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Andre

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  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (990)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Survivor?

    the story is unrealistic the characters are not believable, the whole approach of the story is based on creating a negative feeling from a depressed and suicidal person with a personality that is hardly realistic. The mobsters are science fiction characters planted in a country and environment that we can not recognize. The whole environment from the security officer in the bank and absent police force leaves a void in the scenario. The reactions of the teenage daughter, the wife or the wives boy friend, are just not believable, maybe the author has never had a wife or children? The cast, therefore the story, does not hold together.


    Has The Survivor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, there is no difficulty differentiating the characters.


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

    disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    Scot Bricks, has exaggerated the depressive character of the person by using a naration tone of a person who has abandoned all values and is in deep depressed shock, a lost and limp soul who does not have the energy to put the next foot forward once out of bed in the morning! this exacerbates the non believable aspect of the character whose actions are more that of a person with a strong and dinamic personality. This renders the main character week and despicable. Not the kind of character that you want to read about!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11652)
    Performance
    (9047)
    Story
    (9107)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "No Beginning, No end"
    Overall

    I struggled through this very long narrative, the story is good but drags on too long, the last volume is the best, but then as you are led to expect a formidable "finale" the book stops. So there is no ending to the story this makes the whole book pointless and disappointing. Seems like the author ran out of time and just abandoned the whole thing.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1214)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Blood of the Fold"
    Overall

    It seems in this book that the author is looking for inspiration! A lot of rambling allong without action, re explaining the characters for those who would not have read the previous books. the main characters mainly Richard loses his personality, to the point where I was loosing interest in the whole story. A disapointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew and How Far She'll Go to Become President

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Edward Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is almost assuredly going to run for president in 2008. It doesn't matter that her negative poll numbers are high or that her past 15 years in the public eye have been anything but smooth. Since she was a little girl she has dreamed about becoming the first female president, and now that dream is well within reach.

    John says: "Right down party lines"
    "Tabloid politics"
    Overall

    Disapointing and intelectually unfit, to the point where the author loses credibility. Just stiring up dirt and slander does not make a good story it is to the point of unbeleivable. d'ont waste your time with this book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (533)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Hollow and unconvincing."
    Overall

    I have been spoiled by some of the previous titles by Michael Crichton. In this book the main characters are hollow, appear naive and nearly stupid. It destroys the plot and the credibility of the whole story, which at times rambles on and becomes nearly boring. The arguments on the global warming subject are not convincing and annoying. The listener is left with a sense of frustration at having to listen to the rhetoric, built around characterless and ignorant players. Get another title!

    9 of 25 people found this review helpful

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