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Richard

Helotes, TX, United States

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  • A Drink Before the War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Great beginning to thriller series"
    "Don't let the title fool you - It's a gang war...."
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    Fairly good story and performance, but the title implies that the book is tied to military "War", not gang violence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1709)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Good, but jumps around some"
    Overall
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    Story

    Interesting story line and well performed. This is a story of the supernatural, and the main subject has the ability to read body functions and thus control others. The main subject discovers there is a traitor, knows she will survive without any of her memories, and proceeds to write instructions for her future self. The story bounces between the current and previous occupant of the body. Because of this, it is sometimes a little hard to tell which of the two body occupants is in the action. Overall, it was an interesting story and worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1726)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Free but not worth the time"
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    You'd will probably love this if you if you're an environmental Nazi. Communism has proven itself unworkable on nearly every level, but listening to this book seemed like an indoctrination rather than entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5054)
    Performance
    (3059)
    Story
    (3084)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "An EMP attack, not climate change could destroy us"
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    Absolutely chilling because it is absolutely possible. This book masterfully lays out the possible effects of a total collapse in our society. We talked about the possibility of a nuclear strike when I was in the Army and the results of the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), but didn't really do much about it. Hopefully the suppliers are hardening the military electronics. I am pretty sure that can't be said for any civilian electronics, and everything we use in the USA today seems to be tied to electronics in some way or another. Just imagine the loss of all electricity, communications, and transportation. We ALL depend on the National Emergency Broadcast System, but what if our radios no longer worked, or if their transmitters no longer worked. What if we were reduced to walking, riding bicycles, riding horses, or dragging carts? Does anyone know how to grow, harvest, and preserve food, particularly meat? We have all grown to believe that the USA is the land of milk and honey, that food is plentiful and readily available, but what if all means of getting it from the farm to the consumer were wiped out? How long would it be before entire communities were starving? We all depend on the "government" to rescue us from disasters. Look how long it took before aid could get to Katrina victims. That would be miraculous speed given an EMP strike. Some believe enemies should be "bombed back to the Stone Age", and that the USA is immune to this. Simply look at our reliance on electronics and you can see the folly. An EMP strike would instantly stop everything in the areas affected, and that area could be very extensive given a nuclear blast above the atmosphere where line of sight touches everywhere. So WHY are we worried about "climate change" which may or may not be occurring, and whose affects will take hundreds of years rather than an instance?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3833)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2826)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Wow! Non stop action"
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    What did you love best about The Gray Man?

    The main character never rested. The action was non-stop. One action scene right after another.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The action started at the very beginning, and never let up. It didn't take long before I was wondering how will the Gray Man get out of this mess.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    It seemed like the reader was actually the main character. Great performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have listened to the book in one sitting, but had other obligations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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