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Lubor Ptacek

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  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (707)

    Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

    Shane says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Boring, unimaginative"
    Overall

    My mind kept wondering while listening to this book - because it is so boring and completely predictable. On top of that, the author spends lots of time describing combat scenes while completely losing the reader (listener). The plot it self is a formula based on terrorists vs. the good guys from s special branch of the US government. Waste of time and money...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2420)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (460)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Josh says: "Fun, Predictable Fluff"
    "Exceptional"
    Overall

    Jeffrey Archer stands out as one of the few non-formula bestseller authors. This book presents a captivating story which is right up there with Sons of Fortune and other top books by Lord Archer. The story is of course somewhat predictable for anyone who's read Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo or Jules Verne's Mathias Sandorf but entertaining nevertheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8608)
    Performance
    (3064)
    Story
    (3093)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Masterpiece"
    Overall

    I loved The Pillars of the Earth and this book is perhaps even better. Excellent writing! I loved the plot and the characters and I particular enjoyed the insight into the medieval economic models - how did the lords, priers, and merchants made their living. Beside the excellent narration, Mr. Follett's dedication to originality deserves praise as well - there are so many formula authors churning out one cookie-cutter book after another and Mr. Follett is a shinning exception!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2983)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1332)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "Not his usual"
    Overall

    This book must have been a left over from another project. Mr. Flynn has omitted his usual character description or context setting. The story is completely linear and only one thing really happened in the entire story. If "fast pasted" is a code word for shallow and simple, this book is really, really fast pasted. The great narration helps to make the audible book enjoyable but it does not compensate for the poor writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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