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Dugan

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Arvada, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 383 titles in library
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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Neither this nor that"
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    What would have made Sutton better?

    I was disappointed by this book. It is written as historical fiction, but has an overlayed story that is dull and includes three characters that are not very interesting. I wish the story had been told from some other perspective in forward time or that it had been written as non-fiction. As it is, it sucks as a piece of fiction, and does't work as non-fiction. I heard the author talking about the book, and I think he was trying to capture the different voices that Sutton himself spoke with about his own life at different times, but it really does not work. Suggest you read the WIkipedia entry on Willy Sutton and leave the book alone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Moehringer again?

    Probably not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dylan Baker?

    Maybe - nothing really stood out about the performance.


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

    Dissapointment


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (341)

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

    Top of Mind says: "Another McKinty Gem"
    "Great series"
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    I have really enjoyed the Sean Duffy series. I hope we continue to get more stories from the troubles. Fun series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9411)
    Performance
    (8196)
    Story
    (8217)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "A good story - not great"
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    I liked this story enough to listen all the way through. Unfortunately, it was not great for me. The pace was plodding and there was too much time spent developing the plot. Loved the characters, but was disappointed in the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (2997)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Great book - well performed"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is a dystopian story that is enthralling. I highly recommend to 13+ year old boys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14243)
    Performance
    (10870)
    Story
    (10880)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Bad writing performed while falling asleep"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    No, and no.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something solidly reviewed


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was flat, unanimated and sounded as if he was falling asleep at times.


    What character would you cut from Storm Front?

    The writer


    Any additional comments?

    I will not read another by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2298)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2092)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Cliche characters escape from certain death"
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    What disappointed you about The Atlantis Gene?

    The characters were poorly developed, the plot just ran on and on with the only device the author seemed to come up with (over and over) was unexpected escape from certain death.


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. G. Riddle again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was OK - it was not distracting, and I would have like better if the story was better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Started well


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolution Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (627)

    The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

    wendy says: "better than absolution gap"
    "The worst book I ever read all the way through"
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    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I already own another Alastair Reynolds book that I am not going to read. John Lee is a great performer - would listen to him anytime.


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book is the conclusion of an 1800 page multi-century story arc with big themes that have been developed throughout the three volume narrative and need to be concluded. Rather than conclude these, Reynolds concludes his book with an epilogue where in 2 paragraphs he dispenses with major protagonists telling of the galaxy in the centuries since the conflict. I cannot tell you how dissatisfying this is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reynolds has his moments, but I get bogged down in his ridiculous devolvement into unnecessary detail.


    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    Alastair Reynolds


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the first three books (some argue two) in the series, I suggest you go to a wiki site that outlines the rest of the story, then listen to one of the amazing Culture novels by Iain M. Banks - Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons etc. I am tempted to go listen to one of those again just to get the bad taste out of my mouth from this awful book.
    Don't believe me - read reviews on Amazon website. Despite high ratings here, this book is uniformly discouraged there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1357)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "One of the best audible books ever"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?

    Brilliant performance, fantastic writing, edge of the seat story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Scenes of Belfast environs during the troubles


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

    Fantastic performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a try - you will not be dissapointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2405)
    Performance
    (1607)
    Story
    (1616)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Unlistenable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The switches and turns in the book (mainly breaks in chapters and narrator's voice) as well as the complexity of the story made this a very very challenging audio-book. I have to admit I gave up on it when I lost my place (accidentally fast-forwarded) and decided it was not worth my further investment to go find it and try to pick up the thread again. I think this is probably a great book, just very difficult to track in audio-book form.


    Has Wolf Hall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love historical fiction.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Slater?

    I have no response


    What character would you cut from Wolf Hall?

    I have no response


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line - this does not seem like a good book to be an audio-book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1163)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Thrills for the introvert, stunning performance"
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    If you could sum up Quicksilver in three words, what would they be?

    Step into Baroque


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quicksilver?

    Fighting off Pirates outside of Boston Harbor


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Never dominated the story, underscores dialogue with varied natural sounding voices


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

    I had to concentrate to listen - I could not do other brain work while listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the start of a wonderful series of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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