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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (2874)
    Story
    (2876)

    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.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Old Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gary Grossman
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "Great Story with lots of new twists and turns"
    "Equal to a Dan Brown Novel"
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    I wasn't sure about this book, but I enjoyed it. It is a decent thriller that combines history, science and a little science fiction. For all of these types of books, you have to suspend a little belief, but this has a somewhat plausible themes. I won't describe it since it would give away the ending.

    You have some history, the Vatican, the inquisition, some decent explanation of geology, and some thrills, so it's not too bad. There is some romance as well. If you like Dan Brown books you will like this. I actually think it was better than last Dan Brown book to be honest.

    So if you like a little "learning" combined with thrills its quite decent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life or Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

    John S says: "Decent Thriller set in Texas"
    "Decent Thriller set in Texas"
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    I have listened to the author's Joseph O'laughlin and have enjoyed them. They are set in England while this is set in Texas. The main character Audie, is serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit. He escaped the day before he is to be released, and the question throughout the book is why. I won't tell you here. The characters are all really good and the criminals are actually much better then the police. It is a good listen and worth the credit.

    My only issue is with the narration. It is sometimes choppy with the narrator taking big pauses between sentences. His handling of women's voices is rather weak as well with weird accents and things like lisps. Although this does not detract too much from book since most of the narration is male voices.

    If you like the genre of ' " good guy on the run" aka the Jack REacher series you will like this as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

    Top of Mind says: "Another McKinty Gem"
    "One book too many in series"
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    I typically get hooked into series and at some point I realize enough is enough. This book was the enough. I love the setting of Northern Ireland, the narration by Gerard Doyle, but the basic material in this book is rather weak. I suppose that is just typical when you write a series of books eventually you run out of material, just look at the Harry Potter series.

    I would highly recommend any of the earlier books in this series. This one, no.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (379)

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    Katherine Brown says: "Superb story teller"
    "Not his best. Tedious at End."
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    I typically love Erik Larson books. I have listened to or read them all. I loved Devil in the White City because it combined a novel with basically a history book on the great Chicago Expedition. Although this book does introduce characters, there are really no central ones. It's basically short bios on the passengers on the Lusitania as well as Woodrow Wilson and his girlfriend.

    It starts off good talking about the setting of WW1, history of the Cunard line, and German submarines, but by the end of the book it's more like reading obituaries of the passengers. Also the sinking takes too long. The boat sunk in 18 minutes but the narration of the sinking goes on for almost 2 hours.

    At the end, I am not sure this was a good topic for Erik Larson. There is no real central character to focus on. The book therefore turns into recitation of lots of facts a figures.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (569)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Linda says: "HEARTBREAKINGLY POIGNANT AND INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL"
    "Better than All the Light you Cannot See"
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    I liked this book much better than the other. Both are good but this one is much better describing the chaos of WWII France. There Is very little "war" as in battle scenes. Instead it describes a country where neighbor turned against neighbor and the Nazis were only one of the evils.

    Superbly written and narrated this book is a must listen. I would recommend it to young adults, especially girls. The heros or I guess it would be heroines are all women, including the Nightingale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
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    I love the author's inspector Q series. I thought this was another in series. It is not. It is better. Highly plausible innovative theme that keeps you listening. With over 1000 books in my library I rarely find something that I would classify as innovative. This book is. Kudos to the author.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (434)

    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Margaret says: "The Unlikely Spy"
    "Great Narration. Excellent WWII Spy Novel"
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    This book combines some good history (although characters are fictional basic story is true) and a spy thriller. You have your British MI agents, evil nazi spies, and even Hitler and Winston Churchill making an appearance in this book. The pace is pretty fast and you won't want to stop listening once you get into story. The basic theme is how the British fooled the Nazis into believing the plans for the invasion was at the major port of Calais versus at Normandy. The Nazis believed the ruse because they held their forces back expecting the real attack near the Dutch border. It never came and by the time they realized they had been fooled it was too late. The combined forces of England and America had a firm foothold in France. The book focuses on the building of hugh concrete piers that were towed to Normandy and sunk to create a man-made harbor. By the third day of the invasion troops and material were being driven ashore from ships in the Bay of Normandy.

    This book has been out there for awhile, but if you like WWII books you will enjoy it. It is very similar to Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle.

    The narration is quite excellent with single narrator having to do both Hitler and Churchill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (968)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Calculus Ergo Modernity"
    "For science fans good listen"
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    I enjoyed this book because I like the topic. It traces the evolution of cosmology from ancient greek times to modern times. Much of the book covers the three most famous scientist of their times. Galileo, Kepler and Newton. It does a great job explaining how the world evolved from a theory of the earth at the center of the universe to the universe as we now know it. The earth centric view was destroyed as soon as Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter. The Earth could no longer be the center of the universe since those moons orbited Jupiter. The book also covers how Newton proved that the planets travel in an elliptical orbit about the sun.

    This book is probably not for everyone, but if you like the subject of the history of science it is worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1705)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (968)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Odd language. Good narration."
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    It's hard to write a bad review of Hemingway based on the "legend" but this a tough listen for me. The basic story is good. I really knew nothing about the Spanish Civil war but this book made me do some research. In the end you get the idea of " and exactly what were they fighting about?" History has sort of proved that out.

    The issue I had is the writing style. Its sort of odd. We would say "what do you think of me?" Hemingway writes this as "what dost thou thinkest of me? Do you think kindly upon me....."

    I would rate this a book that you feel good about having listened to, but it is an ordeal. Kind of the same as having a high school teacher assign it as a required book. Probably a book you buy the monarch notes instead of reading it. You may feel the same about the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (472)

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Renee says: "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
    "Not your best King Novel"
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    This book suffers from limited characters and a limited setting. The book takes place in a bedroom in a rural cabin, and there are really only two characters. For a 12-hour book it gets kind of tedious. The plot theme is unique; hold your favorite romance novelist hostage and make them write you a new book. The books starts off well, it's that just after 8 hours of the same thing it gets to be too much. Is he going to escape? What new torture is on the menu for the day? Etc. etc.

    I am a huge fan of Stephen King so I hate to knock his books. He has much better ones (The Shining, Carrie, Bag of Bones), so this is slightly subpar. If you a super King fan, then I suppose listen to this. If you are getting acquainted to his books try some of his other ones. There are dozens more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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