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William

Palmer, AK, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (279)

    The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want - a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City - while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well. From the Hardcover edition.

    Marie says: "One of the best Tamora Pierce series yet!"
    "Mastiff"
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    Where does Mastiff rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten, great conclusion of a series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character is very complex and compelling, a great heroine that you feel is very real.


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    She reads well, but at times gets very hard to hear as she goes into a whisper mode, and with the British accent I was unable to hear what she said, even when I reverse and listen again.


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

    Castles, magic, medieval times, royalty, intrigue and treachery all in one.


    Any additional comments?

    I am disappointed that this is the end of a series, but see there is an off shoot in the works. I don't often re listen to a book, but I will enjoy this trilogy over and over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3452)
    Performance
    (3136)
    Story
    (3127)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "Chris Kyle, American Hero"
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    Would you listen to American Sniper again? Why?

    This book obviously was written from the heart. It is a little unpolished, just like a Texas cowboy should be. He looks deeply into his own life and the people around him. It is a shame he died so young and I hope there are plans to do a post script with this book in the future. Worth listening to many many times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it came from his heart without self grandiosity.


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

    No.


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

    The death of a close friend who was wounded with him overseas. I could feel his pain.


    Any additional comments?

    We will miss this hero...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sun Rising: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (612)

    The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

    William says: "Tedium Ad Nauseum"
    "Coldfire Prelude"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you are not familiar with this author and/or story, the Prelude in Book two is a must read/hear before reading the first book as it explains so much of the ground work/foundation of the story line. I was lost for a lot of this first book and found it more interesting after listening to the start of the second book. That said, after the Prolog in book 2 is a complete rundown of book one, so avoid that. The author is very wordy and takes a lot of time to develop a story...this was the first time I thought about the abridged version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Trying to figure out what was going on.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Somewhat. Some of the character accents seemed silly, like the Dracula voice.


    Do you think Black Sun Rising needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story was complete, but the world created has a lot of room for exploration in narrative form.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but it has some real slow areas. I am finishing book two now and will get the third one as well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Killing Lincoln"
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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Lincoln the most enjoyable?

    Edge of the seat thriller based on historical fact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out how little I had learned in school about this important event in our country.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a flare, but I will buy the book too.


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

    How Lincoln really died.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be a must learning experience in all schools. It makes learning history exciting, and it is about all the players...General Lee, General Grant, Lee Harvey Oswald and his fiancé , Mary Todd Lincoln, as well as the drunk body gaurd that failed to be there in President Lincoln's time of greatest need, to just name a few. The story starts two weeks before the assasination, goes through the final bloody battles of the Civil War, the end of this war, and concludes with the deaths of Oswald and his co conspirators. I could not stop listening to this account and will listen to it many times...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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