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  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (705)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Vintage Clancy - Deserves a Better Narrator"
    Overall

    Having read and enjoyed the book when it first came out in hardcover, I've just been waiting for the unabridged audible edition. I'm not sure I'll be able to stand the monotone narration for 36 hours. It's the worst I've ever heard.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (278)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "M*A*S*H Goes to the Whitehouse"
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    Did Hazardous Duty inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - return it and get my credit back


    Any additional comments?

    In the author's own words in the afterword, this is "M*A*S*H Goes to the Whitehouse" and not really a continuation of the genre of the rest of the books in the series. Save your credit. It doesn't work as drama or humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1740)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "Not Clancy"
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    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a little more than halfway through this book, and I have yet to hear anything authored by Tom Clancy. There's one key characteristic in every Clancy novel that's missing here. No one has "observed" anything. To a longtime Clancy reader/listener, that's a dead giveaway. This novel has Clancy's name in first billing, but I doubt he did more than lend his name and characters to this enterprise. I'll let you decide for yourself whether it's good, bad or indifferent, but you'll be listening to Mark Greaney's work.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (403)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Shorter than advertised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely a recommended read for Preston/Child fans.


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

    Edge of my seat? Well, no, but it kept my earbuds in my ears. I listened to the entire story in a single go.


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    Pendergast is always my favorite. He even showed a little more emotion than usual in this story.


    If you could rename Extraction, what would you call it?

    The Appeasement


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment was in finding that the actual story was only about 50 minutes long. The remainder of the recording was devoted to the first (second?) chapter of the upcoming novel Two Graves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6643)
    Performance
    (4868)
    Story
    (4866)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Give Marsters a Dictionary!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My son recommended this series to me and so far I have been enjoying the storylines.


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

    Although some plot twists annoyed me (which, I suppose, shows Butcher was able to draw me in fairly well), I did keep going back it. It also caused me to lose sleep on a few occasions as I listened longer into the night than I should have.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    Fortunately for Marsters, I choose audiobooks almost solely by title, rather than by narrator. His entirely too audible inhalations and swallowing are bad enough (is the man chewing gum?), but now he's completely botching pronunciations as well! His pronunciation of "writhe" like something that hangs on a door at Christmas time grated like fingernails on a blackboard, and it took me a few minutes to figure out that "demesne" was being pronounced phonetically instead of correctly. Surely someone on the production staff should have caught and corrected these blatant errors, if Marsters himself was unable to.


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

    No. I don't go see Stephen King movies either, even though I enjoy the books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (759)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Really?"
    Overall

    After all this time, I have to say I expected a better product than the one that was delivered by both Ms. Auel and Ms. Burr. The narrative was weak and jumpy. Ms. Auel's unaccountable love for her own poetry ad nauseum (The Mother's Song) and Ms. Burr's pseudo-Russian, -French and -Italian accents definitely detracted from the story. (And if there were going to be any consistency about it, why didn't the Mamutoi have any accent?) On the positive side, at least Ms. Auel seems to have finally mostly gotten over her obsession with describing every last action performed during "Pleasures." By the time I was finished with the previous books, I was starting to wonder if she was a frustrated soft-porn writer.



    Overall, if you're a fan of the Earth's Children series, I'd say go ahead and get this one, but lower your expectations before listening to it. One final note to all series writers: PLEASE go back and read your previous books before you write the newest one, lest you drive your readers (ok, listeners) completely crazy as you rewrite the history of your characters!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Ransom: Freedom Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Botany is free now, and so is the devastated Earth. Earth needs food, and the resources to rebuild. Botany needs technology - from solar satellite panels to simple batteries - and, some say, the will to protect itself from being overrun by refugees who may or may not have strength and skills. As alien influence fades, the people of Botany must decide what kind of world they will become.

    kim says: "Ghost written?"
    "Ghost written?"
    Overall

    Although the story does further the plot left hanging in the previous novel, it is written in a very rough form. The lack of clarity in sentence structure and the way the story jumps around almost make it seem as if McCaffrey's outline for the book was given to a very junior writer/editor team for completion. Details from the previous novels are incorrect or changed to suit the author, leaving little feel of continuity. One of the worst I've experienced from McCaffrey, it left me feeling unfulfilled rather than hungry for more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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