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John

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 129 reviews
  • 246 ratings
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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Stone's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    Marilyn Scher says: "Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for."
    "A great find!"
    Overall

    Thank you customer reviewers! A great book from start to finish. The first book I might listen to again. I have recommended this book to five friends, a first for me. Easily worth the 2 credits. I only wish the last narrator of the book (there are three) was used for the entire book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night-Comers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    All in all Steve Fraser had enjoyed his three-year stint in the former Dutch Southeast Asian colony of Sunda, and he’d been well compensated. But now he was looking forward to a last weekend in the capital before heading home. But Sunda was newly independent, and not entirely stable. An opposition faction with fundamentalist Islamic leanings was set on overthrowing the provisional government. And instead of enjoying a sybaritic weekend with the Eurasian beauty Rosalie, Fraser finds himself trapped with her by a fanatical group....

    John says: "Interesting story but not Ambler's best"
    "Interesting story but not Ambler's best"
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    Performance
    Story

    Seemed the book was more bent on describing a piece of history versus developing a plot and building characters. Narration was excellent and that saved the story for me. It wasn't a bad use of 6 hours of my life, but don't start listening to Eric Ambler books with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days Without Number

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Nick Paleologus is summoned to the unyielding bosom of his family to help resolve a dispute which threatens to set his brothers and sisters against their aged and irascible father. Michael Paleologus, retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last Emperors of Byzantium, lives alone at Trennor, a remote and rambling house on the Cornish bank of the Tamar. A ridiculously generous offer has been made for the house, but he refuses to sell despite the urgings of his children, for whom the proceeds would solve a variety of problems.

    Die Falknerin says: "A modern writer worth reading"
    "Goddard is just a great author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you have not tried Goddard, go for it. If you like his style this book will not disappoint. Few authors can pull off a style that always intrigues the listener and makes one get into the characters. Goddard is exceptional in this regard. All of his books are great buys. This one is no exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Word Exchange: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alena Graedon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert, Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted "death of print" has become a reality. Anana Johnson works with her father, Doug, at the North American Dictionary of the English Language, where he is hard at work on the last edition that will ever be printed. Doug is a staunchly anti-meme, anti-tech intellectual who fondly remembers the days when people used e-mail to communicate - or even actually spoke to one another. One evening, Doug disappears, leaving a single written clue: ALICE - a code word he and Anana devised to signal if one of them ever fell into harm's way.

    John says: "Never got into it."
    "Never got into it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Probably a better book to read. Narrators lost me. Just did not gain momentum. Not terrible and may look at another book by the author but would be hard pressed to recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (651)

    Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times best-selling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal.

    Amazon Customer says: "Entertaining and Riveting Listening"
    "Solid book. Like Finder style"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Plot and characters are solid. Narrator great. Good choice for espionage. Not a five star bowl you over book but close and keeps you involved and wanting to get back in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5723)
    Performance
    (5204)
    Story
    (5217)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Amazing. Great mystery book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow. A great audiobook. Writing and narrative are top rate. Not my usual genre but I would get this author's books anytime. Great buy. Won't lose on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2165)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "An OK espionage book. Just lacking something"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first few books of Baldacci were amazing. Now anytime I try to get back into his writing it seems a little too cookbook. Narrator was good for the type of book and having two narrators were even better. I was hoping for a leap to the past to his original books. This was note quite it. Not bad though and if you love espionage genre this will be better than most. Just not good enough for me to go to another Baldacci book. Off to another author.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (11427)
    Performance
    (9941)
    Story
    (9977)

    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.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A little disappointed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (8163)
    Performance
    (7481)
    Story
    (7511)

    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?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14877)
    Performance
    (11457)
    Story
    (11518)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (16118)
    Performance
    (12337)
    Story
    (12365)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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

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