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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1530)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Great Listen/Read!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book brings a lot of clarity to the new Star Wars movies that is needed to help fill in the gaps. I am a fan of the new movies (though badly acted and scripted) because of the politics and subterfuge that goes on within the great Republic. The down fall of the Jedi and the takeover by the tyrannical Sith make it a neat time for those interested in the genre.

    Anyway, it was well written and I recommend it highly.


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  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1253)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "I wish I would have seen the narrator name first"
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    Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and/or J. Charles?

    Tom Clancy - yes!

    J. Charles - never again


    Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles’s performances?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I finally have my Clancy collection complete - Hunt through Executive Orders. The stuff after that that was co-written is NOT Clancy, in my opinion. Anyway, had I seen that J. Charles was the narrator of Hunt before I bought it, I might have left this one out of the collection. It was probably a month ago that I suffered through another techno-thriller author that I like, Larry Bond, and his Red Phoenix book. Not that the author is what suffers, but the narrator was Mr. Charles. I listened to it in full due to having bought the book, but man it was a tough one. Now I am doing the same with the Hunt for Red October. If anyone is looking to this as to why Mr. Charles is so bad - just read through any other review here, they explain it well enough.

    I will definitely make sure to check the readers as well as the book next time.

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  • Red Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Larry Bond
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    This is the book that dares to show us the military hardware, global upheavals, and raw combat a second Korean War would unleash. How F-16s would blast across the 38th Parallel. How ultra-modern submarines would vie for the seas. And how two armies would turn the snowfields of Asia red with blood. A thundering geopolitical thriller of vast scope, this is Red Phoenix - and a new standard for military/political suspense fiction.

    Aser Tolentino says: "A Second Korean War, as Fought in 1989"
    "Love Larry Bond but the narrator killed it"
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    What disappointed you about Red Phoenix?

    The narrator, J Charles, made this book almost unbearable for me to listen. I am a big fan of Larry Bond's work from Red Storm Rising up to Cauldron, and if it wasn't for the book itself I would have deleted this off my device before finishing.So, I guess I should provide reason for my dislike of the narration:J Charles made the most cartoonish voices for most characters and I will explain - each American Officer sounded like he stepped out of a James Cagney role, or they were portrayed with an imbecilic southern accent. Each Korean officer was as stereo-typically accented as to be obnoxious, and they always seemed to be shouting. Finally, the characters he did read in a normal voice were so out of context with their situation. He would make them sound happy and excited during scenes when the world was coming down up them due to the war.A very bad listen in my opinion. I purchased the Hunt for Red October not to long ago and I now see J Charles is reading that one, too. I hope I don't regret that purchase.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

    There are a couple narrators that have read the Tom Clancy titles I enjoy - Scott Brick, and Michael Prichard, both of whom would do any war-time thriller justice.


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

    It was written by Larry Bond, which means it is a fantastic war thriller - and that makes it worth it.


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