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James

Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (781)

    Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

    Shane says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Wishful Thinking"
    Overall

    In the alternate universe in which this book takes place, the President is reasonable and wise. That said, he has been sucked into a worsening "war on terror" like the hapless incompetent who leads the free world in our universe. Cabinet meetings are an example of wishful thinking with reasoned discussion of alternate points of view and thoughtful decision making. Other than that, the action is plausible and the plot moves on with an enjoyable excitment. All you have to do is forget about the situation in which we find ourselves struggling to enjoy this thriller.

    0 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (200)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Invasion of the Dog Men"
    Overall

    This book presents a story of the invasion of the Earth by an interstellar empire whose species is evolved from dog or wolf-like pack-oriented ancestors. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, the aliens are mean and grasping, and the human resistance is noble and clever. The ultimate game changer is a surprise, but a surprise that I found satisfying. Some (most, actually) reviews suggest that the reader should be disappointed with how Weber resolves the story. Come on, what is wrong with the ending? The entire story is as unlikely as most space/invasion opera, so what is wrong with a novel resolution that dips into western folklore? The battle scenes are engrossing and the touches of sentimentality mostly work. I think it is a fine book to which one can listen while walking or hiking with your favorite hound, or while trimming bushes and weeding, or any of the other tasks that fill long summer weekends and evenings. Recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking new vision of the pleasures of everyday life. The thought of sex with a virgin is intensely arousing for many men. The average American spends over four hours a day watching television. Abstract art can sell for millions of dollars. Young children enjoy playing with imaginary friends and can be comforted by security blankets. People slow their cars to look at gory accidents, and go to movies that make them cry.

    Robert says: "Easy to understand, well read."
    "Silly Pop Psychology"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this book, but I was greatly disappointed. The author adopts a gimmick based on an extended metaphor of "essentialism" that forces the subject manner into a convoluted discussion that distorts the science of developmental psychology.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (789)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    David says: "An SCAer's dream"
    "Superb alternate future history"
    Overall

    This book begins an as yet unfinished future history, in which all energy based technology fails and remains unoperable beyond simple combustion and very poor steam power. The world is reduced to a level about like that of the early middle ages. People die off in huge numbers as food storage and food stocks are depleated. The story folllows several bamds of peopel who successfully adapt to this new world by looking back to various historical and even mythical ways of life. The SCA provides a model for some, and there is much chivalry, sword play, and raw survival. I won't write reviews of subsequent volumes, allthough I have rated all with five stars. I am anxiously awaiting the next titles! Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Schism Rent Asunder: Safehold Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (535)

    The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.

    B. Bozeman says: "Thought Provoked"
    "Not worth it!"
    Overall

    This book is a tedious continuation of the story in Off Armageddon Reef. I can't tell if it is the story or the reader. The narrator speaks in a singsong more appropriate for a book aimed at young children. His accents are inconsistent and mostly narrow. His pauses are often too long. After enjoying the first book in this series, this one is a deep disappointment.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Enjoyable Science Thriller"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. It is a steady paced story. The main character, familiar to me from a previous book by the same author, is a former CIA agent, a computer expert, and a former Catholic monk who has been hired to investigate a problem at a high energy physics project. Evangelical pastors, politicians, and reservation Navajos complicate the problems of scientists who encounter a strange being who might be God when they fire up their super high energy accelerator in order to investigate the beginnings of the universe. The narrator is adequate, except for the voice he uses for the scientist-leader of the project. Fans of this author won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Acid Test

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ross LeManna
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    What if the world was suddenly rocked by widespread murder, political chaos, and the peril of nuclear attack? The ruthless Batu Khan has forged an empire across Mongolia and central Asia. He has developed a frightening arsenal of weaponry and uses mind-altering drugs to give his minions superhuman strength. When Khan invades the Ukraine, the president of the United States issues an ultimatum: get out or else. But the president harbors a dark and deadly secret that may put countless lives at risk.

    James says: "Cinematic Thriller!"
    "Cinematic Thriller!"
    Overall

    This book was a genuinely wild ride. The action was fast paced and constant, but the main characters were interesting and appealing. The reason the book seemed cinematic was that the author had been a reasonably successful screenwriter for 10 years as of last summer. This is his first successful novel. I hope he produces more books involving the same characters, as he suggested he might in an interview appended to the end of this recorded edition. Strongly recommended for people who enjoy action thrillers about the near future and possible security threats to the United States.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (412)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Thrill a minute"
    Overall

    This book is a superb thriller. The story gets confusing with abrupt shifts of focus on various characters, but the action more than makes up for it. This is a novel of the future in about a century from now, when the fruits and price of the present genetic revolution have led to the technologies that form the basis of the book's characterization and plot. You can't stop listening. Well worth listening to more than once. The narrator does a fine job of conveying all the different personalities who are in conflict.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3344)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1565)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Altered Carbon"
    Overall

    This is a riviting novel, a detective story set in the future a few centuries from now. It has the best qualities of both genres. Don't miss it! I added the authors othertwo titles immediately to my wish list when I finished this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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