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Dan

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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8787)
    Performance
    (8066)
    Story
    (8105)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Narration has changed"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Roy Dotrice?

    I really like his voice, yet he has changed the speaking voice of characters and pronunciation of different names. It really pulls you out of the story if you've listened to the first books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Lines: Corps, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.

    Marc says: "Best Corps so far"
    "Hope they re-record"
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    If you could sum up Behind the Lines in three words, what would they be?

    Mostly preparation stories


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

    Yes and no. It is another of Griffin's fill-in-the-black books, it seems to me. As always, I enjoy learning about the further development of the characters, but the suspense was a little lacking.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Pretty dang good.


    Any additional comments?

    It became apparent how much Dick Hill contributes to the storytelling. He is one of my favorite. However, this one was recorded in '96, and almost all of the character voices are different. This changes perception of the character- most of the time for the worse. I would purchase a new version if it became available. Other than that, Dick is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colonels: Brotherhood of War Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    They were the professionals, the men who had been toughened by combat in the mine-laden fields of Europe, in Korea, in Greece, in Indochina. Now, in the twilight of a dying decade, they must return to the United States to forge a new type of American soldier - one to be tested on the beaches of Cuba and in a new war yet to come....

    Cory says: "Soap opera for men"
    "Wheels have started to wobble"
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    What did you like best about The Colonels? What did you like least?

    I enjoy hearing the progression of the characters. I felt like this book was mostly just filler to segue from one story to another. I am hoping the next has more action and character development than this one, or I will be done with the series.


    If you’ve listened to books by W. E. B. Griffin before, how does this one compare?

    This one is the worst of the series so far. The first ones were great, but this one was pretty boring.


    Do you think The Colonels needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I hope so. This one didn't develop anything earth-shattering.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Majors: Brotherhood of War Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    Dien Bien Phu. Saigon. Hanoi. In 1954, they were only exotic names from a French campaign halfway around the world. But now American fighting men - proven on the bloody beaches of Normandy and in the minefields of Korea - are summoned to help beat back the guerilla forces of Ho Chi Minh. To some, the “secret” war in Indochina was the depth of folly. To others, like the majors, it pointed to the heights of glory.

    Cory says: "Soap opera for men"
    "Awesome characters, good storyline."
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    Where does The Majors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the Top 10, I'd say. Griffin is among my favorite authors for his in depth character writing. The historical writing is fascinating for those who want a better understanding of WWII. Complex and multiple storylines keep the series from getting stale.


    Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

    Craig is my favorite, he's evolved from an uptight spoiled brat to someone you root for.


    Any additional comments?

    I have started listening to 3 different Griffin series now. One word of caution- "series" is accurate. Don't expect to read one book and have everything neatly tied up at the end. It's comparable to watching one episode of a miniseries. It seems they are taking their time to release the rest of the books of the series, even though they were written 20 years ago. When I'm wrapped up in a series, I don't really care to jump around to other writers and constantly check if a new book has come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1311)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1154)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Better than I expected."
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    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor the most enjoyable?

    Even though it is fiction, it brings a perspective into the lives of those whom we take for granted every day.


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

    It wasn't a nail biter, but I enjoyed listening when I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the dialogue to be a little campy. The action was good, the storyline was solid, but the characters were a little weak. Even heroes aren't perfect, and the main characters were presented as saints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4242)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2410)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Addicting"
    Overall

    This was easily the best book I've come in contact with. I was sad when it ended, wishing for a few more hours. I'm sure my wife is glad it's over, as I couldn't help but sit and listen for hours every night. I certainly hope it doesn't take another 30 years for Lt. Marlantes to write another, I'll be waiting in line if he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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