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John

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 123 reviews
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  • 425 titles in library
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  • The Journey Into Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (229)

    The theme of this four-day retreat: "It's Always Now" The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. It is the prerequisite of Being. As you listen to the words on this tape, you participate in the retreat. To "retreat" means to step back - not only from the outer world, but also from the world in your head, the thinking mind. Allow the sound of the words to take you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within.

    Stephanie says: "The best Audible credit I've spent yet"
    "Enjoyed the lecture format"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of Tolle's books. This is a good summary in a lecture format. I would recommend listening to his other books first, i.e. The New Earth.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9962)
    Performance
    (8595)
    Story
    (8614)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "A little disappointed."
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    Why I did not know that book five was not the last book I don't know. It should have been evident in book four when the plot stalled out. Book five does a little better job moving the plot forward, at least the last 10% of the book does. Still a lot of fluff. Boring conversations still dominate. I don't remember any of these drag on conversations in the first three books. Someone must have pulled Martin aside after book three and told him there was money to be made if he dragged out the series for a few more books. There is just such a dramatic shift from books 1-3 to books 4 and 5. I have to imagine if he is going to wrap up this series in 7 books, then book six has to refocus the plot when it comes out. If it doesn't, this series may never end. Dotrice is limping to the finish line, not a terrible job, only the female characters suffer greatly. But how is he going to do two more books. A little worried Dotrice skills are on the decline and book six could be ruined because of it. Oh well, too late to change now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6778)
    Performance
    (6190)
    Story
    (6216)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Someone took a wrong turn, what happened?"
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    After three great books, the story just plummets into mediocrity. I have read the reviews and they slam Dotrice but I would equally slam Martin. I actually give Dotrice a little break given how many characters and the difficulty in the performance (that being said, Dotrice is clearly off his game in this book). It is the story I was most upset about. What happened to all of the great characters, the action, and the plot. This is a book of a few characters talking a lot and barely inching the plot along. Almost felt like filler material to make this a five book series. I have to imagine all of the interesting characters come back in book 5. I know some of my friends stopped this series have way through this book and now I know why. Despite my disappointment I will trudge forward to book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (13277)
    Performance
    (9976)
    Story
    (10023)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Just as good as the first two books, amazing"
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    Great writing with narration is always a winner. Given how large the scope of these books are, Martin pulls it off again. Several story lines that all have rich characters and intense action. Off to book 4. Highly recommend this series, at least up to this point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14449)
    Performance
    (10803)
    Story
    (10821)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Back to Back Winners"
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    Another great audiobook! This series is excellent. I am only hoping it can keep up the momentum. I have been let down so many times with other series as you get to the end. So far this series is getting better. I would think almost anyone can get into this series unless violence is a turn off. Off to book three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21604)
    Performance
    (15705)
    Story
    (15761)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Highly Recommend"
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    This is by no means my favorite genre but great writing is great writing. Wow. Difficult to turn off the car on this book. The narration is also top rate. This is a five star plus book. Can not wait to get to the next in the series. Only recommendation before starting this book is to find a map online of the different lands. It can get a little confusing otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Not Finder's best but kept me listening"
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    Narration was solid. Graham is always good. The book seemed a little too far fetched. Twists were there but fell a little flat. Probably more of a 3.5 star book. Choose another Finder book first. This is not his best work. Probably will eventually listen to book 2 of this series but not anytime soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Closed Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The year is 1931. The new and luxurious transatlantic liner Empress of Britain is on her eastward passage. Among the first-class passengers on board are two English confidence tricksters, making a discreet exit from a little awkwardness they have left behind them in the United States.

    Lorriee says: "No Redemption."
    "Goddard does it again. And again."
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    Though not my favorite Goddard book, it is still a 5 star in my eyes. A plot that is never boring with great characters to make the story never stall out. Excellent narration to boot!! Wish there were more Goddards in the literary world.

    1 of 1 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
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1583)

    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.

    Judi says: "Disappointing and slow"
    "Not up to DeMille standards in my book"
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    Following the book, The Lion, which in my mind was a complete flop paired with poor narration, I feel The Panther showed a slight improvement in plot but a huge improvement by Brick in his performance. Still two stars is stretching it. I would not recommend this book to a friend. Corey becomes a stand up comedian for some reason. I like sarcasm, but every other line out his mouth is a sarcastic one liner. Not only does it slow up the book but it becomes very irritating about 5 hours into the book. And it doesn't stop until the end. The plot itself is too simple. A great history and description of Yemen, but I was more interested in a complex plot with a clever NYPD cop as the lead. What I got was a painfully slow moving simple plot with the main character becoming a nuisance.

    I have been a huge DeMille fan to this point but now with two bombs back to back, the next book better be good or it will be a sad fall to my B list of authors. I will cross my fingers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Passage of Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip. But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore. So when the gracious Mr. Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureaucratic detail involving a consignment of small arms, Greg is surprisingly receptive. All he has to do is sign some papers, he’s told, and he’ll be paid a handsome fee. And everything does go smoothly, until it comes to getting a check co-signed by the rebel leader.....

    John says: "One of the Very Best"
    "Ambler minus a narrator"
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    Ambler is a great talent in my book. Every book is excellent. Now it falls upon the narrator and the audiobook publisher to make it happen. This one fell short, not due to the story which was first rate but due to a lackluster performance. My whole family listened to this book on a long trip and it was universal, good book with a narrator that never found his stride. This is a great example how the narrator is the difference between a good audiobook and a great one. I will always recommend an Ambler book just not this narrator. I will still march on and go through all the Ambler books. Hard to match in quality of writing with any other writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1847)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Keeps you involved. Excellent narration."
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    Looking forward to other books by this author. Great character development and the book makes you feel you are in the scenes. Great writing is paired with excellent narration, always the best mix.

    This is not my usual genre, a little too twisted in many parts and I will have to spread out the books to allow my brain a rest from this sordid cast of characters. Even so, with a good writer, I will always come back for more.

    This is a good use of a credit, even better if you like the serial killer type of books. Thanks audible reviewers, good advice on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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