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Frank

Coinmn

Rosemount, MN, United States | Member Since 2004

ratings
26
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
2
FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
86

  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5491)
    Performance
    (2990)
    Story
    (2999)

    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"
    "Maybe the best one yet!"
    Overall

    The story starts out fast, and has a quick pace throughout. Mitch Rapp fans, get ready to find out how it all started, who trained him, and nurtured his natural abilities. Some real insightful stuff for Rapp fans everywhere. Worst thing about it is, now I am going to have to wait another year to get my next fix! Great read, well worth the listen! If you never listened to or read a Vince Flynn novel, this is a great place to start. It will get you down the path and should have been the book he started with, but having followed the Mitch Rapp career, it makes this listen all the sweeter! Get it you won't be disappointed!

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1830)
    Story
    (1838)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "This review may save you 5+ credits,"
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    This book is a very good start to a long, long, long story. While there is nothing wrong with long stories, each book offers some resolution of the main events or main characters or something. This book is a prequel to a much longer series that offers no end in sight! I enjoyed this book and couldn't believe it when my ipod informed me that it was over. What?? Nothing has been resolved! So I got the second book and while the story moved along, there was still no resolution, and so on with the third book, and while the 4th book has some resolution with certain characters and events, it doesn't wrap up. No book in this series is a stand alone book, I don't think you could figure out what was going on if you didn't read them in order. It makes Stephen King's "The Stand" seem like a short essay. I have used 4 credits for this story ($60) in credits and after just finishing the 4th book, I am not much further along than when I was done with this one, in terms of resolution of the story line. If you purchase this book, be prepared to make the 5+ credit commitment to get to the end of the story. Now I don't KNOW that there will be more than 5 books in this series, but from the style of writing and the fact that book 4 leaves you with no more resolution than the previous 3 books, its a good bet that the author is milking this for every penny we are willing to pay. I enjoyed the story, enjoyed the narration but tire of the lack of resolution. This isn't one of those books that you say I want' MORE, MORE, MORE, more, more, more....enuf already, I want resolution!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Refugees

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1088)

    He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee’s mission... or his methods.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "Great book despite the cliff-hanger"
    "Book 3 of the same story"
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    See my review on The Remaining: Fractured. This is one long ongoing story, that; while interesting has no resolution and the book can't stand alone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1038)

    The Camp Ryder Hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long.

    Mike Naka says: "incredible continuation of a great series"
    "One book for the price of 4!!"
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    I started The Remaining series with the first book and it was great! The story line is unique and interesting, more to it than blasting zombies and running. The narration is spot on and adds to the story. BUT.....The first book ends abruptly, almost in the middle of a sentence with very little wrapped up. The second book was good also but the same ending. Very little is resolved in the second book, and so on with the third book, and finally we get to this the fourth book. I was looking forward to an ending and some resolution and finality. Some issues are resolved and some characters finally get what you have been waiting for in the previous 3 books and just when you think there is going to be some resolution....the book stops. It doesn't end, IT STOPS!! Awaiting installment #5, and another $15 credit to purchase. The story looks like its going to take off in a different but larger scale with no end in sight. It is starting to look like a zombie soap opera with the romance replaced by political and military wrangling to start another section of never ending zombism, military inaction and political gridlock. So looking back over my last 6 weeks of listening to this "book", I have spend 4 credits and the story is still going on and book #5 isn't out yet. I am done! 4 credits for one story and the story is still plodding along. You have had enough of my credits for this story. Approximately $60 in credits and the story has no end in sight!! Come on.....8 hrs, 11 hrs, 14 hrs, 19 hrs.....and on and on and on....I have listened to many series but each series has books that can stand alone, but its good to get the back story. Not with this series, no book can stand alone, there is very little resolution to any book and it just starts to plod along and plod along...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1216)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "Book 2 of a 5+ series of one story"
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    See my review of The Remaining: Fractured for the full review, but suffice it to say, if you've come this far and like the ride, just burn another couple of credits and get back to the same spot you are in now. Not much is resolved, not much is wrapped up, but it's like the ever-ready bunny, it just keeps going and going.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (365)

    Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

    Robert says: "Outstanding!!!!"
    "Gives your dogs life a purpose!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you read/listened to A Dog's Purpose, by Bruce Cameron and enjoyed it, this is a natural next step in the story. It is a similar story, yet it has nicely evolved into its own story. It takes us once again on the sometimes heart-wrenching story of our love of our dogs and the loss of our pet! The story revolves around one woman as she starts life as a baby and how her dog, follows her through her life, helping her when needed and their eternal bond. Narration is great and the story is heart warming and endearing, sad and at the same time redeeming. If you like your dog and wonder what he's thinking, Cameron gives you some insight to what may be going on with our furry friends! Good read, good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4141)
    Performance
    (3618)
    Story
    (3583)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "If you like a narrator with whistling "S's" ....."
    Overall
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    I loved the story concept, was anxiously awaiting the book for a long road trip. Unfortunately for us the first narrator has the very annoying way of saying her "S"'s. Its a very "hard" almost a whistle "S" and it was so annoying that we turned the book off after 10 minutes. I tried a little while later because it was the only book we had for the trip and it still became the sole focus of attention to me and the 2 other people in the car. It is so annoying that if I could get my money back, I would!!

    Before I wrote this review, I went back and listened to the sample. It is apparent but not obnoxiously so. I don't want to throw the book under the bus, and the rating I am giving the book is purely on the basis of the irritating narration. So please listen to the sample, and imagine the hard "s" whistling and realize that during the actual book narration it is more pronounced and if it doesn't bother you, knock yourself out and try the book!

    Unfortunately the book was not listenable for us! I see it's available on whispersync, so maybe I will get a chance to read it instead and update my review, base on the story rather than one of the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11852)
    Performance
    (7228)
    Story
    (7119)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Nothing special"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It could have been written by a tired high school babysitter. I guess what can you expect out of a 6 minute dissertation by Samuel L Jackson, who sounded like HE was ready to fall asleep reading it!! Don't waste your time or money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Dog Tulip

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. Ackerley
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd named Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been seeking in vain for years. My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of their 16-year companionship, as well as a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships.

    N. Rogers says: "Disappointing"
    "If you have a dog of your own...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you have a dog of your own, then you already know this story. His dog is special, unique, responds best to the author. His dog has issues that the owner finds endearing, yet others abhor. Nice read, nice story, but nothing new or nothing revealing here. If you want to read about someone else's dog ownership experience, it may be a good book, But you might be better served to just go out and get your own dog! This book is nothing special!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4173)
    Performance
    (3587)
    Story
    (3566)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Best One Yet!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mitch Rapp is in his best form. From the first opening salvo the story takes off and its a wild ride from start to finish. Rapp is in his best form ever, the story flows fast and cold and deep. This is some of the cleanest writing that Vince Flynn has put to paper! You quickly are sucked in to this tale and away you go. Action from the very beginning and a very satisfying ending. Maybe the best Mitch Rapp story yet!! I put down Locked On, Tom Clancy's new novel to move Kill Shot to the top of the list and boy was it a great listen. I finished Kill Shot last night and returned to Locked On this morning for my morning workout and it just wasn't doing it for me. Vince, you've outdone yourself on this one. It was worth the wait!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18168)
    Performance
    (16167)
    Story
    (16126)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of Stephen Kings best!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been an audible subscriber for over 6 years and each year at least one book jumps out at me as the best of the year. For 2011 this could be it!! Having read Stephen King since his first stories, I kind of got bored of him a few years ago and lost interest. I was missing the old King, The Stand, Pet Semetary, Cujo, the great original thinking, non-formulaic King. HE'S BAAACK!

    This is a great story, stays on course, fast paced. It had me sitting in my car in the garage waiting for a good time to stop, it had me run an extra 3 miles on the treadmill this morning. The narration was really nicely done, voices and accents were very good, and when he was off, there were no big distractions. If you remember where you were when JFK was killed and are a fan of history, suspend your beliefs, step into his world and take the ride down the wormhole back to 1958. This is destined to be one of his best, and I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a movie. Stephen King -- back when he was original, entertaining and slightly twisted.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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