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K

SAINT PETER, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3129)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Couldn't be better...except"
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    The only thing that could be better was if this novel was twice as long. I just hate it when a Mitch Rapp novel ends.

    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Die: The First of the Acts of Caine

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Matthew Stover
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions.

    Douglas says: "Finally, an epic worthy of Stefan Rudnicki"
    "Takes a while to understand but worth it"
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    Okay, first you have to ignore the cover on the book. Not sure if the author lost a bet or something but it's best to just push play.

    It took me FOREVER to understand what was happening in this story. Several times I thought there was no way this was the first book in the series because I couldn't grasp any context. Once I accepted it I just moved on and the story got better. It does keep you guessing and the characters are great. I'll give the next one a shot and see what happens.

    Enjoyed the narration as well. Not sure if I've listened to Rudnicki before but he really helped make the difference at the beginning when I was trying to decide if I should keep going.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1082)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
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    Literally stumbled across this book. I had read Correia's other books/series but wasn't aware of this one. Even though the book is longer (which I like b/c you get more bang for your buck), it doesn't drag on. I could've kept listening so I'm glad there's a sequel. The story keeps you guessing and takes you down several twists/turns as you try to figure out the bigger picture. Plenty of action and emotion is delivered throughout the book as well.

    Enjoyed the narration and have listened to Pinchot in Correia's other series so I knew the quality would be great. He does an excellent job of managing multiple characters, personalities, and genders which is not an easy thing to do.

    On to the sequel!

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10330)
    Performance
    (9829)
    Story
    (9848)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great story, wish there was more!"
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    Stumbled across this book and based on the reviews I gave it a shot. REALLY had a great time listening to this. I enjoy books that keep you engaged and this one had suspense, humor, and emotion wrapped into it. Bray as the narrator did an excellent job and brought out elements of the characters that I'm sure I wouldn't have found by just reading this book.

    I wish more time was devoted to wrapping up the book with the ending but that's mainly because I didn't want the story to end. Too bad there aren't other books by Weir, I'd enjoy listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2130)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Over the top and unrealistic"
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    It's books like this when I really miss Mitch Rapp. There were so many scenes in the story that were just so unrealistic and unbelievable, it really was a chore to finish the book. The battle in the end was the worst and I just rolled my eyes while listening to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1347)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "Giving up; can't take the idiocy."
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    Had my reservations with the first book and should have saved myself a credit with the sequel. The main character makes idiotic decisions that no one would make in these situations. I'm not giving away any spoilers since anyone who listened to the first book knows that the main character decides to go get supplies from his bunker while everyone in the camp is starving and on their last meal. So what does he do once he gets a truck load of food, medicine and weapons? Any other person would return back to camp but no, not this guy. He decides to drive said truck full of supplies to a city that's known to be infested with zombies and see if anyone is still alive. Really? I won't give away any details but this stupid decision is what leads to all the problems that occurs in the story.

    There were so many times I just wanted the main character to get bitten, shot, stabbed, or just die a quick death so the book would end.

    32 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2013)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Okay for the first book but hoping next is better"
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    Having just finished the latest Zombie Fallout book I was looking for something to help cope with the withdrawal symptoms. Gave "The Remaining" a shot and it was okay. As others have commented, the book starts somewhat slow which is too bad b/c it's pretty short overall. The main character made some stupid decisions which doesn't seem representative of someone who's highly trained in his area of expertise. I'm guessing the author did this to create conflict but it just didn't make sense to me.

    What disappointed me the most was the ending. It just stops at a decent place in the story but certainly not at a point where you have any sense of closure. The next thing you know the narrator is telling you the book is finished but you get to listen to the first chapter of the next book "for free".

    I wish the author would've combined both "The Remaining" and "The Remaining: Aftermath" into one book. Would have made more sense instead of just having the first book end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (803)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Okay for a series starter"
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    Ever since Vince Flynn died I've been looking for a series to somehow replace Mitch Rapp (probably not going to happen). Gave Rain Fall a shot and it was okay but then again it was the first in the series so it's not unusual to see a slow start.

    The narration was pretty decent, liked out Nishii would interchange English with Japanese. The story line held up and the ending sets the stage for the series so I'll get the next one and keep my fingers crossed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1135)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "The only thing bad about Book 7 is ..."
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    it ends. Now I'm going through ZF withdrawal again and trying to pass time with other books that just don't stack up. ZF7 takes up where 6 left off and it was a great listen. I genuinely enjoy the interaction and dialogue between the characters and no one could ever narrate this series better than Runnette.

    My only disappointment is that ZF7 just sort of ends without any logical break in the storyline. One minute I'm listening to the current scene and the next I'm in the epilogues. I even hit the back button on my mp3 player to see if I had missed something. God I hope Tufo has ZF8 ready to go soon.

    Gotta admit I like ZF much better than Lycan Fallout. The dynamic relationships between the characters in ZF is half the enjoyment and with LF it's all gone. I often smile and chuckle with the banter in ZF but this doesn't exist in LF and I really missed it. Just makes me appreciate the ZF even more now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (824)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "Should have written Stormlight 2 instead"
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    If there's a plus side to listening to this then at least I didn't lose a credit in the end. Twenty minutes into it and I'm shaking my head as to why Sanderson wrote the first book in the Stormlight series OVER 3 YEARS AGO and then starts something else. If Steelheart would've sounded more original and less tweenish I may have given the full book a chance but c'mon this is pretty disappointing.

    If you want to read a much better series with a similar spin on the magical powers then go with the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3230)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3020)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Excellent ending to an excellent series"
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    Had forgotten all about this series until Warbound came out. Had to go re-listen to the first two books b/c it had been a while. Really enjoyed the series and Pinchot as the narrator was fantastic. He does such a great job with voices that you forget it's just one person narrating.

    Now I'm looking forward to Correia adding to the Monster Hunter series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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