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Charles

Antioch, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (84)

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "Very interesting facts. I loved it. Good read."
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    If you could sum up Wicked Plants in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, factual, great!


    What other book might you compare Wicked Plants to and why?

    Wicked Bugs. Same context, different life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Non applicable.


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

    Wicked! The movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series. Do more, please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3117)
    Performance
    (2716)
    Story
    (2697)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Great book as usual"
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    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates among the top 10 books in my entire audio book collection, and as usual Vince Flynn didn't disappoint!


    What other book might you compare The Last Man to and why?

    This book, as with all the other Vince Flynn novels are right at the top of my list. Compared to the other books in Flynn's novel list.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all of the Flynn series as well as Alex Berensen, and some others.


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

    Didn't make me laugh or cry but kept me on the edge as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    None!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin F. McMurray
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    At more than a hundred feet deep in the frigid Gulf of St. Lawrence, diving the Empress is like trying to navigate an unfamiliar sixty-story building lying on its side at a forty-five-degree angle, in pitch blackness with only a flashlight. In Dark Descent, Kevin McMurray takes us deep into the bowels of the lost ship, first to relive her tragic death and then to join the divers who have probed the wreck's secrets. It's an adventure from which some divers don't return.

    William says: "Poor Descent"
    "Good book, great story."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, actually because I am a diver I have recommended this book to the rest of my dive club. it's a very interesting book with a great story line. the main problem is the narrator makes the story some what dry.


    What other book might you compare Dark Descent to and why?

    The last dive. Simular content and subject, very goodx narration.


    What three words best describe Michael Prichard’s voice?

    Dry, dry, dry!


    Did Dark Descent inspire you to do anything?

    yes, go and dive the shipwrecks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (389)

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    Michale says: "Haunting"
    "Short and boring"
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    What did you like best about A Hunger for the Infinite? What did you like least?

    Either I didn't understand this book or it was just too boring. Didn't really grab me like I hoped or waited for it to do. By the time I started getting interested in it, it was over. Sad but short.


    What could Gregory Benford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added some additional adventure and storyline


    What three words best describe Robin Sachs’s voice?

    Dry, dull, unemotional.


    Did A Hunger for the Infinite inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (566)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Buster55 says: "Worth a listen."
    "Great book."
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    Would you listen to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' again? Why?

    Great book, but a little disappointed with the ending. Seems to me it could have been better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    As always, Scott's performance is wonderful. I always enjoy the passion he brings to every book he performs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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