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Thomas T. Veldhouse

Coon Rapids, MN United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (2933)
    Story
    (2951)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Too cliche!"
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    This doesn't really reach the standard of an episode of 24 (which is good for a 40 minute program). It was easy to see the plot transitions coming. The dialog between the characters was so noticeably cliche that I felt a little embarrassed somehow. Frankly, the narration made it worse; I really want to like McLarty, but I am having a difficult time being impressed by him. I cannot recommend this novel (or series as the rumor suggests).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11379)
    Performance
    (9848)
    Story
    (9820)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "I had no idea what I was missing until I listened!"
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    Perhaps it is a bit of irony that I listen to this through an iPhone. I have never been an Apple fan boy, so this book just didn't have an appeal for me. I "like" an iPhone, but that is about the extent of my Apple exposure. Well, he passed away and made quite a media blitz. I put thoughts of this book in the back of my head. Read a review and thought, I should listen to it, bought it, but didn't. Then, nothing sounded like "my next book"...so I started this one...WOW! I was pulled into the story of Steve Jobs life in the first few minutes!! The man was crass, course, a manipulator, and I probably wouldn't like him, but I sure like his story and I respect him for what he accomplished. Am I reviewing Steve Jobs the person? No, I guess not, but this book has sucked me in and spit me out wanting more...much more! Truly fascinating. This book reveals a true juxtaposition of nature, nurture and perhaps fluke opportunity...he was the perfect person to do what he did at the perfect time in history. The author did a tremendous job of conveying the story and peripheral details. This is truly a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4731)
    Performance
    (2582)
    Story
    (2606)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Good, but not as good as the previous two novels."
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    I loved the first two novels in the series, but this one doesn't quite live up to my expectations, although it was good. The performance is fantastic as usual, but the story of all the actions on Path left me wondering why so much dialog was necessary...it bored me and was overly wordy. Also, the method of solving the "problems" left me feeling cheated and the resulting appearance out of the void reinforces this feeling. Still, there is a solid continuum of story line that leads into the next novels that leaves me looking forward and not back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2443)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (919)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Very entertaining story!"
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    As usual, Scott Brick does a wonderful job narrating, so I won't go into detail here; his rendition of John Corey doesn't disappoint fans of the previous books. I was drawn in right from the beginning, but I was a little put off by the beginning; I have a hard time believing that all these important people would buy into Wild Fire and Project Green (reminds me a little of how an early Jack Reacher novel might unfold), but once past that the story is fun, fast moving and super entertaining. Nelson DeMille clearly did a lot of research before writing this novel which adds to the enjoyment. Of all the John Corey books, this is my least favorite which should say a lot about how much I like the rest of them! This is a worthy listen and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1216)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "A very worthy sequel and superbly entertaining!"
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    Nelson DeMille never set out to write a series of books, but whether it was demand for more John Corey or the love of the character, he obviously did. His passion for this story and characters is obvious...a very exciting book with a very satisfying trek through his imagination. Grabbed by the shirt and pulled into the story from the first minutes, the listener is never given a break to pause and come back; I didn't want to stop listening for even a minute. I loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22066)
    Performance
    (13488)
    Story
    (13627)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Modern classic...and excellent audio performance!"
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    I read this book shortly after it was published and thoroughly loved it. When I found it on Audible I added it to my wish list, but took awhile to get around to it, being a little funny about most modern science fiction audiobooks. Well, what a surprise! The story is of course original, exciting and pretty much all ways exceptional. The audiobook rendition is extraordinary! Kudos to the narrators on this one. It rivals the likes of Dune (another literary and audio favorite of mine) which is saying a lot! I just listened too it for a second time and am now onto the Speaker for the Dead where I am already not to be disappointed.

    This audiobook will appeal to the SciFi nut and the run of the mill general fiction fan, it has the qualities and entertainment to suite many! Don't hesitate to buy this book [I would personally guarantee, but I can't buy the book from you ;-)]!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2241)
    Performance
    (2046)
    Story
    (2028)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Stephen King's narration leaves much to be desired"
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    Perhaps I should give the print version a chance to see if the story seems better to me, but I didn't find the story anywhere near the quality of ANY of the previous Dark Tower books. I wonder if this was written due to popular demand rather than some inspiration from Stephen King. While the idea of the author narrating his own book is nice [i.e. The Kite Runner!], in this case, the narration is sort of jagged and mostly quite monotone; I had a difficult time following who was "speaking" at any point in time.

    Sorry...I was not able to finish the book after about 1/2 way through.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1784)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Plum Island was good; this is fabulous!"
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    John Corey's snarky character is fun and Scott Brick embodies the role perfectly! Scott Brick is one of my favorite living narrators (Frank Muller is up there on the other list) and with perhaps my favorite DeMille novel yet, this listen is unbeatable! I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1250)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Plots are getting thinner ..."
    Overall

    One thing that seems common with all of the recent Jack Reacher novels is that they take place in rural areas where "anything" goes. He comes in, derives the truth, starts a bunch of confrontations resulting in all the bad guys trying to kill him and he kills all the bad guys in the end. This book is no different. It wasn't as exhilarating as his earlier novels and feels more like a "contract" written novel than anything. Lee Child is no Vince Flynn! The book was enjoyable, but I found myself day dreaming a little during several parts of it which is a sign of "plot filler" for me. I look forward to a future book where Lee really puts his heart and mind into it.

    10 of 11 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
    (5366)
    Performance
    (2877)
    Story
    (2885)

    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"
    "One of his best books yet!"
    Overall

    Vince Flynn takes you back to the beginning of Mitch's career and it is a real smack ... he lets the reader have it with all his creative power! The plot is actually very simple, but the interaction of the characters and the reality of how they interact really makes the book. Vince Flynn is my favorite author in this genre bar none at the moment. I am really looking forward to his next book; even if he creates a new character and/or series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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