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Hill

Bedford, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Sea of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The book focuses on four naval commanders, two American, two Japanese, whose lives collided at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 - a clash involving more ships (almost 300), more men (nearly 200,000) and covering a larger area (more than 100 thousand square miles, roughly the size of the British Isles) than any naval battle in recorded history.

    Hika says: "Good"
    "Sea of Thunder"
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    I have listened to a lot of books about the Navy and Marine WWII battles in the south and central pacific. Most were accounts from people who were there some were fiction. Thomas did a very fine job of putting a real face on the commanders of the naval forces. At times I thought he was a little hard on the Americans and not hard enought on the Japanes. Halsey was painted out to be to driven as an admiral. From where I stand (which is in the cheap seats) thank god for men like Halsey yes he made some mistakes but over all he and the other admirals did a wonderful job. A fine work by Thomas I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1408)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "The Field"
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    I listen to audio books at an insane rate. If a reader of many books is a book worm I must be a "tape worm". There a lot of great authors and narrators. Sometimes they actually come together on the same series. Boy oh boy did they ever in Sandford's the Prey series. This is the last title that audible has in their listing as of 10/14. I enjoyed the complete series and the Field of Prey was no exception. If you are a fan of Sandford's you will love this one. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1099)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "The right mix"
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    I agree Sandford and Ferrone are a great combination. Sandford has moved to one of my top 5 authors. No the language isn't to ruff for me. I think it is down to earth and most likely just the type of vocabulary that real people in the trenches of life use. It certainly was the language the adults used around me when I was a kid.
    I like Lee Childs and his character Jack Reacher but he seems a little far fetched at times. Lucas Davenport seems real and does real life stuff. I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Book 3 Edge of Eternity"
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    I am a huge fan of Ken Follett and I was really looking forward to the final installment of the this trilogy. Some of my friends loved the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End but didn't like the Century Trilogy. They started the Fall of Giants and didn't finish it. I didn't understand their position but something didn't catch their fancy. After listening the Edge of Eternity I think I understand what they were talking about. The Century Trilogy just didn't really create that spark that is needed to keep a trilogy going.
    I have to say that I don't think this is one of Ken's best works. Maybe the historical events that he uses as a back drop are to fresh in my mind. The earlier books like the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End and the first two books of the Century trilogy dealt with general social issues. This book spent a lot of time on one specific social issue from the sixties. Sure it was an issue but it was to specific for me. Follett used general issues like Communism when talking about the family in the eastern block countries but focused on race in the United States. Sure he talked about a lot of other social issues but this book felt like a comment on race relations.
    I had the same feeling about Jane Auel's writings in her Earth Children's series. She went to long and didn't stay with the theme in the earlier books. I felt neither of these great authors knew how to finish their great works. To me it was still worth my time to listen to this book but don't send full price on it. Maybe the abridged format would have been better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (300)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Questions not answered."
    "Another great one"
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    Sandford just gets better. Each one of the Prey series is fantastic to me. I love they way they build on each other. Sandford doesn't leave a cliff hanger like the old serials did in the movies but his books sure lead you to wanting to read the next book in the series. Davenport or Mitch Rapp. Maybe they are equal in my mind. Both are dynamite character's. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (221)

    In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ruthless than anyone had feared....

    Pat C says: "Disappointing for Sandford"
    "Easy prey"
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    They just get better. Some of the other reviews had me worried. They said to many potential suspects to twisted. I started to not buy this book, I almost skipped over it. I'm sure glad I didn't. Yes there are a lot of suspects and yes it takes a lot of twist and turns but isn't that what a good book is to do? You'll get your money's worth with this one. Enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.

    Phillip says: "Very good Davenport take."
    "#9"
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    All of the previous books in the Lucas Davenport series have had twist and turns and this addition certainly has that as well. Sandford referrers to previous plot lines and incorporates characters from earlier book into Secret Prey with expert precision. Sandford's main character is a very complicated man but also he is a very simple man. Lucas seems to always dealing with moral and personal dilemmas while he is chasing the bad guys. It seems to me Lucas is putting some of his personal demons to rest in this book. Its a nice touch. The ending is different, very different indeed. Enjoy I sure did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (478)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind. Now Lucas has met his match. His newest nemesis is more intelligent, more deadly, than any he has tracked before: a kidnapper, a violator, and a cruel, wanton killer who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself.

    Ed says: "Just as good the second time around"
    "Excellent"
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    This ibook is my favorite in the Prey series so far. Nice job on how Sandford has grown Lucas. Someone else's review thought Sandford used to much profanity. I thought it sounded realilistic. Do yourself a favor and this series in order. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (683)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "Outstanding"
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    To me there is a great deal of similarities between Andrew Peterson and Lee Childs writing style. Each of their main characters are very similar. I found I like Peterson and his McBride character better. If you have not listened to Peterson and you like writers like Childs, Silva, and Coonts I think you will like Peterson. Give the McBride series a try I don't think you will be disappointed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3127)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1495)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "How does Flynn do it?"
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    How does Flynn do it? The Mitch Rapp series just keeps getting better. More mature, more cynical, more human all of Flynn's characters from Mitch Rapp to Kennedy and right on down the line. If I had a problem and I don't is the way Flynn portrays the wives of his main characters. Yes I can believe it is very hard on the wives of men who work in the clandestine world not knowing where or just what their husbands are doing. How much danger they are in or not in. But that is true of any relationship between couples, Policemen, firemen, miners, truck drives, many men have dangerous jobs that are important. No they don't go around having gun battles on a daily basis but their jobs are dangerous. Fantastic series do yourself a favor and read the complete series starting with the 1st book. Flynn may not be one of the all time writer of classic literature but he sure fits my taste. I would much rather have a great Double Cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate shake than a steak dinner. Flynn's Rapp series is the great American Double Cheeseburger to me. I want MORE not just a second helping I want a100 helpings of Mitch Rapp and company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2988)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1594)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Holy Cow!!!"
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    This is insane. I feel like I am addicted to this series. I am completely sleep deprived because of Vince Flynn. My wife is looking for a series to read. I told her the Mitch Rapp character is better than Jason Bourne. She said well I will read one and see. Boy is she in for a surprise. She doesn't believe me. Once she starts this series I won't see her again till this fall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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