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Tim

Jupiter, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Poconos says: "Want my money back! Just plain HORRIBLE!"
    "Interesting, but at a Junior High level"
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    Story

    It's an interesting story, had more potential. But the writers went for over dramatization at the expense of the story. If someone boards you boat, threatens to kill you, cuts you , is clearly deranged, would you just let them go after you got the upper hand? The story follows predictable lines but it's kind of fun if you just want a story to fill the time as you travel down the road. You might find yourself wanting to get to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breach of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    A hiker finds a journal deep inside a glacier that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal, something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.

    Thomas says: "It has its moments..."
    "Pursuing suspense, the story was lost"
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    It is an OK read if your just looking for s suspense novel. Unfortunately the story loses believably. To much for the sake of sensationalism. You will find yourself saying "really" this is just stupid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (1356)
    Story
    (1362)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "DHS, DOD and an unrealistic story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Are you looking for over dramatazation?
    Do you like unrealistic conspiracy theroy stories?
    Did you know it's easier to hack a 15 year old's email than say and adults?

    Mr Baldacci, here's a hint. I have a better imagine than your sound effects, so stop with the occasional engine noises etc to give a "realistic" setting. It is a distraction. So are the different voices, just have someone read the book.

    THe camel club was far fetched, I was hoping that the return ov King and Maxwell would be a return to the action, the Absolute Power. Didn't happen.

    2 of 9 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
    (953)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (827)

    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..."
    "Classic f_ _ _in Flowers!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It's the Virgil we love. Interesting twists, not the darkness of some of Virgil's other books; but a great read just the same. Ignore the other comments to the contrary, get this and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11958)
    Performance
    (10428)
    Story
    (10470)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "The story that never ends"
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    1st let's agree that George RR Martin is a brilliant writer. This series is well written and for the most part the story, sub plots and dialog is great. However, this story never wants to end. He keeps repeating the same sequences: Anyone who is honorable and good will be built and and then destroyed. Anyone basically evil he will either create situation to get you to like them or they will slip out of their dirty deeds. Early on is was interesting, but after happening to many times it just gets predictable. I just wanted the story to come to a conclusion. I am skipping chapters now and this will be the last for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6788)
    Performance
    (5988)
    Story
    (5984)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Sci-Fi that's fun and action packed"
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    Stay with this one, it starts slow but develops. Finally and sci-fi action with monsters and without the soap opera format. I looked forward to the times I spent reading as the story grew, hard to stop listening. This inspired me to read his other novels and I've found a winner. This guy has a Steven King imagine and great presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5405)
    Performance
    (4894)
    Story
    (4908)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Good vs evil but who is who, surprise"
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    Sci-Fi with a sense of reality. The lines of good and evil blurred, things were no always as they seemed, who was good and who was evil. Rolls reverse, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, from both sides. Correia does a masterful job of taking you on a journey, set in post WW1 where magic exists in the world and people, governments and businesses seek to understand what magic is, how to use and abuse it, some for personal gain, others for a perceived greater good. The story twists and not all goo is good or evil is evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (2112)
    Story
    (2122)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Lacks believable story line"
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    What would have made Ballistic better?

    Potential to be good, but the story gets boring because there is always one more gunman, one more unbelievable escape or rescue. About a quarter of the way through I just started saying to myself, really! The narrator, while he reads with goog diction, just makes the story sound like a game show.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

    to many action seens, tries to have to be an action adventure story


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder’s performance?

    Sounded like a game show


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, boredom


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (597)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "An OK read,"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Need something to read, this is OK. The story has holes, things happen that make you say to yourself, Really? Baldacci (or whoever really wrote it) stretches out the story longer than necessary, I skipped the last few chapters, cut-OUT another needless chase and got to the end.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The story starts lacking believe-ability. Goes on to long, got bored with it..


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not the greastest narrator


    Did Total Control inspire you to do anything?

    not read the next Baldacci book


    Any additional comments?

    It would be great to see Baldacci get back to his original quality of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triggers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience - but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories.

    Ron says: "Fun Read"
    "And they all lived happily ever after"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like fairy tails, go for it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

    Probably not. The guy has talent, but the story got lost in the end.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    Actually there wasn't anything bad about the performance, he is just guilt by association.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Triggers?

    The second book! Throw it out and re-write. New story line, complete the plots. More conflict.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a better editor or better friends to steer you.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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