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Mark

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (854)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "We only wish this would happen in real life!"
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    What did you love best about Term Limits?

    The plot establishes an underground patriot network resolved to getting the country back on track and do away with entrenched partisan politics. Term Limits it the very best of Vince Flynn!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Congressman Michael O'Rourke and Scott Coleman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When O'Rourke whipped Stu Garrett in the Oval office.


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

    No any particular moment the overall concept and planning seemed excellently composed.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding read. I have 9 Vince Flynn audio books. This should be made into screenplay and a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (411)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Melinda says: "Maybe this one should have stayed lost..."
    "Disappointing effort from two great writers...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who isn't bored with an over elongated plot and is served by a disjointed and easy and very predictable ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

    I have many Preston and Child books including the Agent Pendergast series. All, including their individual works, are typically well designed and congruent. Thus, I consider this more of an anomaly than their true to form books with more thoroughly developed characters and intricately plausible plots.


    Did David W. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    A satisfactory job. His character development was weak which subsequently led to a less than fulfilling narration. Collins didn't provide much pop in his depictions. Not to his fault, Preston and Child provided a very cryptic characterization of the lead characters for him to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Island?

    Gideon and girl.. I say "girl" because her character was loosely developed at best. Both spend way too much time on the island developing the final sequence leading to the climax. It was as if L&C were trying to redevelop Homer's 'Odyssey' regarding the escape from the cyclops. Moreover, far too much time is spent on the cyclops characterization. The authors then rush into the epilog, concluding with Gideon signing on for the next episode..


    Any additional comments?

    Gideon needs to be better developed and have a bit more masculine swagger. The 'girl' made all the tough decisions and ultimately controlled the lead character - Gideon. Perhaps they were attempting to develop a new female lead...In any case, I found the overall effort disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5634)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3604)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "A True Masterpiece!"
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    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Yes. The timely information and background philosophy incorporated within is timeless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reardon and John Galt. Readon for his tenacity to stand in opposition of a corrupt and pathetic government. Galt for his desire to remake society as it should be, with willing independent entrepreneur's working together in true capitalistic fashion. Galt dropped out and started over, enlisting the best and brightest through a co-operative revision of what capitalism should truly be, instead of allowing government to feed of those shouldering the weight of a society weakened by entitlement.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    So many were good, I can't pick just one.


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

    John Galt's soliloquy.


    Any additional comments?

    It was wonderful that Ayn Rand used a female as the heroine, given the time of publication.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (876)

    After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

    Justin says: "Scary good"
    "Brad Thor is better than this!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot was relatively flat on a bland terrorist plot to EMP the US. It ended abruptly as did the bad guys he had started to develop but left half baked. Even the use of Scot Harvath's computer wiz midget was innocuous and disconnected.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Enrich the EMP connection with fact based information about the action. Involve some government agencies that oversee this activity not just the routine Anti-terroism units - NSA, DHS and routine support characters. The connection in North Korea was weak. And, the Chinese "Princelings" component added little if any suspense. That was precisely what was lacking in this novel, suspense and unpredictability. Too formulaic....


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Scott Harvath, but he was detached from most of the real actions of the story.


    Was Act of War worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Come on Brad, you are better than this. It was as if the editor put you on a deadline and you needed to respond. Your usually insightful dramatic flair was conspicuously absent in this effort.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (406)

    Looking for a practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams? Based on natural laws which govern all of creation, this audio shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into 7 simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life.

    P. Wouters says: "Concise and powerful"
    "Esoterically Thick"
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    What would have made The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success better?

    Common discussion instead of spiritual babble and unfounded assertions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deepak Chopra again?

    Perhaps


    What didn’t you like about Deepak Chopra’s performance?

    The work reviews spirituality as if it is a foreign subject and attempted to place an esoterical component within a subject that should be simply presented. It was written as if he were talking to Ph.D students instead of those searching for personal enlightenment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1550)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Outstanding !!!"
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    What did you love best about Act of Treason?

    From plot to action this Mitch Rapp thriller even brings Irene Kennedy into the action.I only wish we indeed had operatives who worked for America the way these fictional characters do. Brilliant...!


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

    By ensuring that the antagonist - VP Ross a detractor of the CIA, remained arrogant and untouchable until the very end was well done. The CIA's leverage placed upon the Swiss bankers to play ball was outstanding. And finally, in showing the clandestine elements associated with Saudi Arabia and their money lines linked to terrorism was well crafted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax with Kennedy's involvement.


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

    Too much in it for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly weaved together. I would have liked to have learned of the Saudi connection being disposed of in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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