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Janet C. Walker

Summerville, SC | Member Since 2002

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  • The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time. Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before....

    lyl says: "Not what reader is anticipating"
    "Et Tu Hunter!"
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    Well, I struggled through most of King's book on this topic (Kennedy assassination), then I saw Bob Lee was tackling it. I love the Bob Lee character and Hunter's writing in general. This one is just interminable, I have tried and tried to get through it, but jeez, I can't take any more LHO stuff. There may be something to the conspiracy stories, but to quote Hilary lately, "what difference does it make?" Bygones! I am a tad older than Bob Lee and retired military and that is what I enjoy hearing about, a little too much ballistic study here and focus on other than our hero. Maybe some time I will come back for part 3.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1200)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "I am about through with Ledger."
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    I have read the earlier books in the series, the problem with this one is: so has the author and he keeps rehashing the old stuff. Some of it is to fill in gaps in the character, but mostly I interpret this as reading leftovers and filling space to get another book out of it. I have started this several times and then something good comes out and I switch to Lucas Davenport or Sheriff Longmire, and not too eager to pick this one up again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (958)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    DeltaDeltaKilo says: "Boooooo!"
    "Best one lately"
    Overall
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    I've petered out on Brad Thor after the Athena affair, tried one more time and found this one better. Though I did have to check a few times to be sure this was not written by Ron Paul.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "Excellent!"
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    SSG Bell relates his story of the battle of Fallujah and completely involves the reader. Fascinating and can't put down story everyone ought to read(listen). It makes you want to scramble for your flac vest. Oh, I left mine in the arms room 35 years ago. What these men went through does not compare at all to my 20 plus years in the Army and makes me need to back up to the pay table for my retirement check. Heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

    Hooah, hell Thank god for the American soldier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Code: Kidd, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    When Kidd - artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal - learns of a colleague's murder, he doesn't buy the official story: that a jittery security guard caught the hacker raiding the files of a high-tech Texas corporation. It's not what his friend was looking for that got him killed. It's what he already knew. For Kidd and LuEllen, infiltrating the firm is the first move. Discovering the secrets of its devious entrepreneur is the next. But it's more than a secret.... It's a conspiracy. And it's landed Kidd and LuEllen in the cross-hairs of an unknown assassin hellbent on conning the life out of the ultimate con artists....

    Janet C. Walker says: "Not Davenport"
    "Not Davenport"
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    When I have tried a Sanford book other than Davenport and Flowers I am very disappointed. I do love all of those, but Kidd, are you Kidding? This one just leaves me flat and in fact I think I read this back in the paper library days. Maybe I'll finish this when I am totally desperate. Anyway, you just can't write a book about computer tech and think it will last for ten years.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Excitingly descriptive medieval battles"
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    Thomas of Hookton continues his battle against Christian relics. As you listen to the battle scenes you may have to duck to avoid the splatter of blood flying. A quite excellent tale of dastardly Royals, Clerics and varlets and god awful justice handed out. I am still trying to decide if I like this better than the Sharpe sagas. Well worth the credit and maybe even another.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1097)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "New Sandford books are mandatory reading"
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    Sandford's books are a compulsion with me. Whether for Davenport or that $%^ Flowers, they are always intricately constructed. Details are vibrant and always interesting. This one is once again worth the credit as were all the others I remember. I did a layover for an hour in Minnesota once, so hardly an expert on the area but it seems real as you listen and the can't put it down factor is high. Even a little twist at the end.

    Buy this one, narrator is great and the entire production is worth the cost.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (933)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "the usual suspects drop by"
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    Jim wrote this one with a cast of people that I would not touch with a ten foot pole, and is all the more reason to stay pretty far from south Texas. The usual suspects are Audie Murphy, Ma Barker and pretty boy Floyd, who strangely inhabit Hackberry's mind as they do Dave Robichaux, Burke's main character, both of these guys are elderly war veterans that spent time marinating in bottles, and that probably says something about the author. The performance by Will Patton could probably be done in his sleep, but is nevertheless quite good and since I read all of Burkes novels, it would seem quite a loss to do without Patton's narration, in fact when I see Patton on TV I start looking around for Clete. How long can Burke continue with his geriatric inebriated Don Quixote's? Well we will see, (or I hope so anyway)?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2364)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Save your credit"
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    This is just awful. I did continue thru the first 50 minutes, amazingly stupid dialog, a protagonist who deserves to be wacked as soon as possible, or not who cares? Cudos to the narrator for doing this gig, I'd rather listen to a reading of the phone book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (855)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Not like TV show"
    Overall

    Det Rizzoli is mostly on her own with this one, it is her turn after all the last book had Maura Isles as the main hero, star, protagonist. This one has shades of Dragon Tattoos all over it. At least the Rizzoli and Isles in the books are not as silly as on the TV show.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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