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James

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Not A Fan"
    Overall

    The book dragged a bit. As mentioned before, far too many metaphors - actually reminded me of Koontz, whom I'm not a fan of. Such a writing style is amateurish to me and I found myself drifting away from the book as a result. Certain elements of the story were not believable, and other elements materialized out of nowhere, with absolutely no background to explain them. The ending frankly left me scratching my head; it really made little sense and seemed a weak attempt to justify the plot.

    The narrator handled certain characters well, but definitely not the main one - Dalton. His narration of Dalton had, at times, a halting-Shatner-esque quality. He rarely did an effective job conveying his emotion. Words clearly intended to show emotion were often read deadpan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (555)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Narration and Production Ruined the Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was horrible as many have mentioned. Sounded like Patrick Warburton's character Puddy on Seinfeld when he voiced Kovach. If he wasn't bad enough, the production was terrible, using echo chamber effects for dreams, recalls, etc. Was so hard to listening that I know, or at least suspect, I missed key details along the way because I was lost throughout much of the book. For me the story was disjointed and had a lot of holes, and just did not make much sense; but, that could have been me losing focus time and again asking myself why I continued listening.

    Loved 13; Altered Carbon was a good read. Broken Angels started losing me, and Woken Furies is such a sad way to end this journey with Richard K. Morgan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5367)
    Performance
    (3358)
    Story
    (3387)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Terrifyingly Terrific"
    Overall

    It will make you rethink your life and hopefully make you better prepared. More importantly, maybe, just maybe, this work of fiction will spur greater national attention a risk that is far greater than any hijacker on an airplane.

    We've become too fixated with technology to not only live our lives but defend our country. What happens if that technological advantage is suddenly gone? Beyond the scenario of this book, what happens if our enemy is capable of taking out all the GPS satellites we depend upon for targeting our weapons these days?



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (322)

    From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A fun book"
    "Great Escape"
    Overall

    This is one of those books that is hard to turn off. Sure the story was a bit of fantasy, but not unbelievably so, and what book of fiction isn't? Sort of Indiana Jones, Andromeda Strain and Dawn of the Dead all rolled into one. Even the ending leaves you in suspense. If you liked Black Order, I think you'll like this one even more. Narration was top notch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Iraq Study Group Report

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Iraq Study Group
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    After nine months of examining and analyzing U.S. military involvement in Iraq, the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group issued this report on Dec. 6, 2006. The report calls the situation in Iraq "grave and deteriorating" and says, "There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved".

    William says: "Sound advice, but too much"
    "Political Drivel"
    Overall

    Typical drivel from our politicians who time and again fail to understand the world does not always conform to our American ideals. Every suggestion has been tried in some form or fashion, or is simply unrealistic given the current state of our foreign affairs.

    Our government is supposed to force the Iraqis to do all they recommend. Exactly how? Threaten to withhold military and financial support - just what the insurgency is hoping for? Oh, but early on, the authors strongly advise withholding military support (troop withdrawal) because the ensuing Muslim sectarian war could go regional and maybe even global. So I guess we're to show a big stick (threaten withdrawal), but don't even think about using it. And for good measure, tell them our strategy by publishing this report. Simply brilliant as the Guiness guys would say.

    It only gets a second star because it does contain several bits of interesting factual information I had not previously seen reported.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prometheus Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    A new world order is taking shape. Only one man can stop it. Pray that he will succeed. The Prometheus Deception is classic Ludlum - a world of murderous wheels within wheels where nothing and no one are what they appear, and violence and sudden death lurk around every corner. Also available abridged.

    Lester says: "Not up to his standards"
    "Good Until the End"
    Overall

    Even though the premise was a bit of a stretch, the book was a very enjoyable listen, full of action and keeping me guessing throughout...and then the end was just terrible. It seemed as though Ludlum didn't have an ending in mind, and so just made it up when he had nothing else to write. Was a 4 or 5 until the end. Worst Ludlum ending ever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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