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Albert

Manchester, NH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Earth Will Shake: The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Anton Wilson
    • Narrated By Scot Crisp
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

    Kamal says: "A powerful start to the series"
    "Dumb"
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    What would have made The Earth Will Shake better?

    Not buying it, and being able to return it without having to jump through hoops


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vatican Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Jones
    • Narrated By Russ Offenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    While on a visit to the United States, Pope Pius XIII is kidnapped by a terrorist cell calling itself the Soldiers of Islam. If the United States and its allies do not meet their demands, they will execute the pope. FBI Specialist Shari Cohen is called to duty to track down the terrorist cell responsible, and she soon learns that she is not alone.

    Deep behind the Vatican walls, a secret order dispatches a clandestine group of elite commandos known as the Vatican Knights. Their mission: bring the pope back alive.

    Wayne says: "Overused adverbs"
    "Pass on this one"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A deaf person might enjoy listening to it.


    Has Vatican Knights turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    It would have been better if the narrator was someone else.....


    Any additional comments?

    You REALLY should listen to the books you put up for people to buy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Area 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7. And today it has a visitor: the President of the United States. He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Over the top action"
    "An 11 Hour Captain America Comic Book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    complete with "Biff" "Bang!" "Swoosh!" "Clang!" "Snap!" "Slap!" "Boom!" and even an - no I'm not kidding - "Holy Batman" line. I don't know who would enjoy this book, but they have my condolences for trying.


    What could Matthew Reilly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a believable, or at least SOMEWHAT believable book. This was really nothing more than comic strip super hero takes on notorious bad guy and a couple hundred of his henchmen almost single handily, kicks their butts, saves the world and gets the girl in the end. It's just silly from start to finish.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole thing just runs together, one big race from start to finish


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator did a very good job. If it wasn't for him, I would have turned the book off an hour into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apostle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (427)

    Every politician has a secret. And when the daughter of a politically connected family is kidnapped abroad, America's new president will agree to anything - even a deadly and ill-advised rescue plan - in order to keep his secret hidden.

    mark says: "not even my "suspension of disbelief" can hang"
    "Another good listen from Brad Thor"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Apostle the most enjoyable?

    More of a Tom Clancy feel to this one. Probably one of my favorites in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5751)
    Performance
    (5228)
    Story
    (5242)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "OK, not a barn burner"
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    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    Good character development, but the book moves kind of slow.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    No, probably not. I guess she set this up for maybe a series, but I think I will pass if more come out. Maybe she should go back to the Harry Potter type books.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but I am sure one will follow.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Neil Kaplan
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company. A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

    Karen says: "Good story, disappointing storytelling"
    "You're kidding right?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A complete moron


    What could Brad Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shot the narrator, and then found someone with half a brian


    What didn’t you like about J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performance?

    I was only able to stomach 30 minutes of it. He makes the "hit" team sound like a bunch of excited school girls, not professionals. He makes the president and general sound like a couple of NY City Thugs - just horrible.


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

    I felt like throwing up


    Any additional comments?

    I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (856)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Another Scott Brick Train Wreck"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a good story but the narration was typical Brick melodrama. He makes every character sound like he or she suffers from a very deep depression. Really, it's my fault. I completely missed the fact that he was the narrator. If I had seen that, I would not have bought the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

    The ending, because I didn't have to listen to Scott Brick anymore.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find someone who understands the genre and have them narrate the book. Leave Mr. Brick to the Romance novels.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd watch it on cable.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (832)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "Good Book - Great Narrator"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a fun listen.


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

    Just an amazing narrator. He does such a good job with this series.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth it just to listen to the narrator. It's how every action book should be read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Hatred

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Leighton Gage
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Chief Inspector Mario Silva and his team have a heavy work load with several high-profile cases. First, a suicide bombing that was apparently the work of a militant Islamist group. Then, a gubernatorial candidate is assassinated in broad daylight at a campaign rally. Could the cases be related? To complicate Silva's investigation, a criminal with a very bad grudge against the Chief Inspector has been released from prison and is plotting ugly revenge.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Great mystery - great setting."
    "Kind of a snooze fest"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Don't know if it was the narrator or the story, but it just doesn't grab you and make you want to keep listening.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He does voices very well, but overall, his manner of narration makes you want to take a nap in most places. If he would have read the book with the same enthusiasm he shows in places, it would have been much better. He does have a very soothing voice, but this is supposed to be action? Right? but not so much the way it was narrated.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Path of the Assassin: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

    Stanley says: "Incredulous Fantasy"
    "Great listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. Good plot, good characters, lots of action, excellent narration


    Any additional comments?

    Fun "guy" book. Really worth a listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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