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James

orland park, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (671)

    From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

    Jerome says: "WEB Griffin is a master of this genre"
    "Still a Great Story"
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    Where does Semper Fi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Many years ago I read the entire Corps series. It is every bit as good in audio. I hope Audible will do the entire Series and bring its wonderful characters to life once again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, I hope Audible brings this entire Series back to life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (703)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    "Great Story !!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bear and the Dragon to be better than the print version?

    It's too close to call which is best, but the audio really shortens the drive to work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3398)
    Performance
    (3111)
    Story
    (3116)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Solid Mil. SciFi"
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    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    I already have.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was more workmanlike than engrossing.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said the book was worth the purchase, but not outstanding

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Counterattack: The Corps Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (373)

    "From the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to America’s first bold counterstrike against the Japanese on the beaches of Guadalcanal, this compelling story takes you to the front lines of victory and defeat - and into the very heart of courage, loyalty, and valor. It is a heroic story of pride and passion you will never forget.... Griffin’s books are distinguished by their high action and suspense, his dashing irreverence toward high command, and his clear picture of war and its wartime leaders.” (The Florida Times-Union)

    James says: "Don't be misled"
    "Don't be misled"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Written about a time of war and bloodshed, Counterattack, is more of a character study than a shootem' up. (and OH what great characters!!) Yes the "Tommie guns do blaze away" but the story of the men and women who fought is the real strength of this book. W.E.B. catches both the tone and courage of people who fought a very real war. One last point is what a wonderful job an author can do when his historical research is spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack n.m.i. strecker.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    The soon to be Sergent, Steven Koffler.


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

    Lt. Joe Howard facing down his fear.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE keep this series going.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (737)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Military Sci-Fi at its best."
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    Would you listen to March Upcountry again? Why?

    I just listened to it for the 3rd time in 3 years. It is a great update of the Xeonophon story and a touch of Alexander the Great, with wonderful charactars throughout.


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

    Great performance with several voice changes that ring true.


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

    Prince Rogers transformation from spoiled brat to tough as nails leader.


    Any additional comments?

    All three books in the trilogy are great reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!

    Bonnie says: "A man from the first half of the 20th century"
    "Dated but servicable"
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    What did you like best about A Purple Place for Dying? What did you like least?

    It is a walk down memory lane for Travis MCGee fans. The story does not translate well 40 years later.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was a bit bland.


    Was A Purple Place for Dying worth the listening time?

    Yes , for those who like walking down memory lane.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Disappointing sequel"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought the story line was thin at best, lacking the punch of Bazells' first book. The Epilogue was pompous at best, and foolishly huberistic at the other end of the scale.
    Mr Bazell might consider concentrating on telling a good story more and sharing his politics less.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Bazell again?

    I would like to think his next effort would be better , so maybe I will give it a shot.


    What aspect of Robert Petkoff and Stephanie Wolfe ’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, they did a good job


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wild Thing?

    The pendactic Epilogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I had eagerly awaited this sequel and was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call to Arms: The Corps Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (447)

    The attack on Pearl Harbor swept America into the raging heart of the war. The stormy South Pacific presented a daring new challenge, and the men of the Corps were ready to fight. An elite fraternity united by a glorious tradition of courage and honor, the Marine Raiders were bound to a triumphant destiny.

    Charles Atkinson says: "An epic story worthy of your time."
    "Outstanding continuation of the Corps series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having read the Corps series 25 years ago I can say that the story seems even more fresh today. This book helps flesh out the characters we met in Book 1 : Semper Fi. For those who enjoy historical military novels, or just rousing tales in general, listen to this series.
    I hope Audible soon has the rest of the Series available!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Griffin captures the feel of the Marines circa WW11.


    If you could take any character from Call to Arms out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    SGT. Ernie Zimmerman. He is not the primary focus to be sure, but he gives you a feel for how a Marine would handle things.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE keep the series going on Audible!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terrible Swift Sword: The Lost Regiment, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    Stranded on a distant world ruled by alien creatures, Union Colonel Andrew Keane and his regiment must rely on a brute force when a human traitor among them gives the aliens the secret to air power.

    James says: "As good as it gets !!"
    "As good as it gets !!"
    Overall

    This is an absolutely outstanding series ! In an alternative reality Union soldiers and freemen fight the ultimate war of survival. The books resonate with military planning, and epic battles. It also covers the human costs of people determined to survive in freedom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tide: The Iron Tower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dennis L. McKiernan
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Tuck Underbank is a Warrow -- think a hobbit with shoes and "large jewel-like eyes" -- living in the peaceful Boskydells. When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King's aid. But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark (sounds bad, doesn't it?) is spreading over the land, and Tuck soon finds that the "dark tide" is going to swamp them all.

    Michael says: "A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy..."
    "Rip roaring"
    Overall

    If you like cheering for the "LITTLE GUYS" this is a rip-roaring epic adventure, with characters worth rooting for.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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