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Karl Anderson

Greentown, Pa USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 671 titles in library
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  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1164)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "A survival guide in story form."
    Overall

    I rated this five stars because of the usefullness of the information. The writing style is only ok, it isn't Cormac McCarthy, but the author's intent I think is to write a primer for survival in an entertaining format. I this he is grandly successful. Considering the fragile condition of the republic, I have been thinking more about peparedness and so found this book engrossing. Good to own in hard copy, because of the wealth of specific references to gear and tactics.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Writing with the Master: How One of the World’s Bestselling Authors Fixed My Book and Changed My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tony Vanderwarker
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    With seven unpublished novels wasting away on his hard drive, Tony Vanderwarker is astonished when John Grisham offers to take him under his wing and teach him the secrets of thriller writing. The beginning and the end are easy,” Grisham tells him. It’s the three hundred pages in the middle that’s the hard part.” To ensure his plot doesn’t run out of gas, Grisham puts Tony though his outline process. Tony does one, and then Grisham asks for another and another and another.

    D. M. says: "The title implies that this is something it's not"
    "Not your average book about writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love books about the craft of writing, I have shelves full of them both physical and virtual. This book stands out as a different perspective on the writers craft, the true story of writing a novel with the assistance of a professional author as your mentor. While much can be learned from this book, it's not be confused with the How-To style of writing manual. Entertaining and informative, it is, in my opinion well worth the credit and is one of my personal favorites.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5129)
    Performance
    (2226)
    Story
    (2222)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Great, but with one big flaw"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I agree with the gushing reviews presented here, and I really enjoyed this romp through historical espionage. But when we get to the 1980's, Littell badly mishandles the Ronald Reagan character with cheap shots and ahistorical cardboard characterization. (Gee, ya think he doesn't like Reagan?) His ham handedness took me right out of the story. Very off putting. For me it marred an otherwise great ride, and makes me cautious about buying his other books.
    Three stars for an otherwise five star title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4182)
    Performance
    (3508)
    Story
    (3503)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Great stuff for a while but then..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Patient Zero? What did you like least?

    (Spoiler alert) Zombies plus terrorists, everything you need for a great horror thriller. This book delivers solid entertainment on that account. But then just when I'm really enjoying the read it shoots itself in the foot with the same old "evil corporate greed behind it all because capitolism is the root of all evil" dud surprise ending. Yawn.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ray Porter ??? was your favorite?

    The doctor, who sounded exactly like Raul Julia.


    Did Patient Zero inspire you to do anything?

    Went out and shot zombies! They definitely were zombies, right?


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting and unusual shift between first person narration for the hero and then third person for the villians and everyone else. I think it worked well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5536)
    Performance
    (3504)
    Story
    (3536)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "With luck, not a preview of things to come."
    Overall

    Well written in a modern narrative style, reminded me of the TV series "Jericho" except grittier and ultimately more frightening. A holocaust such as the one described is within the means of a determined and ruthless enemy and there's no shortage of those. Gives me shudders.
    (If some of the characters in this book are regular Americans and not patterned on the sensitivity-trained-politically-corrected nouveau elitist model then that is at least a small comfort!)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6056)
    Performance
    (2634)
    Story
    (2670)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Perfect. Scarey. Beautiful."
    Overall

    Vivid, poetic and powerful, read masterfully by Mr. Stechschulte. A really special book. The kind of book that one can return to and listen to multiple times, like a great piece of music.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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