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Cary, NC | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 99 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Skinner

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Known by the name of the psychological experiment that fostered his emotionless brutality, Skinner founded his career in "asset protection" on fear. To touch anyone under Skinner's protection was to invite destruction. A savagely effective methodology, until Skinner's CIA handlers began to fear him as much as his enemies did and banished him to the hinterlands of the intelligence community.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Off beat psychological spy thriller"
    "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
    What would have made Skinner better?

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    What could Charlie Huston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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

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    What character would you cut from Skinner?

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    My first Charlie Huston book was Sleepless, which was a solid Five star excellent distopian thriller. I liked it so much I've listened to it 3 times. I'd put Sleepless right up there with Stephen King's The Stand. Since then I've tried several of his books, hoping for that same quality (and haven't found it yet). Its almost like Sleepless was written by someone else. With Skinner, in the beginning I thought yeah, this could be good. But no, this book consisted of brief spurts of action separated by long periods of boring dialog and lots of "feelings". Who knew an assassin could be so deadly and efficient and yet so sensitive at the same time. But that wasn't the worst thing about this book, three quarters of the way through the author starts beating me over the head with this liberal dogma, best summarized as the world is going to Hell in a hand basket because citizens of the US and Europe are selfish, exploiting and greedy and screwing over everybody in China, India and Africa. Oh yeah, and the world is going to end because of Global Warming. When I read or listen to a book, I want to be entertained, not brainwashed or preached at.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Five Star Entertainment from Start to Finish!"

    I listened to the audible version of this. Very entertaining, every time I thought I had it figured out, something else would happen going in another direction. Excellent character development, and an original story unlike any I've ever read.

    Kind of reminded me of a cross between Michael Crichton and Stephen King (the **good** Stephen King, the one who wrote The Stand and The Shining, not the body snatcher from another planet currently occupying his body, churning out crap like "The Dome"...).

    I've read Blake Crouch before but nothing that made an impression on me. This, however, was different and I couldn't stop until I finished it. I've already purchased the sequel and look forward to listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Solid 5 Star Military SciFi Audiobook"
    What did you love best about Steel World?

    I only wish all audiobooks were this good. This one was excellent from start to finish, everything from the story, character development and narration were flawless. I love it when a story hooks me from the first page and holds on until the end.

    Another thing I liked about this book was that the characters were believable, as in they acted like real people and each had unique flaws. An annoying thing about some action stories is the way that that characters are often 2 dimensional and the hero is some kind of superman, not so in this one. Also I liked the way there was the political infighting and backstabbing in the Legion unit. In my experience, any time you get a bunch of people together you're going to have that kind of thing and yet its often an element that's left out of fiction (the B grade fiction anyway). I spent 20 years in the US Army, and the unit portrayed in this story seemed like a real military unit, the terms and technology were different but the people acted in a way consistent with my experience of how real soldiers talk and act.

    I would rate this book right up there with some of my other favorite military fictional reads, to list a few: A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War Series by John Ringo), Red Storm Rising and Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, Invasion America Series by Vaughn Heppner, Armor by John Steakley, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein and Redliners by David Drake.

    I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Undying Mercenaries series.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh Gothic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edward Lee
    • Narrated By Andy Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hildreth House isn't like other mansions. One warm night in early spring, 14 people entered Hildreth House's labyrinthine halls to partake in diabolical debauchery. When the orgy was over, the slaughter began. The next morning, 13 of the revelers were found naked and butchered. Dismembered. Mutilated. But the 14th body was never found. The screams have faded and the blood has dried, but the house remains - watching. Now five very special people have dared to enter the infamous house of horrors. Who - or what - awaits them?

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LIPS THE COLOR OF GARDEN SLUGS"
    "Excellent Horror Story"
    What did you love best about Flesh Gothic?

    I've read and enjoyed several Edward Lee books, but this was my first audiobook by the author. I found it excellent from start to finish. There have been some of his books that were too graphic for me to finish, not this one though. The story, character development and narration were all well done. I'm hoping that in the near future even more of Lee's works will be available on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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