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David

MERIDIAN, ID, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Gone for Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Henry F. Ward says: "History through the eyes of individuals"
    "Good Book - Annoying Reader"
    Overall

    He seems to think that words spelled like "Strength" should be pronounced "Strenth". While that may be a minor thing, it is a book about a war. The word "Strength" comes up rather a lot. This is just the most obvious example, he mispronounced a lot of words. I generally over-look minor issues but after a while it really started to grate on me. Worth the listen, but I do wish that someone had corrected him along the way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1932)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Good, but not the usual GREAT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Wanted Man?

    Reacher. I mean, he is awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His character. He has maintained that character perfectly through all of the books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. All of Lee Child's books are that way and nearly every book that Dick Hill has narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill is letting Reacher's vocal traits carry over to all of the other characters. So,while I really like his Reacher characterization; I don't like it when that characterization is also the various male and female FBI agents. And even the bad guys. The story was not QUITE as good as the others. It was good, don't get me wrong, but the end was a Little bit of a disappointment to me. I still strongly recommend the book and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2132)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (668)

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    William T. Katz says: "Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest."
    "Fire the Narrators"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I like the story and I thought I could stomach the narrators for the sake of the story but I found that it was impossible. I wasted the money buying the audio-books. I cannot listen to these two any longer. Please support the author and buy his book, but Never, Ever buy an audio book with either of these two narrating. I have heard bad narrators, but these two are worlds beyond the prior worst... Have I made myself clear?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Net Is Wide: A Prequel to Tales of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

    Maria says: "Extremely Satisfied"
    "Worse Narration Ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I like the story and I thought I could stomach the narrators for the sake of the story but I found that it was impossible. I wasted the money buying the audio-books. I cannot listen to these two any longer. Please support the author and buy his book, but Never, Ever buy an audio book with either of these two narrating. I have heard bad narrators, but these two are worlds beyond the prior worst... Have I made myself clear?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Stilted reading. Absolutely devoid of emotion.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (426)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "I can't belief the let those narrators ruin these"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like the story and I thought I could stomach the narrators for the sake of the story but I found that it was impossible. I wasted the money buying the audio-books. I cannot listen to these two any longer. Please support the author and buy his book, but Never, Ever buy an audio book with either of these two narrating. I have heard bad narrators, but these two are worlds beyond the prior worst... Have I made myself clear?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lian Hearn again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Fletcher and Henri Lubatti ?

    Seriously, absolutely anyone. They take bad to a whole new level.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (260)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    "Great Narrator"
    Overall

    Simon Vance is fantastic. I've always been a Bond fan and his narration is just great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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