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Kalvin Anderson

Batman's Watching

Minneapolis, MN

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  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1866)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Decent but ending too over-the-top"
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    Performance
    Story

    The story was good right up until the end and then it quickly became too far-fetched. I won't risk any spoilers so I'll just say that there's no way certain characters could take so much physical damage and then perform acts requiring extraordinary strength, dexterity, and skill. I kept rolling my eyes whenever this happened.

    The other disappointment was the anti-climactic ending for one of the villains. And given the personality and single-minded determination to achieve their life-long goal, the other did a second rate performance of resolving the battle. There's simply no way the character would have behaved this way.

    And finally my pet peeve is the narrator's portrayal of the main character. He overacts the personality and in many ways it sounds like how William Shatner would act on Star Trek by emphasizing almost random words in his lines. The narrator does a good job with the other characters but I wish he'd back off a bit on Joe Ledger.

    2 of 4 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
    (3015)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2104)

    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"
    "Ugh, definitely NOT getting the sequel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, Dick Hill as a narrator is horrible. He's too old for the main characters and is impersonation of female characters is unbelievably bad. He makes all the females sound like stereotypical bimbos with small, whiny voices. This would be laughable if it wasn't for the fact that you have to listen to hours and hours of it. His reading style is way over the top and in a book that is full of endless cliches it just compounds the problem.

    The Nathan McBride character is built up to be so gifted and talented in so many areas that you just roll your eyes every time Peterson praises him for his skills and personality. It's one of the reasons why I stopped listening to the Jack Reacher series b/c it's so far-fetched.

    If there's plus side it's that I won't be wasting a credit on the sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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