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davelangeland

Salt Lake City, Utah | Member Since 2012

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  • Trust No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.

    Erin says: "Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Thrilling Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trust No One the most enjoyable?

    I loved how the author did not give away how the main character was going to get out of a situation until it actually happened. It kept the suspense right there at every turn.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot twists were a great way to maintain the excitement of the story. When you think you know where the book is going, it takes a different turn. Some turns were bigger than others, but all of them helped to keep the book a fast paced one.


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  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (848)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Great Story Though Predictable a Few Times"
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    I enjoy books that contain little or no profanity. Unfortunately, this one had a decent amount, so it was difficult to listen to at times. My second complaint for this book is that it was predictable at times. Although it did have a few good twists and turns, there were a few parts where it seemed like I could see it coming for a while. That being said, the story was very interesting, and I enjoyed the book overall. The predictability did not detract much from the read nearly as much as the profanity did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6174)
    Performance
    (4200)
    Story
    (4172)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "I Love Jack Reacher"
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    There are some people you don't want to mess with and some people you want on your side when you are in a bind. Reacher is both of these. I have reviewed other Reacher books and they have all been enjoyable. One of the nice things about Reacher books is that Lee Child has written them in a way that allows the reader to pick up any of the books in the series. You don't have to pick up the first in the volume to know what is going on. Given that this was the first in the series, I was excited to read it, and it didn't disappoint. I will certainly continue through the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1695)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "First Audio Book I Did Not Finish"
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    Take this review for what it is worth as I did not finish listening to it. I really struggled with this book because it seemed like it took way too long for characters to develop (if they even developed at all) only to switch authors and stories. I really liked the premise of 5 different stories set within the same world created by these authors. Unfortunately, by the time I even remotely started to have any interest in the first story, the book moved on to the next. I quit sometime through the 2nd story. Perhaps I need to give it another shot, but I may have to be pretty desperate at that point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (340)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "Can't Wait for the Full Novel!"
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    I know this was only half an hour, but it made me eager to try the book The Returned. The premise is very interesting, and it really allows the reader to imagine what it would be like to return from the dead from the perspective of the no-longer dead and the loved ones and acquaintances of the no-longer dead. With that said, the perspective from the no-longer dead could have been a little more in-depth. I would freak out if I learned I hadn't been around for the last year, but the author seems to gloss over this a bit. This could be intentional, but the book may potentially have some logical gaps. Regardless, this had me excited to listen to the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (909)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "A Better Ending Would Have Resulted in Higher Mark"
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    I had seen the movie, upon which this book is based, and loved it. Certainly, there were discrepancies between the movie and the book. I certainly understand that and have no problem with it. However, a huge problem with this ending is that it simply ends. Most movies that are based on true stories will provide a "where are they now" at the end. I think these are a must for any story based on actual events. While I will not spoil the way the book ends, I will simply state that the "where are they now" is completely omitted. Abagnale does not give any details whatsoever as to what he has been doing since his days running from the law. While I usually prefer a book to a movie, this is one time where the movie got it right. My rating would have been higher in that case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1692)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Jack Reacher is a Stud!"
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    I saw previews to the movie and was interested. I saw this book and decided to try it out before watching the movie. I was hooked fairly quickly, and Jack Reacher has become one of my favorite series of books. And I say that with only 1 and a half of Jack Reacher books under my belt. Jack Reacher is a mix between Jason Bourne and Sherlock Holmes. He is an incredible deducer but can beat the snot out of anyone he needs to. I absolutely loved this book and author. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

    On a side note, I watched the movie shortly after reading the book. It was a mistake. The movie was average and Tom Cruise does an okay job of Reacher, even though he doesn't have his same build. However, the movie just couldn't pull off what the book does. It's too bad, because the books (at least so far) are fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (8754)
    Performance
    (4836)
    Story
    (4877)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Very Slow Start, but Story Recovers"
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    I really struggled with listening to this book. So many names were introduced in the beginning and the story was slow, so it was difficult to keep track of anything. I almost gave up listening. I pushed through the pain and am glad I did. I think the story recovered enough to interest me in listening to more of the books in the series. Time will tell if I am sold on the entire series. Overall, it was an enjoyable "read," but it certainly took some time to get into the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3384)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2328)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Can't Beat the Narration!"
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    I absolutely loved this book. Being a conservative, there were things in the book that I had to look past. However, it wasn't too heavy on ideology. The story was very interesting, and I loved how certain big questions were revealed towards the end. Ultimately, I would give Barrett six (6) stars out of 5 for his performance. I always looked forward to hearing Owen Meany's "voice" as Barrett portrayed him superbly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (706)

    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"
    "Not a Dull Moment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book as there was never really a slow moment. The book captured my attention from the beginning and kept going until the end. I quickly realized I would want to read other books in this series. This was more than confirmed with the turn of events at the end. I have all books in this series on my wish list, and I will be reading them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Takedown?

    Without giving anything away, a scene at the end was a bit shocking. I had to read it twice to make sure what I read really happened. It wasn't a typical ending. It made me want to read more in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1867)
    Story
    (1867)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Decent Book; Odd is Still Odd"
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    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a great job in bringing life to Odd Thomas. Odd's sense of humor and lack of fear was easily witnessed by how the narrator interpreted him. As good as Koontz is, I have always had a hard time picturing who Odd Thomas really is. The narrator made that much easier.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is not as good as earlier Odd Thomas novels, but it is still pretty good. Other than the fact that Odd and Annamaria were invited to stay at the manor, I'm not sure why this was a sequel in his story. It could have been a standalone novel. Nothing was really answered with respect to Annamaria. I hope Koontz isn't trying to figure out what to do with her while he writes other Odd novels. Of course, I won't complain too loudly about additional Odd Thomas novels, but I would like to see where the Annamaria thing is going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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