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jon

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  • Flashman and the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Flashman is back! When the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman, the celebrated Victorian soldier and scoundrel, first came to light 30 years ago, we were introduced to adventures related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail. Now come three new episodes in the career of this eminent and disreputable adventurer.

    Michael Burton says: "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
    "A sad finish to the series"
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    What disappointed you about Flashman and the Tiger?

    All of the charm that made up the series seems to have vanished in this installment. Its like GMF phoned it in. Unlike prior Flashman books, this was more like a collection of short stories. Even David Case's voice was off.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Day of the Jackal


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Case?

    I loved David Case in all of the prior books I have listened to. But there was just something a little off here. I think maybe there was a big gap between his recording of the earlier books in the series and this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Honestly, boredom. I felt like I had a duty to finish this book because I had gone through the rest of the books in the series. In that regard, it was like the last Seinfeld episode


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1228)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Loved it, but it jumps around a bit"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Things They Carried the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed it, but the part that annoyed me was that it jumped between the "real" story and the "fantasy" story. I get that it was the author's intentional ploy, but it was a bit distracting.

    I did enjoy it, and it was a great look into the psyche of a combat soldier.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

    Vieux Carré Blonde says: "Extraordinary"
    "Perhaps the finest audio book ever"
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    What did you love best about Brideshead Revisited?

    I felt I was actually in the story, not just listening to it. I felt I was in the room, and part of the family and conversation. It was surreal. Sure the characters are bad people, but aren't we all? The character development is the best I have ever seen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1535)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Not nerdy enough to enjoy this"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People how have never left their basement, but spend all their time talking about klingon vs. Federation warp drives will love this book. It jumps right in with its futuristic technology with no explanation and it never relents. It is way too heavy on future tech and too light on plot and character development.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Vagabonds: Book Two of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (532)

    A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

    Michael says: "Fun, action packed and nontheless interesting"
    "What was this about? How is it realted to Book 1?"
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    What disappointed you about King of the Vagabonds?

    I still have no idea what the author was trying to do with this book. It was like an old Bob Hope travel movie. Character goes place to place and has funny thing happen, but no real plot. Its part of a series, but it has zero relation to book 1.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (669)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Poor attempt at historical fiction"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Good historical fiction requires research on the place and period. It lets you see and feel what it would have been like to live in that time. This was not good historical fiction. It was full of anachronisms, and ridiculous simplicities. It had no concept of german/nazi military structure, or the greater culture in which it existed.

    One real annoying thing was the protagonist magically crosses europe, and that atlantic ocean in the middle of the war and makes his way to Washington DC! That is but one of the ridiculous bits in this story. Of course, his trip the White House is close on the heals with its implausibility.


    What was most disappointing about Joel C. Rosenberg’s story?

    I was really put off at the author's continual attempt to weave his christianity into the story. This was a story about the Jewish Holocaust, but the author takes every chance to tell us how wonderful and courageous christians were in standing up to the Nazis...Um, Europe was nearly 99% christian before and during the holocaust (99.999% after).

    If I had known this was some cheesy religious propoganda piece I would have avoided it.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was good, just had a bad book to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont get this book if you like well researched and presented historical fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Odin's Wolves

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Giles Kristian
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Packed with battles, blood and thrilling adventure, the third blood-stirring chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors is historical fiction at its very best. We lusted for an even greater prize... It is the one prize that can never be lost or stolen or burnt. And we would find it in Miklagard... Raven and the Wolfpack have suffered. Good men have died and the treasures they fought so hard for have been lost. But to such men as these there is something more valuable than silver.

    jon says: "My new favorite series"
    "My new favorite series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Odin's Wolves the most enjoyable?

    I devoured this series in a few weeks. Be warned, this is an addictive set of stories! I love Vikings, and Cornwell's Viking Chronicles were a joy, I was glad to find something in the sub genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1184)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Credulity stretched...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who have no concept of reality and can suspend rational thought will enjoy this book.


    Has The Lions of Lucerne turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Books in this genre are at their best when they are somewhat believeable. When the reader keeps rolling their eyes and thinking "dear god this is a bunch of BS" the genre is at its worst. There were so many times in this book where I found myself thinking "does the author have any idea of how the military and government actually works?" I would pass. The Harvath series are a much better read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1136)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Amazing, especially for a first novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    The "inside baseball" made this a lot of fun. The characters were well developed, and there were very few times when you felt the author stretched the limits of plausibility. I was impressed by how well the author made the Russian female spy the main character and let the US spies recede into the background. His supporting characters were very real and likeable or detestable (as intended)


    What other book might you compare Red Sparrow to and why?

    If you liked "The Company" you will like this book. Its a modern look at the US-Russian competition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Making the Future presents more than 50 concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011. Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and more.

    Susie says: "Fifty-Two Reasons to Listen to Chomsky"
    "Repeat much?"
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    What disappointed you about Making the Future?

    This book was supposed to be a collection of Chomsky's articles. I guess that this is technically correct, but you will find the collection is very repetitive. After you have heard one article you have heard them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Pass on this. Read Nemesis instead. That was worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (616)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "a nice bit of fantasy but isn't great"
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    Would you recommend The Magic of Recluce to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend it. It was something I got on sale, but I wouldn't threaten my credibility by recommending it.


    Do you think The Magic of Recluce needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could have justified a follow up, but the one the author wrote was AWFUL.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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