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Francisco

MIAMI, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

    Michael says: "Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis"
    "Excellent book, awful narration"
    Overall

    This book is excellent. Unfortunately, I found it very hard to maintain my attention on what the narrator was saying. He sounds like one of those computer programs that read text. I listened to samples of other books narrated by Bruce Turk, and they all sounded the same, as if they were read by robots.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born: Stainless Steel Rat, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Slippery Jim is here a brash 17-year-old who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, planning to embark on a life of crime. The book opens with Jim bungling a bank job so that he can be arrested and sent to prison, where he plans to learn the art of being a master criminal. Deciding that the Bishop should be his mentor, Jim sets about proving himself worthy of the master's attention.

    Cliff says: "The backstorry on Jim"
    "Harry Harrison at his best, with excellent narrati"
    Overall

    Harry Harrison is always guaranteed to provide hours of fun, specially so with the excellent narration by Phil Gigante

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chronoliths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early 21st-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter.

    M. Stephenson says: "A haunting, beautiful work..."
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    It's very rare that I give up on reading a book. Maybe an abridged version would be better. I don't think I will buy anything else by this author.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1048)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "Too long"
    Overall

    I generally don't like abridgements, but in this case I should have bought the abridged version (5h 53 min) instead of the unabridged version (51h 23min)

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Black: Sea of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts, William H. Keith
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Two massive ships are on a dual path to destruction. One is a freighter carrying nuclear materials to Japan; the other, a cruise ship heading for the Mediterranean. Neither will reach their destinations. Two factions - Japanese eco-terrorists and Middle East extremists - have joined forces to infiltrate the ships, incapacitate the crew, and change course toward a common target: The United States of America.

    Bob says: "A great read. Perhaps his best ever"
    "Worst Stephen Coonts book"
    Overall

    The plot of this book is very complicated, with too many characters. The references to ship compartments and latitude/longitude coordinates require a chart to follow them. This kind of book does not good for audio.

    The ending was disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Morris: and Pilotage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Stephen Morris has just called off his engagement to the girl of his dreams because he is a penniless graduate with no prospects. He finds a job working as an aircraft mechanic, hoping to make his fortune. In Pilotage, Stephen's young navigator Pete Dennison is struggling with exactly the same problem.

    Adrienne Brown says: "Beautifully read"
    "Excellent narrator"
    Overall

    I loved this audiobook. The Nevil Shute - Gordon Griffin combo made me feel as if I had gone back in time 90 years.

    My only complaint is that the endings of the two love stories (Morris and Helen, Denison and Sheila) are missing. I regret that Nevil Shute decided to leave those parts to the reader's imagination.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Abduction

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Allison Janney
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Allison Leahy is the U.S. attorney general and the highly touted Democratic nominee for the presidency. Her opponent is Lincoln Howe, a retired 4-star army general and bona fide African-American hero. Both candidates are living the American dream, until their neck-and-neck campaign takes an ominous turn when Howe's 12-year-old granddaughter, Kristen, is kidnapped on her way to school.

    Francisco says: "Utterly implausible"
    "Utterly implausible"
    Overall

    The plot is utterly implausible, specially the ending. There was no need for the protagonists to be presidential candidates. The book is too short. And the audio wasn't very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (265)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Better as text"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book, as is also Collapse by the same author. But it is a good example of a book that is, IMHO, unsuited for audiobook format.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (107)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "What a drag!"
    Overall

    This book is incredibly heavy-going to read. I found it impossible to stay awake listening to it. Also, the narrator mispronounces words, notably heir, which he pronounces as hair.
    This author Michael Flynn and this narrator Anthony Heald are definitely on my blacklist.
    The idea behind the book could have been developed into a really good book. Pity.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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