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Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.

Member Since 2014

  • 27 reviews
  • 188 ratings
  • 279 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Surprised, Great Novel"
    If you could sum up The Son in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, melancholy, authentic.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Son?

    Early on Ely's memories of being taken captive by the Comanche was really intriguing.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All were excellent. Will Patton was superb but was surprised how good Kate Mulgrew was. She has a talent for narration and will seek her out for more novels.

    If you could rename The Son, what would you call it?

    Regrets of Generations

    Any additional comments?

    This novel flew by and was very enjoyable to listen to. I don't think I would have been half as enjoyable had I read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Holland is just ok"
    Where does Wayfaring Stranger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A better question is where does this rank compared to the author's previous novels. In short, not as high. As usual, the writing and performance by narrator are top notch and one of the best on Audible. However, I found the overall story a bit implausible and the main characters not as likeable as the past works. The author spends a huge amount of time on the female love interest of Holland's business partner. Holland himself dishes out constant verbal abuse to Roy Wisehart, (rich playboy) and the character seems to always come back for more - not very likely. JLB's writing is better suited to a detective mystery story plot so much better because of the astute observations he is able to make about humans and our folly.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    High level or writing and observations of human weaknesses.

    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely love this narrator. Give the book an extra star.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, and that is the problem with this one. But, it is still a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "had potential but.."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, but it got me to work and back for two weeks.

    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    A lot of unnecessary sentences and loose passages kept this from being a much better novel. It was like the author was trying to pad the novel to make it longer.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Adequate but not my favorite.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I bot this book on an Audible promotional deal and after finishing it, I was reminded why it was on the "sale rack."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "Great Writing, Characters"

    My second D. Silva novel, but am now hooked on this author and pleasantly surprised at the narration of this one. Excellent spy/james bond type novel overall with good character depth, plot twists that are highly believable and realistic. If you prefer novels with a little intellectual punch to them then this has that as well. The main reason this is a very good read is because you will like the main character, at least I did. This seems to make a break a good writer for me. I am now trying to read these in sequence. On to the next one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"

    This was my first time with this author and narrator. I thought the story was average and main character a bit undeveloped (e.g. he is muslim, but how does this affect him? the love interest goes nowhere etc). Also, did not care at all for the narrator - he enunciates rather unclearly and hard to tell which character is speaking. Average dime story novel.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Ed says: "Villains make this a good read"
    "quick easy listen"

    This was an entertaining story as most Cussler books are: very defined bad guys going up against our James Bond like good guy. However, the story is implausible and there are some parts that could just be cut out. Also, I found the characters a bit undeveloped and hard to like. Finally, the narrator, Scott Brick, has done some excellent work in the past, but in this book, he is much too melodramatic. If you're looking for a light, fun listen this is a good choice.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Skip this one"

    My first novel by this author, but finished it wishing I had saved my credit. The author repeatedly bludgeons the reader with over-simplified and stereotypically ideas - e.g. all politicians are corrupt or useless (yawn) etc etc Yes, we know that extreme times call for extreme measures, but this gray area is never fully fleshed out in the characters who, by the way, are very two dimensional. Instead, we are repeatedly beaten down by how our CIA types need a free hand to practice torture because the bad guys don't follow the same rules. For those who want character development, well developed plot lines and something close to intellectual stimulation - don't bother with this one. It belongs on the 4.99 sale rack at the local drugstore.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "Perfect for first timer"

    This is a wonderful book and expertly narrated. As a long-time nautical fiction fan, I was pleasantly surprised how well written and narrated it was. The characters are fully developed, events based on truth and not a lagging moment in the entire book. This would be a great starter NF book as it is so clearly written and with a minimum of sailing jargon. Will look forward to this author's next installment of this Hayden series. Can't miss download !

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Our rakish hero, Alan Lewrie, is in trouble with his wife, condemned by his daughter, and out of favor with the Admiralty. He is lucky enough to receive a command position on an expedition to the West Indies, there to suppress a bloodthirsty slave rebellion led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the future father of Haitian independence. In Haiti, L'Ouverture's forces are sacking plantations and slaughtering whites and mulattoes.

    Blackmac says: "Solid Nautical Fiction Book"
    "Solid Nautical Fiction Book"

    If you are are nautical fiction fan, you won't be disappointed with this audiobook. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life with a variety of accents -British, American, French, Jamaican etc. As an avid reader of this genre, there is no comparison to P. O'Brian's masterpieces but this is a good adventure that will give you a glimpse of life in the Royal Navy in the late 1700s. The only compliant I had with this one is that I felt as if I had intruded into the middle of the author's character development for Captain Lewrie. This was indeed the 10th book in the series for this character! Wish audible would have started with the first one.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "Another winner"

    Actually, the mystery of this book is not hard to figure out but it is the journey you take with the main character of revealing the raw complexities of human nature and overcoming his personal tragedies and flaws that make this novel so refreshing. Wonderfully complex and realistic, you won't regret listening to this one. This author/narrator combination is easily among the best on Audible. One caveat: the language is pretty strong so don't listen with the kids.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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