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D.

Jacksonville, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Dawn Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

    Brian says: "Awesome"
    "Dawn Patrol"
    Overall

    This was a great story that would not let me sleep without finishing. The surfing is a great back drop with interesting characters. The story is a little dark but believeable. I hope to see more adventures of the Dawn Patrol.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Land Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick D. Smith
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

    Janice says: "They paved paradise . . ."
    "I didn't want this book to end!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Land Remembered the most enjoyable?

    My 50 + years in Florida I've seen many changes some good but most not so good. The historic changes and sacrifices these families made to settle this land is very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the top ten books I've ever read or listened to -- well deserving of a pulitzer prize winner. This book is required reading in many school districts because of the historical aspects. The characters are also very well developed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By Julian Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is the third book in the 'Blackwood' saga. For three generations, members of the Blackwood family served the Royal Marines with distinction. With the outbreak of World War I, at last comes Jonathan Blackwood’s turn to carry the family name into battle. But as the young marines embark for the Dardanelles, and a new kind of warfare, it dawns on them that the days of scarlet coats and an unchanging tradition of honour and glory have gone forever.

    D. says: "Reeman does it again."
    "Reeman does it again."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Tells a forgotten story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Royal Marines have very few stories written about them. The series covers this family of Marines through generations. The brutality of World War 1 has been forgotten by most. This book is not anti-war but it does make you realize the incredible loss war imposes on a country.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Was it justice... or revenge? What drove a simple farmer to set out on an impossible quest after a gang of bloodthirsty killers that raped and murdered his wife and slit his small son's throat? Their trail led him halfway across the country and deep into Mexico. One by one he tracked them down and brought them to justice, sometimes at the end of a short rope, more often in front of his fast guns, and he didn't care which.

    Xavier says: "Great "Manly" read. I loved it."
    "Good story with more to it than the title."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Man Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    Quite a saga.


    What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

    I like all of Mr Engene's reads from Casca to this title.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story with a strong character. At times a little corny but most of the story was great. The corny parts were balanced by the unvarnished brutality of the outlaw gangs and Indians. This was actually like three novels in one and a great value for one credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (786)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "What a pleasant surprise."
    Overall

    This book was very good but the narrator made it a great listen! His accents were believable and not overdone. This was a very pleasant surprise and I was sorry it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Cynthia Kadohata
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Cracker is one of the U.S. Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. Rick is headed to Vietnam to prove to everyone who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.

    Cindy says: "Point of View"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    Great story about the relationships between dogs and humans. The contribution of dogs in the service was largely ignored except by their handlers and those that owe their lives to them. This was a story that needed to be told and thank God the policy has now changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (593)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Great adventure"
    Overall

    Sometimes it is nice to just go on a good adventure and this was exactly what I needed. The characters were good and the description of Jamaica and other colonies almost put you there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower- and now he's blackmailing them for money.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Another wonderful Spencer book"
    "big disapointment"
    Overall

    Someone must of had a deadline to meet to publish this book. Spencer couldn't pull this story off with all his glib charm. Not much plot -- Spencer and the author wander aimlessly thru this one to a equally poor finish. I have always been a big Spencer fan but I want my money back. My biggest regret is that i tried to stay with the story thinking it might get better. Shame on you Mr. Parker we have come to expect better from you.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Where the River Ends

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina's most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they'd found their true soul mate.

    Jen says: "Perfect Ending."
    "Great writer good read."
    Overall

    I read this after reading his book "Chasing Fireflies" which was great. This book was good but seemed to drag in a few places. I like Charles Martin's writing style. He writes about trailer parks and high society with ease. This is a book I normally would never have picked but it was inspirational. The ending made this a worthwhile read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan MacGregor
    • Narrated By Brian Barnes, Full Cast
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Beginning aboard the U.S.S. Olympia, Blood and Iron is the first in a planned series of six books chronicling the adventures of Levi Rankin. Fresh from the wilds of Wyoming, young Marine Corporal Rankin is savagely tested in the Spanish American War (Battle of Manila Bay) while serving under Commodore Dewey. Rankin's courage is rewarded with promotion.

    George says: "Blood and Iron"
    "Great story."
    Overall

    I haven't listened to a production better than this in years. The book is well written and the acting and voices enhance an already good book. I will be watching for another book or production from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Assegai

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth - but also danger.

    Jim says: "Entertaining but I'm not much for sport hunting"
    "Great read!"
    Overall

    Wilbur Smith writes adventures on a grand scale and this is one of his best. The landscape of Africa and the background of events leading to WWI make this a non stop adventure ride. I look forward to every Wilbur Smith book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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