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Jason

Leawood, KS, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1913)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "ug - sad with a side of really depressing"
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    I'm a Tana French fan. So much so that I bought and listened to this book, without reading a summary or any reviews. Her first three books were terrific. Broken Harbor is the story of a detective investigating the murders of several family members. I won't give anything away but will say that there are a couple parallel stories happening and the are each, in their own way, extremely depressing. They each start with a sad premise and as you get into the really well written details, they get gut wrenching and then just really movingly sad. If you're a happy person, this book will make you sad. If you're a sad person, this book might put you into full blown depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2583)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "No Stand"
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    What would have made Swan Song better?

    A richer story, better dialogue, less stereotypical characters, a lot of editing.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    The most disappointing was the choice to make the main characters bumbling idiots, weaklings and one dimensional. Oh, and the words. The words in the book were bad.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swan Song?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Here's the thing, this book was "recommended" to me by Goodreads because I loved the Stand, by Stephen King. And sure, there are some similarities - post apocalyptic wandering across the former United States, new communities, warring groups forming, some magic. However, King is a storyteller that weaves complex characters and plot points together in a way that isn't obvious. His primary characters have complexity and interact in human ways. Swam Song's characters, especially the main characters, are so limited and one-dimensional, so weak and stupid, so obvious and boring that the comparison with King is an insult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (984)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "My first 5 star review in many months"
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    Would you listen to Night Film again? Why?

    I don't typically listen to books twice. That's not the way I'm wired. A great book is hard to predict, its characters are unique but relatable and the story does a few things you didn't see coming. Night Film, along with maybe King's The Stand is going on my read-it-one-more-time list. Bravo, Pessel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (858)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "How a poet survived the end of the world"
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    This is not the kind of book I listen to. It is melancholy (yet happy) and even tempo-ed and has a grand total of 5 characters, including a dog. Yet, I raced through the entire 10 plus hours in about 3 days, riveted and eager to learn what happens next. A character study written in a poetic style about a couple of survivors many years after a flu wipes out nearly everybody left on the planet. Sole searching and introspective and still able to pull off a fascinating story arc. One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.

    Lovers of dogs, flying, Colorado and all introverts should read/listen to this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "Glad to hear this is only one part"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's refreshing to read a book that takes place in a location that is so unique. Set in Roman occupied (what is now) England, this is a story of a medical officer who gets mixed up in the murders of slave women. I particularly liked how modern the language seemed. It didn't dumb down the conversation to portray a culture far removed from modern times and it didn't pretty up any of the slave culture of the day. It was just matter of fact about how people treated each other.
    When the story ended, I was left feeling like it was really only a part of a grander epic story and was disappointed. I read later that it's part 1 of a 3 part series and I'm intrigued to see where the author takes us. Hopefully we'll leave the little encampment and explore the native lives and cultures that were only really hinted at in this book.

    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
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1086)

    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!"
    "Disgruntled ex military bad ass saves the world"
    Overall
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    You've read Vince Flynn or Mitch Rapp so you know the character. The lead is Rapp except instead of wandering the back roads of America looking for towns to rescue he's working on an oil rig. He's Flynn except instead of being a bad ass working for the government he's a bad ass not working for the government. Reluctant heroes with super military training. Good main characters though some depth is needed.
    The story in this book though is better than the Rapp books and in line with the Flynn books. International terrorists with a plot to destroy America have a plot that only our disgruntled reluctant hero can stop. Fast paced and good story telling with characters we can keep or toss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16961)
    Performance
    (12868)
    Story
    (12805)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I'm so funny, can you believe it?"
    Overall
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    Overall I like this story and as a memoir goes, it's light and easy to listen to. Tina's story is interesting and her reading style is fun and airy. The style is very much like the one she gives with her on screen characters, as in, "can you believe how much fun we're allowed to have?" I like it though after awhile, yeah, I can believe it, next joke please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (3038)
    Story
    (3042)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Grabs you early but drifts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to over 200 downloads from Audible and this might be my first written review. I'm feeling compelled to write this one simply because I was so suprised by how successfully the author, and the reader, grabed my attention from the begining. It was a facinating take on a classic scifi idea. That said, the last 3rd of the book was not nearly as strong as the first 1/3rd.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7788)
    Performance
    (4512)
    Story
    (4498)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Fall of Follett"
    Overall

    Everybody who's read a lot of Ken Follett understand a couple key points: 1) he's hot and cold - writing some incredible novels and some terrible dogs, and 2) he likes to put a random sex scene in to keep things spicy.
    I really wanted to like this book and by listening to it, I was able to finish it. If I had been reading it, I would have quit long before I got half way in. The individuals' stories don't connect much and are not that interesting. The history lesson is good. Hearing about how the Red Army comes to power in Russia is interesting. Hearing the phrase, "and when he entered her" several times in a 1,000 page historical fiction was a little creepy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

    Lee says: "Superb! A solid choice!"
    "Too little"
    Overall

    Get the full version. This abridged version leaves out all the deatil you want.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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