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James B

Boerne, TX, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Body of Lies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

    Michael says: "Body of Lies"
    "A for idea, F for execution"
    Overall

    As a journanist the author is familiar with the Middle-East and his insight is informative. Unfortunately his prose is second-rate. His characters are not believeable. No right-minded CIA boss would leave Ferris in the field; he's a jerk.

    The reader's notion of the female voice is pathetic.

    I recommend your avoid the author and the reader.



    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Power: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    When an American cargo ship off the coast of Indonesia is seized by terrorists and its crew slaughtered, the sitting Congress demands revenge. The president's refusal to react aggressively leads to mounting resentment. Then an ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon, discovers a long-forgotten clause in America's Constitution that could be used to wrest power from the chief executive - inciting a devastating constitutional crisis and plunging the country into chaos.

    Steven Morris says: "Fantasitc story!"
    "Balance of Credibility"
    Overall

    This is an OK yarn if you accept that the scenario presented would never occur. No officer in command would ever make the decision one of the characters does. There are several character inter-reactions that make little, if any, contribution to the plot.

    I would have graded the effort average if not for the reader, Adams Morgan. He is an abomination who speaks with the nose in the air articulation of an Elizabethan aristocrat. The result is that the character's voices have different pitches but the same phrasing and style. Avoid this Reader like the plague.

    Jim


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (354)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    Overall

    Many have complained the book is too long and contains rhetoric not useful to the story. They claim to have been bored.

    I was sorry the book ended. It is a full and complete review of the pertinent aspects of Gold Coast. It reviews and expands our understanding of all the characters as well as the Gold Coast mentality.

    I feel this book is better constructed and nuanced than Gold Coast. This is a terrific listen and the narrator is in a class by himself.

    Jim Droste




    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Better At The End Than The Beginning"
    Overall

    I agree with the reviewer who felt there were too many twists and turns. Particularly in the beginning. I came not to accept the "obvious" being presented, therefore, the story became predictable which puts one only a stone throw from boring. Then Deaver hit me with things I had not expected and I realized he'd set me up. If you really payed attention throughout, the surprise ending should not be a surprise.





    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tourist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

    Derek says: "I loved this book"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Introducing information in bit and pieces and expansion of previously introduced events is a nice touch; on I haven't experienced to this extent before. I liked it.
    The ending left me cold. It was clearly intended to set up a follow-on book and diminished the story. This is the trap Patricia Cornwell fell into with her Scarpeta series. I don't listen to her books any longer and won't select the follow-on to this book either.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (259)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Bad Idea"
    Overall

    This novel if full of the nonsensical, nothing goes right until everything goes right, pater we let Ludlum get away with. Well, Ludlem was the first of the genre and his prose was alot better than that of Rollins; Rollins is mediocre at best.

    Rollins likes to throw in facts and figures; but how good are they? He has Dutch being spoken in Copenhagen, Denmarks' Tivoli Gardens.

    I think I'll pass on the Sigma Force series

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (386)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Turkey Time"
    Overall

    Not even Scott Brick can save this turkey. Where is the building suspense others have talked about? All I found was more of the same, more of the same, and more of the same; laced with mind numbing, irrelevant detail. The ending, when it mercifully comes,is both predictable and illogical given what went before. I can't recall the number of times I considered calling it a day. I went on because
    the glowing reviews convinced me it had to get better. It didn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (184)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "! on reseach; 3 on writing."
    Overall

    This is the second, and last, novel by this author Iwill read. His facts are very informative and largely unknown.

    The problem is his story telling is mediocre. His Reader is even worse ( multiple Russians who all sound the same) as the story progresses.

    James Droste

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "Yawn"
    Overall

    This book is terrible. The characters are dull, dimwited, and unsympathetic. The prose is bush league at best. I would lay into the reader where it not for the fact he had little to work with. All the information provided about the Masonic Order is interesting but totally irrelevant to the plot. Did I say there was a plot? The book ends with the implication of a sequel to come. My advice is to avoid the sequel as well as anything else this author has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (304)

    PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

    Ramona says: "Must Read"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    I was disappointed in this novel. There were no plot twists of any significance and the ending was a yawn. Time was wasted on details that could have been presented in 1/3 the time without sacrifice to story line. Might I call it padding? I found the references and uses of ancient symbology interesting although they turned out to have precious little impact on the plot. I smell a series coming but I won't be reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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