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  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "Rehash of Patriots/Survivors, now with more Jesus."
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    Absolutely miserable.

    Between the performance and the story, this is one of the worst books I have ever tried to listen to. Much of it is copied and pasted from the previous books (including the list of prohibited weapons by the Provisional Government -- which was ever so titillating the first time around).

    Rawles has focused in on his target audience: fanatical members of the RPC that want to shoot anything that moves (with or without justification). He pushes his personal, religious, beliefs so far down the throats of his readers/listeners that he has probably committed a venial sin.

    Do not, under any circumstance purchase this book. It is far worse than you can imagine. Seriously, the Left Behind series (including the bit where Jesus actually returrns to Earth) was better written and less heavy handed than this crap.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3244)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1825)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "A favorite: war and intrigue."
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    This is one of my favorite books from a favorite series. However, the narration is abysmal. There are three narrators but they are inconsistent and only read particular chapters. Worse, there were apparently errors in the pronunciation that were jarringly "corrected" in a later revision. This is possibly the worst narrated book I've ever downloaded from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (202)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "Marginal. There is a plot somewhere under angst."
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    This book does not hook you unless you're terminally filled with angst from a failed marriage and being professional maligned. The full cast performance does not add to the story; instead it is a distraction where more time is spent trying to juggle which voice corresponds to which character. It is an interesting look inside the CIA from a disaffected former employee. I certainly hope that is not what it is really like. I would like a few hours of my life and my precious monthly credit back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28401)
    Performance
    (22128)
    Story
    (22351)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Predictable Ending; Not for kids"
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    There is little that disturbs or offends me. However, the shear darkness of this novel was tedious and tiresome. I found the first novel highly enjoyable and the second to be mildly interesting, but this was terrible. I kept expecting it to change until the very end, I waited in vain.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (714)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "Mediocre, but thought provoking."
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    What did you like best about Survivors? What did you like least?

    I liked the discussion of


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Wesley, Rawles? Why or why not?

    This is the third book by JWR that I have read. I honestly think he should stick to non-fiction rather than trying to turn a parts list into a novel.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    The part where it involved Dick Hill. He is incredibly mediocre in voice quality, clarity, and emotion. I got used to it eventually, but it was tedious.


    Could you see Survivors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be a decent TV series if they pulled in some actual writing talent. However, I would be quite surprised if they did based on the story as it currently stands.


    Any additional comments?

    Have low expectations; it will be better for it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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