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Richard Tabisz

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  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (408)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Covert Warriors? What did you like least?

    I've followed the Charlie Castillo series since its inception. This novel seemed to have a


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    One of Griffin's strengths is character development. Where that was present in this book, it was cut and pasted from previous volumes.
    Second, the language was over the top - or more accurately- in the sewer. It was so difficult to listen to, I had to turn it off a few times just to take a break. (Some is expected, but this? Come on.) Much of the foul language had nothing to do with the story. It was petty and not in keeping with the consistency of the other books in the series.
    It was no longer fun: it became a chore. I don't read fiction for the intellectual challenge, but if I need chores, I'll check the honey-do list.


    Do you think Covert Warriors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Castillo series should continue, but I would encourage that Griffin returns to his original principles and style.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next one isn't as flat. It's unlikely that I'll invest in another book by this author.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexandria Link: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (365)

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    Glenda says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Disappointing. I lost much of my respect for Berry"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about The Alexandria Link? What did you like least?

    Great character development, intrigue and suspense. Typical Berry style that I have always loved. Well researched- to a point. However, much of what is treated as fact with regard to the integrity of the Bible is far from what most theologians would be able to stomach. Libraries of well- documented sources were completely ignored. And too much credence placed on an obscure author from whom Berry built much of the storyline. Instead of being enjoyable, it was a tedious read.I'm not sure that I will waste time or money on another Steve Berry book after this one.


    What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story would have been more believable if he had stayed closer to fact. The nonsense about the disconnect of the scriptures from the truth was too much to handle.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely great.


    Do you think The Alexandria Link needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Let it die.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1425)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Tedious."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think it could get there for me.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Safran Foer’s story?

    This book might me interesting to a psychologist or someone interested in family systems, etc. It moved too slowly. Reading about dysfunctional people in dysfunctional families and trying to follow their thoughts and motivations just doesn't do anything for me other than make me uncomfortable. Completely unsatisfying.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Better than the story. (OK, it was 4)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    Don't ask.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (3730)
    Story
    (3733)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Great story, well told."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    It was a fun 'read'. I enjoyed the premise and story line.


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    The intro helped to set it up. I grew to appreciate the story line even more after hearing it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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