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J R B

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EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Outlaws, Inc: Under the Radar and on the Black Market with the World's Most Dangerous Smugglers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matt Potter
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    This riveting account reveals the secret corners of our supposedly flat world: black markets where governments are never seen but still spend outrageous amounts of money. Journalist Matt Potter tells the story of Yuri and his crew, a gang of Russian military men who, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, found themselves without work or prospects. So they bought a decommissioned Soviet plane - at liquidation prices, straight from the Russian government - and started a shipping business.

    J R B says: "Just Amazing, Beyond Interesting"
    "Just Amazing, Beyond Interesting"
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    Where does Outlaws, Inc rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of my non-fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brutal truth of whats going on and our part in it.


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

    I was just amazed at how widespread and prevalent the arms trade is . It just amazes me that this issue is not at the fore front of issues being discussed. This is a book that is a must for anyone that wants to know about all aspects of the arms trade as well as who is involved. And how its not just small time warlords in some far flung African village.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT!! I recommend it to everyone I know who reads or listens to nonfiction and fiction alike.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (745)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "My favorite band got me into my favorite Author."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely. Hemingway is a genius. I love the way he writes. He just pulls you in like nothing else. He has a way of conveying emotion and situations that is so enthralling.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I am a huge Metallica fan. The song that got me into Metallica was, For whom the Bells Tolls. So naturally I had to get this book. It only took me 20 years to finally read/listen to the book. Hemingway is now my favorite author. My favorite band got me into my favorite author. Or was it the other way around?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1255)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Beautifully Written. Dark adventure tale."
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    Would you listen to Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh again? Why?

    Yes and probably will. This was a great quick listen. The Branagh did a superb job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite caracter was Manager Kurtz. He was just so intriguing. As soon as you meet him a million questions fill your head. It makes it even more fun to listen to when you picture him as Marlon Brando. (Coppola's Apocalypse Now was adapted after this story)


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

    Yes,
    I thought Conrad did an excellent job of depicting how mythical and mysterious equatorial Africa was, "It had become a place of darkness. But there was in it one river especially, a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land...but I could not shake off the idea. The snake had charmed me."


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen. It is written the way that adventure stories are supposed to be written. You really get inside the characters heads. The descriptions of the surroundings, the people, their interactions with each other and the mystery and intrigue are what make Heart of Darkness a tale for the ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1445)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Dark, creepy, violent and AWESOME"
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    Would you listen to Sandman Slim again? Why?

    I would listen to Sandman Slim again. Its just entertaining to listen to. Narration is good, story is good what else do you need?


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very dark and thats something that I like. Kadrey is not afraid to go places that other won't go . He does a great job of blending magic, violence, dark comedy, romance, redemption and good old fashioned story telling. He does all of this in a artful way that is very rare. He strikes a very surprising balance which translates into a thrill ride that is well worth the time and money investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (871)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "Not he best in the series but still good."
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    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The narration is awesome. Macleod does a great job with all of the different characters voices. You have everything from normal people to Satin himself to angels, demons, and everything in-between. Great narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5495)
    Performance
    (2994)
    Story
    (3003)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "This is the one that got me hooked!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want to get into the Mitch Rapp series, start here. This is a great book. If you listen to it you will find the underworld of espionage and what it takes to fight the war on terror. Mitch Rapp is my favorite character in any novel. He is this generations Jack Ryan. Flynn did a wonderful job of story telling and character development. He goes into detail where many other authors would just glance over. Although he doesn't go into extreme depth like Clancy often does. His style is wonderful. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a heart pounding thriller that has many books in the series for you to enjoy. I envy you if you have not listened to any of Flynn's novels yet. You have hours and hours of great listening ahead of you!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Assassin?

    Rapp going one on one with Stan Hurley.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Stan Hurley, just a crotchety old vet that really helps to kick off this series, as he trains a young Mitch Rapp become a methodical if at times, lose cannon, terrorist killing machine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1221)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "What an Introduction by Ben Coes!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great first installment to a series. It does get a bit far fetched at times but, hey this is fiction. I loved Power Down. I was looking for another Flynn-esque series and found it in Power Down. The rest of the series only gets better as you go on. I have all of them in my library. I can't wait for Coe's June release of Independence Day as the fifth installment. Ben does really knows his stuff. He works in the world of finance and has a lot of first hand experience that really shines in this book. He also has experience in the drilling and energy sector as well, which turns out to be instrumental in the story line of Power Down. The book also has a afterward with Ben Coes and Mitt Romney, they discuss what influenced Ben to write the book and how his life experiences have allowed him to create such a dynamic and realistic character in Dewy Andreas. I recommend this one my friends!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the real life finical scheming, the use of actual industrial energy production tactics, all while throwing in political intrigue and thrilling character development. And its just plain fun to listen to Dewy get to the bottom of it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (3078)
    Story
    (3059)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "The Last Installation from My Favorite Author"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is classic Flynn. It has everything. And Rapp is at his best. Although it is not as good as some of his other works. Last Man is still a great book. I have listened to all of the Rapp novels multiple time and can't get enough of them. Mitch Rapp is the man that we hope hope is really out there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (859)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "HOLD ON TIGHT!!!!!"
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    Would you listen to Coup d'Etat again? Why?

    Hell yeah!!! Get listen. Coes once again proves that he is a great writer for the genre. Hey if he was good enough for Vince Flynn he's good by me. I loved this book. Just edge of your seat excitement. It goes to places that you never would even think to look. Great Work Ben!!!!


    What other book might you compare Coup d'Etat to and why?

    Similar to Vince Flynn and Brad Thor


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    1,2 Dewy's comin' for you....3,4 it won't matter if you lock your door


    Any additional comments?

    The main character, Dewy Andreas, is somewhere between Mitch Rapp (Flynn) and Scot Harvath (Thor) Not quite as good as Rapp, but smarter and a bit less brutish than Harvath. This is what makes him so interesting. Coes makes him is own. Dewy Andreas is truly an organic character. This installment further solidifies Ben Coes's, and in turn, Dewy Andreas's footprint on the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Good story, Haunting narration"
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    What did you love best about Ghostman?

    The story was good don't get me wrong. It was very interesting, kept me guessing and wanting more. But the narration was awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Weber – was your favorite?

    The guy who was looking for ghost man. Weber's narration for this guy was excellent, one of the best I've heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (384)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Don says: "Pretty good buuut...."
    "Very Interesting, Really liked it."
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    Would you listen to Prey again? Why?

    Yeah, it was intriguing to listen to. Edge of your seat type of deal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intrigue oaf what exactly was going on, and how they were going to resolve what was going on. As usual, Crichton does a masterful job of incorporating real life science and biology into Prey.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a bit dense at times, so a break may be needed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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