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Buffalogal

Wichita, KS USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (697)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    "This man needs an editor"
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    Let me say this up front: my political leanings are definitely liberal. I don't, however, mind a good intelligent discussion with those who disagree with me, as long as it's not the same old conservative platitudes. (I don't have much patience with liberal platitudes, either.) He's as entitled to his opinion as I am to mine, and actually I'd love it if he'd bring up some points I may not have considered before, and prompt me to reconsider my views. Unfortunately it's same-old, same-old, and it's tedious as hell.

    The story is excellent. I don't have a problem with the narrator. What I have a problem with is the same shallow conservative-isms being repeated, ad nauseum, throughout the book. Clancy was pretty bad about this in Rainbow Six, and I think it's worse in this book. It's an insult to the reader's intelligence; it's as if Clancy thinks we need to hear the same concept several times before we can get it through our thick heads. That's too bad, because otherwise his stories are good, they move well, and the characters are people who readers care about. I have enjoyed following them throughout their lives and careers, but the author's knee-jerk conservative preaching is really getting in the way.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Clancy is gone now. I certainly hope whoever takes over the series (PLEASE let it be Mark Greaney!) will not repeat Clancy's mistakes.

    If you're considering buying the book and you're familiar with the Jack Ryan and John Clark characters, this one will satisfy as much as the others have. It's a good story, but one wonders if the editor was downright intimidated by the author. Some judicious editing could have left the story intact, the author's views stated, and the reader with a more enjoyable ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1014)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "Fairly typical Clancy -good fix for Clancy addicts"
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    Where does Rainbow Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an extremely enjoyable story. If you love Clancy's books, the characters John Clark, Ding Chavez and their family almost become your own family. The novelty of the ending made it especially satisfying.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's just an excellent narrator, period.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. That's my main beef with Clancy - the man could belabor a point, and he did plenty of that in this book. At nearly 36 hours long, listening all in one sitting isn't really even a consideration. I love his books but often wonder what happened to his editor. The repeated explanations of the beliefs and philosophies of the environmentalists became really tedious. Clancy doesn't hesitate to allow his political leanings show, and sometimes that turns into preaching, which eventually becomes a weakness in his storytelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I always like books that aren't predictable, and that's one of Clancy's strengths. This book was no exception.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1849)
    Performance
    (1654)
    Story
    (1669)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Adegoke A. Adeyemo says: "Finally found out about Kiev!!!"
    "A Gray Man fix, for Greaney addicts!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    All of Greaney's books are compelling reads - this one certainly was no exception. The characters are well-developed, the story moves at a fast pace, but not so fast that it's difficult to figure out where we are, what's happening, or who's talking. Greaney is extremely knowledgeable about his subject, and supplies enough details to keep it interesting but not enough to get tedious. They're all very, very good books and I always put the next release on my calendar as soon as a publication date is announced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Eye?

    I'd say it was the very first altercation between the protagonist and the team hired to take him out. It includes a rooftop chase in a snowstorm, and it had me on the edge of my seat!


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

    Snyder has done all of the Gray Man books, and his performance is always excellent.


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

    This isn't a laugh or cry book - none of them are. My review title says it all - this series is addicting and this is a very satisfying fix.


    Any additional comments?

    I NEVER read books twice, but I'm going to go back and re-read this series. I've loved every minute of it!

    (Mark: Court needs a girlfriend. For Pete's sake, give the guy a break!)

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2278)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1932)

    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"
    "A little less than I expected, but still great!"
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    When it's all said and done, Tana French's weakest novel - whichever one that turns out to be - will still be a lot better than just about any other writer's novels. In her first three books, she set such a high standard that although Broken Harbour is excellent, the plot has a problematic weakness.

    It's nearly impossible to discuss this weakness without spoiling the story, so I won't. The weakness involves the downfall of a character, who has always been well able to handle life, but slides into utter ruin after a rough patch. French unsuccessfully attempts to provide a foundation for such a slide, but it's thin and in my mind, doesn't hold up well. The same scenario is played out in nearly every community every day, but without such disastrous results.

