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anthony

An Audio Book Junkie...

SPRING, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (752)

    Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

    Nancy says: "Previous Reviewers Are Spot On"
    "1/3 pure boredom + 2/3 spy novel masterpiece"
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    Would you listen to The Cardinal of the Kremlin again? Why?

    I would, but I would skip through the first third of the book to get to the actual storry.


    What other book might you compare The Cardinal of the Kremlin to and why?

    Well, none really it is unique outstanding book, that was nearly derailed by poor narration.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Oh yes, guy nearly put me to sleep, little variation between characters, however, he did a better job in this book than Clear and Present danger.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2960)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Bought it bc of Kate return bc of Jim Butcher"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I was spoiled with all the Brandon Sanderson Series. And real epic novels. This just didn't pull me in, the story was jumpy and the only thing i enjoyed was the narration of Kate Reading. I think people who will like this maybe people who haven't went through the Wot / Mistborne/etc.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Maybe his other series.. this fantasy series just didn't get me.


    Any additional comments?

    This will be my first return ... in the hundred of books I have bought through audible.. and that is saying something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "Not bad."
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is an okay book... I don't think they should do the two story format.... just spend your time on one book and make it great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6839)
    Performance
    (4784)
    Story
    (4767)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Didn't really pull me in"
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    If you could sum up Killing Floor in three words, what would they be?

    First half of the book is really boring and slow... mystery is not really ..enthralling.


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

    No but he was pretty good at his job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Highly unlikely plot...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

    Torah Cottrill says: "Fabulous"
    "good but not great"
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    What did you love best about The Jennifer Morgue?

    The book was unique. I think that the combination between the occult and technology initially was a stretch, but then it just kind of grew on you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought the book could of done with a little less complaining... i kind of felt the book was a whine fest...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10315)
    Performance
    (9213)
    Story
    (9188)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "I was suprised"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great, as many other people had said previously.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love the dog... made the book honestly...least interesting was kinda the tween(ish) storyline


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

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1986)
    Performance
    (1742)
    Story
    (1746)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Good but not great story"
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    If you could sum up Two Graves in three words, what would they be?

    Same old story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, to be honest the story was a little lacking in some areas, then it split into three different stories. To make matters worse there are times where the book just skips time to come to another portion of the story with little to no transition.


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

    I love how he enunciates the words, his different language skills are very helpful in this book


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

    Not really, the story line is the same as all of the other books... A cop , a reporter (thank god there was none in this book, an FBI agent and some weird things happening. Pendergast does his stuff no regards to other people screws over his friends career... blah blah. Rinse and repeat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grail: Area 51, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte has paid his dues in battle and in blood. Now assigned to Area 51, he fights the toughest enemy of his career: the alien race who arrived on Earth millennia ago and have returned to claim the planet. Mike has dodged bullets and faced weapons of mass destruction to give humanity another day of reprieve. But when his lover, scientist Lisa Duncan, falls into evil hands, Mike must decide which prize means the most to him - the woman he loves or the legendary Grail.

    John Fernandes says: "Martin Gollery (Narrator) should be avoided!"
    "Most painful Book Ever.... to hear"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not this narration of the book....


    What did you like best about this story?

    story was good.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Gollery?

    Anyone... ANYONE!!!!!!


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

    It has a follow up book


    Any additional comments?

    I am tempted to return this book..as i hate this torture.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriot Games

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (790)

    It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

    K. Masheter Deal says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "Strong story + decent narration = good experience"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Patriot Games to be better than the print version?

    I would imagine I couldn't finish the book, however, the audio book was entertaining enough for me to survive the dry parts and enjoy the good parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire development of the story, it was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clear and Present Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (452)

    Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

    T. Heidner says: "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"
    "Clear and Boring Danger..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book if there was a different narrator. It just killed me how I could zone out through chapters of this book, even through the "exciting" parts of it because the narrator was trained in the art of putting people to sleep. I digress, the story is great, the meat and potatoes of the book is great,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail... this is like all of his books are a master work of detail, character development, and overall delivery of the story.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    I didn't like his narration at all.. it was so dry, all the characters sounded the same, and couldn't tell when detail stopped and conversation started.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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