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Keith

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  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (630)

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Kathy says: "Great grab-you-in-plot!"
    "Worthy Listen if a bit hitchy"
    Overall

    Mount Dragon is a nice little Summer listen if you want something light, yet somewhat compelling. The story is fairly straightforward, although many plotlines are forced on the reader at times. The character development is largely based on common life role stereotypes (Western Cowboy, etc), which is simple for the listener, but leaves a bit to be desired in the end.

    While some story details are rushed and many technical details wildly unrealistic, the authors are surprisingly able to maintain a stable suspension of disbelief through the book. The flow of the story can be hitchy at times, though, so be prepared for a few starts and stops across the storylines.

    The narrator's performance is solid, but was largely limited by the simplicity of the characters.

    It's a nice little listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2061)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1435)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Rupert Murdoch lovers unite!"
    Overall

    Despite actually having an interesting story, the novel is just intolerably Fox News-y political. It creates straw-men of city life from a "the South shall rise again" deluded perspective of individualism. Ayn Rand would be proud of the protagonist.

    If you have a different world view than Sean Hannity, you will find it offensive.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (419)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "Well-paced, but formulaic"
    Overall

    If you are familiar with Connelly's other books, then this one will be somewhat disappointing. The pace keeps you involved and interested and the story is adequate, but Connelly keeps going to the same well for his denouement. These books are supposed to be somewhat formulaic, but this one follows the recipe a little too closely. The overriding thought I got at the end of the story was that Connelly was looking for a quick score with this one. He's developing his other characters in related books and I think this one was done on the quick so the Bosch franchise didn't appear neglected.

    If you are unfamiliar with the series, then I think you'll like the book.

    Len Cariou is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2518)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (898)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Fast-paced if somewhat thin"
    Overall

    "The Scarecrow" is not Michael Connelly's best work, but is a quick moving and will entertain (even if just a little) fans of the author and genre. It's obviously been written to go to Hollywood as many of Connelly's more recent works seem to have been. If it does, it will make a B-grade thriller. It's an action flick in novel format. The character development is rushed and Connelly relies too much on his previous novels to back fill the relationships between the main characters. It's quite glaring at times.

    The narrator had a lot of difficulty with proper emphasis and prosody. At times, I found myself asking if he had even read the novel prior to recording the narration. He spends too much time trying to make the novel darker than it already was by reading with a very phony tone of urgency. The effect comes off as inappropriately campy.

    All in all, it's a worthy download if you want something quick and easy to digest. If you want more than that, then you likely aren't even reading this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4591)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2259)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Lost."
    Overall

    After a great deal of buildup and considerable delays in the release of this book, I have been utterly disappointed with this audiobook. As a huge fan of the first two books in the series, I was hoping for a climactic finish to the trilogy. Not so.

    Unfortunately, Paolini (a great young writer) has fallen into a trap. He seems to believe he can be the next Robert Jordan or Terry Brooks, but the current narrative just doesn't support the epic realms created by those authors. In his attempt to fatten the Eragon saga into Jordanian proportions, Paolini adds confusing and often pointless digressions to the storyline. Further, as a result of these curious convolutions, the story loses its basic drive and character schema. For example, Paolini attempts to add complexity to the character of Eragon, but loses sight of the fact that the epic hero needs to be a hero. So in this story, Eragon seems more the whiny adolescent than the savior of his world. It just doesn't work in this genre.

    I am unsure of how Mr. Paolini can save the series after this dud.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (534)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This audiobook is an outstanding finish to a truly great series. Stroud does a wonderful job keeping the storyline clean and simple, which tends to be rare in this genre. The continuity of the world created in the Amulet of Samarkand and followed by the Golem's Eye is impressive (though a few anachronisms and errors pop up here and there).

    The narrator is superb and has quite a range of voice/character allowing for a rich story environment.

    Highly recommended for any fan of fantasy literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "Excellent summary of the status quo"
    Overall

    Every once in a while, you come across a book that sums up what you are feeling and codifies the craziness of today's existence. This book is just that. There really is nothing new here, and Gore will not blow anyone away with his summary of popular media and the undercurrents (and underworld) of the American political system. However, the fact that his comments are so dead on correct makes the book seem almost prescient.

    The book is a worthwhile read for anyone, but particularly if you are fed up with the popcorn culture that pervades the American experience nowadays. It's a nice roadmap.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (699)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Exciting"
    Overall

    "Deep Storm" is a worthy summer listen. The pacing of the story is really what makes the novel so entertaining. I found myself waiting and wondering what comes next often in the book, which is an attribute of a well written thriller.

    Scott Brick is a known quantity to most and performs in his typical, solid-yet-not-overwhelming narration style.

    Worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (854)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Unapologetic Tolkien Ripoff"
    Overall

    Initially, I was going to give the book 2 stars due to its readability (well...in audio form). However, after getting midway through the book, I decided I couldn't allow the rampant plagiarism of Tolkien to go unpunished.

    So, here goes:

    If you choose to listen to this book, make sure that you have not read or seen the "Lord of the Rings" series by JRR Tolkien. If you have, then you will likely wonder after the first 3 hours just how bad the ripoffs could get. After that, to your horror, you realize that the rest of the book mirrors the Tolkien epic save for the character names.

    That said, the character development is there as is the story flow. It's a good story. Problem: It is Tolkien's story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "Fun Listen"
    Overall

    Overall, I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy Ludlum's other stuff. The book moves along at a good clip and puts some effort into avoiding predictability. If you are looking for a realistic novel, however, this won't fit the bill. The story is a little far fetched when you think about it for a little over a second. But, this is not too much of a problem for readers. Realism is not what you should be expecting from this genre.

    Not a bad listen. Try it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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