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Bradley

Whistler, BC, Canada

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  • Sharpe's Escape: Book X of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

    Jesse says: "Classic Cornwell, Terrible Tull"
    "Three cheers for Patrick Tull!"
    Overall

    I am very pleased that Patrick Tull is starting to narrate the Sharpe series. I'm almost through Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, also narrated by Patrick Tull (note: don't even consider trying an Aubrey/Maturin audiobook if it isn't narrated by Tull) and discoveringCornwell's Captain Sharpe takes the edge off of the inevitable O'brian withdrawal.
    Sharpe's Escape is a great listen, with well-developed characters and (unlike Scharra's historical fiction) realistic dialogue.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Henry F. Ward says: "History through the eyes of individuals"
    "Strong history, weak dialogue"
    Overall

    The characters in this historical novel are two-dimensional at best. If you liked the old John Wayne westerns then you will enjoy this. The dialogue is reminscient of the first Star Trek series, lots of William Shatner-esque phrasing; the result is the feeling that the the character's thoughts and dialogue are just attempts to work in the real-life journals and letters of the characters. The same themes and concerns are repeated over and over again, with saint Robert E. Lee able to do no wrong, even in his thoughts. Save your audiobook credit, and get a something by Patrick O'Brian (I'd hoped this would be a land-based version of his naval historical fiction, no such luck)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prometheus Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    A new world order is taking shape. Only one man can stop it. Pray that he will succeed. The Prometheus Deception is classic Ludlum - a world of murderous wheels within wheels where nothing and no one are what they appear, and violence and sudden death lurk around every corner. Also available abridged.

    Lester says: "Not up to his standards"
    "Ludlum under-estimates his readers"
    Overall

    The Prometheus Deception has a good premise and plot, but I found it tiresome that Ludlum assumes we need to have the implications of every development explained. The result is characters who do a lot of talking to themselves and thinking out loud. It significantly bogs-down the plot, and feels like the the equivalent of reading with your lips moving.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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