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Tim

Poulsbo, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (186)

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"
    "So aggravating I couldnt put it down"
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    Would you listen to All the Devils Are Here again? Why?


    Yes, I probably will read it agian. There are so many characters involved in the obscene public rip off to bail out the banks and wall street after the government set the pins up in the first place. When I cool down I will listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    its breadth. I have read quite a number of books on the meltdown and the bailout, most focused mostly on one aspect of it, this book covers the home loan industry, the elected officials, regulators, banks, government entities like fannie mae, wall street...as the title says.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good primer for the financial meltdown, although it is not as chronoligically organized as I would have liked. There was an obvious positive bias by the author toward a couple of characters in the book which made me wonder if they were previous employers or perhaps helped with inside info for the book. Anyone reading this book will find it difficult to find much compassion for any of the characters, or for that matter, anyone in this country who had an inside knowledge of what was going on and did nothing. The truth be told, all the devils are still here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (920)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Strife and Murder in Belfast"
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    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. A great Irish reader and a mystery that the author has placed so realistically into the 1980's strife of northern Ireland that I had to research to assure that it was written very recently. Not for the squeamish or homophobic it lays out the conditions under which people in Northern Ireland lived during the 60's throught 90's. I was a little familiar with the IRA but this gives a deeper view of the poitical landscape while weaving an interesting mystery and an equally interesting detective.

    Several of the action sequences are drawn out too long, a relatively minor issue, but I found myself losing attention even while in what should be an exciting moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    Professor says: "UNDERAPPRECIATED Masterpiece!!!"
    "Dependable fantasy/mystery series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a sucker for this genre that blends mystery or crime in parallel universe of ghosts or wizards etc. ala Dresden files, The Iron Druid or even Monster hunters international. A common thread here is wisecracking long suffering hero's.


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

    I very much enjoyed this reading


    Any additional comments?

    Although not really a distraction, this book reads as if each chapter was written like a monthly installment in a mystery magazine or web series, although I have no personal knowledge of this. On several occasions we are reminded of an incident that needed no reiteration unless the listener had been away from the story for an extended period of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2016)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Larry Correia is truly a gifted fantasy writer"
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    If you could sum up Warbound in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, Heroic, Creative


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    He is brilliant with all the characters, women and men alike.


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

    Yes, I nearly did!


    Any additional comments?

    Ever since Monster Hunters International I have patiently waited for the next book from Larry Correia. In a genre that can get bogged down in trivia or contain few or virtually no new ideas, his stories are complex, humorous, exciting and original. If you enjoy fantasy along the lines of the Dresden files or the Iron Druid, I would be surprised if you did not enjoy all of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2688)
    Story
    (2694)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Sure he's a paranoid narcissist, but what a story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    The sheer nerve of this guy. What he calls "social engineering" is nothing more than scamming and capitalizing on peoples trust. The fact that he, reportedly, did not take financial advantage of people for monetary gain (with the exception of the radio call in scam) carries some weight. While he probably greatly embellishes some of his exploits, he really doesnt need to. His understanding of the technology of the time (late 1980's and early 1990's) is amazing and his manipulation of that technology and the people surrounding it is the story (that and his paranoia)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.. this is not a "moving" book. Its about a techy genus with an associated personality disorder. He admits, only in passing, early in the book that he was molested as a child, and never mentions it again. I'm certain the nurture/nature influences both teamed up to make him a uniquely damaged soul. He seems to be nearly sociopathic as he uses one person after another to get information or resources that help him move through his paranoid life, without a single guilty look backwards. In fact in the end he rants about the unfairness of the legal system and how he was badly treated, while leaving a wake of victims behind him.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, I have to say it was a very compelling story, couldnt put it down.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4162)
    Performance
    (2721)
    Story
    (2752)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Howard says: "Great Military Science Fiction"
    "Master and Commander (in space)"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to be better than the print version?

