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Nella

Mountain City, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2654)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Truly an action packed read."
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    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    thought-provoking, action-packed, and entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Decision?

    Early in the book was a surprise twist that laid the framework for the entire book. I don't want to give away anything to a potential reader, but it occurred on the Standford Univ campus.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    He did a terrific job of narrating: easy to keep up with the different characters in their conversations.


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

    I would not make a film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, but the author left too many loose strings for my taste: characters introduced and played a role but then left without mention; lead players in one spot only to appear later in another locale without any explanation; characters introduced without a definition of their importance to the plot. This is a very entertaining book, and I enjoyed the political discussions that took place, even though they got a little nerdy in places when hi tech lingo was used.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1089)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Action packed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No; too much action and not enough plot. I'm surprised this book isn't a movie--it's right up the alley of most movies today.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It took a little while for me to catch on that it's 2 people talking in first person in unrelated situations.


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

    No, but we ordered the sequel at the same time as this book. This one is the better of the 2.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swords of Exodus: Dead Six, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (721)

    On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "....Valentine and Lorenzo Battle at the Crossroads"
    "A waste of time"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A good bit of it would be changed; too much to mention here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari again?

    No


    Do you think Swords of Exodus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Heavens, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate books that do not have endings. Also, way too much time spent in describing armaments and fighting, too little time devoted to plot and characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1093)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Struggled with this one."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time is well spent because I'm on the treadmill--but to spend the time just to listen to this book? I didn't find this book that interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Bradley again?

    No.


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

    First time for her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The murder mystery thru the eyes of an 11-yr old girl is not for me. Second, the author is too hung up on descriptive phrases--used too many times with too many words. I'm not sure if he's trying to simply fill pages or is trying to impress the reader with his knowledge of the arts--either way does not work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1285)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Interesting and fast moving"
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    Any additional comments?

    Certainly a fast moving book; kicks into action right from the beginning. Topic is timely and well expressed. The only complaint I have is too many chase scenes and too much description spent on them. Any sequel will have to be well thought out in order to maintain character interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1439)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Very interesting--a little disappointing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Jesus the most enjoyable?

    The history of the times, environment and evolution of the beginnings of Christianity.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    None other with the exception of the Bible which was written for a different purpose.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is sooo interesting, but I expected more in the way of factual, historical references. Although Bill names historians, he doesn't cite specific references--his most cited reference is the Bible. Where there is controversy or differing opinions on a person or event, he does not specify why or reference any supporting evidence for his statements. Bill's description of the period is graphic and gives us a better understanding of why events happened as they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5542)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3541)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "The truth hurts"
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    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most memorable! The author's technical knowledge, understanding of human nature, and foresight all came together in a truly believable story, although the subject is one we do not like to think about. The idea that our comfortable lifestyle can be so totally wrecked so easily is not an idea that is appealing--just the opposite; we want to deny that anything can cause the USA to collapse. This book should be compulsory reading by all civic leaders, and highly recommended for everyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    There were 2: John's speech before executing the drug thieves who stole the drugs from the nursing home, and John's actions upon winning the battle with The Posse.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Joe did an excellent job of giving distinctive voices to the book's different characters; it really helps when several people are involved in a single conversation. In addition, his rendition of a NC brogue while in the voice of a specific character is to be admired.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, there were several and hard to pick just one: when the dogs were killed for food; the dedication of key townfolks and their sacrafices.


    Any additional comments?

    I did a lot of crying in this book; it is truly gut-wrenching. I'd like to think that there are many who may live in such a catastrophic situation as this book describes will be able to come forward for leadership. My gut tells me though our current leaders will NOT be among them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "Terrific read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Afghan to be better than the print version?

    Cannot answer this as I've not read the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story/characters is fiction but very applicable to today's Middle East relationships and wound around a plot that reveals significant research. The history/environment of the plot is factual. The complexities and characters are interwoven in such a way to be entertaining without being tedious.


    What about Robert Powell’s performance did you like?

    His vocal characterizations made listening so much easier to follow the plot. Great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving portion was the ending; fast moving, unanticipated, and tradition made informative.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend to anyone interested in international relations, or Middle East history, or international intelligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2328)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of First to Kill to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the printed version so it would not be good to give an opinion here.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story moves right along in most places and was easy to keep up with. This book won't be a classic over the years, but it is enjoyable to read.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of reading. His voice inflections for the different characters make listening and keeping up with the story very easy. I especially enjoyed his feminine voices--they always brought a smile no matter what was being said.


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

    The book had its "one liners" which always lightened the tone.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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