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Thomas

Rockville, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4956)
    Performance
    (2725)
    Story
    (2741)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall

    After the last novel "Teeth of the Tiger" which was flat and of no substance, this was a definite improvement. It was great to have the old guard come back and I really like the way Tom Clancy integrated the old characters with the new. That said, the timeline of the plot of the "bad guys" is convoluted. That was the only thing that prevented this book from being a great story. Tom Clancy had an original idea, technically correct, great characters but I think he spread himself too thin and it caused the timeline of the book to be both confusing and inaccurate.
    As far as the narrator, much to my surprise, Lou Diamond Phillips did a good job reading this book. So If you love the characters from the old Jack Ryan series, and want to see them in a more modern setting then this is a pretty good book. If its your first time reading a a Jack Ryan series, I would not recommend this book at all. Try starting with the Hunt for Red october.

    28 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker, Helen Brann
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide’s mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like him back on the street. But it’s not a simple case of intimidation....

    Thomas says: "Don't Waste Your Money"
    "Don't Waste Your Money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was nothing like a Spencer novel; it was a touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy story, completely unlike the Spencer novels of old. The author took the characters and tried to make them something they weren't. She tried to turn Spencer into Father Flanagan who carries a .44 and give Hawk a social conscious. There was hardly any action and no mystery whatsoever. 100% do not recommend this novel. Please bring back Ace Atkins.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (698)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "unexpectedly fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Kill Artist in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, well thought out, European experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is based from a European perspective.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    All of it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (313)

    Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "Terrible narration, no story"
    Overall

    First off, Audible lists the narrator as Dick Hill, he is not. I am frustrated with Audible for this error. The narrator is actually Jonathan Davis, who does a terrible job reading this book. He makes it very hard to listen to the story. He should stick with reading Star Wars books, for which is what he most known.
    As for the book, it was bad. Most of it is a rehashing over and over (and over) again, what happened in the first five books in the series. I already read those and was hoping for more adventures, not a repetitious history of the series. I am a big fan of W. E. B. Griffin, but I am afraid that this joint venture with his son, William E. Butterworth the 4th is a poor and very disappointing novel.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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