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Christopher

26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything

lena, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Radley Balko
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

    Christopher says: "Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!"
    "Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Warrior Cop the most enjoyable?

    The information given. I researched a lot of it after the fact. All true.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    The feeling of dread that I had in realizing that it's only going to get worse and that our country is screwed.


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    He was extremely good. But that being said it's a work of non fiction and mostly all he has to really do spit out facts.


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

    I wouldn't say an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening to this for a second time just to hear all the facts again. If you listen to this book and DON'T get an overwhelming feeling of dread once you realize what road this country has been heading down for over 50 years then you need to get checked into an mental home.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3655)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1848)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "Where the HELL is Muller?!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wolves of the Calla the most enjoyable?

    The story.. obviously. King is a master and this is a master's Magnum Opus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roland, just like everyone else. He's Clint Eastwood in every movie from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly all the way up to Gran Torino. Roland is my favorite book character ever.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    He sounds like a geriatric patient.. his voice sounds wet, like he has that white foam at the corners of his mouth but doesn't care. He sounds like he's drooling or his tongue is too thick for his face, or like his teeth are gone.
    And he doesn't do voices well at all! I HATE the way he does Eddy's voice, Eddy is from friggin' New York.. he should sound like a New Yorker! Not to mention Jake and Eddy sound the same. Roland sounds like a regular guy.. not like what a gunslinger should sound like. His voice for Susana is just God awful too!


    Any additional comments?

    BRING BACK MULLER!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "Slow, rather tedious but still not bad."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pacing.. went far too slow for my tastes.


    Would you recommend The Millionaires to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't. Most of my friends have the same tastes as me and would feel the same way that I do about it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was really slow in my opinion and a lot of it was bogged down with bickering between the characters. While I don't mind that usually, too much of it gets on my nerves. And I started to get irritated at how a lot of the characters thought or reacted to things. I understand the book ins't catered to me but it's just one of the hang ups with this book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (387)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "Not too bad.. not the best, but worth it."
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    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Most certainly


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

    none


    Do you think Red Planet Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would love it if squeal were to be made!


    Any additional comments?

    I realize a lot of people didn't like this book.. I'm not sure why, I guess most people are just too jaded? Either way, I loved it.. it's hard to find a hard boiled PI nior in space! Hahaha The story in this book has been told before, many times.. just not in space. I thought it was pretty well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4384)
    Performance
    (2341)
    Story
    (2372)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "Yey another masterpiece in Mr. Kings magnum opus!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

    No, but I've never thought an audio book was better than print. Just for the fact that when I read I can give the characters my own version of their voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Literally everything! Stephen King is a master author and I LOVE this series. The pacing is great, just when you think it's going to bog down with too much dialog, something insane and or soul crushing happens! And during all the hectic parts I find myself going back to re-listen just to make sure I caught all of it because sooo much happens! But you still have to pay attention during all that dialog.. some awesome Easter eggs for the more astute listeners. The reference to Richard Adams' lesser known works is one that really sticks out in my mind.


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

    The breathy quality to his voice.. I'm not a fan.


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

    I wouldn't, the only way this could make it to a screen near you would HAVE to be in an HBO series.. And only if it were put on in it's entirety! I would leave absolutely nothing out.


    Any additional comments?

    I find myself identifying with the characters on such an emotional level. I get mad at them when they say or do something stupid. I feel sad for them when tragedy strikes and so on and so forth. A truly masterful work that's worth a read, then a reread then a re-reread.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chariots of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (343)

    Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

    Neal says: "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    "Serious food for thought."
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    Where does Chariots of the Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, it's nothing like any of the books I've listened to so close to the bottom. But I loved it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chariots of the Gods?

    For me, just the overwhelming sense of: "wow.. thinking on a cosmic level like this is a totally new feeling. I'd never looked at things in this light!"


    What aspect of William Dufris’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a little dead pan most of the time. I'd lighten his tone a little.


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

    "The history they DON'T teach you in school"


    Any additional comments?

    Really good listen, if you're mind is open to new ideas it's really worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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