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John

Arnold, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 9 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 138 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dayna Baer, Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robert Baer, Dayna Baer, Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Dana was originally tasked for Agency background checks, but always wanted more. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn’t love at first sight. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as they both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency ID cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.

    Lynn says: "Secret Agent Man and Woman"
    "Absolutely pathetic"
    Overall

    I have read (or started to read a few bad books before), but nothing is as bad as this book. There is no story or anything remotely revealing or interesting at all in the book. Top that off with the most pathetic readers you could imagine, including the "professional" reader who sounds like something too melodramatic for even 1940's and '50s movie theater film shorts. I really should demand my credit back.
    DON'T BUY, DON'T LISTEN, DON'T READ, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. BAD, BAD, BAD. THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T RATE IT A ZERO IS THAT YOU HAVE TO PUT AT LEAST ONE STAR.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5364)
    Performance
    (2875)
    Story
    (2883)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    I am sorry to say that this book was very disappointing on many levels. The reader was excellent except that he could not do anything resembling a woman's voice. Fortunately, he did not have to worry too much as there are only three women in the book. He was not able to capture young people either, but it was still pretty well read.
    The biggest problem, of course, was the writing. The author continuously developed characters and stories that just disappeared. The main character ended up being a lot less than the main character. A love interest was developed to just go away completely with no more mention of it. The story was tremendously tedious. Most of the time was spent building the reader up for a huge main character who never really delivered the goods. There is absolutely no action until the last chapter or two and that action is just not worth the wait. And I am not sure where the title came from as it does not seem to have anything to do with the reality of the story.
    I fell asleep on this one many times. Sorry, it was not good.
    JWT

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1215)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Should have quit after the Lion's Game"
    Overall

    I read Night Fall, The Lion's Game and The Lion in that order. The first two were great (especially Night Fall), but DeMille should have quit after The Lion's Game. It was just the right touch to leave people with the ending in their own minds.
    I really like the character Cory in all the books. I think DeMille has captured the essence of a New York detective pretty effectively. But this book had Cory in countless boring meetings describing the boring nature of the meetings. Even Scott Brick, who was phenomenal in all of the other books, failed us here. Everyone sounded exactly the same and it was not good. The book does pick up near the end and it has one unexpected twist, but not enough to defeat the very didactic ending. Also, in this book Ahsad Khalil lacks any depth and there is not nearly enough of what was going on in his mind.
    Worth it? I suppose, but I think this was a book DeMille did not really want to write.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5191)
    Performance
    (3190)
    Story
    (3217)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "You don't want to think about it"
    Overall

    You don't want to think about it, but what if it happened? What if you had to live without the things we take for granted? It would probably unfold very much like this story reveals. Information worth knowing, thinking about and preparing for.

    And it was always interesting. Never a dull moment. Could not wait to find out what happened next.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    This book was one of the most delightful books I have ever read. The reader had the perfect voice for this book. The story was just a lot of fun. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud.

    A story of childhood as though you were actually reliving it. A coming of age in a time of significant change. A story that seems to have no plot until the end and it all comes together with an enormous surprise.

    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2148)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Never Again, Sigh"
    Overall

    This is a fabulous classic book. The reading was flawlessly superb and sadly, no one will ever write the English language so eloquently again.

    A must read for everyone. Relish, not only the story, but the exquisite language.

    John

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The First Rule: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Robert Crais
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (206)

    The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

    Mystery Addict says: "Not Elvis but a good listen"
    "Every gun in the world"
    Overall

    First, allow me to say that I liked this book in spite of a number of flaws. I thought I would be getting some keen insight into the Russian Mafia, however the bad guys turned out to be Serbian, not Russian. And they were pretty secondary to the book. They just provided canon fodder for the Hero Joe Pike. Joe Pike was a great hero though. In many books the hero is presented as incredibly tough, but ends up being pathetically week. This guy is a real Jack Bauer (24) type. And what an array of guns he carries. If the author wanted to show his knowledge of all guns in the world, he dropped his entire amount of knowledge in this book. But that was OK too. I like guns and he had all the ones I like and he wasn't afraid to use them. The plot had very little twist to it, but still, I liked the book despite all these flaws. It had plenty of action that kept on coming.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (780)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "A pleasant surprise"
    Overall

    I struggled for a long time when purchasing my last book, but finally decided on this one. I am glad that I chose this book because, not only was it an intriguing mystery, but it was also a critical look into the psychology of families and the impact their actions have on children. The whole premise of the novel from the description made it seem like it had nowhere to go but into nap time, but it kept me very involved. I had to put off a few things at the end because I could not wait to see what happened in the last 5 or 6 chapters. Also, the reader was excellent. A perfect choice for this particular novel. And since you usually figure out the end of novels like this well before the end, it was refreshing to be pretty surprised at the outcome. Lots of twists and turns and surprises all along the way to keep you fully involved.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18431)
    Performance
    (8325)
    Story
    (8351)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "A real waste of time and money"
    Overall

    I bought this book because it was rated so highly by Audible. However, Audible failed to reveal that the book was filled with extensive desctiptions of all kinds of sexual deviancy that had no real meaning to the story line whatsoever. Much of the book was written in a style that I would describe as being Camus like, however it did not have the same impact. I did not need a detailed description of everything people bought when they went to the store. I did not need to read, "she went to the front desk and was told she had to wait half an hour. She went to her car and smoked three cigarettes. She went back to the desk." The truth is that the plot was extremely weak and most of the book was just mundane boring filler. The actual book could have been completed easily in four or five chapters.
    I thought I would never get through the book. But I persevered. And the ending? Certainly not worth the wait. Not even close.
    Also, the reader, while a very excellent reader was British. The characters were all Swedish, so they all had a British accent. And almost all of the male characters had this exaggerated deep voice that made them sound ridiculous.
    Don't waste your time or money on this one.
    And Audible would do us a real favor by telling us something about objectionable content.

    John

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful

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