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Sandra

sandra7

Naperville, Illinois, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (567)

    Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery - hundreds of mummified bodies - stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.

    Sandra says: "Sigma to the rescue - again!"
    "Sigma to the rescue - again!"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Rollins' Sigma books (and his stand alones) and have been waiting for this book. I spent two days listening to it and just finished it a bit ago.

    No need to go over the plot - the description says what it is. What I enjoy so much about Rollins' books is what I learn. I'm going to have to listen to the book again with a browser open to check on the facts he presents. As always his characters are full of life and are like old friends that I get to share an adventure with every year or so.

    There are so many twists and turns in this book that I sometimes think we need a road map to keep track of what group is up to what. But this just keeps me listening and if I were reading the book I'd label it a "page turner."

    The only problem with listening to Devil Coloiny is that - now I have to wait who knows how long for another new adventure with Sigma. Guess I'll just have to re-listen to them and hope that the next book isn't too far off - especially after the last few lines of the story.

    Rollins makes me laugh, gasp, and cry. I love his work and can't wait to see what trip he'll take his fans on next.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Switch: Tucker Wayne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    The mission seems simple enough: Extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call thrusts Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins. Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme.

    David Costello says: "What a Great Adventure!"
    "Birth of another great series."
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    Tucker and Kane are off on another great adventure. As with all of Rollins books the details are so well woven together that once I start listening it's not easy to stop. One thing I appreciate about the new series is that it's not just a rehashing of a Sigma Force story - there's a difference to it. The adventure, the tracking down of "bad guys" is compelling, but it's really getting to know the characters that makes this a stand-out listen for me. And the portrayal of Kane is so special. I can't wait to see what their next assignment will be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (278)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Fascinating and Inspirational"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Jeremy Robinson has become one of my favorite authors and Bray does a wonderful reading of the book with rich accents and great emotion. There are so many twists and turns in this book. I thought I had it all figured out and then something happened to take me in a new direction. I know this will be a book that I will go back to time and again and I really hope there is a sequel or two coming in the future - or the past. :-)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (440)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "Can't finish it"
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    For the first time since joining Audible many years ago I've found a book that I just can't finish. The story is boring and to me, filled with so much anti-Christian bias that it offends me to even listen to it. I decided to go and read some other reviews and finding out what the "secret" of the book is I've decided that this story is just something I don't want to spend my time on - it would just be a waste and further aggravation.

    I don't know how many times I've fallen asleep listening to it. That's not a good sign. Books such as those by Rollins and others keep me listening into the wee hours of the night. This one was better than any sleeping pill.

    It really saddens me to write a negative review but I think others who might be offended by a diatribe against their beliefs should be warned. It's not that I can't or won't read books such as the Da Vinci Code, I actually enjoyed that one, but this is just so over the top that I just have to give it up. The thought of listening to the last four or five hours of this book is totally unappealing.

    I did read Berry's Amber Room and enjoyed it which gave me the incentive to read this book. I was also looking for a new series to read. Guess I'll go look somewhere else for a series to invest my time and credits in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (362)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "It hurts to not love a Rollins book."
    Overall
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    I've read over the reviews of Eye of God and agree with a great many of them.

    I'm a huge Rollins fan. I have listened to all of his books at least once and prior to Blood Line I listened again to all of the Sigma books. So, it does make me sad not to be able to give this book a more glowing review. If you're a Sigma fan it's worth the investment of time simply because you have to know what happens to a cast of characters I've grown to love. For anyone who has not read a Sigma book this is not the place to begin. You have to start at the beginning and grow to know these people.

    My biggest problem with this book was the narrator. I feel sorry for him because of all of the bad reviews. For some reason I don't remember him being this bad in Blood Gospel. Maybe I have just gotten used to the regular Sigma narrator. I found that his ability to keep a difference in Asian and Italian accents as sounding different to be a real distraction. I would much prefer Peter Fernandez or Scott Brick. I will read a book narrated by Scott even if I don't know the author.

    I was deeply shaken by the death of one of the main characters. Those of you who have read/listened to will know who I'm referring to. I actually sobbed. The last chapter was a comfort and I hope that the person in that chapter finds the person that I have always wanted them to be with. Some may understand this and some may think that it's just the way the story had to go.

