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Ronald

I drive 45 miles to work, 5 days a week, and owe my sanity to audiobooks. I get them from friends, the library, and of course - Audible.

Long Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Last Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line: he's a middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea. But then the old lady next door ends up floating dead in her bathtub, and it seems that Sam is the only one who wonders why.

    Daniel says: "A good read (listen)"
    "Good, down to earth, detective mystery."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To many people have given up on this story too soon. For me, when I've had too much of the SF, Armageddon, magic, and other thrills, and just want a good book with a character I can get to know and respect, as well as great dialog - read by a narrator who makes it real, you can't beat Chris Knopf and Stefan Rudnicki. There may not be a lot of earth-shaking twists, but it is a good comfortable read that you just enjoy going back to.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rudnicki has great rhythm. I liked his read of Ender's Game and thought he was perfect for telling Sam's story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes a good retirement is interrupted by little things like murder.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need non-stop action, don't read this series. But if you like a good story with great characters you can really get to know - and a few surprises, give the Sam Acquillo series a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (9664)
    Performance
    (8767)
    Story
    (8834)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "Better than Hunger Games."
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    What did you love best about Insurgent?

    I love an underdog in a tough situation. The hero - Tris, is a great underdog, one of those sho doesn't quite know who she is and what she can do yet. Interesting story and world with good bad-guys that you can boo. The story keeps your attention and makes you want more, though Tris does spend way too much time worrying and brooding, she still makes you like her. Hope they hurry up with number 3.


    What other book might you compare Insurgent to and why?

    There are a number of books out there that are written for younger audiences, but touch that part in all of us. Don't worry you adults out there - we all enjoy these books. This series will be compared to Hunger Games - I think I like this series better.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Galvin is a good choice for narrator - sometimes you forget you are listening to a person reading a book, and just experience the story. Galvin is able to do this.


    0 of 0 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
    (3263)
    Performance
    (3022)
    Story
    (3027)

    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..."
    "Correia delivers epic monster action in every book"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sometimes you just need to have monsters and heroes. Correa is always fresh and fun, and yeah - epic on a grand scale. Just like with his "Grimnoir Chronicles" he will take you places you never expected with thrills and action. This is the 4th in the Monster hunter series - hope he keeps going. Be sure to read the other three first.


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

    Wyman does a terrific job of characterizing each person in the story. He was a great choice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1946)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1698)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    Amanda says: "Fantastical and Fun"
    "Need More Ledger!"
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    If you could sum up The Dragon Factory in three words, what would they be?

    I have been rationing these Joe Ledger books because, with as many books as I listen to in a year, there are only so many sure things. Maberry's Joe Ledger series is one of my #1 finds of this year. This is a thrill ride with a lot of dark turns and fast drops that will make you sit in your car - in the garage, long after you get home just to keep listening. Great characters that you care about and evil villains that you love to see "get their due." If you like Harry Dresden or Dirk Pitt, you'll love Ledger.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter is the best - gets every joke and every emotion. There was a different reader who they tried with a few of these books - avoid him and get Porter's read. If you liked Porter's narration of the books "14" by Cline, and "Dawn Patrol" by Winslow, then you know that there's none better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3529)
    Story
    (3524)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Like most of Crais's books - flawless"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's another great story by Crais - no Elvis or Pike, but the same depth of character and story that we've learned to expect. If you love a good story, and dogs, it's a sure thing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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