character in it's own right) and the way it was presented was a unique take on bio-terrorism that is hard to find in today's thrillers.

    Fans of science based thrillers should give this one a listen. You won't find quite as many explosions and violence as you might see in a Tom Clancy novel, but there is enough intrigue to make it thrilling.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2071)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1453)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Entertaining but not Award Winning"
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    Like so much that Tom Clancy writes, it is entertaining, but it doesn't exactly qualify as an amazing piece of literature.

    In Against All Enemies, various threads are woven together. Mexican drug cartels, Taliban terrorists and American government officials form a complex menagerie of infighting, conspiracy, and corruption that unfortunately abandons the realm of believability on more than one occasion.

    Moving along at a solid pace through the novels entire length, I never felt the story dragging along, but once the terrorist plot was identified the conspiracy continued to develop even though the outcome became predictable.

    If you are a Clancy fan this should be enjoyable, but it's not likely to be memorable upon it's conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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