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Doug

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Bedford, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mark Glickman
    • Narrated By Mark Glickman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (76)

    Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in an old Egyptian synagogue - the amazing story of one of the most important discoveries in modern religious scholarship. In 1897, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found the largest treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered.

    Lisa says: "Not what I thought it would be, but worth it"
    "History Lesson"
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    What did you like best about Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah? What did you like least?

    Best:
    The beginning of the book and the narration were interesting. I am not Jewish, my wife is Jewish. I purchased the book for educational value.

    Least:
    Hard to keep my attention. I will go back and forth listening to the book. Still not completed it will take a while.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Have not finished


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Average to above average. Presented like a class and that is why I purchased the book.


    Did Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah inspire you to do anything?

    No. I thought that there would be something to reflect on or an Ah Ah moment. Didn't happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad it was on audio. I doubt if I would have made it that far in a written book. No regrets on purchasing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (607)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
    "Great story & narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rot & Ruin to be better than the print version?

    The narrator developed a personality with each character. Not sure if I would be that precise reading it


    What other book might you compare Rot & Ruin to and why?

    I'm reading the rest of the series & looking to read other from Mayberry


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

    Emotional


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

    Yes but didn't have the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tribulation Force: Left Behind Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear during "the rapture". Those left behind are destined to face war, famine, plagues, and natural disasters so devastating that only one in four people will survive. Odds are even worse for enemies of the Antichrist and his new world order. Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes, and Chloe Steele band together to form the Tribulation Force.

    Don says: "Great book bad narrator"
    "Bad Audio and background noise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tribulation Force to be better than the print version?

    No. The audio quality is almost distracting. Pages turning and it sounds like writing, erasing or sanding in background.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Todays world affairs story and biblical reference


    What didn’t you like about Jack Sondericker’s performance?

    Bad audio. The first 2 books have the same problems. ant to keep listening. If the buying the next book is this poor of quality I will probably pass on buying the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom: Chiveis Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bryan M. Litfin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    In books 1 and 2 of the Chiveis Trilogy, The Sword and The Gift, Teo and Ana find the Old and New Testaments, which had been lost for centuries. Their discoveries lead to new friendships and renewed faith within a small band of men and women working to spread the knowledge of the one true God. But now an ancient pact has united enemies of the Christian faith. Through the discovery of a powerful military technology, this dark alliance now threatens to consume the known world.

    W. says: "The Kingdom: Chiveis Trilogy, Book 3"
    "Enjoyable, but"
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    Would you try another book from Bryan M. Litfin and/or Ray Porter?

    Yes, I really liked the first two books. This book was not as good but the closure of the story was needed.


    Would you recommend The Kingdom to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have recommended the series. So yes I would recommend the Kingdom. With the notice it isn't as good as the rest.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. the first 2 books in the serires


    Did The Kingdom inspire you to do anything?

    I have started getting books of the same theme and story line. Religious, Apocalyptic, thought provoking. personal evaluation...


    Any additional comments?

    With the world going down the path it is going this series hits really close to the soul.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1738)
    Story
    (1742)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    Amanda says: "Fantastical and Fun"
    "Great book 2"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dragon Factory the most enjoyable?

    Story follow up was great. Continued the intensity of book one. Story is still far fetched, but author does a great job of taking reader down a believable path or thought. I enjoyed the tie into historical events.


    What other book might you compare The Dragon Factory to and why?

    The stand


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3655)
    Performance
    (3016)
    Story
    (3005)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Great action"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    Story put together well enough to be very disturbing. Creative story line and action. Starting on 2nd book immediately


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Action in the lab


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (632)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    k. says: "Pendergast fans beware"
    "Surprised I finished it"
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    What disappointed you about Gideon's Sword?

    Engineering and technical aaspect poor. Areas of teh story contradict what was previously told.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    New author. Robert Craig. The Monkeys Raincoat


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

    Favorite narrator Scott Brick. Ilisten to books he narrates as first choice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do not have anything positive to say about this book. Will not buy any other books from this author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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