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  • Empires of Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ball
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    After four trips to the Sahara and extensive historical research, David Ball crafted this sweeping adventure novel spanning two continents and 15 years. Set against a backdrop of the crumbling French Empire’s attempts to colonize the Sahara Desert, Empires of Sand follows the lives of two cousins who are raised as brothers but destined to become enemies. It is 1870, and France is at war with Prussia.

    Pamela says: "my first review"
    "A blistering history of the Tuareg"
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    What did you like best about Empires of Sand? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed most of the characters. I thought they were fairly well thought out and certainly what is amazing is that this is the authors first novel. The story was entertaining but not enthralling This is not a "page turner". Had I not been a big fan of the narrator I might not have finished it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Karma is karma.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration gives added meaning to the way words are used. if you have listened to enough of his narrations you are familiar with his various "people". This doesn't detract from the book. I really don't care that all the women sound like Irene Kennedy or the men like Mitch Rapp.


    Do you think Empires of Sand needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I was not left hanging because the story was too fanciful for my limited imagination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (276)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Lee and Dick seem tired"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have listened to this series faithfully and have enjoyed most of them. The latest iteration of Jack Reacher left me wanting. The narration often has carried the book when the plot was lacking but in this case I thought Dick Hill's performance a bit lackluster. He seemed to rush through the first half and it wasn't until the last half that he started to sound more like his usual Reacher.
    The plot was formulaic and predictable for Lee Child. The characterization was developed in a spotty fashion.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The major premise of the book was weak. Reacher is not an operative on foreign soil--he's just a guy and the book ignored this major facet of the character. Also his getting out of all the different predicaments was too easy and predictable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dick Hill just wasn't his usual Reacher.


    Do you think Personal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Reacher does but Personal was just to odd to keep it going


    Any additional comments?

    Between this book and using a midget for the movie I am beginning to lose faith. I would like to see the real Reacher not the fake operative.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2004)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Dick Hill is brilliant"
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    What did you like best about A Wanted Man? What did you like least?

    I loved this performance. The story was so so. Dick Hill's interpretation of Reacher's broken nose speech was hilarious and made the book worth listening to. The story ending was not Lee Child's best nor did it showcase the many abilities of Reacher. On the other hand I can't wait for the next one!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lee Child? Why or why not?

    yes, can't wait


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pretty much any scene where Sorenson learns how to investigate from Reacher


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    Absolutely


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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