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  • Piranha: A Dreamland Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Hidden in the Nevada desert is America’s most advanced aerospace weapons – testing facility. Dreamland is the place where the nation’s top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force’s top guns come to test them – on the front lines of a new era in warfare…A showdown between Indian and Chinese navies in the Pacific gives Dreamland the opportunity to test their new remote-operated underwater probe. Using the Piranha for surveillance, the U.S. watches as India and China circle each other like sharks. When the tension erupts into violence, innocent civilians are caught in the fray – and Captain Breanna Stockard is shot down trying to rescue them. To save her, Dreamland rushes an unmanned bomber project off the drawing boards – and in the sky…

    Stanley says: "Not even close to good entertainment."
    "WORST BOOK OF THE YEAR"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone enjoying it.
    The book is obviously a bunch of notes for a book effort that were then thrown together as "scenes" for the book. The result is a bunch of unconnected fragments. I was stunned when the book ended. Practically in mid-sentence. I like Dale Brown but rate this as the worst thing he has ever published - by far.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice again?

    Yes, but not because of this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

    No comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at getting ripped off by one of the 3 worst books I've ever purchased in my life!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, grade is F minus, less than zero. An embarrassment to Audible.com even to sell it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (755)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Didn't want it to end"
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    If you could sum up The Dog Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Full of Surprise


    What other book might you compare The Dog Stars to and why?

    The Postman by David Brin - Post apocalyptic but not formulaic. The story unfolds int the time after. After exactly what is not revealed. We know the end of the world as we know it was bad, but that's not the story. The story is about life after. Read this book. Highest recommendation I've given to an audible book.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    The hero, and his airplane.


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

    A particular death. I'll not spoil the book with detail.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've read this year. Complex, resourceful, resolute characters with many dimensions. They are brought to life with good pace.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Worland
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It's the ultimate test of courage. From NASA's Cape Canaveral to the Central Australian desert, Steve Worland's debut thriller sets a heart-stopping pace. A cast of brilliant characters combined with explosive action make this a genuine blockbuster.

    O. Crosby says: "Don't wast our money"
    "Don't wast our money"
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    What disappointed you about Velocity?

    I don't think a fifth grader would have found the plot interesting. Couldn't get past the first 15 minutes


    Has Velocity turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Sean Mangan’s voice?

    no comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shipkiller: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (240)

    Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story.

    Alex says: "A great story- well written and performed"
    "Goes on and on and on and on and..."
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    What would have made The Shipkiller better?

    Ability to write plot


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "Velocity"


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    The reader was fine, but the book just stank.


    What character would you cut from The Shipkiller?

    the company captain, or even better the main character


    Any additional comments?

    I am fairly easy to please. For those who choose to listen to this book, it has 4 logical endings, yet theplot resets to zero and another tedious voyage is described, rignt down to the screws that hold the cleats. Note that the book was written in 1978 and is just now revived as an audiobook.Even though the book grinds on forever, it has clearly been edited with an axe. The main character, in his sailboat, hops from one place to another with no continuity. The author is a decent wordsmith, but this epic might have survived if cut by half. Anticlimactic ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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