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Chris Hookway

Barrington, NH, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1436)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Very disappointing book"
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    5-13-14
    I've enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series to date. Each of the books have been easy, light, and entertaining to listen to, until this one. I am nearly 8 hours into this story (of 13+ hours), and nothing, and I mean NOTHING has happened, aside from some people talking to each other. I have read other reviews where reviewers did not like the narrator, and blame him for this book being so bad, but, while I agree he is bad, I have to point the finger of blame at the author.

    In this story, Mitch has turned into a whiny, sulking do-nothing character upset because he doesn't like his new job, while the rest of his life is about as exciting as an unsophisticated college romance. There are almost no other character development, or characters who are at all interesting or who we learn about in any depth.

    The narration is terrible as well, as most other reviewers mention. All character's voices sound nearly the same, and the spoken emphases and intonations are frequently off-the-mark from what I expect from the situation being described. I had a bad feeling about this narrator when he read the story's first word, "Prelude", as "prell-yude" rather than "pray-lude" as I naturally would. Needless to say, I cannot wait to hear the next book with George Guidall's voice again.

    Overall, I am debating whether or not to give-up on this one, return it for being so awful, and jump ahead to the next one. If the pace and action of this story do not pick up soon, there will be very little risk of missing anything by doing so. If I do struggle through the remainder of the story, I will update these comments - if no update appears, you'll know I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1356)
    Story
    (1365)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Intriguing "prepper" story, terrible writing."
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    After reading this story, I decided to write a review. I sat down at my desk, and turned on my HP Pavillion desktop computer, running 32 bit Windows 7 Pro on an Intel Core i5 650 at 3.33 GHz. I turned on the computer, listening to the whir of the fans and the clicking of hard drive starting up. When the screen came up, I logged in with my regular user account, rather than the admin account I created for emergencies. As I did so, I thought about my other computer, my favorite actually, that is a Dell desktop with a Phenom II motherboard running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon with a modified desktop, a custom dock and 4 standard workspaces. Once the OS booted, I saw that I had 14 new emails, many of which could be about work. Then I ran Chrome version 32.0.1700.107 m, as I like it better than IE 11 or Firefox, and I logged into Audible.com. I navigated to my library and found the option to review this book there. I considered what the best headline would be for quite a while, not knowing how to capture my feelings about this book in one statement. I finally arrived at "Intriguing 'prepper' story, terrible writing", and typed it in. And, so I wrote a review in the style of writing that the book is written in - with waaaaaay too much irrelevant detail and technical jargon that bogs down the whole experience immeasurably.

    I did enjoy the story somewhat, and find it an interesting "what if" about the cause and aftermath of the downfall of our technological society, but that was in spite of the very poor quality of the writing. The story unfortunately has the feel of a first draft rushed to publication (maybe to get it out there before the electricity stops flowing), which needs some hefty revising to become even moderately polished - like a great idea for a story that hasn't yet come to fruition. There were times when I didn't want to put it down, but there were also at least as many when I yelled "Come on!! DO something! I am not interested in what brand of knife that guy was carrying, what the specifications of his rope are, or how he cooked breakfast, and I don't even know what an SVG is!!" at my car stereo.

    If you like exploring the concept of what may happen when the lights go out for good, don't mind your head spinning a bit from a barrage thinly veiled product endorsements, can deal with some right-leaning anti-government paranoia*, and can hold your nose through the rough writing, I recommend this book. It fits into the genre including The Road and One Second After, although it is at the opposite end of the quality scale for writing. As the first in a series, it would get about 3 stars as well, as I am intrigued to check out book 2, although I'm not willing to pay full price or to spend a whole credit on it - I'll wait for the next sale.

    Enjoy! And, someone tell me what the hell an SVG is, please.

    (* which, I think, is fairly healthy and well-deserved in this day and age)

    47 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (322)

    An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

    Molly says: "SERIAL Killer ~ how does he choose his victims?"
    "Maybe Harris' best book"
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    If you could sum up Red Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging
    Exciting
    Scary


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept my attention


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Dragon jumped out of the bushes at the end - I did not expect that, I thought he was dead


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

    I could have


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good listen, not the best or most exciting book I've ever read, but very entertaining.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3871)
    Performance
    (3220)
    Story
    (3213)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Fun story if you don't think about it too much"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Honestly, I'd clean-up the graphic sexual situations to make it more appropriate for a young teen audience, to whom this book would otherwise likely appeal very much.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It could be a bit more "believable", if such a descriptive has any place at all in this discussion


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His voice suited the main characters well


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

    I'd likely see it, hoping for some star power (Wesley Snipes would make a good Joe Ledger, for example), and for the movie version to bring out the humor a bit more than the book was able - a la Beverly Hills Cop.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would not withstand any level of critical examination as anything other than light, silly tough-guy fluff. Comparison to books such as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series are way off the mark - this is a zombie-flavored detective/secret agent novel, which would not be interesting at all without the zombie appeal it offers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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