You no longer follow Joe

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Joe

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Joe

Alpine, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

25
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 11 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 963 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (1555)
    Story
    (1546)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Wow. What a great listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my favorite of the series since "Cold Dish." I don't know that any protagonist is better matched to a reader than Walt Longmire is to George Guidall in this series. I highly recommend the book. If you haven't started the series, start with "Cold Dish" and enjoy the ride!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Investigators: Badge of Honor, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    A brutal crime.... A group of urban terrorists.... An investigation of dirty cops.... The leads in these supposedly unconnected cases have become tangled in some very ugly - and dangerous - knots. Now Special Operations detective Matt Payne and his colleagues find themselves fearing not only for their jobs, but also for their very lives.

    John says: "The investigators"
    "The Badge of Honor Series is Fantastic-"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of my favorite series by W.E.B. Griffin, and this installment did not disappoint. Having read a few of the reviews, I'm not sure why all the unhappiness with the narration. Michael Russotto narrated 6 of the first 7 books in this series, and, to my ears, his voice is the respective voice of the characters.

    Griffin is one of my favorite authors. His characters are rich beyond words. If you get this deep into the series and you don't haven't grown to love Matthew Mark Paine, Peter Wohl and the gang, I'm not sure if you are capable of seeing lightning and hearing thunder. (A little Griffin figure of speech there :))

    One of my favorite aspects of Griffin's writing is his dialogue. The bad new about that is that he has spoiled me for other writers. For example, when you go from one of W.E.B. Griffin's books to a Baldacci novel (in which nobody on Earth speaks like his characters...and I still like Baldacci novels, just saying...) you are left missing the witty dialogue of Griffin.

    Great author. Great series. Great novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3733)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3294)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "The Weakest of the Trilogy by far..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors. With that said, this is (in my opinion) by far the weakest in the trilogy and perhaps my least favorite Ken Follett novel.

    First, great historical fiction teaches you about the past- and I feel like I have learned a great deal of history from the first two books of The Century Trilogy. That did not happen in this book.

    He portrays American political events through a lens of black and white, made up of good guys (liberals and Democrats) and bad guys (conservatives and Republicans). I'm pretty partisan, and would guess that my opinions would be the opposite of his. With that said, even from my perspective I know that Carter probably wasn't as miserable of a President as I thought he was and that Reagan probably wasn't as great as I thought he was. However, there is no nuance whatsoever in Follett's portrayal of American Political figures.

    In short, I thought the historical perspective (relative to the US) was naive and one-sided. The characters were less interesting than in the other novels and the story was less compelling.

    With all of that said, I don't know that there is such a thing as a bad Ken Follett novel, and, the narration was first rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3584)
    Performance
    (3143)
    Story
    (3152)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Might be the worst written book I have ever finished..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a loyal reader. When I start on a series, it is really hard for me to not listen to every book that comes out in that series. So, as utterly cringe-worthy as this book was, I am probably going to get the next one.

    Dialogue is the driver of a good audiobook, and that is the biggest problem I have with this book. The dialogue in this book was just so poorly written. I'd cite examples, but I just don't have the energy. Unfortunately, the utterly corny dialogue is narrated in an equally corny manner. I'm entirely comfortable saying that real people do not speak like any of Baldacci's characters.

    It's not that the plot is bad, or that the characters aren't interesting. Like most of Baldacci's novels, the plot is fine and the characters are somewhat engaging.

    This novel had me missing the dialogue of W.E.B. Griffin (although long winded, I just love the guy) as I've recently finished (for the second time) The Corp Series.

    With all of that said, if you like Baldacci, you will like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (612)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "One of my favorite W.E.B. Griffin novels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.

    W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.

    The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By David Manis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (212)

    In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean’s autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.

    Nothing really matters says: "Fly-fishing, US Forest Service, and Life."
    "Loved the Movie- and the Short Story is Better!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The central short story, "A River Runs Through it"- deals with the themes of love, family, obligation, and the huge challenge of what it is that we can and can't do on behalf of those that we love. Of course, fly fishing is also mentioned a time or two. :)

    I loved this and I glad I found it. The themes are timeless and really resonated with me. I can't imagine anybody not thoroughly enjoying these stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

    Joe says: "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
    "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Andy Carpenter series. There is not another series of books that I have had universally positive feedback from recommendations I have made to friends and family. So, if you haven't listened to (or read) any of the other novels in this series, I would strongly recommend that you start with the first one and enjoy the journey!

    You will find the perfect marriage of story and narrator, as Grover Gardner IS Andy Carpenter.

    Now, regarding "Hounded"- this is my favorite Andy Carpenter novel. It delivers all of the usual ingredients that make this series so satisfying. Great narration, humor, wonderful characters, a few good plot twists, and adds to it conclusion that is so satisfying, I listened to the end of it several times. :)

    Thank you Audible, David Rosenfelt and Grover Gardner!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Pep Talk

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kevin Elko, Robert L. Shook
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The Pep Talk is a sports story - with solid business applications - about an underdog football team defeating a formidable opponent. Typically, a novelette of this type peaks at the end of the game, but it's in the pep talk where the real story begins.

    Joe says: "Kevin Elko is the best-"
    "Kevin Elko is the best-"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a big fan of Kevin Elko. He is one of the best keynote speakers I have heard. As somebody that loves the messages the Kevin shares, I was glad to find this audible. I listened to it and have reflected a lot on the themes of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1554)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Love the series... not nuts about this novel.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I love the series- easily listening, great narration/reader. With that said, this novel seemed to lack some of the charm of the other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (782)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Great book, incredibly performance. Top 5 for me!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A Great book and a performance by Dick Hill that was incredible! I have bought this audible book for a few friends because I just had to share it. It doesn't start quickly (at least IMO), but once the protagonist gets introduced, you are off! The characters are rich, the dialogue is fantastic, and Dick Hill renders all of the different characters in such a way that they come to life.
    Easily in my top 5 Audible books of all time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (355)

    Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "A pleasant surprise..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    After having read the reviews I was expecting pleasantly surprised. I didn't think this was the strongest book in the series, but it certainly was worth the credit and the time. The first book in the series was one of my favorites audible books of all time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.