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Hampton S. Hancock IV

Concord, CA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (238)

    As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But now he wants the full story. He asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

    Matthew says: "Another classic Steve Berry complexity"
    "Good Book, horrible Narration"
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    It is a good book, as typical with most current authors, follows similar and predictable formula and just fills in dates, times, names, etc.... They are enjoyable, hence why I read and listen to them. My issue is with Scott Brick. Normally, I like his reading of books. This time, he has spent too much trying to place accents in his annunciation (which would work if he did a good job at it), which is very annoying and not at all realistic. It got so aggravating that I couldn't even finish it and had to return it. Apparently, Scott has narrated a lot of Berry's books, and does the same accent with any European character. I have listened to Scott on other author's works, and is not as annoying, but to me, this is too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2165)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Entertaining"
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    I enjoyed the book. I like the idea of a female and male narrator, as when a man tries to imitate a woman's voice, or vice versa, you have to let your imagination run wild.

    But, if they are going to use 2 narrator's, at least the producers should record both of them so that the conversations are seamless. You can obviously tell, they recorded separately, and the producers mixed it to fit the book, which several times made the book feel not so great.

    With that being said, the narrator's are good, the story is your typical story line - not a Pulitzer prize winner for sure, but if you like David Baldacci, then you will like this book.

    It is worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3806)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2253)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Great Book and Narrator"
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    Not all reviews will be the same, as a great book to some, will be boring to others. The majority of reviews here are spot on.

    Great Book in all senses. I loved the story line - The detractors say this book is too ....predictable...Yet...You will find those who complain usually like fantasy books with a different style, and yes, those books are....predictable...as well.

    This is good versus evil, and the struggle therein. The narrator is absolutely great!!! The inflections he uses especially in pivotal parts in the story make the book come alive.

    The author makes the characters come to life, and you find yourself quickly immersed in this world. There isn't 100 pages or 30 minutes of waiting to get into this novel - For me, I was drawn in immediately, and didn't want to stop.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seeress of Kell: The Malloreon, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (349)

    Time was running out for Garion and his companions in their quest to recover Garion's infant son and heir. If they could not locate the Place Which Is No More, then Zandramas, the Child of Dark, would use Garion's son in a rite that would raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal domination over the universe. Only the Seeress of Kell could reveal the site of that mysterious place, and she could only do that once Garion and Polgara had fulfilled an ancient prophecy in the mountain fastness of the Seers.

    smokeyjunk@comcast.net says: "The next best thing to reading the book yourself!"
    "Great End to a Great Series"
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    Would you listen to The Seeress of Kell again? Why?

    Yes. In fact I have listened and read to this book at least five times. Great character author, and Cameron Beierle was absolutely great in his narration.


    What other book might you compare The Seeress of Kell to and why?

    All of Edding's series starting with book 1 of the Belgariad to this conclusion to the Mallorean series. Each book is a puzzle, and just like with the satisfaction of putting together a big puzzle, this book was great.


    Which character ??? as performed by Cameron Beierle ??? was your favorite?

    Belgarath - With Cameron's natural strong voice, it made the performance of Belgarath outstanding. Inflections were great, reactions, and voice acting was superb.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In that this was the conclusion to a 5 book series, and even deeper, a 10 book series that included the Belgariad, there were a lot of emotions involved. The Eddings (David and Leigh) make the characters sound alive and real. What is great is that this book was written by husband/wife, so you can really tell the individual personalities from the male/female characters. It is impossible over 10 books with all the characters being so closely knit, and so believable, to not have an emotional reaction. To me, it was satisfaction. Complete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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