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Doug Martin

San Francisco, Ca USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 367 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Savages: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (343)

    Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

    Theodore says: "I loved it"
    "Yawn!"
    Overall

    Sophomoric. A heroine copied from Stieg Larsson. Trite SoCal dialogue and plot.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1488)

    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"
    "I'm a major fan but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Separation of Power better?

    I've read every one of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp novels and loved them. Until this one. Anna sounded like a neurotic, dependent b-tch. Absolutely not the kind of woman that Rapp would fall for.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rapp seemed weak and whiny, unlike his personna in all the other books. Yes, true love should thaw the heart of even the hardest man. There are limits.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban???s performances?

    Hard to know. He certainly missed this one by a mile. Yes, the writing was weak. Nevertheless, his delivery made Rapp sound like a timid high school girl.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Separation of Power?

    The entire Anna and Mitch in Milan breakup scene should have been reworked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (164)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Great tale, dismal narration"
    Overall

    Great description of the science and recreation of big waves. However, never have I heard so many Hawaiian words pronounced so badly by the narrator. Kirsten Potter could have saved herself considerable embarrassment if only she had spent five minutes running the names of local venues past even the most minimally informed Hawaiian tourist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (472)

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "Sanctimonious"
    Overall

    This guy is eager to show us how clever he is, how may big words he can use and how ill prepared we, the readers, are to digest his pompous tripe. I quit after half the book.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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