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J. Webb

Massachusetts | Listener Since 2001

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  • The Trinity Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (159)

    Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate - the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over 10 years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues - and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more? The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power.

    J. Webb says: "Faith without Acts...Could Get You Killed."
    "Faith without Acts...Could Get You Killed."
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    The unique story outlined in the Trinity Game description online was my reason for downloading this audio book. The concept of a Vatican "miracle" exposer having to take on a grifter TV preacher - who is his uncle - now speaking in tongues makes for a nice level of conspiracy, intrigue, belief and, yes, doubt. Several plot lines weave themselves into this tale as we hear more about secret societies, TV preachers with bad hair, Roman Catholic priests with some special not-so-Christian skills, the dynamics of growing up in the land of tent revivals and of course the always interesting Vatican conspiracy theories.

    Tim Trinity and his miracle exposing nephew, Daniel, make for an interesting pair as they attempt to heal old wounds and avoid several groups of enemies all while trying to really understand God's plan for them...even if that plan sounds a little screwed up.

    I enjoyed the various plot lines in this novel although some seemed a little predictable at times and others clearly indicate that Daniel is finished as a main character for Sean Chercover. For those who tend to avoid "religious" themes, it's good to note that the book is neither "preachy" nor insulting when dealing with religion: Christianity in particular. Overall the story left me wanting more if just because it left some characters in need of punishment for their "sins".

    The narration was also enoyable even with the various southern, cajan and Irish accents used for the myriad characters. I was able to keep characters seperate and the narrator was clean in his delivery in both tone and pronunciation.

    I would recommend this book to mystery lovers as well as those who love a little religious conspiracy in their stories.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29321)
    Performance
    (22493)
    Story
    (22650)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "The Odds are with You when You Read Catching Fire"
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    What can I possibly say about the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy that you haven't already heard during the promotion of the Hunger Games movie? Well, I can say that I enjoyed it as much as the Hunger Games. Collins continues the story of Katniss and Peeta taking us further into the darkness of the Hunger Games ensuring us that even winning isn't what we hoped. Katniss finds herself suddenly thrust into a role she never imagined as she and Peeta are taken on their Victory Tour of the Districts only to feed the fire of revolution that has been burning only as embers until now.

    If you thought the Hunger Games was brutal, dark and somewhat hopeless, Catching Fire will not change your mind. But as your anger grows against the Capital, you begin to feel Katniss' pain and indecision; her fear and anger; her love and hate.

    I highly recommend this audio book but only if you have listened to the Hunger Games first. As the second part of a trilogy, you'd be lost without the foundation provided by the first book.

    I found the narration pleasant. Carolyn McCormick does a great job telling the story in first person. I found no distractions in her voice, tone or pronunciation. (And no sighs or deep breaths during the reading as well. Big Bonus!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (314)

    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
    "Not So Anonymous..."
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    If you think you understand Anonymous because you watched 20/20 or Fox News, you should listen to this book. Parmy Olson does a great job introducing us to the mindset behind Anonymous and explaining how the press, law enforcement and the government don't understand the concept. You will be taken on a tour of the individuals who made governments shake their heads and corporations foam at the mouth. You'll find yourself wondering "why" at times and at others you'll be shaking your head in agreement.

    I would highly recommend this audio book. Abby Craden does a wonderful job with the narration although I found it amusing at times as most of the quotes she reads require her to imitate mail voices. All and all, I found the narration smooth and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (694)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "For Fans of Baseball...and Redemption"
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    Although I have not read a John Grisham novel in some time, I was drawn to Calico Joe because of it's baseball theme. After all, its summer (right now) and what could be better than a baseball story in June. I enjoyed not only the story but also the narration which was clear, smooth and passed my "no irritating noises" test (lines heavy breaths, annoying accents, mispronounced workds, etc.).

    Calico Joe is a story about the relationship between a father and son which never really was ideal and went downhill from there. Told in first person perspective, the story chronicles the story of a baseball phenom Joe Castle who takes the baseball world by storm in the early 1970s. The story unfolds not only in the present where our narrator hatches a plan to heal old wounds not only with his father but also with the baseball world but also in the past where our 11 year old narrator displays his love for baseball tempered with his fear and tempered love for his angry, abusive, hard drinking father - a pitcher for the NY Mets.

    Not wanting to give away the story, I will say that all in all the story is one of finding yourself while trying to simultaneously bury the past and mend it. I found myself a little emotional at the end which I think brought the story back to one of hope but I wasn't sure who I was more emotional about when it came to the three main characters.

    My only criticism was the little first person "cheat" that Grisham used when he provided the private conversation of two characters that the main character obviously couldn't hear because he was watching the two characters talk from across the ball field. Just splitting hairs, I know, but Grisham should know better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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