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Bill Perkins

Hawaiian Gardens, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • Poseidon's Arrow: A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (686)

    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

    Karen says: "Another great adventure for Dirk"
    "Just not a fan!"
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    In my opinion, Cussler gets a lot of undeserved praise for his novels. The plot nor the characters really kept my attention. The story was predictable and unoriginal. I've loved some movies that were based on books by Cussler, but this story just didn't have the intellectual depth I desire in an audiobook. Scott Brick did a fairly good job with a boring story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (250)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Interesting and creative story"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story was interesting and it was easy to follow. The handful of characters were skillfully developed and well-sync'd with the story-line. Although the plot was not an overly complex, it was original enough to keep me guessing. The narration was good, but not excellent. I did appreciate the "teaming" between the two narrators which added to character consistency and provided some variety. I would definitely recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples, and What He Wants to Do with You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John MacArthur
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. John MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original 12 disciples for today's modern disciple - you.

    Bill Perkins says: "Difficult Listen: More dissertation than story."
    "Difficult Listen: More dissertation than story."
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    The content of this audio book was wonderful. A well-researched, accurate depiction of Biblical content. However, it wasn't the most enjoyable listen. It had the feel of a dissertation that sometimes morphed into a sermon. I absolutely love John MacArthur, so this review in no way reflects his knowledge of the bible. But, if you want to listen to a "story" about the disciples, I don't feel this hits the mark. My primary difficulty resulted from the narrator's need to cite references throughout the audio. So start with content then stop for a bibliographic reference. It really disrupted the story flow for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4891)
    Performance
    (2670)
    Story
    (2685)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "New to Clancy...Good listen"
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    I enjoyed this book as an introduction to Tom Clancy. I was lured by the prospect of listening to Lou Diamond Phillips, who I felt did an excellent job narrating. I was intrigued with listening to the physical and psychological details of interrogation. The story themes were multilayered, which at times required concentration to follow. This rendered some of the characters a bit under developed in my opinion. However, I loved the action scenes and the soft references to current-day events. There was a nice climax, though the ending seemed a bit rushed for my taste. Overall, a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2153)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Non-Stop Action"
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    The action never stopped. This was a really layered story. This was the first book of 3 that I read. I enjoyed the references to prior books which were woven nicely. The narrator added distinct personality to each of the characters.

    I really enjoyed the end of the book. A nice clean ending with no dangling plots or unanswered questions. I will definitely read the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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