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Thomas

Over the road Truck Driver. I enjoy audiobooks as they help the miles roll by.....Especially unabridged History and good Fiction.

SAN MARCOS, CA, United States

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  • Red Storm Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (624)

    When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

    Thomas says: "A stand alone master piece"
    "Chilling.. Thankfully, it's fiction..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Storm Rising to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I have a paperback copy and got this to enjoy the story while working.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I was in the military before the fall of the Berlin Wall and we trained to fight Warsaw Pact forces. This is how it could have happend.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    Michael was very good at personifying each character as he came to them. He also did a great job with the accents of the various nationalities in the story.


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

    There are too many (to me, anyway) to list.


    Any additional comments?

    A very well reasearched 'What could have been' that was scary when I was in the military and is still a relevant story today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4820)
    Performance
    (3522)
    Story
    (3525)

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Mr. Butcher does it again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Turn Coat to be better than the print version?

    No! I love both versions. I can't read it while driving, so...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realistic (in a fantasy, of course) setting and a logical view of the supernatural. Jim Butcher has a way of making this genre totally accessible, and a riot at the same time.


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

    He really gets Harry Dresden across. When I read the book, James Marsters' voice IS Harry's voice in my head! His depiction of Harry and the people who share his world is completely believable (and hilarious- check out his accent for Major General Toot-Toot Minimus!! And Bob? You will laugh sooo hard....)


    Any additional comments?

    Just relax and let Harry take you someplace you couldn't go on your own...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6483)
    Performance
    (5731)
    Story
    (5781)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "This will take you for a ride..."
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    What did you love best about The Stand?

    The story was very relavent, what with all the biological scares we see every day. And weaponized diseases? Ugghh! (Shivers) Mr. King's descriptions of a post-apocalyptic U.S. and the people struggling to survive in it was amazing! (Stephen King. 'Nuff said.)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ummm... Ahh... too many to list.


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

    Yes and no.. The individual characters and stories are great, but this is so long that you can't hear it all in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "Engrossing and educational."
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    Where does Shogun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hmm... I like all kinds of stories, all kinds of genres... This rates about #2.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lord Toranaga. Getting to know this (fictional) Daimyo and following his plots within plots within plots was fascinating. Mr. Clavell's depiction of a medieval Japanese warlord is dead on, IMHO.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Blackthorne was made Samurai and Hatamoto.


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

    No... Just a longing to have been able to see medieval Japan at the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate (This book is based around that time.)


    Any additional comments?

    LOOOOONG but great story. If you've got the time I suggest you check this one out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Emperor of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (638)

    More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Almost as good as the original"
    "Fascinating."
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    If you could sum up God Emperor of Dune in three words, what would they be?

    You can't sum this up in three words!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Duncan Idaho. He is the epitome of the word 'Maverick'.


    Any additional comments?

    Any of the Frank Herbert-written Dune Chronicles are milestones of Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing. This is only the fourth of his six Dune books and it's an excellent read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6915)
    Performance
    (2724)
    Story
    (2733)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Easy overview of most all science topics."
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    If you could sum up A Short History of Nearly Everything in three words, what would they be?

    A very good, well researched book. And the title pretty well sums it up. I got the abridged version a few years ago, and saw this...AWESOME! UN-abridged! If you have a lot of driving to do, this book will keep you interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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