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Richard

KAMIAH, ID, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (373)

    Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers. Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most.

    Richard says: "Wonderful Stories"
    "Wonderful Stories"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories to be better than the print version?

    John Flanagan is a wonderful storyteller. The Ranger's Apprentice series are books for all ages. Get ready to watch the sun come with the audio books. Well done!


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

    John Keating makes these audio books shine.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reilly's Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Beau Bridges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly - a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For 10 years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the cities of Europe - until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire. But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover....

    Timothy says: "LaMour at his best"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about Reilly's Luck?

    The story of hardship turned to riches. Typical Lamour story line but I loved it. Lamour always ends up with the girl, goldmine, horse ranch, water rights and severely flogs all the bad guys donkeys.


    What did you like best about this story?

    See above.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See above.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I forget to say I loved it? There aren't many Louis Lamour books I don't like. Even if he can't remember that the gun he just tucked his gun in his pants and then drew it from a holster. Or that the rifle his hero is shooting hasn't been invented yet. So what it's a good clean day winning, girl chasing western!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1862)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    withpatience says: "the narration was good as always, the story was no"
    "Hmmm."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would stick with the first books in the series. They were great and filled with what you expect from Dean Koontz. This was a bit disappointing and tedious.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end was very predictable and lackluster. Not the typical greatness that we have come to enjoy from this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out.


    Did Saint Odd inspire you to do anything?

    No. Not in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose it's very difficult to end such a popular series and keep everybody happy. This just seemed to be a bit rushed and not well thought out. It wasn't catchy. It didn't grab hold of you and keep you until the end. If it is truly "the end" it leaves many unanswered questions and loose ends. Dean Koontz is and will remain my personal favorite author in spite of my disappointment.
    PLEASE FINISH THE MOONLIT BAY SERIES! And yes I wrote that in all caps. That was me begging loudly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (901)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Good read."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Intriguing. It was well written and kept my attention.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick has an amazing voice. He makes so many stories that he reads have an extra personality. The reader makes or destroys the audio book.


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

    Many scenes in this book were intense. They kept my attention. It was a good listen. No extreme emotion but many instances of nail biting.


    Any additional comments?

    Preston/Child books are in general very good reads. Some of them leave a little to be desired in the end but this one was overall very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Samantha Spiro, David Troughton, and Amanda Root are among the cast of this new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Jane Austen’s famous novel. Mrs Bennet is determined to see her five daughters married off and secure a future for them all. When the wealthy Mr Bingley arrives in the neighbourhood, Mrs Bennet wastes no time in making his acquaintance. His friend Mr Darcy, however, discourages Mr Bingley from marrying Jane Bennet, and also appears to snub her sister Elizabeth.

    Lili_K says: "Delightful, but too short"
    "Wonderful"
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    They did a wonderful job on this story! Five stars all the way! The voices were all excellent. Loved it! Have listened to it twice already and will again :).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1876)
    Story
    (1892)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Very nicely done."
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    The story was put together very well. I really enjoyed it. At first I didn't like the readers voice but after a while it grew on me. I hope the second book is as good as the first! Can't wait to hear it :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6023)
    Performance
    (3940)
    Story
    (3974)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Scary Stuff"
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    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It will change the way you look at your world. Take time to smell the roses.


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

    Good narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It all moved me. This book will keep you awake at night, long after the iphone shuts off.


    Any additional comments?

    Who knows? It may never happen. I wonder if empires of the world in our past thought the same? Hmmm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Jensen: The Family Jensen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By William W. Johnstone
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Western icon William W. Johnstone, author of the acclaimed Mountain Man series, teams with J. A. Johnstone for this tale that brings together three of his most popular heroes. Preacher, Smoke, and Matt comprise the Jensen family - three generations of legendary frontiersman. When a ruthless cattle baron brings a small army of hired guns to Preacher’s neck of the woods, it falls to the Jensens to stand tall and return fire. And they intend to fight to the last man, because the Jensens never back down from a fight.

    SAR says: "Outstanding!"
    "Excellent western"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Family Jensen the most enjoyable?

    I now own the first two of the family Jensen. They are easy listening with good plot line.


    What other book might you compare The Family Jensen to and why?

    These compare to Lamour only better in my opinion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Good from start to finish.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Jensen and why?

    Preacher. Inside every man is a boy who wanted to be a crotchety old mountain man.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3314)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2932)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Loved it!"
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    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is riveting.


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

    As always Scott Brick excels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to list!


    Any additional comments?

    Get it you won't regret it. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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