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William

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  • Pacific Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Only Tommy wins her heart and marries Glory after graduation. Different skills set the three men on separate paths in the Navy, but they are all forever changed by the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

    Glory, now Tommy’s widow, is a tough Navy nurse still grieving her loss while trying to save lives at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital.

    Hill says: "A real hit"
    "Great Book, Great Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pacific Glory the most enjoyable?

    The story was great and Dick Hill is one of Audible's best narrators


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

    Good, as Always.


    1 of 1 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
    (3814)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2197)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (179)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    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
    (224)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    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.

    A User says: "Good book, but..."
    "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
  • Ghost Country

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    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
  • Darkside

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (79)

    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
    (352)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    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
    (861)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (753)

    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
  • We Few: Prince Roger Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (483)

    Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.

    Douglas says: "Great Ending To A Great Series"
    "Nicely done end to series"
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    What made the experience of listening to We Few the most enjoyable?

    The fact that they used a male to do male voices and a female to do female voices made this better than average. I suspect this is not done as often as it should be because it probably costs more.

    On the other hand, there is a right way and a wrong way and if doing it right costs more - I will pay more. Much less distracting, more believable and easy to listen to.


    What other book might you compare We Few to and why?

    The others in the series although I read those in paperback.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
    "Scary Business"
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    If you could sum up The Hot Zone in three words, what would they be?

    Scary and real.


    Any additional comments?

    For someone with training in biology, it was maybe a bit too simplified but overall it was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Clock

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John J. Nance
    • Narrated By John J. Nance
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Captain James Holland is the pilot on a routine flight from Frankfurt to New York, packed with people eager to be home for Christmas. When a passenger collapses from what appears to be a heart attack, Holland is forced to request an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport. But to his great surprise, the air traffic controllers will not let him land in England - they tell Holland that his sick passenger has contracted a dangerous new form of influenza and that the plane must return to Germany.

    William says: "Nicely done and narrated."
    "Nicely done and narrated."
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    What made the experience of listening to Pandora's Clock the most enjoyable?

    Story was good and it was nice to have the author narrate.


    What about John J. Nance’s performance did you like?

    The author knows the feel required better than any actor could.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish it had been unabridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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