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Bill

Minnetonka, MN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Warriors: An Alex Hawke Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (190)

    On the streets of Washington, D.C., a brilliant scientist, the brains behind a revolutionary fighter aircraft prototype in development by the Pentagon, is snatched by masked thugs and disappears. Now five years later, an elderly professor at Cambridge University has been murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture. Alex Hawke teams up with Scotland Yard former Chief Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer, but this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship.

    Bill says: "Starts Slow, Ends Well"
    "Starts Slow, Ends Well"
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    I mostly enjoy the Alex Hawke series and this one was ok. Seems like thriller writers got together and all decided to use the Chinese as protagonists for the last 2 years or so.

    For whatever reason, this one was bouncing back and forth between a few three story threads all the time which got sort of irritating. When it started to flow together about 3/4 the way through it finished well.

    I can never quite get into John Shea's performances. It was ok, but it seems like he's done better in the past. Something about his Stokely Jones really grates on me. His job was made easier because his main Chinese bad guy and his daughter all speak with British accents. Ok, but not great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Rage: A Pike Logan Thriller, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    Former Delta Force operative Brad Taylor brings his military expertise to bear in the New York Times best-selling Pike Logan series. In Days of Rage, Russia takes aim at the Taskforce by supplying extremists in Nigeria with a weapon of mass destruction. With time running out, Pike races to unravel a Cold War-era mystery and stop a plot aimed at killing millions.

    Loy says: "good -- took awhile to get into it"
    "Alternating narrators? Make up your mind."
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    I always seem to buy the Pike Logan books on sale hoping for better. I'm not sure if it's the narration or the writing but from time to time it seems like a comic book. Yeah, Pike Logan is a macho guy. I get it already. Once the author establishes how cool and macho the team is the story gets better.

    After struggling through the first 4-5 hours, the story seemed to gain traction. Maybe I finally got used to the alternating narrators which made it hard to track who was who. I've had audiobooks with male and female alternating, but younger and older male voices doing male and female same characters every other chapter was not really useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2593)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2304)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Good story - Monotone narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really like the Harry Bosch stories. This one is more of the same. The aging detective story makes good sidelights to the main story.

    I get that Titus Welliver plays Harry Bosch in the new Amazon series (which is pretty good but not great) so it's natural to have him narrate this book as a cross promotion thing, but compared to Len Cariou he's just not nearly as good. He's pretty monotone and doesn't do much to differentiate between characters at times.

    Bottom line, if you like Harry Bosch, this is still a very good listen, but more for the story than the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3648)
    Performance
    (3220)
    Story
    (3227)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Can take it or leave it. A bit forced."
    Overall
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    Meh. There are some good things about this installment. The characters are engaging and the storylines are pretty good. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through and it plods along in spots.

    The thing that is sort of irritating in spots is some forced "speechifying" that was in the first two installments, just not as obvious as it is here. It's like when a TV show wants to make a point by the plot, but they stick in 5 minute dialogue or soliloquy at the end to make sure the dim-witted get the point before it's over.

    That and the gratuitous sex scenes get a bit cringe-worthy at times. It seems like there's a timer in Follett's head that says, "Time to insert another graphic scene whether it makes sense or not." Par for Follett, but it seems forced at times.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1465)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    karen says: "Came in at the middle, I guess"
    "Interesting story, curious performance"
    Overall
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    I thought the overall storyline was interesting, but to have Nathan McBride drag around a 12 year old on his harrowing adventures in constant danger seemed pretty reckless for a trained operative. Be ready to suspend your disbelief.

    I'm not sure if it was the performance or the dialogue in the text, but sometimes the 12 year-old heroine sounded like a 5 year old and sometimes she sounded like she was 25.

    This being the third Nathan McBride audiobook I've listened to, it finally struck me what I find problematic with Dick Hill's performance. He sounds old. Generally I like to think of the narrator in my head as being about how I'd imagine the main character. When I hear Dick Hill do Nathan McBride I hear someone more like an old grizzled detective than a younger, in his prime, special ops guy.

    But, overall, worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1054)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Fast paced story. Narration a bit bland."
    Overall
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    Interesting story line with lots of twists. You don't usually get an ancient artifact story in rural Minnesota. Plenty of interesting characters.

    This is the third Virgil Flowers audiobook I've listened to. I just don't like Eric Conger as much as the narrator of Sandford's Prey series. The narration is just average. If you're from Minnesota, both Conger and Ferrone's occasional hatchet jobs on local place names will cause a chuckle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1122)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    no says: "A great action packed spy novel!"
    "Pretty good, needs more character development"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot itself was pretty good. Plenty of action and suspense. It was a curious book in that Greaney spent time exploring the character and motivations of the main "bad guy" and not nearly as much about the Dom Caruso, the main hero. I would have liked to know more what makes Dom tick. As it stands the book made him pretty 2 dimensional.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (448)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "A Big Improvement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the early Cotton Malone books, but the series seemed like it was losing steam into just being "ok" and formulaic. I found the story line here to be well paced and engaging. I did find the big historical secret to be a bit of a laugh-er, but if you can suspend your disbelief and stifle some giggles and focus on the spy story and intrigue aspects it's an enjoyable ride.

    Scott Brick does his usual solid job. He's not my favorite but he does a good performance, but I do always struggle with his representation of female characters that always sound the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1682)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "A good story almost ruined by over-acting"
    Overall
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    I think the story line was pretty good although it was a bit one dimensional with very few surprise twists. In the end the cliche "Love is stronger than hate" bumper-sticker meme was written in a way that it seemed pretty forced.

    Usually when I dislike a book it's because the narration is flat. In this case, the narration is over-wrought and overdone. It made the final confrontation very hard to listen to because it seemed so over-the-top. I've heard this narrator in the Jack Reacher series and he was ok, but in this one it was a hard one to listen to. And he does Hispanic characters especially poorly in this one to the point it almost made me chuckle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (800)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "Huh?"
    Overall
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    I abandoned this one about an hour and a half in. It was just a stale recitation of multiple murders in LA over a several years. I was expecting a murder mystery.

    The narrator was below average. Just not interesting. In fact, quite depressing.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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