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Randy

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (287)

    Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

    SciFiSurfer says: "My Kids Loved the the Starcatchers Series!"
    "Better than the starcatchers"
    Overall

    Superb! Dale is amazing...I recognized many of the voices from Harry Potter, but that just brought back fond memories.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (969)

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Thor hammers-it out of the park"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this type of book for entertainment, and that's what this book accomplished, it entertained me. Thor is very comparible to Flynn. Although there are alot of books in the genre not all of them are entertaining and most seem to be contrived in their storyline. Fast paced, entertaining, and leaves you with a desire for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (734)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "A friend of a friend of a friend told me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A friend of mine heard one of the books I was doing while I was traveling on a business trip and said if I like that kind of book I ought to read Alex Berenson's books. He said a friend had told him that this series was great and that he was getting ready to listen, maybe I should too. Glad I did. Very captivating, well read and timely. Tell a friend, this series is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (475)

    September 1789: U.S. minister to France Thomas Jefferson, charged with forging a truce with the violent Muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast, makes a shocking discovery - one that could forever impact the world's relationship with Islam. Present day: When a car bomb explodes outside a Parisian cafe, Navy Seal turned covert Homeland Security Operative Scot Harvath is thrust back into the life he has tried so desperately to leave behind....

    Xavier says: "Plot had some up's and down's"
    "Thor and Guidall - Five Star Combo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Guidall gives masculine characters masculine voices, great accents, and emotion. Thor writes an entertaining, fast paced novel. Add them together, a perfect combo.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3727)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3172)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Linda says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Guidall makes Mitch Rapp"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the Vince Flynn I love, but George Guidall makes it better. You have to have someone who can sound like the character and George does it in spades. Very entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2074)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "I Hope History Doesn't Repeat itself"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took me almost two months to complete but it also made me go out and buy my own copy for my library. Disturbing is the best word I can use to describe this book. And it frightens me to see similair things playing out today with most people saying it will never happen again. And when it does will be be standing around like the German people saying I wish I would have stood up earlier. I can see why so many people have bought a copy of this book, less we ever forget.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3555)
    Performance
    (3168)
    Story
    (3179)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A Great History Lesson for all ages"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    History has always fascinated me and I've read everything Shelby Foote has written but this book puts the last days of the war between the states into an incredible time line. Masterfully told, full of interesting trivia, I wish this was required reading in high school.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (729)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nevermore says: "Worst Reading in History?"
    "Painful"
    Overall

    A friend recommended this book but apparently we have different taste. This book was a poorly written painfully simplistic version of Lord of the Rings. I kept hoping it would get better but it didn't! I would rather drag my fingernails across a chalk board than ever listen to this poorly written comic book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway
    • Narrated By Joseph L. Galloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway revisit their relationships with 10 American veterans of the battle, as well as Lt. Gen. Nguyen Hu An, who commanded the North Vietnamese Army troops on the other side, and two of his old company commanders.

    Terry says: "A Book That is Both Timely and Eternal"
    "Sorry"
    Overall

    I'm a Vietnam veteran and I see another leader that graduated in the "top of the bottom 20%." Visiting the battle ground was interesting but the rest was some much garbage.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1603)

    After successfully freeing Alliance POWs, "Black Jack" Geary discovers that the Syndics plan to ambush the fleet with their powerful reserve flotilla in an attempt to annihilate it once and for all. And as Geary has the fleet jump from one star system to the next, hoping to avoid the inevitable confrontation, saboteurs contribute to the chaos.

    Chance says: "Listen to the complete series"
    "And miles to go before I rest"
    Overall

    I started the whole Lost Fleet series as I traveled across the western half of the U.S. While I wouldn't say it's Dickens, it was a captivating story the kept me awake and interested. I'm trying to broaden my reading habits and science fiction is new to me and I'd have to say I enjoyed the journey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • So Brave, Young, and Handsome

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Leif Enger
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives a simple life with his loving wife and whipsmart son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself.

    cjwheeler says: "Good, Enjoyable"
    "This piece is not a river...but close"
    Overall

    Peace Like A River now falls in my 10 best books of all time so it is hard to compare. As a story teller he is great, but the message is not quite as gripping, but I still would recommend it for pure readability.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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