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Char

Omaha, NE, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Plantation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    The first to disappear is a ski instructor in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Hours later, a pregnant woman is abducted from a crowded hospital. Two places, two incidents, a single motive. And so it begins....

    Char says: "Incredible Story"
    "Incredible Story"
    Overall

    This was an awesome book. The author did much research to put it all together. Writing is one thing and research also for accuracy of subject content is totally appreciated. I've read one other book by this author and it was good. This one was awesome. Some parts were hard to emotionally deal with but excellent. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and thrillers. Dick Hill is also my favorite reader. Should have been an actor. He can change dialects and accents 4 times in a paragraph with ease. I sometimes search by narrators name to see what's new. This one is on audible only a few days and is a very good book. I will read it again sometime for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toys

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Neil McMahon
    • Narrated By Matthew Bomer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    Move over James Bond--you've just met your match! Hays Baker and his wife, Lizbeth, possess super-human strength, exceptional intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do - they're Elites, endowed at birth with the most advanced genetic enhancements available. Elites are the pinnacle of evolution; the triumph of man's ambitions. But there's a problem in their perfect world....

    Robert B. Wales says: "OMG - What a crappy book!"
    "NOT James Patterson"
    Overall

    I made a big mistake here and did not read the synopsis of this book. I"ve never read anything by James Patterson that I didn't like, particularly his Alex Cross books. He has given me much pleasure of reading in the past. Not so with this book. It is a Sci Fi mystery. I finished it only because I always feel the need to do that but I did not like it. I do not read Sci Fi and never will. Those that are fans of Sci Fi will probably like this. I did not. I like things realistic to today and not a hundred years from now. If you like all of the things James Patterson has done in the past, then do not buy it. It was totally disappointing and should have known better when paired with another writer. Stay with what you are good at, James. This is not you and certainly is not me.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The Call of the Wild is the thrilling story of Buck, a domestic dog from California kidnapped and thrust into the harsh, physical world of the Yukon, a land of danger and ferocity, a land of wolves, blizzards, and treacherous frozen rivers that swallow up entire dog teams. Here is where Buck must learn to survive. He must become as wild and vicious as the wilderness that surrounds him...or die!

    Kim says: "More Brutal Than I Remembered"
    "I'd Forgotten How Good This Is"
    Overall

    I read this book back in high school in the early 60's. The narrator bothered me at first but he got better as the book progressed. Dog and animal lover that I am, parts of it made me cry, literally. It's an excellent classic book. I'm glad I purchased it and may read it again sometime. It's excellent but some things hard to listen to for those of us who never in a thousand years mistreat a dog. If you are a dog or animal lover, buy the book. I never read books that are only 3+ hours long but this is an exception to that. Well done. I will probably read it again sometime. You won't be sorry you bought it.This book is a long time classic and worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1086)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    I have probably listened to 300 books in the last couple of years or so. I've read many great ones but this book is probably the single most incredibly real and best book I have ever listened to. The reality and possibility of it are very real and believable. I cannot say enough great things about this book. In the beginning I thought the narrator was a bit bland but that soon changes. As time passes the narrator really does do an incredible job. In fact I hope he does others for this same author. You will not be able to put this down. It's a good thing I use an iPod. If I listened in my car I would have been driving until the gas tank was empty. I will definitely read this book again in the future. The ending indicates a possible follow up book but don't know if this author can follow this easily. It is truly astounding and the characters are very real and human with strengths and frailties. Buy it and get into it as quickly as you can.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (1950)
    Story
    (1948)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Absolutely Excellent"
    Overall

    Better than the first Gray Man novel. I went in this morning to try to find another but for now there are only the two. Excellent books but liked this one best. I am hoping there are more to come. I will definitely buy another Gray Man novel. The narrator is good also. The author needs to continue with this narrator, the reading is very well done. I will definitely buy the next one and hope there is a next one, if it's a dud, I may stop there but hoping there are more with good plots such as these. I also appreciate the length of a book. Detail is most important in mystery thrillers. I hate short books and will never ever buy an abridged version of a book. Abridged versions are for those with the attention span of a 3rd grader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4718)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2136)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Much More Than Expected"
    Overall

    I bought this book because of the reviews and also the fact that I like medical TV shows also in many years past as new ones come along. I love long books. Detail is best for me in any book as well as good character development. This books gives all. It is quite different for any other type of book I listen to and if this writer decides to write another, I will deffinitely read it. It took me about three hours to get into the book. Go to Google to read the biography and website of this author. An incredible doctor and author. I will read this again someday.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonesome Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert.

