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Colin

Westlake Village, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1033)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Great book, narration could be better"
    Overall

    I did not read a review of this book because I had seen the John Wayne movie and I knew it was a good story. Five minutes into listening to this book I had to stop and read the reviews to see if anyone else had noticed the breathing, swallowing, and pausing of the narrator. I found it very distracting. I see others have criticized her ability to do male voices. I liked the narrators read for Mattie but her male characters voices are very similar to each other and it seemed as though sometimes she forgot who she was voicing because it would change from sentence to sentence. I am in the middle of the book and am enjoying it, but i think it would be better with a different narrator or or maybe a different recording setup.

    1 of 1 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
    (4841)
    Performance
    (2621)
    Story
    (2638)

    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"
    "Story is Dull, not up to Clancy standards."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. I usually listen while driving in traffic. I constantly found myself drifting away from the story. Constant introduction of new characters would lose me .
    Sometimes I got so tired I had to turn it off.


    Has Dead or Alive turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I enjoy most of Clancy's books and most books in this genre


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about his performance, but I think he had a tough book to carry.


    Could you see Dead or Alive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Still reading so can't say


    Any additional comments?

    I have read almost all of Clancy's early stuff but drifted away when he started with the co-authors. Started reading all of the Vince Flynn "Mitch Rapp" series. The most recent Vince Flynn "The Last Man" was a bit tired and same old same old. I picked up "Threat Vector" by Clancy and thought it was fantastic, far above the Vince Flynn stuff. I decided to go back to the beginning of the series, thus "Dead of Alive". I find it slow and uninspiring. Characters are a bit one dimensional.... Democrats are all far left idiots, conservatives are all level headed trustworthy sorts. The President is such an idiot that he is beyond believable. One of the things I have enjoyed about Clancy compared to Vince Flynn and others is that he does not see it all politics as black and white. It is more complicated than that and he has been able to show the nuances of party politics, governments, religion, good vs evil etc... I hope for better on the next one.

    Colin Donahue

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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