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Paul Mcgraw

Lawrenceville, GA USA | Listener Since 2007

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  • Heaven's Wager: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (170)

    Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior. He's left his past far behind.... or so he thinks. This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.

    Linda says: "Climbing the ladder of success. What's at the top?"
    "Very, very highly recommended for Christians"
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    Do things like the old testament trials of Job still happen today? The core premise of the book is, yes, they do. I love the characters, especially the Grandma. The plot is interesting and fresh. But the most impressive quality of this book is the focus on the spiritual nature of the struggles of the protagonist.

    If you are a believing Christian, you will love this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (84)

    On a hot summer night in 1980, two-year-old Audrey Culter was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is dead, murdered. Private attorney Jason Kolarich is engaged to defend Audrey's brother. But can he trust the people who hired him?

    Michael says: "Love this guy"
    "A Very Solid Crime Story"
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    The plot is very interesting. I have only listened to one other Ellis book, but it, like this book, offers a BIG surprise at the end that changes ones entire perspective of events in the story. I will most assuredly be reading more of the work of David Ellis, because I love a plot with a good twist!

    Luke Daniels does a great job with the characters, and in particular manages to create a solid bond between the listener and the protagonist. Not an easy job as the book is very plot/action heavy and the protagonist is not written as a very appealing individual.I like the fact that Ellis does not feel compelled to make his characters perfect people, to me that makes them more believable, but sometimes his characters are hard to like.

    Overall, a well crafted, solid crime story performed well by Daniels.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Byzantium

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (215)

    Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

    Christine says: "Unforgettable!"
    "Highly Recommended for Christian Men"
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    It is hard to find novels that portray traditional Christianity in a positive way and that also will appeal to men. This book definitely does both. The many positive reviews of this wonderful epic adventure are all true. But in addition, this book is also a profoundly moving account of one man's struggle to keep his faith in a world where the good are persecuted and evil always seems to prosper. This book was a tremendous blessing to me, helping me to find meaning in my own recent travails, and in the process sparking a renewal of my own faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.

    Jonathan Gardner says: "Speaking the un-speakable"
    "A Must For Military History Buffs"
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    Well researched and logically presented fresh analysis of the Eastern Front will be a treat for any military history buff. For example, Mosier makes a logical case that the real "turning point" on the Eastern Front came not at Stalingrad, but because Hitler was forced to move crucial forces from the Eastern Front to the west to counter moves by Great Britain and the United States. The factual review of casualty totals and forces available to both combatants was very informative, reflects the most recent data available, and provided enormous insight into understanding what really happened on the Eastern Front.

    The naration is very good for a serious academic history. Clear, easily understood, and without distractions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7479)
    Performance
    (6617)
    Story
    (6610)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "More Fun than a Barrel of Zombies!"
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    This book has moments of suspense, terror, romance and - - - laugh out loud hilarity! There are very few books that have EVER made me laugh out loud, and I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of audio books, but this one really did make me laugh out loud.

    Correia has enormous talent and enormous heart. His approach is fresh and original. For example, his hero is no James Bond type with a handsome face. Nope, his hero is a big guy, and ugly. But you will come to really like this big guy, and root for him to succeed both in his quest to defeat the evil minions of the evil "old ones" and in his quest to win the heart of his dream girl.

    The narrator is fantastic! Great voices, great pacing, always perfectly intelligible and always sensitive to the nuances of Correia's style.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5704)
    Performance
    (3640)
    Story
    (3668)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Long, Boring and - - Exciting?"
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    This book is a classic because of Rand's examination of the conflict between individual liberty and collectivist tyranny. "Atlas Shrugged" may have influenced the economic thinking of more people than any book since Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations". Rand's careful and logical reasoning in defense of liberty and freedom spawned the libertarian movement, and created millions of adherents. And all of this is despite the fact that the novel, as a novel, is not very good.

    The novel is really long, too long. Brutal editing could have vastly improved the book. The descriptive passages are frequent and wearyingly tedious.. The romantic sub plot boils and fizzles out like a TV soap opera. But despite the weak fiction writing skills of Rand, the ideas presented are so compelling, thought provoking, and important that the book as a whole is actually . . . exciting!

