If you're looking for intrigue ... better pass. If you're looking for good, old fashioned radio style fun ... you'll enjoy this.
Like him, or hate him, Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln" is one of the best books dealing with one of the most interesting and controversial events in American history. The many twists and turns in this intriguing book make it an essential for every history buff's audio library. O'Reilly's narration is consistent with his "Factor" persona.
The Oregon Files is my favorite of all Cussler series (and I've read or listened to most of them). The Plague Ship is loaded with action, and makes a guy want to BE Juan Cabrillo! This series without Scott Brick would be a travesty!
A Time to Kill is REAL Grisham. It's a good story that makes one think about his position on important issues ... and then re-think it. I don't always arrive at the same conclusions the author leads his readers to, but I do appreciate the exercise. Michael Beck did a masterful job of bringing this tale to life.
The King of Torts is such a letdown that it's hard to believe Grisham actually wrote it. Please tell me he didn't! The dialogue is blah, blah, blah. The characters are just blah. The only redeeming quality is Beck's narration.
Having read or listened to most of Cussler's works, I find the Oregon Files to continually climb to the top of my enjoyment list. While this may not be the very best of the series, it is certainly an enjoyable "read." The action is pretty much none-stop, with just enough breathing room to prepare one for the next scene. Scott Brick does a superb job of bringing each character to life.
My first read of The Litigators was with eyes only ... and I enjoyed it then. But the listen was, for me, even more enjoyable ... three times in the first couple of weeks! Dennis Boutsikaris did a great job with the characters, making the "read" a lot of fun.
I've enjoyed this series more than anything else I've ever read (or listened to) of Jenkins' writing -- including the Left Behind series. Character development was at a good pace, making each person in the story really believable. And Johnny Heller was a great pick for a Chicago based tale.
Great story ... Awesome performance. Cussler's books are always a fun read, and Brick's reading is the best in the business.
Dick Hill's performance is great. While I think Rosenberg is a good writer, the fact that many events are out of date or ended up with very different results (ie: the Taliban has been decimated in the book, but is still very much alive in real life) takes away from the book for the 2012 listener. On the other hand, it makes me curious about how Rosenberg will deal with those issues later in the series.
By understanding where our world has come from, Craig Reed helps us see where it is headed. The sacrifice of our submariners, and their part in the Cold War, makes this an important listen for all. Whether you believe we live in a safer world, or one that is increasingly unstable, you will gain a greater appreciation for our warriors of the deep. You will also gain a greater respect for their foes.
Tom Weiner was an excellent pick for reading this book. His Russian accents simply add to Red November's credibility.
Clive Cussler and company write great guy tales: lots of action, and enough twists and turns to keep one interested. And with Scott Brick's performance, it's well worth the listen!
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