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William

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Ghost Country

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into 70 years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.

    M. Clipper says: "Disappointing follow-up to The Breach"
    "Nice Sequel"
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    I am not sure exactly why some reviewers are whining that this was not a good book because it was not as good as the first book of the series. Hardly any sequel can ever be as good as the first book (or movie) since the more spectacular concepts are typically introduced in the first of any series.

    This was just fine as a sequel and had the same suspense and tone as the first book. Well worth it and I would recommend it highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (404)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "OK if you like this sort of thing."
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    The narrator was great, his accents were flawless and the performance was good.

    OTOH, for me, most of the book came off as a soap opera. Lots of "character development"
    and "personal relationships" stuff and only action in the last hour or so of the book. OK if you like that sort of thing, but I personally prefer more action and less "character development".
    Character development is necessary, but should not be central and I felt it was overdone in this book.

    So I would rate this a buy if you like soap opera or romance but a "don't buy" if you are an action fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (532)

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    rich says: "Max Robicheaux - A Leader of Men"
    "Even better than the first...."
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    OK, this is not great literature but that is not what one reads books like this for. What it is, however, is first class military scifi/space opera. Lots of space battles and a great deal of humor, this is even better than book one.

    I love the narrator's depictions of the main character as well as the Aliens and the "Halseyesque" Admiral Hornmeyer!

    Very entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Call to Duty: Book I of Manticore Ascendant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Weber, Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

    Jean says: "Astronautical adventure story"
    "Great Start to New Series"
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    With the Harrington series getting a bit long in the tooth and spoiled by a lousy narrator, it is great to see a related series started with new characters and a lot of future potential. The book was great as was the narration. I look forward to the next installment!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4381)
    Performance
    (2680)
    Story
    (2718)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Would be great except for the narrator."
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    I really liked the story but I had to quit listening. Maybe I will go buy the Kindle book and read it.

    The narrator was just awful! It was not really his skills, it was his way of reading wherein he tapers his volume after almost every sentence or paragraph. I found myself constantly straining to understand the last few words to the point where it actually gave me a headache and I just had to stop.

    I will not be listening to any more books narrated by John Lee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    After their New York Times best-selling series on the American Civil War, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen now turn to the events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and examine how different decisions might have profoundly changed the history that unfolded.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "History with a twist"
    "Great Story Spectacular Narrator"
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    One may or may not like Newt Gingrich as a politician but he is a qualified historian and this take on the possible is very well done.

    As far as the narrator, William Dufris is, IMHO, Audible's very best narrator. His accents are amazing. I will buy any book he narrates if it is even close to a book that i might like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and veteran author William R. Forstchen combine their talents in this powerful and rousing alternate history of the most legendary Civil War clash.

    Raymond says: "Read The Killer Angels First!"
    "Great for Civil War or Alternate History Fans"
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    One may agree with or totally hate Newt Gingrich on political issues but is has to be admitted that he is a well informed historian, especially with regard to the Civil War. This novel dramatizes a commonly asked "why" and "what-if" question about Lee's behavior at Gettysburg
    and follows up with what might have happened if he had decided differently.

    Best if you know something of the Civil War and Gettysburg in particular but OK even if you do not. Well written, well performed, and entertaining. If you are a fan of either Civil War history or alternative history novels and are a liberal, don't let your dislike of Gingrich interfere with enjoying a good book!

    I have now listened to the second book in the trilogy (as good if not better) and am starting the third. I also plan to buy the freestanding book about the Battle of the Crater.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkside

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    When a midshipman plunges six stories to his death, the U.S. Naval Academy begins investigating an apparent suicide. But there's a bizarre twist: the young man's body is found wearing undergarments belonging to Midshipman Julie Markham, a senior at the academy.

    Greg Rossvanes says: "Talk about edge of your seat!"
    "Another good Deutermann book"
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    Another winner Deutermann/Dick Hill book. Hill is clearly one of the better narrators out there.

    My only wish would be that the female characters were done with female voices. Hill does a decent job with the female voices but even the best narrator is not as good as the "real thing" (male or female). This has always been one of my "peeves" about fiction audio books. I have always felt that most fiction is more performance than narration and therefore needs the appropriate performers, not just a single narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Breach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (244)

    Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States.

    Tim Valenta says: "Unspeakably surprised; No regrets"
    "Nice Start to a Series"
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    Nice action thriller that never lets up. Unlike all too many audio books, this narration helps the story instead of distracting from it. Looking forward to getting the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (900)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.

    Waldo O. Berry III says: "A smashin good read and an excellent performance"
    "Love Taylor's Books!"
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    I would have given this 5 stars across the board as I love this series and the author ( a nice fellow, BTW, I have exchanged email with him regarding e-book availability).

    Maybe it is just me, but I always find it distracting when a book that contains both male and female characters has only a male or only a female narrator. It tends to take one out of the story and therefore impacts negatively on the book.

    For some books (mostly non-fiction) where there are no real characters, it does not matter what the sex of the narrator is, as long as they are good, but for most fiction both a male and a female narrator are needed. I know it costs more and I, for one, would be willing to pay more!

    So I may buy the next book in the series in eBook form unless the narration is properly split.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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