    The fortunate thing is that by the time next summer's Sigma book comes out I'll have re-listened to all the Sigma books (except this past one) and will be ready to get back on the train and see where Rollins takes us.

    I liked the book - I just didn't love it the way I have so many other Rollins/Sigma books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: New America, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Stephenson
    • Narrated By David Gilmore
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (72)

    America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich.

    Robert Zimmermann says: "Review: Collapse, by Richard Stephenson"
    "The Start of a Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was completely taken with this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. I think I finished it up in two days.

    Collapse is the first of what is supposed to be a four novel series - though with all the storylines set up in the first book I have to wonder i there won't be more than four.

    Collapse follows three main characters and many minor characters as the USA falls apart due to natural and man-made disasters and attacts. Stephenson takes us on a detailed exploration of the main characters, dipping into their pasts which builds a rich understanding of what makes Howard, Max, and Richard tick. As we get more involved with their world, and learn how the Collapse happened, we see the three main characters slowly being drawn to the same place. It may seem like a whole book is a lot to use to get to the final point of the book - but the stories are so beautiful woven together that you just have to enjoy the journey. It's been a very long time since a "world" that was created by an author made me want to know more and more of what's happening. I'm so looking forward to the sequel after reading the first few chapters of it.

    I'm pretty sure I've found a new author to add to my "must read" list.

    The only minor critique I have has to do with the production. I had a bit of a problem understanind what was being said when the "loud speaker" sound effect was used. And I was just confused by the name of one of the characters. It's been a long time since my high school Spanish classes but I thought "Jimenez" should be pronounced with an "H" sound. As I said, it's minor and I wouldn't ding the performance for just that.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "Incredible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a long-time fan of James Rollins and have been waiting for this book since he first mentioned it. The book is incredible. There is an intimacy about the book that brings the characters to life as we find out their background stories. It made me care for what at first might seem to be at least one unsympathetic character.

    When I first heard that there might be the "v" word type of characters in the book I has hesitant to read it - but I have read everything by Rollins so couldn't let this one go by. I was not disappointed. Well, my only disappointment is that I have to wait a year for the second part of the trilogy.

    My one problem (minor) is with the narrator. He does some incredible accents - but some of them are so heavy that I have a hard time understanding what the character is saying. I think when I relisten to the book (prior to the second part coming out) I may have a copy of the book to refer to so I know what is being said. But this is certainly not a reason not to listen to it.

    I can't say enough good things about this book. Maybe I will just go ahead and re-listen to it. It was that good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    The adventure begins with the wreckage of a sunken Nazi submarine and a shocking legacy of Hitler's quest for Atlantis. Archaeologist Conrad Yeats discovers in the ruins of the Third Reich the key to an ancient conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of every major government. Suddenly Yeats is plunged into a deadly race across the Mediterranean, hunted by the assassins of an international organization that will stop at nothing to ignite global Armageddon.

    Brian says: "Tries to be too much"
    "Another Winner"
    Overall
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    Story

    The story comes to an incredible end. I listened late into the night to see what happened. This will definately be a series that I re-listen to and I hope that down the line we will be able to meet up with the main characters.

    A real treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    An ancient organization more powerful than the federal government has targeted Washington. They'll stop at nothing to destroy the republic and raise an empire.The adventure begins with a mysterious military burial at Arlington National Cemetery and a shocking legacy that has explosive implications for America's existence.

    cathylee says: "Be aware this is a trilogy!"
    "The Great Adventure Continues"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm so glad that I found this series when the first three books were already published. I hate to wait for the "next book."

    The story is great and the narration is wonderful. I can't ask for anything more in a book or series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "Incredible Wild Ride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked this book a lot. It was so creative and I really liked the two main characters - though the way Serena called Conrad's name at times sounded like she was yelling "Comrade."

    And to add to the enjoyment of the story is Scott's performance. He is one of my top three narrators. He brings so much to the story.

    A great start to what turns into a great series. I would love to meet the characters again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "A good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the story and the adventure. Really liked all of the detailed background information. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that some of the scenes and things they encountered were a bit grousoome - but I will continue to listen to his other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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