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Andrew

Westport, CT

Wesport, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 67 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 51 purchased in 2014
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  • Eyes of the Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Steven Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    A US Army Special Forces team carrying sterilized weapons and unmarked uniforms is on its way to Colombia. The mission: conduct covert, unilateral raids to destroy cocaine processing laboratories. Of course nothing is as it seems especially once the CIA gets involved. Throw in an Israeli mercenary, betrayal and double-dealing in Washington and the team soon finds itself wondering what the real mission is.

    Joey says: "Military fiction fans will love it"
    "Very realistic SFOD novel"
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    This one was very realistic going thru the chain of command and procedures on how SF personal interact, prepare and execute missions. The ending was a little disappointing, not sure an SFOD man would behave the way the main character did to the civilian in the end, not important to the overall though, the very end could have been omitted anyway more of an epitaph, also he mixed up high schools, Dewitt Clinton is on Mosholu Parkway not Evander Childs HS.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Hal says: "Common epic fantasy mistake of too many viewpoints"
    "Great Sequel"
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    Anthony Ryan has weaved in more characters and storylines to the original novel paving the road for many more sequels. Tower Lord was an engaging read and probably the best of its genre to be offered in 2014, don't miss it. I saw some bad reviews on amazon as writers compared it to the original Blood Song, they should be comparing it to other novels of the genre not Blood Song, if you enjoy military epic fantasy you will enjoy Tower Lord.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gentlemen's Hour: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another's backs out of the water. It's the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, "There's no such thing as a bad day at the beach." So when one of their own is murdered - especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero - and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.

    John says: "Good Story, luke warm narration"
    "Excellent do not miss this one"
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    Great sequel and just as good as the first. The content was not as good but the writing was better. Lots of good info on the San Diego area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Down on the High Lonely: The Neal Carey Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Neal Carey’s three-year confinement in a Chinese monastery is finally over—but his troubles are just beginning. The elusive financial benefactors who have bought his freedom expect a return on their investment. They want him to find Cody McCall, a two-year-old boy recently abducted by his father in a bitter Hollywood custody battle—a task that will propel Neal from the glittering Hollywood hills to the remote wilds of Nevada.

    Andrew says: "Not the best in the series"
    "Not the best in the series"
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    I think the Neil Carey character may be getting stale, maybe Don should have stopped at book 2 of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "Great book if you are planning on hiking the AT"
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    This book was ok, not great. Does have so good info on the trail. Pretty good writing for a computer programer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Elise Johnson says: "A game of Thorns and Power"
    "Thinking of returning it"
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    Not sure how this one got so many 5 star reviews, kind of hard to listen to. The main character really is not interesting and the book is full of cliches. About half way thru maybe it will get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roadside Picnic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Olena Bormashenko (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty", something goes wrong.

    Ryan says: "Gritty, resonant sci-fi classic"
    "Kind of dull and disjointed, havent finished yet"
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    Not sure how this one got such great reviews, maybe the ending is good, haven't finished yet, lots of hanging out in the bar drinking vodka, and the time is constantly skipping.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fell Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged, and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real, and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when he intends to be victorious on them all?

    Andrew says: "Enjoying read"
    "Enjoying read"
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    Great weave of characters and very engaging story. The author expertise in armor and medieval weaponry is evident. Looking forward to number three this July.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (403)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "Enjoying read"
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    Great weave of characters and very engaging story. The author expertise in armor and medieval weaponry is evident. Looking forward to number three this July.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1509)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Very enjoyable and realistic and good narration. If you like military fantasy novels this one is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songmaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Kidnapped at an early age, Ansset has been raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life is filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any other. But Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for it reflects all the hopes and fears of his audience, and, by magnifying their emotions, can be used either to heal or to destroy.

    Sean says: "Terrible and Beautiful"
    "Great Story"
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    This was my first Card book I read back in the mid 80's, forgot many of the details, enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Some of the reviews say there are some gay parts but I believe they misinterpreted what was happening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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