    Richard says: "Good Oater"
    "Best Western Ever"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book. It was definitely his finest hour. I've read most of his books but this one was extra special and a longer book which I dearly love. Louie L'Amour was born in 1908 and died of pneumonia in 1988. According the publish date, he wrote it at about age 75. Absolutely excellent book and the narrator was good also. I will deginitely read this one again sometime. He and Zane Grey were definitely the epitome of our western culture of long ago. You won't be sorry you listened to this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Blue: Badge of Honor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (131)

    A cop has been shot - cold-bloodedly gunned down while trying to prevent a holdup. Regulations say the investigation is to be handled like any other homicide. But when a cop is killed in the line of duty, it is different. And the brotherhood in blue will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tremendous Cop story with Mystery and some Romance"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I've never read anything of Griffin's that I didn't like. He's an excellent writer. This was written 23 years ago and I did not like it. I don't like the narrator either. I also bought the second book in the series and if it's as bad as this one I will never order the others. I was looking forward to another good series by Griffin but this falls far short of that. Lousy character development which Griffin normally does very well. Very disappointed.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2588)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1719)

    It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

    Guy says: "Flynn's best Mitch Rapp Book"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I have avoided this book in the past because the only version available on Audible was the abridged version. Abridged version are only for those who have an attention span of a third grader. I will never understand how you can take a great 14 or 15 hour book and hack it to less than half it's original length. Murder mysteries are great because of their detail. I love the Mitch Rapp books and this one is very good also. I loved it. George Guidall "is" Mitch Rapp. He's read all of them to us. This is a scary book and has an element of "could happen" which makes it even better. I have loved every Mitch Rapp book that Vince Flynn turns out. Just wish he would stop doing the abridged stuff. Abridged books are worthless. I like the detail. That's what makes a book exceptional for me. I am glad I waited until Flynn's publisher finally got a clue and put the unabridged version on Audible. I will definitely read the whole series again sometime. There is another one out there that is also only in the abridged form (I forget the name of it). I will NOT buy that book until we get the whole thing on Audible.
    I would definitely recommend this book along with all of his other in the unabridged version.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Ninety years ago the Toomey brothers, along with twenty-five other men and four thousand head of cattle, vanished en route to Arizona. When writer and historian Dan Sheridan is invited to the missing brothers’ ranch by its current owner, he jumps at the chance. The visit fits right in with his plan to solve the century-old mystery - but it turns out that his host isn’t a fan of books, writers, or people who don’t mind their own business.

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall

    I've always like Louie L'Amour. This book was quite different from the others. Too darn short but very different from many of his other books. Takes place in present day. I really liked it and usually will not buy a book this short but glad that I did. I will most likely listen to this one again and the narrator was very decent also. No complaints there. I would recommend it even though too short.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (294)

    Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "Loved It But Wrong Narrator"
    Overall

    I've read the entire now 6 in this series of The Presidential Agent. I've loved every minute of every one. The stories could not be better. This is the only one not read by Dick Hill for which I was very disappointed. He has brought all of the main characters to this book alive in past years. He is a master of dialects and voices. It took me a couple of hours to get used to the new narrator but still an excellent book in this seriies. I now have to wait another year for the next one. This series is one of my favorites. I'm not going to pretend to be a book critic. I just love the characters and each of the plots but will say that they are much better read in the order written. Go to Griffins website to get that information. I have even read the previous ones twice this last year in preparation for the new one. They are worth a do-over. I've read all of Griffins books now but the Presidential Agent series is my favorite.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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