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Jason

Currently training for a marathon and trying listening to books instead of music. Takes mind of the long runs!

St Pete Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • World War One: History in an Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, led by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around nine million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns, and toxic gas attacks.

    Sean says: "Concise review"
    "Good introduction or refresher"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is an hour well spent brushing up on the basic timelines of WW1. There are a few interesting back stories of the main events and it covers it well. It would be a good introduction to the story of the Great War and is well told.
    However it is not meant to be a thorough book - it brushes over most of the main points. I have a bookshelf of WW1 books and this skims the surface but it is worth a read especially if you don't know much about the war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand???!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (381)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Boring"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Jeff Cummings?

    I normally like Koontz but I'd be careful about buying more after that


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The short stories part of this book not included. Buy the main story was boring, predictable and I was skimming wishing it would end soon


    Any additional comments?

    Koontz has much better than this - pass it over and pick something better

    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
    (3810)
    Performance
    (3335)
    Story
    (3354)

    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"
    "A great read would encourage me to read more"
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    What did you love best about Threat Vector?

    Great action scenes along with a gripping story and goodr performance


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the Gray man boo by Mark Greaney and this fact paced action is similar and his touch is evident here. All in all I really enjoyed this book and will read more from the series


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A few men try to stop global warfare


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1223)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "action packed thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, but as a series - seems like he could be a good character with further development


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

    yes - good non stop action, as good a read as any Bourne book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    An unbelievable story, with great action and a worthwhile read for an action junkie. Would read more of the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1101)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "entertaining and a few laughs"
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    Would you try another book from George Carlin and/or George Carlin?

    no - it is a good compilation but not laugh out loud and the funniest bits are all on youtube in his standup videos - but it is entertaining and well performed


    Would you be willing to try another book from George Carlin? Why or why not?

    as above


    What about George Carlin’s performance did you like?

    His tone and cadence goes well with the snappy sometimes cranky observations


    Did George Carlin Reads to You inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Manchester United Years

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Bobby Charlton
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Bobby Charlton is Manchester United through and through. He was a member of the original "Busby Babes" and has devoted his career to the club, playing in 754 games over 17 years. During that period he won everything the game had to offer, played alongside such greats as Best and Law, suffered devastating defeats, and was involved in one of the greatest football tragedies of all time. Here, for the very first time, he tells the story of those United years.

    Jason says: "Too short"
    "Too short"
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    Would you try another book from Bobby Charlton and/or Christian Rodska?

    It is a quick gloss over a great career. Not many interesting back stories. Not even as good as the Munich movie which did a better job on Charlton's playing time at United. It's a good enough read but falls short at 2 hours. It barely mentions the Alex Ferguson times when Sir Bobby was a director. It would have been nice to see his viewpoints on more of this.


    Has My Manchester United Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - I love sporting biographies but this was not a very complete one


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christian Rodska?

    Yes - did a good job on Sir Bobby's accent


    Do you think My Manchester United Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would like to see a proper job done on a fitting tribute to Charlton from his young days to the world cup to the European cup and onwards to management and the boardroom and ambassadorship at United.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth about $3-$4 based on the short running time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7469)
    Performance
    (6790)
    Story
    (6802)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "One of the better private investigator tales"
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    It's a little slow in parts but the book is a good listen. I would listen to the sequel which I think is coming next year.


    What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to and why?

    If you like Ian Rankin's Rebus you would probably like Cormoran Strike in this book


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Performance of all characters was brilliant. They were well developed characters in the book but the voices were excellent


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good read but it is quite slow getting going. Characters are excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4424)
    Performance
    (2665)
    Story
    (2681)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "futuristic cop thriller"
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    What did you like best about Naked in Death? What did you like least?

    I'm about half way through the book at the minute and to be truthful I'm hoping it will end soon! The story has potential but is slow moving and not a page turner. The voices are terrible and the 'Irish' accent of the male Rourke by a woman who sounds closer to Scottish is grating me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Voices not great and the futuristic setting is a bit gimicky and not developed well. If set in the present there would be no real difference.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voices not great


    Do you think Naked in Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Possibly but I wouldn't read it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5309)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3261)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Dated but ok read"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1? What did you like least?

    The voice is a bit annoying at times and he's not great at the female voice. The book is set before mobile phones and internet and sometimes this makes it sound very dated. However the story is alright if not a little predictable at times. But it was not time wasted overall I did enjoy it and would read one more in the series to give it another chance as it had potential to be even better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Modernise it a little with mobiles and ditch the pagers!


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Voices not great


    Could you see The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Bosch played by Chris Noth


    Any additional comments?

    Think when I bought this it was a daily deal for around $4.95 which was very good value for this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fear Index

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

    Mark C Walker says: "Familiar plot"
    "Good listen but predictible"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend audiobooks to anyone - especially for exercise such as running where it is good to have something to pass the time.


    Would you recommend The Fear Index to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not - after about 6/7 chapters in I figured I saw how it was going to turn out. But I hoped it was a distraction, the ending would hardly be that obvious?! Alas - it was...!
    However the book has a good pace, interesting premise and naration is good - however some of the voices are not great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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