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Joel

I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

Dallas | Member Since 2002

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  • 36 reviews
  • 282 ratings
  • 626 titles in library
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  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (223)

    Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources. He needs the help of his long-time friend, General Boris Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2. Karpov is one of the most determined, honorable, and justice-hungry men that Bourne knows. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down and kill Bourne.

    Kenneth says: "A Lesson Learned"
    "NOt good book to listen to"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Of the more than 200 books I have download from Audible this is the only one I could not finish. It did not have the plot and continuity that all the preceding Ludhum that kept the reader involved. The number of characters that have foreign names and change of story makes the audible book very difficult to follow. Maybe if I had read the book instead of listening I could of flipped back and refreshed the character or plot. I started it twice and after15 % and 20% quit as I was unable to follow the story plot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (392)

    As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

    Ross says: "Great story, timeline a bit confusing"
    "Not the best of the Isaac Bell series"
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    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Justin Scott and/or Scott Brick?

    Yes, I have enjoyed most of them.


    If you’ve listened to books by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott before, how does this one compare?

    Not up to standard


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He is always a excellent narrator. Voice change allows you to follow character change.


    Was The Assassin worth the listening time?

    I stuck with it, but not my favorite Cussler book.


    Any additional comments?

    My main problem with the book, there was to much filler. As you listened to the book, one has the impression that the plot was written and then a lot of filler was added. The filler really did not add to the story, in fact at times it was distraction or caused loss of interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (267)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "NOT Sherlock Holmes"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.
    I expected a typical Sherlock Holmes book with Dr. Watson as it was labeled as such.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Horowitz’s story?

    The ended was disappointing and not fulfilling fo the plot. The will be a sequel or more using Moriarty in the U.S.


    Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt and Derek Jacobi ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reading was excellent


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

    No! this one was enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelly Parsons
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve's future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again….

    Jacqueline says: "Unbelievable First Novel--Not in a Good Way"
    "Too much medical terminology and explanation"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would leave out some of the medical details . It is a very impractical plot.


    Would you recommend Doing Harm to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are not in the medical field you would constantly challenging the scenarios and if you are a layperson you would have difficulty understanding some of the situations. I know it is written by a physician, but is is more fantasy than reality.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Obviously the lead character, Chief resident Steve Mitchell as he solve the medical puzzle,


    Was Doing Harm worth the listening time?

    Sort of, but it was well read, allowing you to identify the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rented Mule: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Cooper Dixon should have it made, with a beautiful wife, Kelly, two great kids, and a thriving business, the Tower Agency. But for Cooper, things aren’t turning out how he expected. He and Kelly are caught in a never-ending cycle of arguments - Cooper can’t remember the last time they had sex. And Cooper’s troubled business partner, Gates Ballenger, is scheming to sell the Tower Agency out from under him. When a gang of criminals is hired by a mysterious client to kidnap Kelly and set up Cooper to take the fall, Cooper’s life goes completely off the rails.

    Joel says: "A quick read"
    "A quick read"
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    Would you listen to The Rented Mule again? Why?

    No cause I never read or read the same book twice, as there are too many good books out there. to read.


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

    The plot kept me very engaged


    Which character – as performed by David de Vries – was your favorite?

    Cooper Dixon...he was the lead character


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

    Neither, but it kept me interested in the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to the book the narrator and the plot allowed me to not only listen but the visualize the scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1052)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Another Virgil Flower's escapades"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    The print edition would allow you to re-orient to the character with the name.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Virgil Flowers


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Always good


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

    Good fast pace that kept you engaged


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to most of John Sandford’s books and this is right up with the best. Eric Conger continues as an enjoyable narrator. The only negative is that there are many Middle Eastern character names and it is difficult to orient the listener which character they goes with the name.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (541)

    In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "John Wells -- A new American Hero"
    "Not up to par"
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    Any additional comments?

    First the only saving grace it the reading of George Guidall, which as usual is superb. The plot is slow and boring, in that it has so many minutias, that I could not keep focus. Most of the time it did not matter, as these small details were not necessary in the whole picture. When you are listening, the minutia only detract from the plot.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1009)

    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!"
    "Frighten scenario"
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    Would you listen to Coup d'Etat again? Why?

    NO, I do not listen or read any book twice


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


    Yes, it kept your interest. I had listened to Power Down by Ben Coes and it was equally as gripping. You should listen to Power Down first as “Coup d'Eta” is a continuation of most of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nearly everyone scene when Dewey Andreas get his revenge.


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

    NO, but proud to be an American


    Any additional comments?

    David de Vries did an excellent job of narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4724)
    Performance
    (4212)
    Story
    (4214)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "One for the dog"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    Since I did not read the print edition I can not compare, but it was very easy to follow the audio edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a little different, with the thought process of his police dog.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was not one specific scene.


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

    Not especially, but it could keep your interest


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable listen, especially Andrews narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1214)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Not quite Arthur Conan Doyle"
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    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good listen, but not the cliff hanger of other mysteries.u


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the ending wrapped it up


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

    Of course Watson


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

    Not especially


    Any additional comments?

    It was good, but not in the style and character plot of ACD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4385)
    Performance
    (3839)
    Story
    (3859)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Good Clancy, but not his best"
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    If you could sum up Threat Vector in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Clancy espionage


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

    Yes, but it was not as fast moving, with a lot detail that disrupted my concentration.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is alway excellent


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

    Future Cyber warfare could be today


    Any additional comments?

    The cyber attack are a real possibility. Having the President's son doing under cover in China is too unrealistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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