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David

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2552)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2291)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "More Mainstream Thriller than Techno-thriller"
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    Mr. Suarez once again weaves technological advances into this thriller, but keeps things much more grounded in today's technical advances and challenges. This story features two main characters who could represent the first in a very successful series. If you like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Brad Taylor, the characters and action should be to your liking. This is the first narration I have heard by Mr. Gurner, he strives (and mostly succeeds) in bringing nuance to each character he narrates. On occasion, it seemed he did not quite bring the same accent to a known character. Overall, I found him to be engaging as a narrator. If you are a fan of Suarez, this book will surely please, if you have tried his previous work and did not find it to your liking, I encourage you to give Kill Decision a try - I expect you will be pleasantly surprised

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5460)
    Performance
    (5193)
    Story
    (5201)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Impressive human story"
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    A great blend of story and narration. Mr. Weir writes a novel tale not only of an individuals' will and ingenuity in fighting for survival in an un-serviveable situation, but in a larger sense a novel about our willingness to reach out to help an individual or group when they need us.

    He develops the secondary characters in a believable manner and manages to inject a good deal of humor into a dire situation.

    I will put this one on a short list to listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2434)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Noir Fantasy, approaching epic status"
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    If you have passed on Mr. Correia's books because you are not a sci-fi or fantasy fan. Please reconsider. He has developed a story with depth, intrigue, action, and characters it is impossible not to care about. I really believe that if Mr. Correia had started out with a big publishing company rather than self publishing he would be credited as one of our best new thriller/action/fantasy writers. There is something for everyone in the Grimnoir trilogy, I know that I will be revisiting the stories both in print and on audible (outstanding performance by Bronson Pinchot on all three volumes).

    Give him a try, you can always ask for your credit back, but I suspect you will be hooked after the first one. I have 532 title in my audible library, and no one has please me as a reader/listener as much as Mr. Correia. If you are hesitant, I do suggest you start with the Grimnoir trilogy before moving on to the Monster Hunter opus (but I suspect you will be anxious to give that a try as well).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (3021)
    Story
    (3026)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Great thriller from a maturing author"
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    Oliver Wyman does such excellent work bringing the story to life, that I always enjoy the audible version after reading the book. I don't read Mr. Correia for self improvement but for pure enjoyment and he has never failed to deliver. You really should read the first three before reading Legion to get the most from the story. Characters are developed, some answers are revealed and many more questions are raised, leaving the listener/reader anxious for the next performance/story.
    You can count on Monster Hunter or the Grimnoir story for hours of entertainment. Again, Mr. Correia just leaves one anxious for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9503)
    Performance
    (8468)
    Story
    (8445)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "All the components of a great series"
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    Mr. Hearne has managed to combine humor, history, magic, and characters to care about in the Druid Chronicles. His books aim to entertain and he hits the mark. Each new entry is welcomed like a visit from an old friend. Mr. Daniels as narrator portrays the characters in just the right way, such that you could not imagine another voice telling the story. The Druid chronicles are not going to bring us world peace or end hunger, but they do guarantee a few hours of companionable entertainment, and that is definitely worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3486)
    Performance
    (3249)
    Story
    (3244)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Only one problem"
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    The story and narration are award worthy. The only problem is that Mr. Correia writes serial novels, and the wait to learn what happens next is difficult. I read his books, then listen to the audible version than repeat the first in the series. Even after that, we don't have an expected release for the next installment in the Grimnoir story (Warbound).

    If you like well performed stories with engaging characters, Mr. Correia is your author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3942)
    Performance
    (3389)
    Story
    (3367)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series"
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    Seems like a long wait since American Assassin, but worth it. This installment continues to give us the background story of Mitch Rapp's early days with Stansfield, Kennedy, Hurly, and in this novel much more on the character of Victor who first appeared in American Assassin. The story works as a stand alone, but when taken within the context of the entire Mitch Rapp series, provides more detail on the characters we have grown accustomed to. Mr. Flynn maintains his great story telling and is complimented by the competent narration of George Guidall. Recommended both for new readers and devoted followers of Vince Flynn's work.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5190)
    Performance
    (4699)
    Story
    (4710)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "True theater for the mind"
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    Bronson Pinchot brings Mr. Corriea's slightly alternate depression area world to life, with a vibrancy seldom experienced in a story of this type. If you have enjoyed MHN but hesitated to try this genre, it is your lost. The action is engaging, the characters not only entertain, but are developed to the point that you can care about them and understand their motives. This is obviously the beginning of a great series, I have already read the second installment Spellbound, and hope that it finds it way to audible soon.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1863)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Great Find!"
    Overall

    I tend to stay with my "tried and true" authors, but took a chance on this book and was truly amazed. Mr. Peterson has a formula that could easily bring him into the Lee Child, John Sandford, Jeffrey Deaver class of author. Highly entertaining and worth more than one listen, lets hope Mr. Peterson stays with this winning formula.

    39 of 42 people found this review helpful

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