You no longer follow Jimmy

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Jimmy

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Jimmy

Lubbock, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

44
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 21 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 461 titles in library
  • 61 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
3

  • The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1960)
    Story
    (1970)

    In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

    Dana says: "Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!"
    "Great story - abysmal reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This works borders more on the incredulous than even the other books. Since it is fantasy, we can believe in fighting cyclops and centaurs -- but fighting blades of grass? The story is good enough to keep buying -- but please replace the reader with a computerized text reader -- at least then, we would not feel bad about saying things so negative about a fellow human. This reader apparently never practices before he records for production. His articulation is more like a digitized reader. I guess he thinks the next words after commas in English are to sound like the start of new sentences. I have two hours of commutes every day and use it all for audio books. Of the dozens I've listened to, this is the worst reader -- period.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1423)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "May be the best I've ever listened to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I won't spoil it for you, but I will say that Connelly pulls all the strings together behind the mysterious life of Bosch (at least as we know it so far). This is masterful writing. The plot and characters are so interwoven, and the suspense is incredible. Hats off, too, for Dick Hill's reading. Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Frigates

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

    George Carpenter III says: "BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED"
    "Exceptional history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ian Toll makes history interesting. I wish he had been my high school teacher. Since then, I've studied a lot of history and have come to love books like this. Stephen Lang does a good job reading the book. But most of all, this is classical Toll and worth every minute of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "Exceptional history - great reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love historical works, and I love to listen to Grover Gardner do the reading. Pacific Crucible is difficult to put on hold. It is worth every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (683)

    Adapted from the hardcover edition of The Enchantress, this long-anticipated audiobook brings the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series to its stunning conclusion. The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance - how will the legend end?

    G. House Sr. says: "A Staggering Disappointment"
    "Disappointing close"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am really disappointed in the last volume of this series. I barely finished it. Sad, too, because I had enjoyed the previous volumes. The plot just breaks down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (370)

    In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

    A User says: "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    "Absolutely fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Whether you like Dick Cheney or not, you have got to like this book. This is historical perspective at its purist. I'm not saying that Cheney's interpretation of every event in this book is right. Time and history will determine all of that. However, those who study history realize that contemporaries are often long dead before the final stories can be told. This is as close to the historical events as we are going to get. Cheney was involved in so many positions of responsibility that his stories and candor about those events are worth getting this book. Edward Hermann does a great job of reading. Download the book and listen to it as if you are listening to any person tell his or her life's story -- and you will love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Demigod Files

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (216)

    How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

    Jimmy says: "Riordan throws us a few scraps from his table"
    "Riordan throws us a few scraps from his table"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    These stories add almost nothing to the Percy Jackson saga. They seem to be chapters that were cut out of the final draft -- who knows. The individual stories are good -- very much like what you would expect of Percy and his pals. I was so glad that Jesse Bernstein was the reader. If it had been Joshua Swanson, the reader who is murdering the Heroes of Olympus series, I would not have touched it. I have to admit, Bernstein was hard to get used to -- but now, I could not imagine Percy Jackson with any other voice. I bought this audiobook to fill the LONG wait I am experiencing between Riordan's books. I know he is turning out a book a month (or so it seems). It is just that he is leaving these series, like the Heroes of Olympus, unfinished. How long are we supposed to wait? While we are waiting for Percy and Jason to team up against the bad guys, this is a good filler.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1986)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1603)

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
    "What can I say, its Rick Riordan at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Rick Riordan's books on mythology. I remember some of the stories of mythology from college studies, but they were so disconnected from today that they were little more than irrelevant. Riordan has a way of making these stories come to life. This book has two readers. Kevin Free is okay - sort of. His reading is a little choppy. I wonder how much he practices the text before he records for production. A reader MUST master the text, or risk making the book sound second-rate. Katherine Kellgren is absolutely one of the best female readers EVER. Her reading is not only smooth, she makes her character come alive. Okay, so here's my complaint about Riordan's books. He is so spread out in what he is doing that we are having to wait a lifetime just to get the next episodes. I'm sure he does not care. He just keeps raking in the money. But for those of us who want to know what happens next, it is maddening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Franklin’s Autobiography, one of the most regarded works in early American literature, began as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but was soon transformed from reflective personal journaling into a work of national history. Filled with the inimitable nuances & wit of the inventor, philosopher, scientist and statesman, this engaging narration of Benjamin Franklin’s classic is as certain to delight modern readers as it did with his original audience.

    Dreamsmith says: "Wisely written and mesmerizingly read"
    "Love it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is hard to be critical of autobiography. Benjamin Franklin tells his own story in his own words. You do need to understand that this is almost exclusively limited to his life from 1706 to 1757. Franklin basically quit working on his autobiography at that time. To hear the rest of the story, you will want to listen to Mark Skousen's, Completed Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I loved Robin Field's reading in the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant. Field's reading is very smooth, well inflected, and has enough variety to give you a sense of different characters. Download this audio book. If you are interesting in Benjamin Franklin, you will love it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time, but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life's story in 1757, when he was 51. He lived another 33 eventful years, serving as America's advocate in London, Pennsylvania's representative in the Continental Congress, and America's wartime ambassador to France. Now, at last, we get the rest of the story, in Franklin's own words.

    Michael says: "Facinating!"
    "Absolutely excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author appears to accomplish his purpose. That is, he tries to let Franklin's biography be told by Benjamin himself. This is an excellent insight into the life of Benjamin Franklin after 1757. Richard Ferrone does a great job of reading. Overall, this is every bit as good as B. Franklin's autobiography. I am not a scholar in this field, but I have the feeling that I was hearing history from Franklin's point-of-view without it going through the strainers of historical bias and interpretation. Download it. You'll probably love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.