    The book is set in a near future United States collapsing, literally, under the weight of an oppressive government. The Washington bureaucrats use ever increasing regulation, central economic planning, crony capitalism and labor union violence to grab personal power and wealth. And all is done in the name of equity and fairness. Equality, fairness, share the wealth, confiscate and redistribute money from the wealthy, from Wall Street, from the banks, from the successful, it all sounds like right now (2011), doesn't it? But this book was published in 1957. No one had heard of "Occupy Wall Street" in 1957, but the ideas are the same ideas presented in this book.

    Remarkably prescient, Rand forecasts the results of Progressivism as high unemployment, stagnation and eventual destruction. America in 2011 seems to be steadily lurching exactly towards the outcomes Rand predicted. The central issue today, as in Atlas Shrugged, is not the people, it is the ideas. Rand does not use labels like Republican, Democrat, Liberal or Conservative. She confines herself only to concepts and principles. As a result, her ideas are as topical today as they were in 1957.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and veteran author William R. Forstchen combine their talents in this powerful and rousing alternate history of the most legendary Civil War clash.

    Raymond says: "Read The Killer Angels First!"
    "Compelling Story, Great Battle Scenes"
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    The "alternate history" of Gettysburg seems more believable than the real history. For those who have studied the Civil War, Lee's actions at the battle have always seemed inexplicable. This book creates a scenario that is remarkably plausible, fresh and suspenseful. I expected an interesting plot, but did not expect the high quality of the wiritng. Well drawn characters, believable and exciting battle scenes, good pacing, lots of suspense and just enough detail to put the reader firmly into the scene.

    I also appreciated the avoidance of cliches, and the accurate depictions of motivations on both sides of the North/South divide. Letters and diaries of the time make it clear that slavery was not a primary issue for the vast majority of men who fought and died. It may or may not have been for the politicians back home, but not for the rank and file of the armies. Gingrich and Forstchen thankfully avoid making this book into a political commentary, but when motivation is mentioned, they accurately depict the attitudes of the brave men of both sides. Want to know why they fought? Listen to this book.

    The narration is terrific. Tom shows a good variety of voices, and his southern accents are very authentic. Having lived all of my life (born 1953) in the south, and in a variety of locations within the south, I appreciated the differences in accent and pronunciation that Tom brought to his various characters. He also conveys the emotions and feelings of the characters brilliantly. You can hear the fatigue in the voices of characters who have marched 21 miles and must then swing into battle, the terror of those about to die, and the utter disgust at the madness of it all from those who have survived.

    If you like war stories, the civil war, or the alternate history genre, this book is a MUST listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4506)
    Performance
    (2656)
    Story
    (2657)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Haunting"
    Overall

    I cant stop thinking about this book. It will draw you out of the world of today and into Nam like no other book I have experienced. The narration is brilliant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel's husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.

    Cynthia says: "Outstanding!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Sometimes the old saying "you can't put it down" just happens to be true, and that certainly applies to this book. The plot is original, with plenty of twists and turns and a giant surprise at the end that is both startling and satisfying.

    If you are really into classic murder mysteries or legal thrillers, you will love this book. It has everything you could ask for.

    The narrator, Dick Hill, is fabulous! He is a master of suspense and his pacing is perfect.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (712)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I usually listen to two audible books per week, and this one really knocked my socks off. The author takes us into a world so alien to a modern American that it almost seems like Science Fiction, but is actually the "utopia" of socialist totalitarianism in the Stalinist Soviet Union. This book moves the reader/listener on so many different levels that it rises to the level of Great Literature. Original, engrossing, and compelling, you will not be able to stop listening.

    The narration by Boutsikaris is marvelous. Truly exceptional characterizations. The flat, firmly controlled intonations of the main character evoke brillantly his need to always hide his true feelings from the "state" that controls every aspect of his life. But every other characterization is equally well thought out by the narrator, sensitive to the nuances of the plot, and very believable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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