Total information awareness.
Any time they talked about how much data the NSA collects and stores.
He has a great voice with a consistent tone, easy reading style, and clear narration. He definitely mispronounces some technical terms a few times and spells out organization names that should just be said (DARPA for instance), but that didn't bug me much.
How hard wired the NSA is in to the world's communication networks. They're drilled down to the marrow of the systems, and I don't think they'd ever be removed.
This story caught me right from the beginning and had me invested in Harry Dresden's world, problems and story. James Marsters is a fantastic narrator and brings so much life to Dresden that you feel like he's a fleshed out person from the first few minutes. Definitely one of the most fun reads I've had in ages!
Dresden himself was my favorite character, and why is easy: He's world weary without being too cynical, badass without being a superhero, kind without always doing it for the right reasons, and a fantastic character to lead you through Butcher's interesting world.
See the above. His narration as Harry Dresden is fantastic and spot on.
I listened to it in just two days, and that says something. I usually listen to audiobooks on my drive to and from work (an hour total each day) and on my breaks at work (another hour) so it usually takes me a few days to a week to complete an audio book of this length. This one only took me two days because I just couldn't seem to stop listening to it. I'd sit in my driveway after getting home and just listen until I realized how weird I must look to the neighbors. I'd say that's a pretty extreme reaction!
Black Site is definitely one of the most exciting and action packed books I've listened to in ages. The story is very well thought out and moves forward relentlessly.
I can't really say without spoiling anything, but let's just say that a few sentries had a very bad day.
When Racer is infiltrating a Taliban compound when he first get's back in to Pakistan was very, very memorable. That's all I can really say.
There were plenty of moments that shocked me, made me a bit queasy or nervous, and a number of great fist-pumping "Heck yea!" moments. There isn't a whole lot of emotional depth in the book, but what is there is actually extremely well done. His description of a rather hellish moment of PTSD hit me extremely hard and make me empathize heavily with the main character.
I was very worried that this book would have many, many moments of jingoism and support for some of the horrible things we've done in the "War On Terror", but I was wrong. When there was a hint of anything political I think it was dealt with tact and from the perspective of a man with his boots firmly on the ground. The do mention torture, and there is a scene that contains some in the background, but it is dealt with enough disgust that I didn't hate it. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of military action thrillers.
Definitely, it was an entertaining read and I had no problem listening to it on my drives to and from work, and my lunch break every day. It had some points that dragged, and didn't feature some of the interesting characters built up in the first book, so it was a bit lacking.
Well, the end was pretty memorable, and a long protracted battle was thrilling and had me gripped. I didn't want to pause it to go back to work!
He captures the characters voices and personalities perfectly, and his narration is always a joy to listen to. I've actually bought other books just because he was the narrator.
I loved learning more about dragons and the differences in their integration in to another culture, but I definitely missed some of the characters from the first book. If you go in to the book knowing that it will be different, I think you'll have a great time following Lawrence and Temeraire on this adventure.
The story of ordinary men and their extreme, selfless acts of bravery. You get to know the crew, their lives, their loves and hopes, and you see how that affects them in the time of greatest crisis.
I have not, but this one was pretty good. I'd definitely give him another listen without hesitation.
The Ship That Fought Like A Battleship
This is not a rather happy book by the end, and many times while listening to it on my lunch break or driving around I had to switch to something more upbeat. Be prepared for that when you give a listen. Despite that (or maybe because of it) I feel that this should be essential reading for anyone interested in WWII, or history at all. It feels like the quintessential story of American heroism, and what we want to be.
Listening to this book was difficult. I tried on many occasions to get in to it, but the narrator grated on me so much that I kept putting it down. I thought I must hate the story and the characters, but when someone handed me the book I read and loved the story.
His voices were awful and never felt like they fit any of the characters. The guard sounded like a pirate, and so did the old nursemaid, etc.
Well, I was on a roadtrip from L.A. to my home in Northern California and listened to the whole book through. I think being stuck with one story allowed me to follow every thread and subtlety the story had without missing much. The performance was also spot on.
The criticisms that the author had of that time, and the attitudes many of the characters possessed, is still relevant and valid today. It really strikes you that we are still very much a culture of those elite, and those who wish they were there.
His voice did a good job conveying the right emotion at the right time without seeming forced.
I hated this book when I was required to read it in high school. I think its because I couldn't relate to the characters at the time, and never have the story much time. It benefits from being able to listen to or read it in long stretches.
I would definitely, but it is a complicated book with many names and dates with some intense nautical terms, so I would be careful who I recommended it to. It, I think, would be enjoyable to the regular history lover, but would be loved by someone who loves naval history like I do.
His tone and ability to do accurate (well, to me at least) accents for each person in the book was enjoyable and added to the listening experience.
I found myself very excited when it described the harrowing naval battles and the heroism, and loss they contained.
I'm actually thinking about listening to this one again. That's how much I enjoyed it.
Yes, it was interesting, had a great pace, and I always felt like I was connecting with and learning about the people involved.
Well, they're all pretty amazing people, but this book helped me gain a greater appreciation for Nimitz as a person and for his role.
His narration was never distracting, and always engaging. His voice and tone were perfect for the narrative.
Well, there were a lot of moving moments, but the part about them dealing with their own family losses in the war was very sad.
I didn't listen to a spot of music the whole time I was reading this book, and normally I switch off between an audiobook and music for my commutes. I didn't want to listen to anything else the whole time. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in history and these great men's place in it.
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