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David Kirby

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  • 13 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 554 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015
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  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1340)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Mauricio says: "A challenge that's worth the investment"
    "In desperate need of a editing"
    Overall

    The book had many fascinating ideas but the characterizations were, frankly, uninteresting at best and confusing at worst. These "characters"--whether human, virtual, cyborg, or whatever flavor, all spoke as though he, she or it were standing before a lectern. In no way would their conversations plausibly occur in any real or imagined world. I wish someone like Clark or Niven could have run with the author's ideas; that could have been some book.

    To make matters worse, the reader droned on and on in an almost unintelligible brogue which would be very difficult for most American listeners. Please sample this first if you are still inclined to buy it.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Whites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Price, Harry Brandt
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (259)

    Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-'90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anticrime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next 18 years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another.

    Bradley P. Valentine says: "Richard Price sets the high water mark in genre"
    "Another excellent offering from Price"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    As is typical of Price, the characters are 3-dimensional and the dialog is spot on. This put me right back onto the streets and into the neighborhoods of greater NYC.


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    One of the best narrations I've listened to in awhile. He managed to present the different characters uniquely without resorting to labored mannerism or ridiculous falsettos.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endangered

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (305)

    She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more: Joe's 18-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway - alive but just barely, the victim of blunt-force trauma.

    bluesky says: "Another great Chuck Box book!!!"
    "Typical Box; atypical box-like narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    C. J. Box is a good writer and has produced some quality books. This is not one of his best but that does not mean it is not worth reading. However, one would think the audiobook producers would find a narrator worthy of the material.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration had all the warmth and depth of a Dragonspeak production. It was only because of Box that I stuck with the book until its conclusion.


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

    Truthfully, as much as I like the Pickett series, I think it might be time to give it a rest and start something new. The characters and scenarios they get involved in are starting to show their wear.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Not his best work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It started off well. Part 1 was very good. Part 2 , however, dragged and meandered too much. My attention kept drifting. I guess I was expecting something more similar to a Ludlom or Higgins. Instead, we watched as a civilian matched wits with some less than daunting SS villains.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fluency

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jennifer Foehner Wells
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (492)

    NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

    Striker says: "Great Concept, Loved the Story... I Want More!"
    "If you are older than 13, find another book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Fluency?

    We're to believe that the 5 most qualified astronauts in the world talk and act like teenagers in heat? Very poor dialog. Badly constructed. Amateurishly rendered.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Foehner Wells again?

    Highly unlikely.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Next time I need to hear someone with a noticeable lisp, I know who to turn to.


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

    Anger at wasting time listening when I could have been doing something more productive like picking lint out of my navel.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3420)
    Performance
    (3025)
    Story
    (3006)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Pretty, pretty bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe if the author had written one story instead of stringing together 3 or 4 unrelated stories, there might have been hope. Also, maybe the author should not insult the reader's intelligence by presenting so many improbable circumstances such as, out of the blue, the first lady--after meeting the protagonists briefly, once--inviting the protagonists to join the first family on their vacation to Nantucket on the pretense that she thought the male hero could bond with her troubled pre-teen son. Of course, the impending assault on the first family was unknown to her at the time but gee whiz wasn't it handy to have two assassins handy when it did occur. Please.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Not likely


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    Cassidy's Korean accents were bad and distracting,


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (432)

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

    Charles says: "I Feel Like I'm Coming Down From Peyote"
    "What was the rush?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    She read without taking a breath. It was as if she had been told to read the entire book in half the time it would normally take.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish the book because the narration was so bad so I really cannot assess the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Blind Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (179)

    Detective Alex Cross returns in his most harrowing case yet - one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless killers they have ever encountered - and their even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross' most terrifying challenge ever.

    James says: "Another Knock At the Door"
    "Aggregated ratings"
    Overall

    I should have read the reviews first instead of just relying on the "average" customer ratings provided in the product blurb. After enduring this book--I absolutely, positively hated it, I revisted these reviews to see how I could be so out-of-sync with the other readers. I found, however, that most reviews had it right: this book is trash.

    I used to believe that a 3 1/2 star rating would reliably indicate a decent book. In the future, I will have to restrict my choices to only books receiving 4+ stars. That is the only certain way to avoid the inflation effect that occurs when every book starts with 1 star and enough reviewers lacking good critical reading skills opt to grant garbage 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janissary Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jason Goodwin
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

    Andre says: "Turkish History"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of "period" pieces. "The Alienist", "The Name of the Rose" and "The Devil in the White City" are among my favorite books. I also enjoy experiencing unfamiliar settings and cultures. This, and the fact it won the Edgar, was why I chose to listen to this book. Unfortunately, I just could not get into it on any level. This caused my attention to the book to frequently drift. Replaying those parts I "skipped" did not seem to help. Maybe I was just having a bad day, or maybe the book was not as good as everyone else says it was. I will never know for there just is not anything there pulling me back into the story for a second listen.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (465)

    It isn't easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russia's nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if you're determined enough, anything is possible.

    David Kirby says: ""The Faithful Spy", ver. 2.0"
    ""The Faithful Spy", ver. 2.0"
    Overall

    This is a difficult book to judge. I can truthfully say it was well written, well read and engaging. Had I not also read "The Faithful Spy", I would have no problem giving this a big thumbs up. Unfortunately, it is largely a rehash of the earlier book. By itself, I would have to say it is worth reading. If, however, you have already enjoyed "Faithful", you may opt to pass on this given the gross similarities in plot, character, locale, etc.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The White Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    A warm day in Dublin, a crowded street corner. Suddenly, a car-bomb explodes, killing and injuring scores of innocent people.From the second-floor window of a building across the street, a visiting American watches, helpless, as his beloved wife and children are sacrificed in the heat and fire of someone else's cause.

    DJM says: "Good story once through"
    "Timely and thought provoking"
    Overall

    I have read many of Herbert's books. I found some of them good and others not so good. This book falls well within the "good" category.

    Even though it was written over 20 years ago, its subject matter (systemic hatred, tribalism, terrorism, WMD, vengence, survival, redemption) addresses situations which could have been taken from today's headlines. I found it very thought provoking as well as entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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