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John

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (646)

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Kathy says: "Great grab-you-in-plot!"
    "Great, as usual!"
    Overall

    This was a great read! I always enjoy the books these two authors create, and this is no exception. Other listeners have complained about the poor technical aspects, but I don't know what they're referring to, since to me this seems like a fresh and relevant topic. I recommend this and all books by these two authors--whether they're writing together or separately. (Note to Audible -- please make sure we have access to them all!)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1577)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another winner from Preston & Child!"
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    Preston and Child continue to produce excellent novels for the Pendergast Series, and this--the thirteenth--is one of their best. Century-old bear attacks, crazed miners, and an exclusive ski resort are all featured in this story, which moves quickly and builds excitement and suspense all the way to the end. You'll be shocked by the deaths and you'll be on the edge of your chair until all is resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1324)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Orson Scott Card at the top of his game!"
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    Earth Unaware is the first in a series of prequels to the Ender Series that take us back to the first human encounter with aliens, the "buggers" made famous by Card's Ender's Game. If you are an Ender fan (and who isn't!) you're going to love Earth Unaware. The characters are solid and well developed, as is the asteroid mining culture in which the story develops. There's plenty of action, too, both before and after the alien encounter. The use of multiple performers for this audiobook edition works well, and the performers are uniformly good. (Note that one of the performers, Emily Janice Card, has a remarkably familiar name!) I unhesitatingly recommend this book to Ender fans. In addition, if you've never read Ender's Game, then Earth Unaware is a good way to get some backstory on the aliens. I've already preordered the next in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koko: Blue Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    KOKO. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They are Vietnam vets — a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York.

    bionichands says: "7 hours in and I am done"
    "Starts out slow, but builds suspense."
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    I almost stopped listening to this book a few chapters in, because it seemed to start out too slowly. Eventually, however, I was caught up in the story, which built to a high level of mystery and suspense, with a satisfactory conclusion. I'm not sure where the next book in the trilogy will take the story, but I will probably listen to it when it is added to audible.com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6965)
    Performance
    (3328)
    Story
    (3332)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "An excellent, well written saga."
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    The Passage, the first book of a trilogy, is a saga about modern heroes in a world turned upside down by the release of a terrible virus that turns humans into monsters. Cronin is a gifted writer whose story held my interest throughout. The listening experience is outstanding, thanks to a trio of wonderful narrators, especially Scott Brick. This book is definitely worth listening to, as is the sequel, which is now available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1949)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Odd is still Fun to Read!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd is a strange name for a strange guy--one who has become one of my favorite series characters. If you like Dean Koontz's "Odd" series, this one should not disappoint. Part of the enjoyment of reading books that are part of a series is that the actions and interactions of the main character(s) can often be more important than the story. Even though there are some negative comments about this book, trust me: if you like our friend Odd, you'll like this latest book. Personally, I thought the story was pretty strong, too, so give it a try.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: The Reply

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    When scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte uncovered the stunning truth about Area 51--a "training area" on Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada--they opened up a Pandora's box kept hidden from the American public for 50 years.

    Alex says: "Keeps getting better"
    "Interstellar conflict!"
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    Would you listen to Area 51: The Reply again? Why?

    Yes, I was impressed with the concept and development in Area 51 (the first book in the "Area 51" series.


    What other book might you compare Area 51: The Reply to and why?

    It's a worthy follow-up to Area 51, the first book in the series.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "An Uncommonly Good Book!"
    Overall

    Although a work of fiction, Turow's approach and writing skills produced a book that reads like a memoir, but with the suspense of a great novel. ORDINARY HEROES should appeal to anyone who enjoys good writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2996)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1611)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Possibly the Best Pendergast Novel Yet!"
    Overall

    FEVER DREAM is the latest collaboration between two great authors in their excellent "Pendergast Series." Preston and Child maintain the mystery and suspense at such high levels, I listened almost nonstop until the end. In this book FBI special agent Pendergast faces his most challenging--and personal--case yet, in a plot guaranteed to keep you listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rolling Thunder: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (297)

    A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

    Janet says: "Great story and narration as usual!"
    "Thunderous Applause for ROLLING THUNDER!"
    Overall

    A prominent woman dies on Sea Haven's new wooden roller coaster, but was there a crime? Danny and Ceepak are on the trail when an entirely new crisis shocks the town, threatening the investigators, their friends, and the rapidly-approaching tourist season. "Rolling Thunder," the sixth John Ceepak Mystery from Chris Grabenstein, won't disappoint loyal fans or new readers. As always, Jeff Woodman's narration pulls the characters off the written page and into your headphones. There's plenty of mystery, suspense, and the usual humor, with an ending that will keep you turning pages until it concludes. And...is there someone new in Danny's life? Stay tuned!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (763)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "I loved it -- and the whole series!"
    Overall

    This book--and the rest of the author's "John Ceepak" mysteries--are hilarious and entertaining visits to the New Jersey shore, where local cops--a former MP and a surfer dude--track down bad guys in fictional Sea Haven. TILT-A-WHIRL, the first in the series, won the 2006 Anthony Award for "Best First Mystery" and will hook you on going back for more (all available here on audible.com). The dialog is crisp and full of sharp humor, made even better by the delivery of the excellent narrator. (If you've spent any time on the "Joisey" shore, you'll appreciate him even more!)

    I got such a laugh from this book I visited the author's Website, which is also funny and entertaining. Be sure to download the perfectly believable Sea Haven visitor map, which shows where all the best spots are located! I'm hopping the next installment will be on audible in time for summer!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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