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John S

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  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2726)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2401)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Hard to follow audio might be a better read"
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    I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.

    Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates...it is Bourne himself.

    Barbara says: "I can't believe how lame this book comes off."
    "Too Many Story Lines"
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    This book is difficult to listen to because it has too many story lines. There are three major characters and the story switches among them almost every 5 minutes in the narration, The main character, Jonothan Bourne, turns out to be a rather unlikable person who has no qualms about killing and torturing people. Not sure I really wanted to cheer him on in the book. Actually just about everyone is unlikable which makes the entire book rather "dark."

    The book is not by original author, Robert Ludlum. The new author interjects his political views throughout entire book. It's mostly "America bashing".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1044)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Three Books in One"
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    This is really three different books. Two of them are interesting, and I found the other not. Although it about three generations of a Texas family, following the plot in an audio version is slightly difficult. You jump between characters, eras, and story lines rather quickly. Sometimes you miss the transitions, especially near the end where the three separate story lines come together. The beginning of the book and story about being captured by Indians was the most interesting. The story about the Texas Woman Oil Barron was not. It so reminded me of the movie Giant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Sun

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

    Jesse says: "empire of the sun"
    "Abridged version kind of ruins it."
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    I love this book and found the abridged version sort of disappointing. I wish there was an unabridged one. The narration by Jeremy Irons is great though. Consequently I would recommended reading the book rather that listening to abridged version. I added it to my library because it was inexpensive and I had a $10 credit. Wish I had not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (881)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Poconos says: "One of the best author/narrator combos anywhere!"
    "Davenport gone suburban dad"
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    You read/listen to this series for consistency. There is nothing new here. If you like the other Davenport books, you will like this one. There is really not much variation in the plot lines in these books, just a different criminal each time. You have Lucas chasing down the bad guys in his Porsche (although in this book it stays in the garage most the time), A little about his wife Heather, and in this book a little more of his step daughter who plays a larger role than previous one, but a not a huge one. There does seem to be some distancing between Lucas and his police partners (Dell, etc.) since they are hardly in the plot line. Lucas seems to be entering middle age and all the "bad boy" things are left to Virgil Flowers series. The book ends with Lucas taking his step daughter off to college. Yes middle age suburban living.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1215)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Favorite in this series except narration"
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    This is the first of Department Q series and was my favorite. The exception is the narration. Some of the accents are sort of strange. So if you listen to series in order you will notice the change in narration style to the following books in the series. Each one has a different narrator which breaks up the consistency.

    However the story line is really good and keeps you guessing until the end. The book starts kind of slow so you have to make it to about hour 2. Although if you listen to this series in order it may be better, but you don't have to. Each book stands on its own and there is not much rehash of old story lines. This is a good alternative to the John Nesbo Series if you like Scandinavian crime thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1572)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Not your typical King, more of a crime thriller"
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    If you expecting a typical Stephen King novel this is not it. It is really is just a crime drama involving an ex cop. Not that it is a bad book,but there are no "supernatural" elements to it. It Really reminds of a John Sandford (Lucas Davenport) or a James Lee Burke novel. The latter is especially true since Will Patton typically narrates that series. So if you like either of these two series you will like this.

    There is you ex cop, crazy killer, and the amateur sleuths who help the ex cop. It's a standard formula for crime thrillers. Great narration, good story line, but not your typical King like Dr Sleep, Carrrie, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3269)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1020)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "I think this is a great Stephen King Novel"
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    I had seen this book for years and for some reason never read it. It is very similar to his other books, but with a unique premise. Once you give up on some basic reality (the cellphone being able to turn you into a zombie), it's really quite entreating. It's very similar to earlier books such as The Stand, but different enough to be a good listen. I suppose I liked it even more because it starts off in Boston where I live so I could better imagine the scenes. Stephen King has better books, but if your are a King addict this will work quite fine. Ringing off now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (277)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "Harry Hole without Harry"
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    If you expecting something really different with this book beyond the Harry Hole series you will be disappointed. If not, then you will love it. Set in Oslo, it is extremely similar to earlier books, but without the same characters. It is well written and excellently narrated so it makes for a great listen. It had a great surprise ending that was well set up ahead of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9005)
    Performance
    (4729)
    Story
    (4801)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Classic Science Fiction but Odd Narration"
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    This is a classic of science fiction. I would suspect that it somehow an inspiration of the original star wars series. I am not a hugh science fiction fan, but I enjoyed it because it seemed to be both a science fiction book and a book set in the middle ages, You have Dukes, Counts, Emperors and other titles of nobility. They are continually scheming against each other in search of power, One character, the Duke actually reminded me of Jaba the Hut from Star Wars because he is so obese.

    The one odd thing with narration which other people have commented on, is that different narrators are used for the same character. It throws you off. Scott Brick whose voice I always recognize is Paul, the main character sometimes and other times not. There is also a weird echo chamber voice almost like Darth Vadar.

    Although this is a series, I probably won't continue on. The book comes to a satisfactory ending and there is no "cliffhanger" like so many other series. I suspect it was written as just a single book in mind. So you can listen to this one book and call it quits, especially when the last books in series are actually written by Frank Herbert's son.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "Classic and still entertaining"
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    Although this was written in 1950 shortly after WWII, it still a great story. It is really so much a war novel, but a love story. The writing is excellent as well as the narration. It does start a little slow but picks up the pace. It will be enjoyed by both men and women. Another book I found very similar was the Potato Factory which is another great book set in Australia and England.

    I would also recommend this to Teens, especially girls since the major character and heroine is a woman. Jean Paget shows both courage, wisdom, and dedication. English by birth she is captured in Malaysia during WWII as must march hundreds of miles with other women as prisoners of the Japanese Army. This part of the war (malaysia) is often overlooked because it involved the British more than America. It was also a mini series at one time. I remember seeing it on TV a decade or so ago. Another similar book set in the same time period is Empire of the Sun , which is another great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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