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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 2001

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  • 33 reviews
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  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Shadow Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (439)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • The Rented Mule: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    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.

    MARK says: "Interesting setup fizzles in the third act"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (901)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (784)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
  • 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
    (916)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (789)

    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
    (3950)
    Performance
    (3531)
    Story
    (3526)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (896)

    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.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Not quite Arthur Conan Doyle"
    Overall
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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
    (3421)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (3002)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1318)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Typical James Lee Burke"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have read James Lee Burke previously, this is his typical combination of culture, history and philosophical narrative to understanding the bayou country of Louisiana, The plot is a little more non realistic than most of the previous Dave Robicheaux Novels. It is worth listening as the narrative flows well, especially read by Will Patton. He has the dialect and the distinctive voice change to pick out the individual characters.


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

    Yes and No; It flowed well but there were some districting interludes that you could of done without.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes as noted above


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 15 Seconds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Christian Hoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

    Stopped by the police for a minor traffic violation, the situation escalates and he is pulled from his vehicle, handcuffed, and told he is under arrest. Several other police cars arrive and the questioning turns scary, but just as Henry is released and about to move on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is suddenly killed. As the car speeds away, there is only one suspect left behind - Henry.

    Happy dog says: "Unforgettable suspense"
    "exciting and fast moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 15 Seconds in three words, what would they be?

    Holds you interest


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although it had some redundancy and prolonged narrative, the plot was still fast moving and kept your interest. I listened to the entire book during a 2 day drive andmade the drive enjoyable.


    What does Christian Hoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent reasd in thatt you could tell the characters in the novel from his change of voice.


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

    It was not that type of book, but it did bring to the forefront, parent’s devotion to their children and contrasted with the villain’s irrational thought process.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to put down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Collision

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Collision is the story of two men living very different lives - one, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as "Pilgrim", whose current assignment for a fringe espionage agency is so treacherous he doesn't trust even his own boss. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, the two men realize that they've been framed in an elaborate setup.

    Tracie says: "a worthwhile purchase"
    "Fast pace"
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    What did you love best about Collision?

    It wqas a fast moving plot that made it hard to put the book down. Some books with an esiponage plot, the characters are difficult to recognize, but the reader and the narration keeps one focused.


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    godd dialogue with voice can to reconize the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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