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Mcwaters

Corona, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Dark Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    An explosion rips through New York City's Grand Central Station one morning, destroying the train Karen Friedman's husband, a successful hedge-fund manager, is riding in to work. On that same day, a suspicious hit-and-run accident leaves a young man dead in Karen's hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. Ty Hauck, a detective, becomes emotionally caught up in the case and finds a clue that shockingly connects the two seemingly unrelated events.

    S. Johnston says: "wince...wince"
    "Seriously? AWFUL!"
    Overall

    Of all the audiobooks I have listened to in the past 5 years, this is only the
    second book, that I will NOT be listening to for a second time. I have heard only
    one female narrator that didn't hurt the piece, and that was on "The Historian."
    I got this book because of the recommendation given by CNN host Glenn Beck. I don't
    know if I can go off of his recommended list again. I almost didn't finish the book.
    The novel itself is nothing more than a self indulgence of middle-aged angst of a
    woman who loses her husband in a "terrorist attack" then struggles when evidence
    arises that her husband may not have died. The messenger is **SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS**
    a similar-aged (both emotionally and chronologically) Conn. detective. After the
    first half of the book, the two may as well be 12 year olds hitting each other on
    the playground, rather than speaking to one another. I haven't finished the book
    yet, and it will be difficult to finish. It is unbelievable how much excessive
    description is given on the most pointless things.
    Lord have mercy, this was bad in so many ways...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1355)

    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

    Tyler says: "Marc Thompson Delivers Again!"
    "Superb Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this when it came out, and was excited to see it made an audiobook. I waited until we got the unabridged version.
    IMHO Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter series is the gold start by which all other aduiobook performances should be measured. Marc Thompson gives Mr.Dale a real run for his money. He is extremely skilled at it and makes the experience better. I cannot give him enough praise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (2353)
    Story
    (2367)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Superb Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this when it came out, and was excited to see it made an audiobook. I waited until we got the unabridged version.
    IMHO Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter series is the gold start by which all other aduiobook performances should be measured. Marc Thompson gives Mr.Dale a real run for his money. He is extremely skilled at it and makes the experience better. I cannot give him enough praise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5048)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3078)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Wake-up Call!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What if the America of the new millennium was for all intents and purposes, suddenly forced back into the mid-19th century? Electricity? Off. Running Water? Nope. Disease-fighting medicines? Gone. Imagine all the things we take for granted today that was science fiction just a few decades ago like smartphones that have more computing power than the first space shuttle. No more 24 hour news cycle. Something breaks? Hop in the car, go down to the Wal-mart and get a new one. Mr.Forstchen gives us a look at what would happen in a small town in the North Carolina hills, when an EMP renders almost ALL electronics in the US inoperable. The townspeople are forced to rethink their lives all together. Dealing with previously unimaginable issues like finding uncontaminated water, edible food that was an actually alive a few hours or minutes before you dine, something like a cut on the hand becoming a life-threatening injury. There is the ever growing threat of the incoming public. When the big cities burn down, where is everyone going to go? That’s right, the “country.” The town leaders realize this quickly to their credit, but will it be enough? This book gives a glimpse of just how spoiled we have become in America, and how self-reliance is almost a thing of the past. The main characters are very sympathetic, and when they suffer, you will suffer. A single father having lost his wife to cancer must navigate through this brave new world with an older teenage daughter and a 12 year old girl suffering from diabetes. He as much as anyone understands and appreciates the difficulties and sufferings that will shortly come upon them all. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3132)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2224)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "A good Z book."
    Overall
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    This book is written in a journal/diary format by a naval pilot stationed in San Antonio, TX. He chronicles the rapid disintegration of society as the dead begin to spread across the globe, starting in China. While it is supposed to be a diary, it isn’t written like any diary I’d ever keep. There is too much detail to be a straight daily journal. Outside of that, this is a good zed book. It is definitely worth the read. It will certainly satisfy that zed hunger some folks get. The narrator does such a good job that it can be hard to imagine that he is not in fact the actual character recounting his journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (520)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "Worth the time, but different than the film."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are like me, when ever I come across the film on TV, I stop and watch it, eventhough I have seen it a few dozen times. This novel, like every other Novel/Film duo, is different than the film. Which is 'Better" is debatable, but I lean towards the movie, and I think most people once they have read the book and have seen the film would agree. That is not to say it isn't worth the read. While Andy does end up doing the same thing at the end in both stories, the film adds a depth to the relationship between Andy and the other characters, that the novel just can't. That is not a knock against Mr.King, it is a testament to what was pulled off by the actors, directors, producers and writers of the film. This book is definately worth your time/money, and is a great demonstration that Mr.King is a superb writer and that the horror genre isn't the only place he reigns.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4146)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1455)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Are you kidding me? Don't waste your time!"
    Overall

    Quite possibly the worst book I have ever read! It
    was supposed to be funny. There are a few humorous
    lines, but they are burried under unnecessary
    profanity every other sentence. Just really a
    disappointing waste of time. I wish I could UN-buy
    it. This author is supposed to have written other
    books. I won't be buying them, even if they win a
    pulitzer. The narrator isn't the best, either.

    12 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1085)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "non-history fans need not apply."
    Overall

    As a history student, soon to be teacher, I enjoyed this book though, I was apprehensive about getting it in the first place. Several of the reviews I read were VERY negative. I can see their point. IF you like history, if it was a favorite subject in school, you will like this book. It is heavy on historical research, but it is never so much as to take away from the story. Quite the contrary. The historical research IS the story. Someone who dreaded opening the door to their European history class should probably take a pass on this, even if you are a big fan of the Vampire genre. For me it was one of the better books I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1033)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Unsatisfying ending!"
    Overall

    This is the first SK novel I have experienced. I am hesitant to read
    any others, because of the way he ended this one. To me, this ends
    horribly. Are you kidding me? Either a happy ending or a tragic ending,
    but not this way, unless there is a sequel. If not, don't read unless
    you can handle a non-ending, ending. Otherwise I was entranced, and
    couldn't stop listening, even taking playing it on my laptop on my
    home commute. Just next time Mr.King, give more thought to how you
    want to end something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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