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John

Leeds, AL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 10 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Through historical newspaper accounts and the personal letters of soldiers, the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself are stunningly recreated. You will enter the mind of Robert E. Lee as he makes the fateful decision to cross the Potomac River and take the offensive. You will feel the frustration of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to convince George McClellan to fight. And you will stand side-by-side with foot soldiers as the peaceful Maryland countryside explodes.

    Aaron says: "Far beyond the scope of the battle"
    "good review of history"
    Overall

    I enjoy Civil War history and this book is no exception to the thorough study I would expect of this author. The reader is very good and the outline of the battle and surrounding events leading up to the engagement is well researched. I would recommend this to Civil War buffs and plan to read more by this same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1949)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "how did this book ever sell?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    boring, full of filler material...blah, blah, blah... and just not a good story. I would think again before buying another Jack Reacher series book after this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (704)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "extraordinary in every respect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to hundreds of books from Audible but the narrator of this book is the best I have ever listened to bar none. Great writing and great narration equals a truly delightful experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1226)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "booring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    weak delivery voice; too much detail on subject matter that could be readily and fully explained in a more succinct fashion. Good research however.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skeleton Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (371)

    Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre - who's looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes in the same area.

    Janie says: "New to Clive Cussler"
    "boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    too predictable, too much "filler" dialogue and very simple theme...first and last of Cussler books for me

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry Bond
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Navy pilot turned submarine officer Jerry Mitchell is now the navigator aboard USS Seawolf. On a reconnaissance mission deep in the Barents Sea, Mitchell and his crew prepare to watch the Russian navy as it trains for battle. Although they are outside Russia's territorial waters, the U.S. boat is ambushed by Russia's newest attack submarine, Severodvinsk. Its aggressive new captain, Aleksey Petrov, harasses the American intruder with dangerously fast, insanely close passes.

    Don says: "Pretty goo"
    "a good yarn"
    Overall

    A bit long winded in spots but overall this is a story that is not only possible but the tale is believable. This story kept me interested and I did not want to turn off the player when reaching my destination...I love books like that, doesn't everyone?

    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
    (245)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    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"
    "another winner from Wilbur Smith"
    Overall

    Wibur Smith knows how to keep you entertained and is constantly providing a description of life in SA that is interesting to say the least. A great writer. The narrator, Simon Vance, is excellent and his diction portraying each character is superb. A really good yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1756)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (641)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "boring and tedius"
    Overall

    The story is disjointed and the plot is weak. The description of living in Russia during the Stalin reign is interesting but this does not compensate for the lack of drama or intrigue which I would have hoped for in a murder novel.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (369)

    The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

    Luck8 says: "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    "long winded"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this first book I've read by author Mr. Webb but come away with great disappointment. It was long-winded and frankly, a boring dialogue lacking in a plot that was never developed. It seemed as if there was a lot of "filler" to make the book much longer than necessary. The reader is excellent and can deal with foreign names with ease. I have listened to other books by this same reader and all have been delightful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Straight Man"
    Overall

    With such a high rating, I was anticipating a really good read but was sorely disappointed. The book is, frankly, boring. The dialogue is clever and the author has an excellent command of the language and sentence structure. Not enough I am afraid...I found myself shutting off this book to listen to other choices. Just did not hold my attention.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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