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Andrew

I read everything (from Victorian Romances to espionage). I even like kids books (i.e. Bloody Jack series).

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

    Andrew says: "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    Overall

    Joe Pike, ex-Sniper, ex-Policeman, ex-Mercenary... a complex, screwed-up character.

    The pace of this book is slowed down by the character development and relationships that develop between Pike and the rich 'hot' girl that he is protecting. I ended up liking both characters much more than a lot of action-hero characters like "Jack Reacher" books by Lee Child (I highly recommend Lee Child books for there extreme action). Pike and the 'babe' became more real and touching (you will actually feel for these characters).

    The plot was definitely not predictable. Especially in regards to the gratuitous sex between leading characters in most books and movies. Furthermore, the ending of the book was a bit sad.

    I purchased this book both on the reader reviews of both Amazon and Audible. "The Watchman" deserves it's favorable high ranking.

    I rounded up and gave the book 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5596)
    Performance
    (3287)
    Story
    (3316)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Finallly, book is available @ audible...."
    Overall

    Been waiting for this to become availiable... Watching audible @ midnight for it tob e released. ... then this morning... Then by luck I saw it @ 2:00pm PST. FINALLY!

    Brandon Sanderson does such a great job with Jordans series... I was so desperate, I bought the presequel last night at 2:00 am....

    I was inspired to write this after seeing the first reviewer message after 1 hour into the book. :-D

    16 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Coat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (145)

    It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

    Andrew says: ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    Overall

    Fun series of books.

    This is the first of the series.

    Currently, the second and third books are two credits (a bit high priced). If you liked books by Bernard Cornwell (Sharp's Rifles Series), C.S. Forester's Hornblower saga, Frederick Marryat - Peter Simple saga, and Patrick O'Brian - Jack Aubrey series you will also like this series.

    Some books of the series are a bit slow (at parts), and lots of sailing until the battles and sex... Dewey Lambdin writing is excellent but is not worth the extra credit with the choice of comparable books.



    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1228)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Very Exciting Vampire Story"
    Overall

    Exciting new thriller where the vampires are not pretty, sensuous, romantic, or talkative.

    I would not classify this book as horror. It is more like the excitement of the type found in the movie Jurassic Park.

    The production of the audio is excellent. It has both music and great narration.

    This is the first book of a trilogy. The book ended with a completeness (as opposed to trilogies which really should be only a single book but is stretch purely for a financial gain).

    The book is not totally a 5 star book, but it is much better than being ranked 4. This book is definitely book-to-movie material.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2534)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (913)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Good Mystery/Thriller!"
    Overall

    I sometimes listen to audio books until I fall asleep, THIS BOOK KEPT ME UP ALL NIGHT!

    This story continues with characters that first appeared in the book "The Poet". "The Scarecrow" is set 10 years (or so) afterwards. Although this book stands on it's own, you might consider reading the "The Poet" first.

    NOTE: The narrator mispronounces the word "colocation" to sound like "call-location", and the author refers to "towers" (computer towers) which I believe should be referred to as computer racks. Do a google search so that you can visualize what a computer rack looks like in case you are not familiar. A state-of-the-are colocation facility would NOT promote floor computer cases (i.e. tower case) but rather rack mountable computers.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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