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Don

LELAND, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2774)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1308)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Good book but not as good as the previous ones."
    Overall

    I started this series with Odd Thomas and have enjoyed each one that followed, but honestly this last one was not my favorite. Odd is a very endearing character and after the first book you have developed a true affection for him and what he has been through. The mix of seriousness and humor is wonderful, and David Aaron Baker is a great narrator, after 4 books clearly the voice of Odd Thomas.
    In each book there is some evil to be faced, and maybe the evil in Odd Hours is just more difficult for me to accept. I'm hoping that Koontz has more adventures for Odd. I'd hate to see such a good character go out on what I feel is the weakest of the 4 novels so far.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

    Corinne says: "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"
    "Back in Natchez"
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    If you could sum up The Devil's Punchbowl in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, intriguing, informational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penn Cage. So much turmoil he dealt with in a short period of time, coming from all directions. Just when you think he is going to give in and fold under the pressure, he stands up and does the right thing, knowing it will be far from easy.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Jonathan Sans. Loved the Irish accent and Hill did it so well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    International drama in a small southern town.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read nearly all of Iles's books and enjoyed every one. This one was no exception. I'm glad to see that there are others in the pipeline. It's been a long dry spell from Iles. Also, Dick Hill is outstanding when narrating these books. I'm about to start the new short story, The Death Factory, and hope the change in narrator is not a huge mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (324)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "Lincoln, Mormons, and the end of the Union?"
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    Would you listen to The Lincoln Myth again? Why?

    Yes! The story is so well crafted that it really grabs your attention and won't let go. Scott Brick presents the story with such enthusiasm, and the characters have become real for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    What kind of secret could be so big that it could threaten everything we know about the US Government/? The way this onion was peeled back, giving you just enough to keep wanting more. I love these stories.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Cotton Malone is such a great character. He's my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nor really a moment, but the interaction between Cotton and Cassiopeia is tense. I was not expecting the direction this story took for them.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read most of the Steve Berry books, and loved nearly every one. A Berry book is a solid investment of a token.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1907)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Great new character from Baldacci"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ABSOLUTELY! John Puller is a great character. You learn more about him in this second installment. The story-line is good and very well delivered by McLarty and Cassidy. Puller is a combination of Jack Reacher, Oliver Stone, and Sean King; Tough, analytic, but has a side that actually cares about people he comes in contact with. Be sure to read Zero Day first to understand some of the references .


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the continued interaction between Puller and the continuing characters, like his father, brother, and a certain 1 star General.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    McLarty and Cassidy do a marvelous job in this presentation as well as others. They add a level of realism that is not found when one narrator attempts to do all characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    After reading Zero Day, I was very happy to pick back up with John Puller and see that he was ok, but still trying to work through the issues from the previous story. This 2nd outing with John has made him very real for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big Baldacci fan, having read nearly all his books. I was very excited to see this new character and share his journey. I still like his older characters like Stone and King and Maxwell, but it's always good to to meet new heroes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (716)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "My entry point to a Great series"
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    I had never heard for Steve Berry until I found this book, so I took a chance. It was a good decision as it just what I had hoped. This is a "National Treasure" type of read with just enough fact to make it believable mated with enough fiction to make it entertaining. After this book I when back and found all the others in the Cotton Malone series, enjoying every one. The characters grow in each book, which I like. My only issue is now I've read them all and have to wait on the next book to be released, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sword of God

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Off the coast of South Korea, a young boy discovers a cave soaked in human blood. Less than a week later, everyone in his village disappears. In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the very foundation of Islam. To some, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs.

    Snoodely says: "Action, intrigue, and excitement"
    "What a Ride!"
    Overall
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    Kuzneski has created some truly memorable characters in Payne and Jones, and comes up with such unique story lines. Starting off in Korea and ending up where we do in Sword of God is amazing. So many cookie cutter books about battling terrorists, but this one has a twist that you won't see coming. I'm hooked on Kuzneski, and I've seen of criticism of Dick Hill's narration, he does a great job on the last 3 I've read. I'm loading up The Lost Throne next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sign of the Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found - hanging on a cross. Within days, the same crime is repeated...this time in Asia and Africa. Meanwhile, deep in the legendary Catacombs under Orvieto, Italy, an archaeologist unearths a scroll dating back 2,000 years, revealing secrets that could rock the foundations of Christianity. Its discovery makes him the most wanted criminal in all of Europe. But his most dangerous enemies operate outside the law of man...

    Don says: "GREAT STORY!!!"
    "GREAT STORY!!!"
    Overall
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    This story is right up there with a James Rollins or Dan Brown novel, taking a significant event in history and weaving an alternate reality around it. I was holding my breathe until the very end because the story is so plausible it makes you really wonder. The characters of Payne and Jones become alive as Dick Hill narrates. If you like adventure or historical fiction, you have to give this book a try.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Athena Project: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (295)

    Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

    Don says: "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    Overall

    OK, I'm a Mitch Rapp, Scott Harvath, Alex Hawk, Jack Ryan, James bond fan. Yes, this book does not compare to those, but I believe the Project has promise. These ladies were introduced in "Foreign Influence" by Thor, so you should read that if you want more info on the new characters. I enjoyed the new addition to Harvath's circle of friends. I will definitely give this group of ladies another chance when Thor releases the next volume.

    4 of 4 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
    (5425)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2935)

    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"
    "AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!"
    Overall

    Such a great idea, going back to how it all began, explaining how Mitch Rapp came to be. I'm a huge Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp fan and thoroughly enjoyed this book. George Guidall does a wonderful job of narrating, as usual. My only complaint is Flynn can't publish the next volume fast enough for my desires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4914)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2703)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Really good listen"
    Overall

    I've read pretty much all the Jack Ryan books, and while this seems to lack some of the depth of the original books, I like where they are going with Jack Jr. You get used to characters like Clark and Dominguez, and they help tie you back to the older stories. This re-emergence of Jack Sr. is very promising, I can't wait for the next installment. I was also surprised at how well Lou Diamond Phillips did with the narration. He's no Jim Dale, but he made the characters come alive with just subtle changes to his voice, enough to believe you were listing to different people. I enjoyed this book a great deal and will definitely be watching for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (550)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "Another winner from Baldacci"
    Overall

    Shaw, quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, returns in a great new story. After finishing The Whole Truth a year or so back, I was looking for anything that might pick up the character again. This is a great listen, holds your attention with lots of action and characters developed well enough for you to know who they are but not so well that you aren't suprised at new developments. Ron McLarty does another excellent job of narrating, making each character come alive with a different voices, accents, and expressions. This is a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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