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J. Walhs

jw

Alexandria, VA United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 13 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 260 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3569)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1757)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    I rarely give five stars to any book. My criteria is that the book must keep my attention to the point that I look forward to my morning commute and dread getting out of my car when I get to my destination. This book wins on both counts!

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1275)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Part 1, not a stand along book :-("
    Overall

    When I purchased it, I did know that this was goign to be a two book story. However, I thought that there would have been some logical conclusion to the first part and the second book would be a sequal. (Kind of like Star Wars...). However this book litterally drops in the middle of the action. The fact that the second book is not out yet is inexcusable.

    The reader is also not the best person for this book. She just does not have enough range to cover all of the diffrerent characters and it can be difficult to pick between several characters that all sound the same. (May not be an issue for some people, but I found it a little difficult and had to rewind a few times to make sure I understood who was talking...)

    Other than that, it is actually a good book. Too bad that it gets shot in the foot out of the gate. I'd likely give it a three or four stars if it wasn't broken in the middle.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (690)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "Well done and entertaining"
    Overall

    A well written story that has hints of historical and truthiness built in but the author knows when to leave reality to create entertainment. Well narrated as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (6664)
    Performance
    (2966)
    Story
    (2979)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    Loved this book. A little predictable at the end, but still very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John's Story: The Last Eyewitness: The Jesus Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Roberston Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    The year is A.D. 95, and John, the one whom Jesus called "beloved", is the last of the 12 apostles still alive. Now nearing 90, John is still committed to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. When a renegade begins misleading the masses with dangerous, heretical teachings, John is called by God to write a gospel to show that Jesus was, in fact, the Son of God.

    J. Walhs says: "Good listen but lacking"
    "Good listen but lacking"
    Overall

    If you are trying to figure out if you should download this book, do so. It is interesting and worth a listen, although it is not the same "drats I have finished my commute and I'm in the middle of a chapter" feel as some of the Left Behind series. It is largely a retelling of the Gospel of John word-for-word. There are some parts that offer an insight as to what it may have been like for John, but there are clearly areas where they could have gone further into the historical fiction realm with character development.

    6 of 6 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
    (6096)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2247)

    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"
    "Wow! Great book"
    Overall

    This is a fabulous book. My wife and I enjoyed it completely on a recent road trip. I know that a number of people in the forums complained about the Asian names. Yes, the characters are Japanese. Yes, they have Japanese names. However, I did not find it hard to follow the story. The way that the author ensconces the listener in the beautiful description of each scene pulls the reader into feudal Japan. Neither overly graphic nor too bland, the story is well defined and gripping. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark: Left Behind, Volume 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    Those who were left behind after the Rapture must now make a crucial decision. Each person must choose whether to receive the mark of the beast, or die. Never has faith in God been more important for the group of believers called the Tribulation Force, who now face danger on all sides. Valiantly, they continue to urge new followers to accept Christ's love.

    Stefanie says: "Narrator Ruins It"
    "Not a fan of the new narrator"
    Overall

    I have loved all of the books in this series so far. I still like the story, but am not a fan of the new narrator. His accents are horrible and pace too quick. (Half the charactes sound like Dracula and the other half Gomer Pyle.)

    However, the series is great and if you made it this far, you really can't stop listening. I have blown through my Listener allotment, increased my subscription to premium and am three weeks away until the next month...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Harold Evans, Gail Buckland, David Lefer
    • Narrated By Harold Evans
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The workshop revolutionaries who made our world have never had the attention afforded the political revolutionaries who founded this nation. But it has been these innovators, in small-town attics and on the Mississippi, in Silicon Valley and the wheat fields of Kansas, in a black woman's beauty parlor and a Dayton bicycle shop, who set America on a course to attain a standard of living unprecedented in the history of the world.

    Jim says: "Wait for the Unabridged audiobook."
    "Liked it, even abridged"
    Overall

    As an entrepreneur, I appreciate stories of those who have gone before me to create new markets despite adversity. The author presents an interesting perspective on American entrepreneurs and narrates a compelling set of stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2071)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (500)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Compelling book"
    Overall

    A very compelling story that kept me listening and looking forward to my commute. The narrator does a great job with multiple voices and accents. MC claims that he does not have a partiuclar point of view, I can only take this as a tounge-in-cheek statement and think it is clear that he has stronger questions about studies commissioned by environmentalists than other studies. That being said, he raises a number of great points to ponder about the "scientific" studies that we all know about and actions we take on behalf of the environment that backfire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Vices: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

    Vincent says: "Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent"
    "How bad can you get"
    Overall

    I tried to listen to this book. I really did. I made it about 10 minutes. The combination of the dimestore novel prose and matching reader's voice was too distracting. Perhaps if I gave it an hour I would like it, but life is too short. I gave it one star, but that is really one too many.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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