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David

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Robin Bowerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots - the only British troops between Canada and New York - harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists....

    Clayton says: "I've loved 35 books by Cornwell: this one -- no"
    "Interesting Story, Horrible Narration"
    Overall

    I did find the story interesting but it was almost impossible to listen to this one. Perhaps the narrator could work on other tales adequately, but I will remember his name and question whether to listen to other books he's involved with.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (385)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Decent Story: Very Difficult to Listen To!"
    Overall

    There are books to actually read and some to listen to. This one was certainly one to read and not to listen to. The narration drove me crazy. I will not listen to another book by the narrator unless he completely loses that accent. I've listened to other books about the south with other narrators and have enjoyed them, but this one hurt. I did get through the book and actually enjoyed the story, so I'll perhaps try another by this same author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3995)
    Performance
    (2185)
    Story
    (2187)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Good Story_So-So Narration!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book but there were so many characters in this book that at times I was a bit confused as to who was who, but overall, it gave one a sense of the futility of our Vietnam experience. The narrator was not the greatest, but he was encumbered by the number of characters he had to try and depict.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jury Master

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    David Sloane is the best wrongful death attorney in San Francisco. He's a lawyer who can make juries do anything. But despite his professional success, he's plagued by a nightmare of a childhood he cannot consciously remember. When he receives a package from a White House confidant who then turns up dead by apparent suicide, the contents reveal a history he never could have imagined.

    Glenda says: "Great!"
    "Finished but just Barely!"
    Overall

    The story starts fine and sets the stage for a good legal thriller, but then the book rambles on and on with unoriginal characters, and with a very implausible storyline. The story slows down to a crawl at times that I nearly gave up! The author could have cut down on the length of the story and also on so much extended dialogue which would have given the story much more zip. Maybe next time, although I'm not sure I'd go for another book of his.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Mullaney
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    A fascinating account of an Army captain's unusual path through some of the most legendary seats of learning straight into a brutal fight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, The Unforgiving Minute is, above all, an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man.

    John says: "The Unforgiving Son"
    "Nicely Done!"
    Overall

    I found this very interesting without it being totally gung ho or overly jingoistic as other similar stories I've read. Craig gives a nice insight into the blending of a military life with an academic bent to it. It gave me a view that I haven't really appreciated before. Good story but I wanted more at the end. I'm sure his story will continue.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (112)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall

    I kept hearing about this author and decided to try this book. The book itself was good but it was thoroughly tainted by the terrible narration. The accents of the different characters were horrible. I am of Spanish descent and her pronunciation of different words was actually pretty good, but her Mexican, Cuban, and American character accents kept me from rating this audible book higher than I did. I will try another McKinty book again, but I will not listen to this narrator in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1199)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    Every once in a great while, I come across a book that I just love. This is one of them. The narration and the story are superb. I'm sure that if I had read the book, it would have been good, but the actual listening to it brought a whole other dimension to the enjoyment of it. It reminded me of 84 Charing Cross Road. That's another classic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Not Up to Par!"
    Overall

    The subject matter was interesting but the story just didn't flow right. It read like a lot of disconnected stories, and not all of them was completed. Not one of Jodi's better stories. Hopefully she's back in full force next time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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