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Rik DeVoe

Gainesville, FL United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3174)
    Performance
    (2776)
    Story
    (2786)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Clancy still Good but not Great as earlier books."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a Clancy fan then you would enjoy this book. In my reading, the use of the son as the main character, just doesn't come up to the thriller level that Clancy had under the Father. There is, however, enough of the old Clancy in the writing to make it a good way to spend some time.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent. A wee bit hokey on the accents at times but performance wise I do give it a 5 star rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3681)
    Performance
    (3307)
    Story
    (3366)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Frodo's Flight in Fantasy"
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    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    Frodo, Friends, Adventure Frodo and his cohorts combine their talents to follow in the path of good ole Bilbo Baggins, with the idea of returning the ring that Bilbo had brought back from his first adventure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My most extreme reaction to the book was when I was consciously yelling at my MP-3 player to speed up and get on with the story. If I had never read this book the audible version would have been more meaningful to me. I knew what was coming as the friends marched along. I just wanted it to finish so I could get into more stories on "Orcs" and other fantastical beings. Instead of savoring the book as they unwound the story, I got over anxious to get to parts that I remembered well that I knew were up ahead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    This is a major political biography of a great American president - who won a war, transformed the government, and doubled the size of the United States...in four years. When Polk was sworn in as the 11th president, what followed was one of the most consequential presidencies in history.

    Rik DeVoe says: "Polk: One of our most important Preidents"
    "Polk: One of our most important Preidents"
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    President James Knox Polk, the man behind "Manifest Destiny" is finally being written about. Walter Borneman does a splendid job in putting down Polk's life story even though it does not have the military flash of a Jackson or a Grant. He does fill in the holes left by the only other Polk history to have come out in the last few years, James K. Polk: 1845-1849, as part of the American Presidents series. It was a very good general information book that was in need of a book like Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America. Read this book. It will go a long way in filling in some of your blanks in American History.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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