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Richard

Spring, TX, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Those Who Walk in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Ridley
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    John Ridley, the best-selling author of The Drift, is renowned for his gritty, violent tales and their razor-sharp dialogue. This foray into science fiction is an explosive thriller. In the near future, superheroes are very real. But so are supervillains. When San Francisco is toasted during a superbeing clash, America has had enough. All metanormals must leave the country, or face extermination at the hands of an elite new law enforcement branch.

    Richard says: "Terrific narration, story needs an editor..."
    "Terrific narration, story needs an editor..."
    Overall

    This story needs brutal editing, it sounds like it was written on deadline and fueled by caffiene. A good editor would hack out huge chunks of redundant, mind numbing stuff. I found my mind wandering as the story went down the same roads over and over again. Some of the interesting plot lines were thrown away too quickly. Interesting characters and events in the story were abandoned, in favor or more useless atmosphere and scene setting.

    Ms. Floyd's dramatic reading is the principle saving grace of the book. Her acting ability brought some depth to characters, that would have otherwise been flat. She gave a professional performance to material that really did not deserve her talent.

    Too much focus was given to the wrong characters, we should have spent more time with the "bad guys" who were all much more interesting than the protagonist, Soledad. Too much meaningless atmosphere. Too much repetition in the narration -- like Mr. Ridley thought we would forget the motivations of his characters if we didn't hear them repeated often enough.

    Trim it down, then sell it as a graphic novel or a TV movie script. It doesn't work in this medium.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sword Song: The Battle for London: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 4

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, warrior by instinct, Viking by nature, has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs.

    Kent says: "Wait for the Unabridged version"
    "Wait for the unabridged version"
    Overall

    The flavor of the book was lost in the abridgement. The story is cut to the battle scenes, good stuff -- but not enough. Wait for the unabridged version.
    The reading performance was excellent. The story great. I just missed the sauce that goes with the meat. Oh, and the abridged version is edited down from the unabridged version. You can hear audio glitches where the butchery was performed.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3670)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1858)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "The Matrix meets Blade Runner"
    Overall

    The noir detective atmosphere of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner combined with tech and violence of The Matrix. People have their memories and personalities stored in memory and move from body to body over centuries. Criminals are placed in storage while time takes everything they know and everyone they love, their bodies sold as "sleeves".

    Brutal, not for the sqeamish story. I enjoyed it immensely.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "Someone please make a movie"
    Overall

    Like Bowden's "Blackhawk Down", this book would make a terrific movie script. Very few Non-fiction books are as riveting as this one. I wonder if anyone in Hollywood has the courage to make the movie?

    It certainly deserves all the awards!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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