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Thaddeus

Bishop, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Flashman and the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Flashman is back! When the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman, the celebrated Victorian soldier and scoundrel, first came to light 30 years ago, we were introduced to adventures related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail. Now come three new episodes in the career of this eminent and disreputable adventurer.

    Michael Burton says: "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
    "Flasman and The Tiger"
    Overall

    If you have some sense of history and enjoy reading it you will love this book. David Case's narration is the best. Flashy is the hero that most of us would chose to be not the damned fool who goes willingly to confront danger. One hopes that the rest of this great series is added to Audible's catalogue.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Devoured: The Hunger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jason Brant
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Life isn't kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures. After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind's nightmares for centuries.

    Michael says: "Zombies only the cocoon stage? Nice change!"
    "One of the top 3 Zombie (or whatever) books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Devoured again? Why?

    Yes, especially if there is a long wait for the next in the series and I need to refresh.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Devoured?

    When Lance breaks through the militia and gets to the stadium with the babe and starts rounding up the rest of the cast.


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

    No, this is the first.


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

    Yes and I very nearly did.


    Any additional comments?

    I am eager for the next in series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Shattered Land: Surviving the Dead, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James N. Cook
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    Eric Riordan doesn't look for trouble, but trouble has a way of finding him. Two years have passed since the Outbreak, and after joining forces with his friend Gabriel, he has managed to stay alive by fleeing to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. With supplies running low, and enemies gathering, the two survivors are forced to begin their journey west to Colorado. Along the way they will find unexpected allies, reunite with old friends, and make deadly new enemies.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good 2nd book"
    "The Thing About Zombies and Physics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Shattered Land to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator does a splendid job. The story flows well enough that the listener stays engaged.


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

    Absolutly


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    There is a general problem with most zombie, walking dead, infected or whatever, stories. The laws of physics are such that the energy expended by the creatures has to come from somewhere. If it is from what they can catch and eat, then when their hunting stops showing results, they will weaken and be unable to hunt. They will run out of energy unless they can consume whatever mass their bodies retain to provide energy for movement. Even so, they are on the wrong side of the energy curve. Factor in the ravages from maggots/flies, they will run out of juice and cease to be able to move. There is no way that zombies are not on their own doomsday clock. This rarely comes up in this genre and does not in this series. Other than that, this is a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3529)
    Story
    (3524)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Cops best friend"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Crais gives the listener the cop-eye-view of the action and that of his dog, Maggie. I'm a dog guy and the insight that Crais uses to describe how Maggie sees the world and her relationship with her pack-mates is spot on.
    The listener can feel the action sequences and the emotions of Scott, Maggie's pack-mate, as he deals with the crises in their adventures.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie, as Scott would say, is the best dog in the world.


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

    Intensity


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

    The early sequence as Maggie and her Marine were on patrol in Afghanistan


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to listen to everything Crais has in the Audible catalog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (235)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "Well done, superb story of secret wars"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Delicate Truth?

    Well read and glorious use of language. The protagonist has a very difficult time trying to understand the nature of the thing(s) that he has experienced. This would be the case for any of us who cannot imagine the new dark war reality.The actual reading of the book is superb. Mr. LeCarre' has taken us to other adventures in the muddled world of the war on terror and has shown us that the people charged with its execution have become what they beheld. Sobering, to say the least.


    What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to and why?

    Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Schahill


    What about John le Carre’s performance did you like?

    His love of words and his extraordinary use of the language


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Being a veteran of the intelligence/security business, I love LeCarre's ability to show the importance of the human element in the whole seedy business. Human intelligence is ultimately ruled by the vagaries of the human heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (677)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Teenage girls and younger are a pain"
    Overall
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    What would have made Ashes better?

    The story, for one thing. By the time I was 2hrs into it, I never wanted to be around the characters again. I pressed on, hope attempting to triumph over experience and was disappointed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Why I left Goldman Sachs


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The reader did some screaming, not doubt to help us get in the story and it hurt my ears.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, I hated the little girl and grew to dislike, Alex, the female lead.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (539)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Cliche ahoy."
    Overall

    Every single pirate movie, story or book of fiction has already done the deeds performed by our intrepid protagonist. Buzz kill: he is a Harvard man. Anyhow, if it really happened, then I see this guy as the prototype for the legend/stories of pirates. I would perfer Drake v. Panama first person fiction but fact based
    in the style of George MacDonald Fraser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Objective

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Fall 1944. Germany is losing, and the Americans are starting to hope they'll be home for Christmas. But Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny, "Hitler's Commando", famed for his daring rescue of the imprisoned Mussolini, has just received orders for Operation Greif: he is to assemble a new brigade of 2,000 men, all of whom speak English, and send them behind Allied lines disguised as GIs, where they will wreak havoc in advance of a savage new offensive.

    Dan says: "WWII again"
    "jeeps don't have keys"
    Overall

    Some minor technical mistakes make it hard to suspend disbelief. Hard nosed cop makes a good hero versus nazi super villans. Military vehicles don't have keys, for one thing. My step-father was in the battle and remembered asking other GIs "who is the king of swat?" (Babe Ruth).
    The Germans did cause chaos.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pegasus Descending

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (310)

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    Deborah says: "Breathtaking"
    "Well told tale"
    Overall

    Will Patton does a great job with an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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