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Farall

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1129)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Part One of Present Day Sci-Fi Thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio book to my friends or to anyone who loves pure, unadulterated escapism. If you're looking for Arthur C. Clarke, may I recommend Arthur C. Clarke. If, on the other hand, you liked The Avengers movie, you'll love this story. It's a coming of age story about three high school juniors who stumble upon something both fantastic and horrible and find themselves transformed, becoming they know not what. Thrust into an adult world, they find themselves completely out of their depth as their once comfortable lives are shredded around them. On a deeper level, this is also a story about humanity attempting to make use of technological advances for which it is completely unprepared, raising very real questions about how much advancement is too much. If we can cure all disease, should we?


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

    This book is told from multiple perspectives and MacLeod Andrews does a fine job of subtly changing his voice to give you the sense of who is speaking during the dialogue without overdoing it so that you are jarred out of the story. Well told.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is part one of a three part story. I really enjoyed the first act and look forward to the next two.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.

    Farall says: "Great new action thriller!"
    "Great new action thriller!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have already done so. The action is non-stop and the narrator is fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jack Gregory and Janet Price. These two characters from The Rho Agenda are fun to imagine.


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

    His character voices are great without being so over the top that it pulls you out of the story. His voice really brings the characters to life.


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

    There were several but to avoid spoilers I will vaguely describe three. The first is the scene in Poland at Kazimer's estate and the second is the hotel room scene in Prague. As for the climax, it is great from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    You will have a lot of fun listening to this audiobook.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (623)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "Fun, Fast, and Furious"
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    Would you listen to Wormhole again? Why?

    I already have. These three novels of The Rho Agenda trilogy are like a three act play. The Second Ship introduces the main characters and presents them with a life changing problem. Immune focuses the attention of the government conspiracy and a brutal international assassin on our three young heroes, robbing them of their once comfortable lives, and launching them on a run for survival. Wormhole sets the scene for the final battle for our planet and, in a climactic crescendo that seems to span a third of the book, the action is rapid fire and unrelenting. I don't believe anyone that enjoyed a movie like The Avengers could listen to this third book only once. When MacLeod Andrews reached the end, I could only say, Wow!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Heather McFarland. While this character begins the trilogy as a close approximation of one of the Walton daughters, as events shatter her life around her, she evolves into a leader, making tough decisions and viciously executing them, not without remorse. It's nice to see strong female characters that are central to the plot.


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

    I think he's great and this one ranks among his best performances so far.


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

    I tell you what boss, I wouldn't screw with her.


    Any additional comments?

    The climax is one of the most mind boggling action sequences you will find anywhere. You're going to have fun with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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