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Dan

Environmental Engineer and Disc Golfer

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  • Polar Shift: A Novel from the NUMA Files

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens - exit Earth. Sixty years ago, aHungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost. Or so it was thought....

    Jeffery says: "Well written. Holds your attention."
    "Kurt Austin as Dirk Pitt 2.0"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they really wanted to complete their Cussler collection. It was a decent book, but not one of Cussler's better stories, in my opinion. I found the plot line more unbelievable than usual, and didn't think that the villians were "bad" enough.

    This was my first Kurt Austin book, and I would have to put him at the bottom of my Cussler-Hero Power Rankings as of November 2012: Bell, Pitt, Cabrillo, Fargo, Pitt Jr., Austin.




    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (719)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "A Clear History of a Confusing Time"
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    I can't speak highly enough about this book. I listened to it at work in the mornings before the emails started rolling in, and I couldn't get enough. I find the dynamics of national politics juxtaposed with the misery and heroism of soldiers from all sides utterly compelling. I have been so drawn in that I purchased two additional resources - audio books on the Somme and Galipolli campaign.

    A World Undone provides enough detail to understand the events, while being clear and concise enough that it made me interested in even more detailed analyses. I listened to this book with Wikipedia open so I could follow along with maps and pictures.

    In summary, this is the definition of a five-star history book. Also, the narration is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (356)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Very Impressed"
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    I have to be honest. For a couple years, I avoided this series mainly because of the character names - "Painter Crowe" and "Grayson Pierce". They just seemed too forced. However, I ran out of Cussler (Pitt/Cabrillo/Bell/Austin) / Pendergast books and finally bit the bullet.

    I waited too long! This was my first Rollins book, and I really, really liked it. The plot ran nice and tight, there was a good science/metaphysics background, and it was "believable". Yes, it included a "mysterious rich family" who bought half the world's lead and gold supply without any red flags being raised, but I was totally enthralled with it.

    What I liked most is that the main characters weren't infallible, like, say a Dirk Pitt. Don't get me wrong, Pitt is great, but Painter Crowe and crew were just more believable. Half way through the book, I went out a bought the rest of the Sigma series.

    In summary - Yes, listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Spike: Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (198)

    Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contains more secrets than dead. All who would possess the power of the Dominator are drawn to the spike. A foolhardy band of thieves is the first to reach it, and a rapacious and malign spirit is unleashed on an unwary world. The forces gather, sides are drawn, and mortal men can only die as the Dark Lords battle for domination.

    Armand says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Best of the Series"
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    I have to preface this by saying Croaker is awesome, and Mark Vietor was born to read the Black Company.

    However, now that I have finished the entire series, I look back at this one as my favorite. Johnathan Davis does an excellent job as the narrator, and it is a worthwhile departure from Croaker's voice and tale. I liked the new characters (notably toad killer dog's POV), and the plot was concise and interesting. This did feel like a later insert (which it was chronologically), but it flowed with the overall arc well.

    If you only read the Books of the North, and SS, that may be good enough. The Books of the South and especially Glittering Stone slow the plot waaaay down, and although you find out more history of the Company, they just aren't as good as these four ~10 hour books. The plot just flies by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2586)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1053)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Cussler meets DeMille"
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    If you told me this was a Dirk Pitt novel, I would have believed with you.

    Corey takes a back seat in this novel to the "evil genius", Bane Maddox, who steals the show, and devises as plan that so convoluted and dumb that only an "evil genius" could have come up with it. How Maddox could have convinced anyone in power to go along with him is suspect, but it made for a decent story.

    I wouldn't rate this as high as the two best Corey novels (IMO), Night Fall and Plum Island, but it was still very enjoyable, and was a relatively quick listen. I would recommend it, but not as your first Corey novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (413)

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "Love/Hate"
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    This was a tough listen. The story is great - compelling and suspenseful, but the physical danger was nothing compared to the characters conspiring against bringing the plane home. It was difficult to listen to Commander Sloan or Eddie Johnson and Wayne Metz. I found it very upsetting to hear all the cover-your-ass conversations.

    One thing I enjoyed was the pace. I found myself screaming at Barry to use the gosh-darn radio for about 1.5 hours of dialog, but after that it really picked up the pace and kept me riveted.

    I am a disaster-novel junkie, and this is right up at the top of any list I could make. I've been trying to track down the CBS movie since I finished, with no luck so far. And as always, Scott Brick is an unparalleled narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (892)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Above the rest"
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    What made the experience of listening to Thunderhead the most enjoyable?

    The interesting and believable story. Any time I can read about a mysterious place on Wikipedia, I am happy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quick and thrilling pace. There were points when I felt the character's fear and anxiety.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brick is a personal favorite of mine. I feel that he brings just enough emotion. His presentation is very enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nora's first visit to the family ranch. Scary stuff - I loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Of the Preston/Child books I've listened to (6), this is my current favorite. The based-in-truth mysterious lost city is right up my alley. The story moved quickly and the plot was great. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2247)
    Performance
    (1907)
    Story
    (1900)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Concise, believable plot. Eats the Lion for lunch"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found myself really liking John Corey in this novel. In the Lion novels I found him quite annoying, but other than using "...right" in almost every sentence I enjoyed the character.

    It was interesting to find out after the fact than Tom Brennan is former DeMille hero as well. He was an interesting character.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, many of them. I think Scott Brick is the best performer that Audible has.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this novel. I found myself really hating the Lion's Game by the end of that book, so I was a bit dubious at first with the Panther. I was very happy with it overall.

    John Corey can be annoying, but not every hero can be Isaac Bell ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (876)

    Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.

    Noreen says: "Another great story"
    "Where's the Brick?!"
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    I am sure this a good, typical Cussler adventure, but I can't get over the fact it's not Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4786)
    Performance
    (2058)
    Story
    (2061)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "Frustrating Listen"
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    The opening scenes with the plane were fantastic. However, once the book swtiches to the villian's POV, I was upset. I don't like "mysteries" where the reader knows more than the main character, I find it stressful.

    I wish I had skipped several sections, and did not like the 'love story'. It was weak, and out of place. There's plenty of sub-par books full of that kind of sap that I don't read for a reason.

    I also thought the ending was extremely weak. I'm not sure why DeMille spent sooooo much time on everything except the ending. It just kind of flopped.

    On to the good stuff. Scott Brick is fantastic. Even after listening to double digit Cussler books with SB's narration, he still sounded unique to this character. Spot-on. Corey can be humorous at times when he's not annoying.

    I've since gone on to start "Plum Island", which I am enjoying more, but notice similar issues with the love stories. This time however, I've got my finger on Fast Forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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