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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3810)
    Performance
    (3335)
    Story
    (3354)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Did no one educate this guy on his pronunciations?"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Threat Vector to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Threat Vector?

    As precise and technically correct Clancy's work usually is, the pronunciations of almost every Turkish term is way, way off. Did no one tell him how to pronounce Gatatasaray or Besiktas, etc. Cmon.


    Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, as always... except for the pronunciations.


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Clancy. Great suspense. Page turner. Liberals are all evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (855)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Awful narrator. Couldn't make it 10 minutes in..."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    The narrator was terrible. The voice he did for the "Lord" at the beginning was so grating, I hate to stop listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Zahn again?

    Zahn is great, so yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better narrator or stop the narrator from doing such an over the top fey British voice. It would be better for a cartoon or something...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2159)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Part of me loves hearing Uncle Stevie narrate"
    Overall
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    Where does The Wind Through the Keyhole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle quintile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a Dark TOwer story.


    Did Stephen King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Part of me really loves hearing Uncle Stevie narrate......however I think maybe he'd be best leaving it to others who are more adept at altering their voices for different characters. I always get a jolt realizing he's the one who wrote the great words... but sometimes it's distracting and keeps you from getting into the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6909)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5357)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Just suspend your disbelief and enjoy the fun ride"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a very fun and imaginative book. FOr those people who continue to gripe about historical accuracy, etc., get a grip. It's a fun reimagining that is engrossing, fast-paced and adds to the LIncoln aesthetic. It's not high literature, but it is very fun.


    Who was the most memorable character of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and why?

    Abraham Lincoln.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7120)
    Performance
    (6322)
    Story
    (6385)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Very, very long but great story."
    Overall
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    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I had never listened to the Stand because every version was abridged in some way. This was a very cool listen, since I am a huge fan of the Dark Tower series... so many connections between this book and that series...


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a typically strong outing by Mr.Gardner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (485)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Wow, is this boring."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I gave up about half way through, so don't take this review as representing the latter half. As it is, the writing is extremely dry and boring... and fantastically skewed in its interpretations.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Goodheart again?

    Has he written anything else?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, both were dry and boring.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeanne DuPrau
    • Narrated By Wendy Dillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (272)

    The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

    Jolie Brewer says: "Good story; annoying narrator and background sound"
    "Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this was the MOST annoying job by a narrator.. the lip smacking and wheezing added to some of the villains was so distracting/annoying, I had to fast-forward or stop altogether. Completely took away from the story....

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    A truly terrible audiobook. I am glad I didn't pay for it. Bad writing, bad plot, bad narration. This was an amazing waste of my time. I understand why it was offered at a discount rate....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Patriot's History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (311)

    Since the liberal revolution of the '60s and '70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative. They overemphasize America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II than on D-day or Iwo Jima. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history.

    P. Metz says: "About What You Would Expect"
    "Objective? No."
    Overall


    I am being dishonest giving any stars to this book, as I didn't finish it, so ignore that part of the review.

    I am a liberal, but a moderate and agree with the authors that, more times than not, history is taught with a relatively negative spin, though I counter their claims as to how much. I was interested in hearing the other side of the story.

    The I listened the the authors' amazingly one-sided introduction. While they claim that liberal teachers are biased, they show themselves to e exactly the same, just on the other side of the coin. If you are a neo-con or a religious right-ist, then you'll sop it up.

    However, if, like me, you were looking for maybe versions more tweaked to the center, then you will be sorely disappointed at the one-minded drivel spewing here.

    21 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Being President doesn't make things any easier, Jack Ryan finds out, especially when trouble's brewing in Moscow and China. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best - and there is none better.

    Anthony says: "Clancy's World is Fun"
    "Japanese sausage?"
    Overall

    OK, first of all, this book was engaging and interesting.. even with the total lack of any sense of evenness. However, you know Clancy's politics going in and either accept them or don't. It is perfectly entertaining, but there are a few scenes with probably THE most cringeworthy dialog in my memory. Now, I know that suspense and war writers can;t be expected to write good sex scene dialog, but cmon Tom! Japanese sausage?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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