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  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (674)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    G. House Sr. says: "Story doesn't disappoint -- well spent 10 hours"
    "Love Baldacci, but not this book"
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    I love David Baldacci, especially the King and Maxwell books. Total Control popped up as a recommendation, and I jumped at the chance to listen.

    Unfortunately, Total Control defines "sophomore slump" Its story is so implausible as to be laughable, the plot holes are large enough to fly a plane through, and its characters are cardboard cutouts.

    If you are a Baldacci fan, you are fated to listen to this because you will want a fix; if not, please please please stay away. The book isn't worth it, and it will unnecessarily put you off Baldacci. At his best, his books are a joy to listen to.

    Unfortunately, it seems that Total Control is Baldacci at his worst.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fi: The Empire's Corps, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    Two years after the empire abandoned them on Avalon, Colonel Edward Stalker and his marines have established the Commonwealth, a union of worlds intended to take the place of the vanished empire. But now contact has been made with a remnant of the empire, a successor state controlled by a ruthless dictator bent on crushing the Commonwealth and expanding her rule over the entire galaxy.

    Jean says: "Gripping"
    "Engaging military science fiction"
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    Where does Semper Fi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nutall's Empire's Corps series is among the top 25% of the books I have listened to. I am very pleased to see that there are more books in the series coming soon, as I have enjoyed the first 4 very much.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kafer has narrated the series, and well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. I thought it was engaging, but hardly profound.


    Any additional comments?

    Nutall has burst on the scene, at least burst into my awareness of the scene. His works are fun, engaging, and generally thoughtful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (461)

    Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

    Christi says: "good listen if you can get past the narrator"
    "Baldacci as a young author"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Baldacci is a a fun author, but this book is hardly in the same league as his later works. The basic plotting is only barely acceptable, and both the plot and the story elements show their age.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    I have listened to many Baldacci books, and will listen to many more. However, if this had been my first, it might have put me off.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audiobooks are often more fun than reading the novel, and Kramer does a creditable job. He is not my favorite reader, but I have no complaints.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not unless it were updated, and even then the plot would make it a B movie.


    Any additional comments?

    If you chose this book as a typical example of Baldacci, you cheated yourself. Try a King and Maxwell book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire's Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (660)

    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "Nuttall gets better and better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the Empire's Corps very engaging. Nuttall's first series, Ark Royal, was above average but showed Nuttall's status as a freshman author. It was good, but a bit strained at times. I bought all 3 books with no regrets, but with no illusions that the books would be perfect. The Emprie's Corps exceeded my expectations, and showed the maturation of a true professional author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are engaging and believable, and the story is quite good. No sophomore slump here.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the protagonist, the Captain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Alone. Forgotten. Heroes when nobody was looking.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (754)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "A great series by an up-and-coming author!"
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    Would you listen to To Honor You Call Us again? Why?

    I really enjoyed both the books in this series, and look forward to the next one. So yes, I expect that I will listen again, as I often do with my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Robichaux, of course.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favorite?

    The same.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I regret that I got through it so quickly!


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of the author before Audible recommended these books to me, but I am glad that I found him. I visited his website, and found that he had originally self-published these books, and that Amazon picked him up through their own publishing house and are helping push his work. As the main character would say: "OUTstanding!"

    Honsinger deserves whatever marketing help he can get, because his works are a genuine joy to listen to. They are fun, well-written, swashbuckler stories in space. You like the characters, enjoy the action, and rejoice in his success.

    The main character has improbable luck and success, but that is what one should expect from a book in this genre.

    I thoroughly enjoyed these books, and am waiting impatiently for the next in the series. That is the mark of a good author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falcon Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying their target, the fighter jet is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.

    David says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Not as good as Marine One"
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    I really enjoyed Marine One, so I thought I would enjoy Falcon Seven.

    Not so much. I found the story more than a bit implausible (not that this is an insurmountable problem, but an impediment to enjoyment), but much worse I found the characters kind of wooden.

    I hate the Europeans and the internationalists as much as any red-blooded American, but even I don't think they would stoop as low as they do in this story.

    I willingly suspend disbelief all the time, but this story went more than a bit too far for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2117)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "A fun read!"
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    I really enjoyed this book, although my wife thought it a bit long. We listened on a road trip to Michigan. Once we got into our hotel, we listened for several hours before we went to sleep. Once we got home, we listened until it ended. It was fun, entertaining, and engrossing. Plausible? No. Entertaining? Absolutely. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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