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Gregory A. McDonald

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  • SEAL Team 666: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Weston Ochse
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Halfway through SEAL training, Cadet Jack Walker, still green but showing incredible promise, is whisked away to join four SEALs and their dog for a special-ops mission. Walker soon finds himself in a whirlwind of otherworldly creatures and events as he discovers the true nature of SEAL Team 666. Battling demons, possessed humans, mass-murdering cults, and evil in its darkest and most and ancient form, the members of SEAL Team 666 have their work cut out for them. And it’s not long before they realize that the threat isn’t directed against the US alone....

    Dan says: "Enjoyable way to spend some downtime."
    "God awful book...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story and characters are a bit too self rightgeous and self involved.


    What could Weston Ochse have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could realize that we could respect the characters, what they do and what they represent without hitting us over the head with it over and over and over again. Secondarily, I wish some of these authors who write in this genre who easily embrace the existence and power of evil, ignore the possibility of good having some power. Lastly he could learn that the tired stereotypes of people ethnicity.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice and cadence. It is the only thing that allow me to finish the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It is a good premise and had promise, but it just went to the typical place instead of taking it somewhere new and fresh.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't know if this will be a series or not, but it won't be for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Voices From Beyond: Ghost Finders, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Tim Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a séance that goes terribly wrong. What - or who - ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells. Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students’ very souls. All in a day’s work - except the team doesn’t know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds.

    Gregory A. McDonald says: "Done. Simon R. Green and I are Done."
    "Done. Simon R. Green and I are Done."
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    What would have made Voices From Beyond better?

    If the premise of the story wasn't stolen from the Movie Prince of Darkness (1987). Secondarily, if he could actually make likeable characters. I know it his style, but it is tiring. His characters are not smart, they are just annoying. He molds the world to fit his characters and whatever nonsense he thinks up. Lastly, all of his stories end by someone doing something super simple and wining the day.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Simon R. Green.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Tim Reynolds did not help. His voice is too whiney. Too often the only way you can tell which character he was suppose to be is how whiney they sounded.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I normally never say this, but .. No.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have read too may Night Side, Drood books. They all blend now and this series is nothing new. Same thing rehashed and not very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot: Jesse Stone, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. He left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York...

    Dave Staats says: "So GOOD! Great Tribute to Dr. Parker"
    "Maybe they should let Roberts work Be."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Someone who understood the characters. This book took us Jesse back to being the mopy self absorb guy that Robert evolved him from. I don't know if they are trying to reboot the series by pulling Jesse back into his drunken depression about baseball, but it doesn't serve the book well. Secondarily, he took all the other characters in the Jesse Stone series and twisted them. Hate the way he makes Rose out to be a naggy incompetent. Same thing with Suit.


    What could Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Continue the story ark without drastically changing or regressing the main characters. Also can someone tell the author that cops and detectives don't have to be depressed self absorb incessantly brooding men to be tough. It a bad stereotype that is not worthy of Roberts work.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Naughton’s performances?

    Don't have much of a problem with the performance. My problem is with the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Roberts work deserves better.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common - the killer.

    rick says: "Never Reaches It's Potential"
    "Very Well Done"
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    If you could sum up Bones Never Lie in three words, what would they be?

    Another excellent book about Dr. Brenan. The story has the right amount of twist and turns to keep your interest but not make it so over the top to be unbelievable. You still really like the characters and the arc that she has built over the years with these books. I like how she reaches back into previous books and stories so well to build this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how well I like this Temperance Brenan over the TV version. This one is still brilliant, but not arrogant and unfeeling.


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

    Excellent narrator who reading brings real emotion and feeling to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2370)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "One of the best in the series"
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    Where does Night Broken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5% easy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Broken?

    When Mercy was fighting the Volcano Spirit in her garage... very well written.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    She is always perfect when it comes to her performances. She has a talent for pulling real emotion out of the material. It only better when she has great material to work with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who let the Volcano God in the back door.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read or must listen.. simply a must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Mortal Dictata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (283)

    With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer.

    WT Wizard says: "Read Order update. 2014"
    "Outstanding Book.. this is how you write SF"
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    What did you love best about Halo: Mortal Dictata?

    All of the characters are fleshed out in a manner that you have feeling about all of them. Good and bad. Love how the book also reveals unknown facts about the Halo universe that makes things so clear going back to the very beginning, the first Book about Halo.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't say just one. Love BB. Arrogant AI who thinks he is the smartest thing in the universe, but still is mistified by the how and why of the humans around him. Yet continually shows his human origin. Love OSDs, Naomi, Oz, .. all of them.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Excellent injection of emotion and urgency. Great variances of voices when speaking as different characters. He pulled you further into an already great story.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of the HALO series.. not just this series but the whole universe, this book is a must read along with the previous two. This one is the icing on the cake. It some ways it closes some chapters, but it also opens the door to other possibilities. Remember, there is something out there that was alive before the Forerunners. We could gain their notice again and we are not ready.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Wore Black Leather: Nightside, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (281)

    In the secret heart of London, under the cover of endless darkness, the Nightside caters to anyone with any unusual itch that needs to be scratched. But enter at your own risk. The party animals who live here may be as inhuman as their appetites....

    Bonnie says: "I've been waiting for more NIGHTSIDE!"
    "Don't think I can do it anymore..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    When I first found Simon R. Green and the Nightside, I thought I had found a fun unique universe. Dark and unusual characters. That was 7 years ago. But there is no growth to the characters. Book after book it the same thing. Lord of this. Brother of that. Hungry Gods and outsiders. It just feels mailed in. All of his books are these vignette of John Taylor threatening people with his gift or black pepper. Maybe I need a break from his worlds and can come back to theme later.. much later. Listening to this book I felt like I was cheated.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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