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John Schmeisser

Eagan, MN United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

    Tim says: "Another Good Read by Forsyth"
    "I was bored"
    Overall

    Gotta tell you, this was more like listening to a disertation of the history of the cocaine trade than anything else. No real character development. Quite honestly, I got bored very quickly and didn't even finish the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (497)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "Harry Bosch Rocks!"
    Overall

    The only thing disappointing about this book was that it was so short. (6 hrs vs. the normal 12-13 hrs). Even with the shorter length, Connelly still is able to develop a great story and we continue to see the interal struggles of Harry Bosch along with his knack of solving the unsolveable.

    I can't wait for the next installment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Investing & Wealth Management: Stocks, Real Estate, Tax, & More

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracy, Chris Widener
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It's like a multi-session retreat on building wealth. You'll have access to the world's leading investors, motivators, tax experts, and real-estate specialists. From early retirement to financial freedom, this audio suite offers hours of inspiration and practical steps to power-up your influence while creating multiple streams of income and improving your "wealth mentality".

    Jeff says: "Disregard the title..."
    "Title is very misleading"
    Overall

    I was expecting a book loaded with tips and tricks on Investment techniques and Wealth Management options. I got a series of pep talks from speakers telling me how "You Can Do It."

    Self improvement and motivation was not what I was looking for.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (438)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Takes a while to develop"
    Overall

    The first half of this book was very difficult to listen to. The author appears to paint a picture of the future whereby humans are unable to communicate without the use of massive amount of profanity laden speech. I'm not opposed to the use of profanity, but I found myself counting the uses of the words in one short segment and gave up after hitting 50 in less than 5 minutes. Entirely unnecessary!

    The book finally picks up in the second half. Save yourself some time and skip straight to part II.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyagers II: The Alien Within

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    When Keith Stoner awoke, he found himself in a world changed almost beyond recognition. Eighteen years before, Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to capture an alien ship. The Soviets had to pull out, but Stoner persisted, and while on the strange ship, he fell into suspended animation.

    John Schmeisser says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    What a disappointment. After the cliff-hanging end to Voyagers I, I actually expected something action-related to happen. This ended up as more of a "personal discovery" / "relationship development" book that was loosely wrapped around a science fiction concept.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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