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John

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5619)
    Performance
    (4763)
    Story
    (4776)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Good historical fiction, Book 1 a little better"
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    I am sure historical fiction is tough, especially such a large book filled with details. I thought this book was a little too much history and not enough fiction to emphasize the characters. The narrator is good (not great). Would recommend. Hoping for a great finale.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (310)

    The award-winning William Gibson goes beyond science fiction to the broader mainstream fiction audience. His unique world features multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vying for power, traveling the computer-generated universe.

    john says: "Narrator is Fantastic"
    "Top rate trilogy. Abstract but worth it!!"
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    Gibson is clearly a top rate author. What a great mix of plot, characters, and action. Narration continued to be top rate. Not for everyone but if you think it may be worth it based on the audible description, then you will love it. 6 stars easy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for a Creator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Lee Strobel
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded. Today science is supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. Darwinism has faltered in the face of facts and hard reason. Science definitely gives faith a boost as new findings emerge about the complexity of our universe. Strobel re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. You'll encounter discoveries from cosmology, DNA research, and human consciousness that present evidence in The Case for a Creator.

    Alan Rither says: "Excellent Summary of Apologetics"
    "Well done summary of recent research for a creator"
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    I enjoyed the book from many different angles and 5 stars is warranted. The only critique would be the emphasis on christianity through the book. Would rather it be religion neutral. Even through I am a christian. Makes a stronger argument if specifics of faith are left out in my mind. Still would highly recommend. Only other comment is to have frequent updates of this title that include the latest scientific info. A book like this will become quickly outdated if it doesn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Count Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (488)

    A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

    Michael says: "Where've you been all my life?"
    "Doesn't get better than this. Six stars!"
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    I love this series. Incredible writing paired with 5 star+ narration. Can't wait for the next book. Gibson is an amazing writer. This is a rare gem of a series. 6 stars would be more appropriate. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stalin Epigram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By John Lee, Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    The Stalin Epigram is a masterful rendering of the life of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the 20th century. His heroic protest against the Stalin regime---particularly his outspoken criticism of the collectivization that drove millions of Russian peasants to starvation---finally reached its apex in 1934. When he composed a searing indictment of Stalin in a 16-line poem, secretly passed from person to person through recitation, the poet was arrested.

    Brian says: "A reaction, not a review: Brilliant"
    "Not a typical Littell book but still worth it"
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    I just love the way Little writes. The story line is engaging though not like his typical fictional espionage type books. The narration is also top notch. I would not start listening to Littell with this book but if you like Littell's writing style you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3857)
    Performance
    (2459)
    Story
    (2448)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Best Connelly book yet"
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    I started listening to Connelly from his first book written. Seems to makes sense for Connelly since he uses people and events from prior books into his future books. So far the Poet has been the best. I am still amazed that Connelly can produce one great book after another. Highly recommend. Just put the next Connelly book in my wish list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Kind of Anger

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    A Kind of Anger combines a satire of a paparazzi-driven media culture with a gritty espionage tale. Just six weeks ago, Lucia Bernardi fled the villa where her lover died. And then she vanished. The police, the tabloids and even the real killers all want to find her. Disgraced reporter Piet Maas searches for and then finds Lucia, in the south of France. There he faces a conundrum - publish her amazing story, reviving his career but guaranteeing her death - or join in her grand extortion, and risk both their lives.

    John says: "Ambler is good but not his best"
    "Ambler is good but not his best"
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    Don't start listening Ambler with this one. He will never be below 3 starts, he is just too good. But I do have to say his earlier works are much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (2182)
    Story
    (2190)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Great first half, second half not as engaging"
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    I loved this book half way through. It was new, creative and with good narration. Then the second half of the book started to smell of book with no clear conclusion. I knew it was a series , but I got the feeling that this will be one of those series that have no conclusion. I hope this is not the case. I hope the third book to come out will end the series. Then it would be worth continuing. But I feel it won't. Good concept. Teenagers will probably enjoy a 15 book series like this. Adults though, probably not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1285)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "You have to focus, but worth it"
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    I knew the book was a cult classic. Started Cyber Punk SciFi. Did not know that the writing style is very abstract. You need to listen carefully. May be a better read. I listen in the car and at times got lost. Overall was able to keep the story line in place. Narration great. I will definitely go onto the next book.

    Will need a mental break to recuperate from the mental focus that was needed for Neuromancer. An easy five star though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2455)
    Performance
    (2194)
    Story
    (2200)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Huh? End of the trilogy is a political statement"
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    Wow. If I had known that the end of the trilogy would basically be a diatribe by Follett on his political beliefs, I would not have started it. Of course too late now. I weathered the marathon. Seemed that each book got worse in the series and clearly book three was the worst. Too bad. Such potential but a total bust.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4769)
    Performance
    (4373)
    Story
    (4374)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Great mystery. Highly Recommend!!"
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    What a great writer. The characters are great, plot keeps you guessing and no slow points along the way. Of course have a great narrator doesn't hurt. This would be a 6 star if I could give it. Cant' wait for another book in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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