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Andrew

Port Orange, FL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

    Tim says: "Another Good Read by Forsyth"
    "Poor 2nd half"
    Overall

    Build up to midpoint of the novel was good. 2nd half was disappointing. It felt like Fred finished to please his editor as the plot got to a point where it had no where to go.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (945)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Morally disturbing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As an educator I found the gay relationship between the University President and a student was an unacceptable breach of trust. As another reviewer noted, substitute Priest for President and it becomes clear that the lack of morality was a "fatal flaw" in the plot. It would have been equally unacceptable if the President was involved with a female student or child. Glorifying such behavior destroyed the novel which otherwise might have been successful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1123)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Worst of Reacher"
    Overall

    This was the worst Reacher story of all of them. It's like Child got to his submission deadline and just ended the story with no resolution. Truly a wasted credit - a member since 2001.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (369)

    The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

    Luck8 says: "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    "Bad cartoon quality writing"
    Overall

    Terrible writing with cartoonish characters. Female characters were about as bad as anyting I've listened to in over 150 books here at Audible. Terrible narration with an attempt at female voices that grated my nerves. One of the worst choices I've made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

    Dave says: "Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel"
    "Poor characters"
    Overall

    The rich, successful business woman falls for a criminal jock because he buys her sexual lubrication? All male readers should buy stock in Astro-lube.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chance Millionaire: It's Not Too Late to Become Wealthy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Andrew
    • Narrated By Douglas Andrew
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    According to Doug Andrew, the best-selling author of Missed Fortune 101, too many Americans are being led down the wrong financial path. Even worse, many Baby Boomers find themselves panicking, fearful that they've already fallen too far behind to ever catch up. In this indispensable and eye-opening guide, Andrew provides fresh new pathways to reaching financial security.

    Andrew says: "Selling insurance?"
    "Selling insurance?"
    Overall

    The first four chapters reminded me of a late night TV sales pitch. Fast forward through them. Based on listening to Andrew's pitch, visiting the author's web site and reviewing the case studies developed in the audio book and augmented online with detailed planning documents, I concluded that the real function of his business is to sell insurance in the form of indexed universal life (IUL) policies. As an economic activity this is the only possible conclusion of how he derives income for his company. Conceptually the idea of extracting the equity from you home and investing it is a well established idea that he seems to think he discovered. His only real contribution in the book that impacted me is the arbitrage concept of home equity value being re-positioned. His sales pitch on the IUL policies ignores other tax advantaged investments. I did not find it worth an Audible credit. Flip through it at Barnes and Nobles, note the web references(which he cleverly only reveals in his text/audio and does not provide a site navigation map for. Visit the site and you can get all the value you can extract from this book and can use your Audible credit for something less financially evangelical and self serving.

    80 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Last Light: Restoration, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Branning's career ambitions have vanished. She's not about to let her dream of marriage go as well. But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterday's world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But they're only beginning to realize that, and trust doesn't come easily.

    Anna Leavins says: "If it does nothing else it will get you thinking"
    "Waste of time"
    Overall

    The technolgical basis of this book is so unsound as to undermine the entire foundation of the plot. The narrator's voice characterizations give it the whiney feel when attempting to convey the dialogue of the young people. I could only finish this audio book by listening when I had no other alternatives such as XM radio or another audio book. I feel this was the worst book I purchased since I joined in 2001.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6813)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1613)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Plot Problems"
    Overall

    I found that I was able to suspend my disbelief about finding the Holy Grail until midway into the story. The basic plot problem Brown faced is that he sets up finding the Grail as a major religious event that will call into question the entire concept of Christ. By midway into the novel, it appeared clear that there was only one outcome. This made the second half of the novel anticlimatic. I finished listening to the novel. The novel did cause me to look up several DaVinci pieces of art. The details about the Last Supper were interesting and worth looking at to enhance the listening experience. So the novel worked on art history level but seemed poorly ploted.

    85 of 175 people found this review helpful

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