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djinx

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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2696)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2382)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Excellent Bill. An Adventure in History"
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    If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure in History. The book is written more like an adventure story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book was not really character driven


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This book is right on par with Killing Lincoln.


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

    Yes. I had to force myself to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are into history, you will really enjoy this and Killing Lincoln as well. I really enjoyed Bill's narration as well.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Bootlegger: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (592)

    When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.

    James says: "Great story - Fun reading - Cussler is the champ"
    "Great Story!!! Get Brick a Warmer Microphone!!!"
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    I love the Isaac Bell series. I think it's the historical setting that draws me in the most. Please get Scott Brick a warmer microphone. His voice sounds a bit thin and harsh, at first I wasn't sure it was him. Maybe turn down the compressor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (407)

    As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

    Ross says: "Great story, timeline a bit confusing"
    "Get Brick a Warmer Microphone!!! Otherwise Great!!"
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    Please get Scott Brick a warmer microphone. The last few books his voice sounds a bit thin and harsh, at first I wasn't sure it was him. Other than that this book is a solid 5. Still not sure how I feel about jumping around the time line of these books but it really doesn't hurt the story at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Black: Odyssey One, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By David deVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (723)

    The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

    Mark Alspaw says: "Not what I was expecting!"
    "What Happened???? Changing Narrators??? Seriously?"
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    What Happened???? Mr. Currie must have phoned this one in. It seriously feels like a completely different series. The first 3 books were decent. In this one all the characters went into cardboard mode and the bulk of the book is monotonous and repetitive battle scenes. The change in narrators just compounds the problem. The narrator was obnoxious, screechy, and irritating. Halfway through I switched to the written book but it didn't help the story any. What a disappointment. He has done the same thing to the "On Silver Wings" series. To use a quote from book 3 "go for quality not quantity." I don't think I will waste any more time on Mr. Evans books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "Great Story...Terrible Production"
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    I really enjoyed the story but the production quality is terrible. The audio is kinda scratchy and the narrator voice sounds like he has a dry mouth or is clicking his dentures. Very annoying. I did enjoy the different voices. The story is excellent and I think I'll just read the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Juan Cabrillo and his motley crew aboard the clandestine spy ship Oregon have made a very comfortable and very dangerous living working for high-powered Western interests. But their newest clients have come from the Far East to ask for Cabrillo's special brand of assistance: a consortium of Japanese shipping magnates whose fortunes are being threatened by brutal pirates trolling the waters of Southeast Asia.

    Michael says: "Tired of authors who just copy an old story"
    "Good Fun. Might be the Best."
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    If your are a Cussler fan you already know how good his work is. This is a classic Oregon story with a current day theme. Cabrillo and his motley crew are at their best. If you've never read one of the Oregon series books, they are a little bit James Bond, a little bit Mission Impossible, a little bit Indiana Jones. This book stands on it's own. I think after having read them all that this one might be the best. I'm not sure why it was re-released but its very relevant. One problem I noticed this was from the CD Version and they didn't edit out the "end of disc" dubs.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3664)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3238)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Left Turn from Reality!!! WARNING GRAPHIC SEX!!!"
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    This was a terrible conclusion to a decent series. The series has a progressive/left theme and while I am a conservative I still enjoyed the first 2 books (see exception below) but then Mr. Follett took a left turn in this book and completely ignored history. Having lived through the complete time frame of this books setting I was especially looking forward to it. I can only assume Mr. Follett is a social progressive and is trying to rewrite history. The exception that prevents this series from being great is the fact that Mr. Follett seems to have an adolescent compulsion to write descriptive pornographic sex. The descriptive nature of the sex scenes had nothing to do with the story. Had to do a lot of fast forwarding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4180)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2624)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Oldie but a Moldie"
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    Very Dated. Very stupid. Kinda like Buck Rodgers meets the Ewoks. After 5 years of Premium membership this is only the 2nd book I could not finish. If you are looking for Lucifer's Hammer, move along. This is not the book you are looking for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21897)
    Performance
    (19617)
    Story
    (19784)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Definitely Not Hunger Games - Disappointed"
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    Not being a YA maybe I'm am missing something. I really wanted to like this but sadly could not. I enjoyed the Hunger Games Series but this book was noticeably deficient and lacking in so many different areas. The basic setting for the story is somewhat believable but the circumstances make no sense. Adults (what few there are) are portrayed as idiots. The story wonders around way to much and then brings everything together in the last 20 min. Characters show almost super-human skills. All this adds up to an unbelievable story. I kept listening thinking it would get better, it never did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (827)

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "Relevant Content for Today"
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    Where does Crescent Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 %


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relevant Content for Today. This story is so similar to what is going on in the middle east.


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

    Yes. Scott Brick could read the phone book and make it interesting.


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

    Behind the Arab Spring


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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