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Alexander

SWANSEA, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1254)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "Technical mistakes, ridiculous plot."
    Overall

    An author who aspires to write an action thriller should at least research the subject. In this novel Thor spends a great deal of time describing the weapons used. A "double barrel Ruger 357 magnum revolver" no such thing. I think he meant a "double action" revolver.
    He goes to great length to describe how a forklift is used as a bomb by affixing shot gun shells duct taped to the diesel fuel tank and detonating them with a shot gun fired by the "best shot" so the "bullet" ignites the shells and explodes the tank of diesel fuel and blows a hole in the cinderblock wall and catapults the forklift out of the building.
    Diesel fuel does not explode, shot guns don't shoot bullets, they fire shot or slugs. He did not have to be a good shot as the shotgun in question was loaded with shot and therefore fired a pattern not a single projectile. In any event the shot would not detonate more than 1 of the 5 or 6 shells taped together.
    This is all basic stuff Thor should have known about. I takes you out of the plot which was ridiculous anyway.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Erik Prince
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes: "Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or worse."

    Ryan says: "A different look a Security Contractors"
    "Erik Prince bores listeners for 10+ hours."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Civilian Warriors?

    No excitement just a long winded defense of Black Water. I found this to be so boring. For 10 hours he regurgitated how Black Water was demonized and tried in the media. After reading this I had no idea whether B W was a good or bad. More importantly I didn't care.


    What could Erik Prince have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Eliminate 50% of the defense and developed the characters, events and achievements.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Given the job to a professional narrator. However even that couldn't save this story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Erik relates the story as a distant and removed principal. He docent seem to be involved. He works in the US and is not on location. I question whether he was simply the investor and not a working director.


    Any additional comments?

    Early on Erik revealed what I considered a serious character flaw in himself. I do not want to spoil it for the reader.

    4 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (75)

    At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, a battle to save all life on Earth is about to begin. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, a top secret base known only as Dragon Island houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been reactivated. When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world suddenly hangs in the balance.

    Denis says: "Matthew Reilly make the legend continue !"
    "Just for Morons!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A miracle or a 70 point reduction in my IQ. How about a lobotomy?


    What could Matthew Reilly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it in the first place.


    What aspect of Scott Sowers???s performance would you have changed?

    Not read it in the first place.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nothing!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most ridiculous books I have ever read or listened to. This story was so far fetched I don't know where to begin. I don't know how it could get a 4 star rating with only 2 reviews (both bad 3's). The previous reviewers did a good job and hit the nail on the head.
    No character development. No believable plot. Sophomoric dialog. Impossible stunts.
    To say this book was trash is charitable.

    0 of 5 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
    (4483)
    Performance
    (3961)
    Story
    (3980)

    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"
    "O'Reilly with no one to interrupt!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Killing Lincoln?

    Listening to O'Reilly for almost 8 hours was excruciating. I am not anti O'Reilly in-fact usually agree with his views, however, his ego gets in the way. He is as bad a narrator as he is an interviewer. That's why the guests on his show are exclusively Fox contributors. They have to be there!


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

    Anticipated.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By being the narrator.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, but I did think it was good. It gave a good overall basic account of the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination. It did not try to re-write history or proffer a new unsupported theory. I thought it gave you the whole story capsulated along with prevailing theories and portrayed them as to their probability.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a Doris Kerns Goodwin work but worth the read. I recommend reading it unless a professional narrator is found.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4804)
    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
    (2915)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "I listened to it twice!"
    Overall

    An outstanding novel. When I finished it I listened again.
    This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. It is simply real; no super heros, no bad guys, just average men coping with ultimate stress (death, discomfort, fear, fatigue, starvation, racism, hate etc.) Some rise to the challenge and humble us. Others do not do as well. Real life set in an unreal situation. I wished we could all be Lt. Melis and Hawk.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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