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Ed from Virginia

Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, US | Member Since 2005

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  • The Target: FBI Thriller #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (228)

    Hoping to escape unwanted celebrity in the aftermath of a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt settles in the Rockies, determined to bury himself in the safety of a solitary existence. But his isolation is shattered when he stumbles upon a small girl unconscious in the high-altitude forest. When strangers pursue Ramsey to his private meadow in an attempt to kill him and the girl, he's mystified that anyone would wish her harm.

    Constance says: "The Target"
    "Implausible story and trite plot"
    Overall

    Could not even finish this book... Were it not for some of the reference to child molestation, this book would seem more suited to teens than adults. It is simply unthinkable that the people in this book would conduct themselves as they do... a federal judge on sabbatical finds a brutalized child and decides not to contact the police or FBI.. just keeps her for a week.... Gets in a shootout... wounds two guys and is wounded himself...and still does not contact law enforcement.. And the readers sing-song cadence drove me crazy.. Could not even finish it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Athena Project: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (318)

    Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

    Don says: "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    "Who is trying to impersonate Brad Thor???"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Athena Project?

    This book was so totally implausible, that I could not even finish it. It was like a bad imitation of an old Charlie's Angels script. The narrator was just not able to convey the shoot 'em up scenes with anything approaching convincing detail. She has a nice voice, but just not for an action book. I have been a very avid fan of Brad Thor, but this book does not measure up at all.


    What could Brad Thor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There was just a cliche on every page....all hot women...all chipper dialogue....all deadly shots....all close calls....four women with pistols overpower and kill a force of professional security specialists with machine guns...all without a scratch or messing up their make-up.... It was more like a comic book plot than a novel.


    What aspect of Elizabeth Marvel’s performance would you have changed?

    She has a lovely voice, but just not for an action novel, and especially not one where she had to narrate for a known protagonist.... Once you get used to a reader like George Guidall being Scott Harvath, it is just not possible for a woman to do him justice, no matter how good she is.


    Any additional comments?

    Everybody is entitled to an off day. I'll just pay closer attention to the plot line if I give Thor another chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1287)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "DeMille, at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Lion?

    Take a great story, add an incredibly talented narrator, and bang!.....you're hooked. Probably not a great idea to start this until you have time to be absorbed by it, because its a great book with a very compelling cast of characters.


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

    Brick's ability to flow between characters with his vocal diversity is impressive. He also took to time to learn how to pronounce all the words properly, something too many narrators don't bother to do. Scott Brick adds enormously to an already compelling book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher Whitcomb
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For those chosen to fight terrorism at its source, secrecy is the only imperative, a rule Special Agent Jeremy Waller is about to find out the hard way.

    James says: "Jaw-dropping suspense"
    "Which way is up??"
    Overall

    I found this book to be riveting. You start to question everything sooner or later. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Are there any good guys, or is everybody dirty? What looks like a cliche good little guy versus the big evil multinational corporation will turn back on itself, then twist again before the light shines through. I hope this is the first of a series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2224)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Over too soon!!"
    Overall

    I was initially reluctant to start a 40 hours book, but I was astonished at how quickly the time passed. It was over far too soon. I realize this book is a fictionalized version of history, but the foundations in fact make this a very compelling commentary on practices and policies of this country during the Cold War, and beyond. I only wish this book had been twice as long!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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