    Nearly every other element of the book, however, is extremely well done. French excels at writing about less-than-perfect human beings dealing with very human problems, with the usual results. That she has done it so well in the past, and does it here with other characters, makes it even more puzzling that the cause-and-effect of the main plot doesn't seem to add up well. Others, in other reviews, don't seem to be bothered by it, but I work in an area that deals with families and their dysfunction, so maybe that's why it doesn't work as well for me. I see these things every day, and almost never does a rough patch in life lead where this one leads without an underlying issue such as alcoholism or drug addiction.

    I still highly recommend the book, and if you're new to the series, I suggest you start with the first novel and work your way through them in order. Although the novels are connected, each is constructed to stand alone, so it won't cause a lot of confusion if you don't. French is a masterful writer, who unwinds her stories in a manner that makes the reader feel as if layers of character's lives are being peeled back, revealing ever more fascinating details as the character becomes more and more interesting and understandable. Like her other novels, this is a don't-miss read!

    2 of 2 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
    (2328)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2045)

    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"
    "Another Greaney winner"
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    What can I say? I appreciate having stories that don't insult my intelligence or make me listen to a bunch of stilted, cliched dialogue. Couldn't put it down!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nancy Pickard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.

    Gretchen Lord Anderson says: "Really good book; poorly chosen narrator"
    "I'm from Kansas"
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    and the accents used by this narrator are extremely irritating and insulting. The narrator obviously didn't bother to do any research. We don't have Southern accents - except for the few of us who actually moved here from a Southern state. More importantly, the narrator's inflections make it obvious she believes we're illiterate hicks. She's the one who needs educating. It would have been fun to enjoy a story based in Kansas, but that fun was ruined by the ignorant narration.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I felt this book lost momentum at the end, but other than that I enjoyed it. I'm impressed with the author's ability to create fully-fleshed-out characters; she does a better job of it than certain other authors who are selling a lot more books. Still, while the ending wasn't bad or disappointing, it didn't seem to have the same quality of development as the rest of the book. It just sort of . . . ended, but it would have been far more satisfying had it been a bit more dramatic. After all, there's quite a bit of drama in this book. It's a good read and I recommend it, but a more compelling ending would have made it a much better book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (349)

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "Getting a little boring"
    Overall

    I went to Silva's website and found the list that showed the order in which his books were written, and that's the order in which I've read them. Silva is a good writer, and initially, the series was not only entertaining, but almost addictive. At this point, I'm getting bored. I don't know if he does it intentially, but Silva's books have become formulaic and almost predictable. Maybe if I had allowed more time to pass between books, they wouldn't have worn so thin. I wasn't interested enough to finish this one, and I probably won't buy another for a year or two. It's hard to decide how many stars to give it, and in some ways it deserves 5; and in other ways, only 3.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roseanna: A Martin Beck Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people. As Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter.

    Patty B says: "Skip the audiobook and read the book..."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Even though this novel was written more than 40 years ago, it's lost little of its freshness or relevance. It has pay phones instead of cell phones, and none of the modern forensics we're used to reading about, but the story is very well written. Characters are not the best looking, most brilliant, most clever, etc. that are standard fare for this genre; they're human beings with strengths and flaws, just like the real thing, and that's what makes it so readable and so enjoyable. If you're weary of formulaic, predictable detective novels, you'll enjoy this one. I hope the rest in the series are this good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Unlistenable!"
    Overall

    I'm 1 hour 20 minutes into this book, and I'm giving up. The narrator does a superb job of acting the parts, but his English accent is so heavy I can't make out about a third of what he's saying. I went to Google Books and looked up some of the stuff I couldn't understand...the name "Tarr" comes across as Taaaaa-aaaaa. "woeflaaaaaa" turned out to be "wallflower". If I heard dialogue like this in a movie on TV, I'd turn on the captions. I'm going to get a hard copy and read this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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