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John

The DisneyNut!

Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Kingdom: A Fargo Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (564)

    Sam and Remi Fargo return for the thrilling third adventure in the acclaimed new series. In Spartan Gold and Lost Empire, Clive Cussler brought readers into the world of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, whose passion and instinct for treasure-hunting has led to extraordinary discoveries-and perilous journeys. Their next adventure, however, might be their most astonishing yet.

    John says: "A great story and set of hero's"
    "A great story and set of hero's"
    Overall

    I've been a long time reader and listener of Clive Cussler's books. I relish an adventure with Dirk and Al as much as any other Cussler fan. I really enjoy the stories with Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon. I have also found great enjoyment in our intrepid detective, Isaac Bell. However for some reason Sam and Remi are fast becoming my favourite Cussler protagonists. I don't know why for sure but I'm thinking it is the interaction of a married couple. It's similar to my enjoyment of the original Hometime series where Dean and his female co host would act the role of a couple doing whatever the episode was focused on. It brings the story home to me. Although my wife and I have no experiences like the Fargo's do their banter back and forth and unshakable faith in one another is something I can relate to.
    The Kingdom, the latest Fargo offering from Mr. Cussler, is a very enjoyable ride. A great weaving together of history and adventure that makes you want to not stop the story. In my humble opinion Scott Brick should be the ONLY voice of Cussler books as he delivers another sterling performance.
    You will not be disappointed with the journey you'll take in "The Kingdom"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (864)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "Great story - What were they thinking..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Change the narrator? ok but not at the same quality as the first three
    To paraphrase a legend "My Mother begs you, My Father begs you, My Sister begs you, I beg you.... please return to the original narrator for book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (933)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    John says: "Why did they release this production?"
    "Great Story - average read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's been years since I read this story, while I've watch the movie version several times. it was great to hear the story as written again, much better than the movie. I was however disappointed with the narration. I do like his voice and it is pleasant to listen to. However it does irk me when a reader does not know the pronunciations used by another country (in this case Great Britain). Several words were pronounced incorrectly and his british accents are terrible mostly sounding all the same.
    However if you get past that (and I understand a lot other may not mind someone being called the herb version of Basil rather than the persons name) it's a great story..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Booth
    • Narrated By Mike Rogers
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (20)

    The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don't leave a clue. This time, they've left a body.The first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it's up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers.

    Tracey says: "A modern English Cozy"
    "Great Story and super characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to caveat this review in that my interest in this story was first piqued by the setting. Having spent time in the Peak District and also having family who live there - it is like a homecoming to read and travel through the villages, towns, and landscape.
    This was my introduction to the Cooper/Fry mysteries. While it was obvious to me that there was a history of which i knew nothing i didn't find that it detracted from the enjoyment. Quite the contrary it whet my appetite to get and read the earlier books.
    The Devil's Edge takes you (and Ben) around the peak district, on literal cliffs and personal ones.
    Following the horrible attacks of a group of toughs dubbed the 'Savages" the search is on to find who did this. On the way you find out just how small a village can be when you have nosy neighbors.
    It is a great listen and Mike is very easy to listen to.
    It is very frustrating to see earlier books available to audible.co.uk listeners but not in the U.S. It is hoped that this will soon be resolved.
    However do not let that stop you from getting this listen. It is worth it!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Buried

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Booth
    • Narrated By Mike Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Arson: Brutal acts of fire-starting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the fire-fighters, even with the arsonists still at large. Burglary: But when an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub, Cooper is on the case - and he swiftly unearths a pair of grim surprises. The first is evidence of a years-old double homicide. And the second is a corpse, newly dead....

    Tracey says: "Gripping -- can't wait until the next one!"
    "Superb story and a cliffhanger ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I recently discovered Stephen Booth and this is the second story I've listened to. So obviously there is a lot of history between DC Ben Cooper and DC Fry that i'm not yet privy to. That being said I love these books. I have family in the peak district and it makes me very homesick when I listen and hear village and town names that are so familiar. The story follows Ben as he investigates a series of murders, recent and a couple years old, that center around a now shut down pub called The Lighthouse. Even the name is apt for a pub placed where this one is, as you would know if you have been to the moors. I don't want to give anything away but rest assured (for fans) you'll get plenty of Gavin Murphin (sp) and Ben and Liz are busy planning their wedding. Matt, Ben's brother, is around too having recovered from the brush with the law as detailed in The Devil's Edge.
    It's a great listen and Mike does a super job reading Stephens' wonderful story. I hope we don't have to wait long before the previous books are on offer AND for the next story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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