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  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (626)

    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.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "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
  • 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
    (678)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (642)

    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
    (104)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    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
    (2693)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1956)

    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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