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James Kirby Willis, Jr.

cloned3xys

Richmond, Virginia USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 8 reviews
  • 171 ratings
  • 1369 titles in library
  • 148 purchased in 2014
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  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    John Gardner says: "The book disappoints on many levels"
    "Did not get it"
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    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from Don Brown? Why or why not?

    Not at this time. The book was not believable. The characters did not interact well and I thought the dialog was clumsy at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3333)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2415)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Just did not like it"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Day By Day Armageddon?

    It was hard to listen to when every few sentences the time was given. If I was reading it I would have been able to skip over it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Loved it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jane Carver of Waar to be better than the print version?

    If there is another Jane Carver I sure would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialog was great and different.


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

    Not in one sitting but I listened to it in longer sessions than I normally did.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (417)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "Diplomatic "thriller"?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Daniel Thomas May?

    I do not think so. I did not like this book and I am afraid to wast another credit


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Cherryh’s story?

    If you are into Diplomatic "thrillers" then you might like this. I got the concept that humans can screw up first contact. The book just dragged. The same info over and over again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7625)
    Performance
    (6642)
    Story
    (6634)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable, I could see most 'twists' coming a couple of minutes before.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Yes, overall it was not bad just predictable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1054)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Curry is wonderful"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The book is a classic and Tim Curry adds something new. Enjoyed hearing it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12400)
    Performance
    (9211)
    Story
    (9215)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Gotta like Harry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    I was not sure I would enjoy a wizard tale however Butcher is engaging. I was expecting fairies, demons and such to be waking among the normal folk but Butcher keeps the two worlds intertwinedically separate. The book is fun and entertaining. I will be downloading Book 2.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    When Harry says something to the effect of "What the *&^% lady - I just want to talk". In the context of the event and the way James Marsters reads Harry it is priceless.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry is done brilliantly by James Marsters.The way James Marsters reads Harry is perfect. I have a vivid picture of Harry and his personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (524)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Tornados take fewer twists"
    Overall

    I agree with Lloyd “it has taken so many twists and turns that the plot goes from interesting to plausible to "what??".” Each author wanted to make their mark on the story which is understandable but each did not necessarily flow well with the others. The chapter by Lisa was incongruent at best and distracting at worst.
    I got The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller because I thought the premise was interesting; I am now wiser and a book credit down.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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