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Brock

I'm a technical writer focusing on business continuity and disaster recovery. I enjoy the mystery/thriller genre the most - always nice to read about disasters I don't have to manage and even wrote a research proposal for one of my core psych classes on the psycholinguistic aspects of the genre - but also like Sci-Fi, History, Psychology and Physics.

Baton Rouge, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1061)

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Thor addresses privacy without sacrificing action"
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    This is different from some of Thor's work, primarily related to the message on which he chooses to focus (privacy in America vs. foreign terrorism for most of his works). That's not a spoiler - there’s a quote from one Senator Church at the beginning that sums up that part of the theme.

    Thor includes plenty of his trademark action to keep the story moving along while providing fascinating information about the concept of “privacy” in America. The action sequences are spectacular (and, warning: addictive!) and the narration complements the story perfectly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6050)
    Performance
    (5612)
    Story
    (5631)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Not King's Best"
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    I've read every book Steven King has written and was thrilled with "11/22/63,"but seriously underwhelmed by "Doctor Sleep." Overall the story is good, but it takes a very long time to get going, so much so that I stopped and started a couple of times before finally finishing it. I enjoyed finding out what happened to the characters from "The Shining" and how they connected with others down the road, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2728)
    Performance
    (2526)
    Story
    (2532)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Kate Mulgrew re-defines five-star narration"
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    The story in NOS4A2 is interesting enough, but it's far outshined by Kate Mulgrew's narration of it. I've heard many narrators, but none has ever seemed to draw me into the story like Ms. Mulgrew did. Combined with the original and intriguing storyline, I'm very glad that I purchased this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1039)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "The best 'Odd' adventure yet!"
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    There are many aspects of this novella that I really liked, but what really struck home was the scene where Odd is trying to plan his next move in a meadow and starts sneezing and his eyes start watering and his nose starts running.

    Koontz has always emphasized Odd's humanity, but somehow that scene made me realize that he's not a superhero, just an average guy with an exceptional gift who tries to use that gift to help others. It was comical and just made me want to cheer him on even more.

    The only criticism I have is with the narration. Having read (not listened to) the first couple of 'Odd' novels, David Aaron Baker seems to be a perfect fit for Odd. However, since he has a voice that's in the mid-tenor range, it probably would have been best to bring in a secondary voice for the female who also speaks in the first person. It took about 20-30 seconds a couple of times for me to figure out which character was "speaking."

    Other than that, I have no complaints and am extremely glad that I invested in this title. Thanks to Mr. Koontz for somehow continuing to give me hours of "down time" with a great cast of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (578)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "If you're kinda-sorta curious about _Hero_, get it"
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    I'm really glad that I took a chance on this book - I was dreading some gay-teen angst drivel, but I think the author did a fantastic job of acknowledging the difficulties gay teens face while preventing those difficulties from stopping this "hero" from living a good life and, of course, being a hero.

    Stan Lee provided the intro with an unconditional thumbs-up, and now that I've read it, I completely agree with his assessment. I very much hope that Perry Moore continues sharing his ideas with the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Vlatko Vedral
    • Narrated By Jay Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    For a physicist, all the world is information. The universe and its workings are the ebb and flow of information. We are all transient patterns of information, passing on the recipe for our basic forms to future generations using a four-letter digital code called DNA. In this engaging and mind-stretching account, Vlatko Vedral considers some of the deepest questions about the universe and considers the implications of interpreting it in terms of information.

    Gary says: "Excellent on all counts."
    "Excellent Content but Poor Delivery"
    Overall

    The content of this book is presented in a manner that I believe would be friendly to people without a serious background in physics - I only took a minor in physics in college with no formal coursework in quantum mechanics, so I think I can make that judgment properly - and the notion of quantum information theory is something that relates to everyone's "everyday" life. However, the narration is annoying in a way that's hard to quantify - almost too conversational at points that should be more serious, something just "not right" for the subject matter. Still worth the listen in my opinion though - I've listened to the whole thing twice in fact..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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