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Joseph

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  • 19 reviews
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  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1200)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Tiowna says: "Story is great - Narrator is horrible"
    "Classic Tom Clancy"
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    Great book. This it where it all starts. I found the Clancy books to be just that much better if read in chronological order vs published order. It really draws you in to the whole series. Start here and run through them all, you won't regret it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of the Damned: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (431)

    In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a 6,000-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to "save" mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "My favorite of the "trilogy" ..."
    "A painful listen."
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    I had tried to read this series years ago as so many people had. Otho h but good things to say about Anne Rice, but I could never get into the books. The writing style was just to flowery for me and I kept finding myself irritated as it took so long to get to the point..... Of anything.

    Consequentially, I avoided the Audible series until I noticed it was read by Simon Vance. I thought he did an outstanding job in the "Master and Commander" books and I listened to them back to back from 1 to 21.

    When "Interview" came up on special I gave it a shot and followed it up with "Lestat". To me the only thing that kept me going in the series was the reader SimonVance and about 1/2 way through "the Queen" I'm about ready to just give up and ask for a refund.

    Initially the plot was interesting enough to want me to find out how it ended, but I'm at the point I don't care. It's almost like reliving those old educational movies from HS that were done in the 50's.

    I've listened to almost 150 books from Audible since I joined about 3 years ago and even doing the entire Jack Ryan series from start to finish (250+ hours) I was entertained but this feels like work.



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18691)
    Performance
    (16637)
    Story
    (16599)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A book deserving of 6 Stars."
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    I am a fan of Stephen King, one of his so called "Constant Readers" for over 30 years. I have read them all and listenx to most,some more than once.

    This one was fantastic a true listeners story. Initially I was not impressed with Craig Wasson as the reader when I listened to the preview but bought the book any way and literally within10 minutes was convinced he was Jake Epping. It was a 180 degree turn a around.

    I thought the book had a tendency to drag some when I read it but as a listener I couldn't get enough. The story was very compelling and the attention to detail safari as history went was incredible. It truely brought back to the late 50's and early 60's and the characters were like good friends that you knew.

    I'm to one to tell details about a story as a review, I figure if you listen you will hear it all.

    If your a King fan, why are you reading this instead of downloading the book? If you haven't been a King fan in the past, then this one will make you one. It's money well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Frost: A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (107)

    Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

    Anthony says: "Worst Narration Style EVER"
    "Good story, but not impressed with the narrator."
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    First off this is not the place to start, but almost out the end. if you happend to find this book by Henning Mankell by accident do t start here. I have listened to all the Wallander books in order and have like them all. Good story, good characters, good environment the whole 9 yards. He really brings you in to his world and listening to them back to back really makes you feel part of the story.

    As its been stated and I feel the same way the narrator in this one leaves something to be desired. I can get past the fact, at least to me that Men do a more passable female voice than Women do at a male voice. Maybe it's just preference but that's the case here. Ms Campbell's Walander is terrible. Yes he a gruff character but he a.ways sounded pissed off in the book even when he shouldn't be.

    The other point I had was the way she changed the pronunciation of cities, towns and character names. Probably a minor point but after listening to 7-8 other books it just ruins the flow of the story for me.

    I wouldn't not recommend this only because it would ruin the flow of the timeline by skipping it but just to say I had a harder time staying interested and at times the run of the story just felt off and I really have to blame the reader not the writer here. Even though there is a dIfferent reader for the last story in the series ( Robon Sachs - The Troubled Man) it just reads better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (881)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "I laughed almost non stop."
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    I've been a fan of his on and off for years but his audio books had me laughing aloud In the stores getting looks from people. I did t feel the. need to go too in depth, he is a comedian and the book is funny. You defiantly get you money out of this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3856)
    Performance
    (3309)
    Story
    (3296)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Excellent book, but don't start here."
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    I have been a Clancy fan since the beginning and I reccomend that's where you start. I though this was a good book but it's not the place to start reading/listening to Him.

    While the book stands on its own and the ending is just a precursor to the next book, if you you really want to immerse yourself in to a cast of characters, an actual world , then there are 13 books before this one. Yes it's almost 400 hours but it stands up there with other long series, like Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" or Patrick O'Brians "Aubrey/Matchurin - Master and Commander".

    So go ahead and read this one, but do yourself a favor and start with " Without Remorse" first. You won't regret it.

    For what it's worth the order that Audible lists these books is in published order and not the true sequential order of the series. Just look up the Jack Ryan books on Wikipedia and it list the correct order.

    0 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
    (7117)
    Performance
    (6319)
    Story
    (6382)

    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!"
    "Awesome. That's all that needs to be said."
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    A classic King novel, now better than ever. I read "The Stand" back in the earl 80's and retread it again when the revised edition was released. The new edition was 350+ plus pages longer and I couldn't tell what was added it blended so well.

    I got hooked on audio books a few years ago and personally love either long unabridged books in the 30+ hour range and this one does not disapoint. If your a King fan you won't have to think twice about this one and if you have never read or listened to a King book this one is one of the best, hands down. The Dark Tower not withstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick O’Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, never completed, would have been the chronicle of that mission and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here. Though tantalizingly incomplete, these pages prove that O'Brian's humor, powers of observation, and understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.

    D. Arkless says: "still a "must have""
    "Like the sudden death of a friend."
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    I was told prior to beginning this series that "Fortunate is the reader that is beginning this journey for the first time". I can not agree more. I started the first book back in July of 2010 and listened to them all back to back for 6 months finishing in Jan 2011.

    Initially I was just listening on my commutes twice a day but was so drawn in to the story I was listening on the weekends as well, whenever I had the spare time. I also ended up buying 2 companion books just to look things up and get a better view of the World inhabited by Captain Jack and Stephen.

    This book is not really needed to finish the series as the first 20 do an excellent job and having Jack get his Flag at the end of book 20 is a fitting ending. But I found myself wanting more and just had to see where it went and having the book end mid sentence is like loosing a good friend.

    This is a series I will listen to again, its just that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7447)
    Performance
    (3827)
    Story
    (3885)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Just Awesome."
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    This is a truly Epic series. I've read them all as they came out and reread them back to back when the 7th was released. Having them read to you just brings the story alive. Its worth every penny and every minute listening. Its a bit of a shock having George Guidall read book one then Frank Muller read 2,3 and 4 Then back to George Guidall for 5,6 and 7 but both do an excellent job.

    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
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1271)

    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.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "Classic Tom Clancey"
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    Though I can't say I was a fan of J.Charles and to me some of the odd sound effects It was a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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