Selbyville, DE, United States | Member Since 2005
I found the extensive, detailed, repeated sadomasochistic content to be repulsive and abhorrent. To make matters worse, it had virtually nothing to do with the plot or story line. Each time I came to one of those passages I would skip ahead, only to find another such episode a few minutes later. This was a real shock, since I enjoyed "Hit Man" and "Hit Parade" by the same author. I'm not put off by violence, not even by gory descriptions of blood and guts, but body piercing and elaborate descriptions of sexual sadomasochism were way too much for me. Not even the superb narration by George Guidell could save this experience. If you decide to ignore this warning and buy the book anyhow, I would strongly suggest you listen to it on an empty stomach, and certainly not in your car. You may not be able to pull over quickly enough.
Block is exceptionally able to weave a great story. I enjoy his work when he includes only the elements relevant to the story line or to flesh out the principal characters. The gratuitous sadomasochistic sex and body piercing didn't lend anything and I found them a real turn-off.
Disgust, revulsion, nausea.
I think I've said enough.
This book is more about food and wine than murder and mayhem. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's refreshing to find a hero that's "gooder than good." And it's enjoyable to get to know the various characters in the village. A bit of love story, a bit of politics, quite a bit of food and wine, all wrapped around a mysterious fire and (maybe) a murder. Fun stuff!
At times, amusing, at times, boring, and steeped in information about the Appalachian Trail and the portion of America it spans. The reader does a very credible job, but it is mostly first person and with few voices, it isn't a demanding read. I bought the book looking for humor and found very little. I listened from beginning to end because I was fascinated with the author's experience and reactions, as well as the lessons in natural history. Knowing what I know now, would I buy it again? Maybe, maybe not.
I found World History 101 to be as boring a subject as every I took. Kings and princes, the power elite of Western nations. I kept wondering what life was like for the "common man or women." When I saw the description of this book, I jumped on it. Jumped too soon, as it turned out. I felt like I was back in World History 101, but with a professor with an English accent who was even more pedantic than good old Sister What's-Her-Name. I'll think long and hard before I try anything else from The Great Courses series.
Only listened to a few minutes of this book, then abandon it because I found the narrator's voice grated on my nerves. Thus, the negative rating of the performance. The Overall and Story ratings are only because the had to be checked to rate the performance, but I actually didn't hear enough to have an opinion.
If you would like to take a break from the mundane trivia of everyday life and spend a few hours in a make-believe world of action, justice, and retribution, Vince Flynn is your ticket. His good guys are wonderfully good and powerful, the bad guys absolutely despicable, and in the end, justice will always prevail. Recently I started from the beginning of the series and intend to continue to the latest. Those read by George Guidall are thoroughly enjoyable. Those by other readers, not so much. If you like this kind of entertainment, I suggest you do the series. Get to know the characters and their predilections. Take a great trip through the wild, crazy, often violent, but never disappointing world of Mitch Rapp.
Some of the content is more "blood and guts" than I'd like, and some relationships are a bit unbelievable, but all in all it's great entertainment.
Pay the extra dollars and go back to Guidall. Sullivan just doesn't cut it. I enjoy the books in the series, but only those read by Guidall.
I purchased this audiobook shortly after it was released, then when back and listened to it again after hearing his latest. This is great fun! I'm going to go through series, one by one. I enjoy doing this to follow the development of the characters and evolvement of the stories and players. Flynn writes too much "blood and guts" for me sometimes, but all in all, it's a great listening experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book and program. Sometimes a little "over the top," but completely engaging and entertaining. Liked the twists and turns, even though some were rather predictable. All in all, a good audition.
I detest the content about testifying for the Lord. I was astounded to suddenly be hearing about prayer, dependence on the Lord, etc. If I wanted to hear such material I would have sought books in the religion category. I don't like deviousness and won't listen to this author again.
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