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Gregory

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  • Crashed: A Junior Bender Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses at age fourteen, he's never once been caught. But now, after twenty-two years building an exemplary career, Junior has been blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into acting as a private investigator on the set of Trey's porn venture, which someone keeps sabotaging.

    Gregory says: "I love this book"
    "I love this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The writing has extremely interesting with very creative banter that makes listening even more enjoyable. Great characters and great interaction. It's a serious story with a good bit of situational humor. A smart crook with a conscience has to be funny sometimes but the other characters are equally as interesting. The narration sounded a little annoying at first, not your normal voice, but easy to get used to, quickly, and then you find out he is actually quite good. Excellent story and he makes the implausible plausible.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because you are never quite sure who is on what side or where this is going.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    Tough choice but Junior or Thistle. Both are smart, tough and in your face, take no prisoners kind of people. Total honesty with complete disregard for the consequences. Easy to admire and helps make the story interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this on a chance without knowing author or narrator. One of my better guesses. Read reviews of other Junior Bender mysteries and apparently you want to chose carefully, can't hit a home run every time I guess, but both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip more thanks to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1899)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1537)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Narration leaves this story very weak."
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    Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Nick Sullivan?

    Yes, definitely Vince Flynn but definitely NOT Nick Sullivan


    If you’ve listened to books by Vince Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    I love Mitch Rapp. This is my fifth book. The author generally weaves a very tense and compelling story but, like all of us, some efforts are better than others. This was not the best Flynn but it wasn't bad either. It was the narration that just drove me nuts. The ending leaves a little bit to be desired, mostly because it really doesn't end, but normally I would not have regretted purchasing this audio book. I like the genre and I have really enjoyed Vince. American Assassin was just excellent. I think that is part of the reason this was so disappointing. Protect and Defend was also excellent. Again, a different narrator than Mr. Sullivan


    What didn’t you like about Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    Totally inappropriate for these characters or for this genre. Has a very weak vocal range and tries to change characters through inflection. It is extremely lame. His French accent consists of saying "get zee woman" instead of "get the woman". I swear his German accent sounded British. The part where I nearly gave up was the communication between Mitch and his group and a helicopter. To mimic radio transmissions he seems to have just cupped his hand over his mouth. I almost laughed but it was too painful. I have listened to other books with radio or phone communications but those were at least electronically altered, if altered at all. This was much worse. He is also unable to express the emotion needed for this type of story. These are tough, deadly people and he makes them into cartoonish characters by being unable to voice them in a way that reflects that. I swear one guy sounded like Forest Gump!
    The problem with all of this, I don't want to just go on trashing the man, is that it totally and completely distracts from the enjoyment of the story. I literally had to force myself to get through it, and the author and characters don't deserve this. Please, no more Nick Sullivan.


    Could you see The Third Option being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2330)
    Performance
    (1613)
    Story
    (1628)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "A little better than Just OK"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Shot the most enjoyable?

    The story line is believable and I like the characters.


    Would you recommend One Shot to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It is worth a listen.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Jack of course.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you can take your time and it is enjoyable. Also not so complicated that you forget things that are important to the story. Also, you have to get used to hearing "Jack said nothing". It is quite annoying. We get the character is a quiet man who survives on much more than words but it is overdone and takes away from enjoying the story. Several other people also "said nothing" Dramatic pause is a necessary tool but there are less annoying ways to convey the scene.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was worth the time and money. I have no idea why this is being made into a movie and not Mitch Rapp from the late Vince Flynn series. I have read 3 Mitch Rapp books and one was also just OK but two, American Assassin in particular, I did not really care for Transfer of Power, is a really gripping read. Jack is 6 foot 4 inches and about 230 lbs. and Tom Cruise who is 4'6" and 130 lbs??? Really! I like some Cruise movies but not him for this one. Jack's size matters as part of the story. It is what gives him his edge, along with being very savvy. It was hard to decide between threes and fours here because I did not at all regret listening but I feel my time could have been better spent elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4252)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1487)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "When you thought you knew some history?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just excellent. A 3 star on the narrator because it is the author, a little dry, and not a professional reader but he is very good and who better to tell his own story. Your perspective will change with an increased appreciation for what people suffered and sacrificed and how terribly fragile our beginning actually was.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A detailed account of events we thought we knew.


    What three words best describe David McCullough’s performance?

    more than adequate


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The personal moments of despair and frustration and how Washington overcame those.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (223)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "Buy the abridged version"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of False Memory to be better than the print version?

    I listen far more than I read. I travel and love audio books. Did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dusty. His attitude towards life is a lot like mine.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Lang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Very tedious and once in a while you just needed a break.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Dean Koontz, however this one is long and tedious in many places. I do not need a 5 minute description of what the doctor is eating and why. Certain story lines are a little far fetched, but it's Dean Koontz, alien spore colonizing the earth is far fetched, I hope, but that was a great book. I would seriously buy the abridged version unless you are into extended character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1206)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "Exciting, tense and well read"
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    Where does Protect and Defend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than average, probably a solid 7.5 out of 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch Rapp of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to American Assassin first. Loved it. Next was Transfer of Power and you wouldn't know it was the same author. Narrator was probably to blame for much but the story dragged along and the dialogue was often lame. Narrator has limited vocal range so many characters have very unreal and annoying voices, unless you like Thurston Howell III. My wife completely agreed. Then listened to this book and it was excellent. Fast paced, very interesting story and well performed. Well worth the time and expense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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