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Matthew

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  • Field of Dishonor: Honor Harrington, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (868)

    The People's Republic of Haven's sneak attack on the Kingdom of Manticore has failed. The Peeps are in disarray, their leaders fighting for power in bloody revolution, and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands victorious.

    AudioAddict says: "Slightly different from the first three books"
    "Too Easy"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was to predictable


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was not a surprise


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Allyson Johnson?

    I think so. When I first started listening to the Honor Harrington series, I did not like the narrator. As I have listened to the books, I now appreciate the job that she is doing with the characters.


    Could you see Field of Dishonor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think that story would have to be incorporated into the upcoming movies somehow.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2503)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1856)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "Very very interesting and heartbreaking"
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    Would you listen to In the Garden of Beasts again? Why?

    No, only because of the deep subject matter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martha because of how naive she was


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book and the private correspondence of all the diplomats was fascinating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2172)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1950)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Kayla says: "Good series"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Death Cure?

    It seemed as if the author was not sure where he wanted the book to go and therefore it was very disjointed to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some nonfiction


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure


    What character would you cut from The Death Cure?

    minho. Just seemed intent on being angry


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to this book but was very disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3934)
    Performance
    (2047)
    Story
    (2057)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Still waiting for an Ending"
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    I would have to say that the book overall was good. Not great but not bad either. The biggest issue that I had was the ending. It just ended in the middle of something with no conclusion one way or the other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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