    Since I enjoy Christian Rummel's reading of this series I would say I prefer this audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have very much enjoyed the different levels these books have delved, without being too complex or boring. This review applies to all of the first 4 books of the series. Initially it seemed targeted strictly to the space war shoot em up fans, but has pleasantly surprised with intrigue and nice development of various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This series really grew on me and now reminds me of Patrick Obrien's Master and Commander, except I have not become bored with Lost Fleet. Initially it failed to grab me but I persevered and have become hooked. The generous use of conflict, both literally against enemies and between characters who may, or may not, be friends is most enjoyable. When I first read Master and Commander I loved the naval strategies and strength of personalities that were developed in the early books, only to become bored as the later books had very few action packed sea battles and the associated tension. This series has kept my interest with plenty of relevant action and surprisingly interesting relationships.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1712)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Bureucrats vs. Agents not new idea but OK read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend most of Baldacci's books and this one fits that bill. Good character development is always important and this book moves consistently, rarely bogging down. Although the plot is generated from a fairly creative idea, I did find that it unfolded in mostly predictable and somewhat cliche'd manner.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The book moves well and never bogs down, lots of action.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, although I am used to male readers voicing female parts and visa versa, i also enjoy each being read by someone of the same sex. Both of these readers do a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Baldacci's earlier books more entertaining. Some times its difficult to put your finger on why a book falls a little short of expectations. I think this story is simply a bit worn out without some really creative new twists. There are also a number of situations that are simply a bit unbelievable, when our protagonists are able to figure out certain puzzles with, frankly, to little information

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1035)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "I'm hooked"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, any time you find yourself ready for a new book, as I do every few days, Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a great choice. I would have given 5 stars but, although creative, I thought the back and forth from present to Viet Nam was just a little too heavy.


    What other book might you compare Another Man's Moccasins to and why?

    Its a bit of James Llee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thoughtful southern cop feeling, but not so poetic or heavy, with a touch of Michael Connelly's flair for distinct character and mystery development.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Thats the real strong part of this series, very well developed characters all. My favorite Henry adds spirituality and strength to every book, followed by Walts spicy, foul mouthed deputy "Vic" and of course Walt Longmire himself as an always stabilizing influence.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracies: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Repairman Jack, F. Paul Wilson’s vigilante hero first seen in the New York Times best seller The Tomb, returns in a thriller that thrusts Jack back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to the mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler, Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorists. It’s a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus evil incarnate. Jack finds that nobody can be trusted - and that few people are what they seem.

    Scott says: "Kooks, freaks, geeks, and Oh yeah....Jack"
    "Little bump in the road...I hope"
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    What did you like best about Conspiracies? What did you like least?

    I was a bit disappointed with this entry into the Repairman Jack series. Although it was certainly entertaining enough to finish and had lots of quirky characters that was also the problem. Too many characters and not enough development. It even ended with a bit of a thunk. One way I measure my satisfaction with a book is "how did I feel about the characters", love them or hate them. Frankly I didnt feel much toward any of them in this book. A Tesla creation was at the center of story but thinly explored and ultimately I didnt mind the story being over.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is ok, at times it does seem he's just reading the book rather than becoming the characters as the great readers do (I started this series out of order so Dick Hill was the first reader I listened to, and he is among my favorites).


    Any additional comments?

    I think you could skip this volume and read later ones without missing much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Table: A Winning Poker Approach from a WSOP Champion

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jonathan Duhamel
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Delving into what it takes to win $8.9 million in one tournament, this guide provides tips and tricks on becoming a World Series of Poker main event champion. Penned by the 2010 winner himself, the handbook reveals useful insight without being too technical, making it ideal for casual players and aficionados alike. Clever plays at crucial spots are revealed, and the 2010 champion’s strategic thinking is retraced in detail, outlining the vital moments when he had to either go all in or fold.

    Tim says: "The harder you work the luckier you get"
    "The harder you work the luckier you get"
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    Would you listen to Final Table again? Why?

    Certainly, as a poker player I am always reviewing the better literature on the subject. Although this is a relatively short book, it has many relevant points. Coming from a young player who has had success at the highest levels it also has credentials. Read it again to help solidify new ideas.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was written in a very frank manner and common sense view point. Jonathan shows a lot of maturity for a young player and shares the view of poker of todays young guns, and for me, at 60+, I love to have access to a younger players philosophy.


    What about Neil Shah’s performance did you like?

    very easy to listen to and well read.


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

    yes, at only about 4 hours it was an easy listen


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that this author selected two of my favorite authors as major influences on his own game. Although short on actual hand examples, the book opens up the thinking of young aggressive poker players and makes clear what I have always believed, its not how long you have been playing poker but how many hours you put into it, how many hands you play and how serious you take learning the game. Internet players gain years of experience in only months of play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (611)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "My first W.E.B. Griffin and i will listen to more"
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    What made the experience of listening to By Order of the President the most enjoyable?

    The characters were believable and likeable


    Any additional comments?

    Although the final battle was a bit unbelievable the rest of the story was tight and kept my interest throughout. It kind of felt like the end was thrown together without the thought and research of the majority of the book, but still worthwhile, I'll try another of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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