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Barry F. Stinson

masterfundi

The Dalles, OR | Member Since 2003

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  • 17 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2184)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Mesmerizing"
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    I had never read Gregg Hurwitz, but I saw a recommendation for this book from David Baldacci, and when I realized it was narrated by Scott Brick I knew it would be a win - win. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, nearly impossible to stop listening, with well-developed characters (especially Shep, as vocalized by Scott Brick). Thanks to all involved in this one, and I'm ready for more Hurwitz.

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Thunder: Courtney Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The year is 1899. The British Empire is at the height of its power. But in South Africa, proud Dutch colonists defy the Queen and her army - and a lush, wild world is torn apart by guns, spears, and swords. Sean Courtney had been tragically separated from his family, but the Boer War has brought him back to his homeland - and into the sights of his enemy’s guns. It has also returned him to Ruth Friedman, the only woman Sean can love, even though he shouldn’t. As Sean’s loyalties - to nation, man, and blood - are tested, a saga of duty and betrayal unfolds....

    julie says: "Good following but drawn out"
    "More from the master..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sound of Thunder the most enjoyable?

    The entire story. When my wife and I arrived in South Africa, some 30 years ago, the local inhabitants all suggested we read Wilbur Smith, for an understanding of the country, culture, and history. We devoured the Sean Courtney trilogy, and continued to enjoy the adventures of the entire Courtney clan. Highly recommended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sound of Thunder?

    Too many to choose just one.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John does a fine job, although there are a few spots where I question his accent. Not serious enough to be off-putting, and probably not very noticeable for anyone that hasn't actually lived in the country.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Courtney saga continues...


    Any additional comments?

    Trust me - I've yet to recommend Wilbur Smith to anyone that hasn't thoroughly enjoyed his writing (and impeccable research). Please can we have some more Courtney family based novels, unabridged. A Sparrow Falls will complete the first trilogy, and I'm waiting patiently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure.... In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

    J. HITTINGER says: "I loved the book!"
    "A learning experience"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I already have. I had the good fortune (or mis-fortune, dependent upon one's point of view) to be employed by a firm that moved, lock, stock, and barrel to South Africa. Upon arrival in the friendly village of King William's Town, in the eastern Cape, many friends, quickly made, advised that to really enjoy South Africa it would be helpful to understand its history. The best way to do that would be to read Wilbur Smith, starting, of course, with the Sean Courtney trilogy. Heeding that advice, I was quickly addicted, and have since managed to read everything (with the exception of a couple of the more recent Egyptian novels) that Smith has written. Impressive, exceedingly well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable, I would highly recommend the entire series, which delves deeply into the history up to fairly recent times. I would NOT recommend listening to unabridged versions, and I'm looking forward to hearing John Lee's presentation of The Sound of Thunder.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Difficult to pick one particular scene from so many.


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

    The deaths of his wife, and of his best friend Duff Charleywood.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope more of Smith's books will be recorded in the unabridged version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (558)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "Superb combination"
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    What did you love best about The Book Case?

    Good storyline, enjoyed the early days of John Corey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Case?

    The final solution was great fun.


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

    Scott is the ultimate reader, and his performance of any novel, especially DeMille's work, is always superlative.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Case and why?

    John Corey, because he's John Corey.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to 'The Panther'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1010)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Good intro to McGee"
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    Where does The Deep Blue Good-By rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 10


    What other book might you compare The Deep Blue Good-By to and why?

    Can't compare Travis to any other character I can think of, and I might say the same of John D MacDonald's creative talent.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Petkoff’s performance?

    I didn't feel he showed enough emotion, somehow he seems to lack the machismo of the real McGee. Also, I was dismayed at his pronunciation of 'cay'. I could be wrong, I suppose, but I have only ever heard it spoken as 'key', and I can't believe Travis McGee would do otherwise.


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

    The last chapter moved me, as do the last chapters in most of the McGee series.


    Any additional comments?

    In 1956 or 1957, I was in the USMC, stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In the PX there I spotted a paperback book with a banner running diagonally across the front cover that read 'I wish I had written this book', signed Mickey Spillane. That book was either The Damned or Dead Low Tide, I can't remember which, but reading it began my appreciation of John D MacDonald. I devoured just about everything he wrote, enjoying them all, but the Travis McGee series was the icing on the cake.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (426)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Incredibly good."
    Overall

    As a long-time tennis fan, I've followed Andre throughout his amazing career, and feel that he's now won a Grand Slam in the publishing world. The only fault I can find is with the reader, who should have, at least, made an attempt to learn the proper pronunciation of the various players' names. Well done Andre, and may your life and that of Stefanie and your children continue to be filled with love and joy; and may your foundation go from strength to strength. Thank you for sharing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (584)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    20+ years ago, when already a Dean Koontz fan (Whispers, Phantoms), I read, and fell in love with, Strangers. This is the author's epic novel of friendship and hope, sometimes predictable, often suspenseful, always thought-provoking. After reading it the first time, I wondered what treatment it could be given on the big screen by a director like Spielberg. But the story is far too big for a movie, rather it could (and should) be filmed as a TV mini-series. Take note, SciFi Channel! I did find the narration a little slow at times, and didn't approve of all of the characterizations, but after listening for a few hours I became very comfortable with the reader and give him a big 'thumbs up'! For anyone that doesn't balk at a 29-hour listen, this is an outstanding choice. Those that choose not to listen are missing a wonderful experience.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1110)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Great read/listen"
    Overall

    I first read 'Watchers' some 20 years ago. It has always been one of my favorites, and listening to it has been like reuniting with an old friend. Well narrated, with great characters (especially Einstein!), this is Koontz at his best.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "A Winner!"
    Overall

    This is my first John Lutz/Scott Brick collaboration, and it certainly won't be my last. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, with a few surprises along the way. I couldn't stop listening, and finished in 2 days!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1414)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Another winner!"
    Overall

    Once again, a superb thriller featuring Mitch Rapp. As usual, the plot is fascinating and Mitch is tough, capable and efficient. This ranks right up there with Consent To Kill. Why can't we have more Vince Flynn's books in the unabridged versions? I'd love to listen to more, but I find the abridged versions like listening to a condensed book, just not my choice at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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